Your periods have become erratic. Tears come from nowhere. Sleep is elusive, and you’re plagued with sudden, unaccustomed bouts of irritability and unexplained fatigue. On top of it all, you sometimes feel as though you’ve inadvertently walked into a furnace going at full blast!
Could this mayhem be . . . MENOPAUSE? All this mayhem could mean it’s time to schedule a menopause test.
The onset of perimenopause to full-on menopause can take as long as ten years. Sometimes women go for lengthy spans of time without periods, only to have them resume. So how do you know for sure when menopause has truly arrived?
If you’ve missed a period or have begun experiencing some or all of the symptoms above (or others associated with menopause such as vaginal dryness, low libido and painful intercourse), then you should consider having a menopause test.
Why? Here are four good reasons.
A menopause test, which tests your blood, can:
- Eliminate (or confirm) the possibility of pregnancy
- Help confirm that you’ve actually embarked on your menopausal journey
- Enable you to restore your hormones to optimal, youthful levels and banish those life-disrupting symptoms
- Help guard against development of chronic disease
You Need to Know What Your Blood Can Tell You
Out-of-control menopausal symptoms can make you feel helpless. But knowing what your blood can tell you gives you control over your erratic hormones, which in turn quiets your body and mind.
As you enter perimenopause ― the beginning of menopause ― your oestrogens and progesterone levels begin to fall, disrupting your hormonal balance.
A lot of people mistakenly think menopause is all about oestrogens. But your hormones don’t work in isolation. They’re like a symphony, and all need to play the right notes relative to the others.
In other words, your sex hormones (oestrogens, progesterone and testosterone) all need to be in balance ― that is, in the right ratio, one to another, and at their respective optimal levels. When one hormone level (such as oestradiol, a type of oestrogen) drops, it affects the others.
A menopause test does two important things. It:
- Measures the levels of hormones in your blood
- Enables a doctor specialised in restorative medicine and extensively trained in bioidentical hormones to accurately prescribe bioidentical hormone restorative therapy (BHRT) to restore your optimal hormone ratios.
Rebalancing your hormones to the proper levels enables you to rid your body and mind of disturbing menopausal symptoms and restore equilibrium to your life. Bioidentical hormones exactly match the molecular makeup of your natural hormones, so they’re easily absorbed and have no harmful side effects.
Blood Tests Also Give You Long-Term Benefits
The benefit of doing a menopause test doesn’t end with expelling menopausal symptoms. Throughout menopause, you’ll need periodic retesting. Why? Hormones continually fluctuate. Retesting allows your doctor to adjust your BHRT prescriptions as needed to maintain your optimal hormone ratios. BHRT has to be customised to each woman’s individual needs.
But you should also continue your blood tests and BHRT throughout your postmenopausal years. That’s the joy of BHRT over HRT! We can take BHRT for life!
Science has gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about physiological markers that allow us to detect disease risk and foresee impending illnesses and disease. The knowledge you gain from your blood tests enables you to become aware of future risks to your health and prevent those risks from becoming reality.
With hormonal disruption, you’re more susceptible to chronic disease. With regular blood tests and ongoing fine-tuning of your hormones, you can forestall degenerative effects of ageing such as diabetes, cancer, obesity and other diseases.
In short, blood tests are an indispensable tool for keeping your health (and possibly your sanity!) on an even keel through menopause, but they also enable you to recapture the vitality and health of a younger you as you age.
Menopause Woman’s Healthy Woman 40+ Hormone Blood Test includes testing for total oestrogen (oestrone, oestradiol, oestriol), progesterone, total testosterone and DHEA-S.
Why not get started today on a symptom-free, healthier life?
Braman, N. Blood Test to Determine Menopause. eHow.