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For many women the menopause brings about profound changes to both their physical and mental health. By knowing and preparing for the changes your body is going through, will help you improve your wellbeing during this often difficult transition in life.

For many women the menopause brings about profound changes to both their physical and mental health. By knowing and preparing for the changes your body is going through, will help you improve your wellbeing during this often difficult transition in life.

What is the

Menopause

It’s a word we all use, but what exactly is the menopause and what are all the different phases during the transition towards menopause?

The menopause is the time when ovulation has completely stopped, usually defined when a woman hasn’t had any menstrual bleeding for 12 months. The time leading up to this, as a woman transitions towards menopause, is called the perimenopause and it’s during this phase that most women experience the horrible symptoms related to fluctuating hormone levels.

Variations in hormones over time

Our test can help you manage your journey through the Menopause and assist in helping you to maintain strong bones and reduce cardiovascular risk.

What is the

PERIMenopause

During the perimenopause, the ovaries start to produce decreasing levels of the female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone, with some fluctuations in levels along the way, and periods start to become irregular, eventually stopping.  It’s these fluctuations in hormone levels that cause the symptoms that many women experience. 

Most women start to experience perimenopausal symptoms around their late 40s or early 50s, though the perimenopause can start earlier or later. The age at which a woman experiences the perimenopause is largely determined by her genes, though some environmental and lifestyle factors can play a part. This transition period can last between 8 and 10 years.

It can be hard to know what is going on in your body during this time and how best to manage your symptoms which is why we’ve developed a simple finger prick blood test to track your changing hormone levels.

common symptoms during

menopause

As a woman transitions through the perimenopause phase to menopause and the oestrogen and progesterone hormone levels decrease, the pituitary gland in the brain creates higher levels of two other hormones:

Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)

Luteinising hormone (LH)

These hormones stimulate production of oestrogen and progesterone in a bid to encourage the ovaries to produce more of these two hormones.

With so many changes taking place in a woman’s body due to fluctuating hormone levels, there are physical as well as mental symptoms experienced to varying degrees by women during the perimenopause phase. These include:

The high levels of FSH and LH can disrupt the body’s temperature regulating systems which can be a contributing factor to hot flushes and night sweats.

Night sweats, anxiety, joint aches, the need to urinate during the night – these are all symptoms of the menopause which can lead to insufficient sleep & feelings of fatigue. The inability of the body to adequately recover together with feeling of anxiety can result in a rise of the stress hormone cortisol.

The menopause can lead to mood changes and depression. Research indicated that 61% of perimenopausal women experience low mood. Many women are unaware they are entering menopause transition and their changing hormones may be causing this.

Up to 47% of the women we surveyed experienced ‘brain fog’, reduced memory and concentration during the menopause. This can lead to a lack of confidence, particularly in the workplace

How this impacts

your health

The two main health issues women need to be aware of post-menopause are the increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.

BONE HEALTH
As oestrogen levels drop, so too does your body’s ability to maintain bone density, so ensuring your body has everything it needs in sufficient quantities is essential. But it’s not just about oestrogen and calcium levels, vitamin D, magnesium and albumin are all essential to the maintenance of strong bones.

CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
The way the body processes and stores fats like cholesterol and triglycerides changes during the menopause which can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Monitoring the levels of HDL, LDL, the ratio between the two, overall cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels gives you a good indication as to whether your levels are normal, or elevated and therefore putting you at greater risk.

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Menopause Health

For women in various stages of the menopause who want to check the impact changes in hormone levels may be having on their overall wellbeing.

£89

Perimenopause check

A hormone check for women who believe they may be starting to transition through the menopause and want to check their hormone levels and track if they are changing.

£59

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Menopause Health

Biomarkers
  • Albumin
  • Corrected Calcium
  • Cortisol (9am)
  • Ferritin
  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
  • HDL
  • HDL % of Total Cholesterol
  • LDL
  • Luteinising Hormone (LH)
  • Magnesium (serum)
  • Oestradiol (Oestrogen)
  • Testosterone (total)
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
  • Thyroxine (T4, free direct)
  • Total Cholesterol
  • Triglycerides
  • Vitamin D (25 OH)
What’s included in the price
  • Finger prick kit
  • Accredited lab analysis
  • Results within 2 working days of receipt
  • Postage & packaging
  • Market leading results dashboard
  • Reviewed by a doctor or nurse

PERIMENOPAUSE CHECK​

Biomarkers
  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
  • Luteinising Hormone (LH)
  • Oestradiol (Oestrogen)
What’s included in the price
  • Finger prick kit
  • Accredited lab analysis
  • Results within 2 working days of receipt
  • Postage & packaging
  • Market leading results dashboard
  • Reviewed by a doctor or nurse

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MENOPAUSE HEALTH

  • Albumin
  • Corrected Calcium
  • Cortisol (9am)
  • Ferritin
  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
  • HDL
  • HDL % of Total Cholesterol
  • LDL
  • Luteinising Hormone (LH)
  • Magnesium (serum)
  • Oestradiol (Oestrogen)
  • Testosterone (total)
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
  • Thyroxine (T4, free direct)
  • Total Cholesterol
  • Triglycerides
  • Vitamin D (25 OH)

PERIMENOPAUSE CHECK

  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
  • Luteinising Hormone (LH)
  • Oestradiol (Oestrogen)
What’s included in the price
  • Finger prick kit
  • Accredited lab analysis
  • Results within 2 working days of receipt
  • Postage & packaging
  • Market leading results dashboard
  • Reviewed by a doctor or nurse

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