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The Menopause Panel is used to diagnose the onset of menopause in females, the time in a woman’s life when menstruation stops completely, which usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. Significant deviations from the normal range may require further evaluation by your physician.
Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH);
Luteinizing Hormone (LH);
Testosterone, Serum (Total Only);
Patient Instructions: Patient should fast for 12 hours preceding collection of specimen. If using a testosterone cream please be sure you have not rubbed any into the antecubital area of your arm for the last 24 hours as it can give elevated results.
The Menopause Panel is a series of tests used to assess hormone levels essential to the regulation of menstrual cycles in female patients, and can be useful in helping to determine whether or not a patient is beginning menopause. The tests utilized in the Menopause Panel not only evaluate a female patient for her hormone levels, but also provide a workup of a patient’s general health in order to provide more comprehensive results on other factors which may be related to symptoms of menopause.
Women who are between the ages of 40 and 60 who have not had a period for at least a year, or who are exhibiting other signs and symptoms of menopause, are most likely to be prescribed a Menopause Panel by their physician. Outside of missed periods, some of the signs related to menopause include trouble sleeping, mood swings, hot flashes, and cloudy thinking among others. It’s important to discuss any of these symptoms with your physician to help them determine if a Menopause Panel is right for you.
A Menopause Panel begins with drawing a blood sample from a patient in order for it to be examined by a medical laboratory. The ranges for each test, while common among most laboratories, may be variable depending on those your doctor has set specifically for you. As with any set of hormone tests, your Menopause Panel results should be thoroughly discussed with your physician, who may have ranges tailored to your particular age and health status. For more information on the signs and symptoms of menopause, continue reading below.
Menopause is the time in a woman's life when menstruation stops permanently.
Menopause is usually a gradual process, but it can occur suddenly in some cases. The ovaries begin to produce less hormone. The reduced amount of hormone causes menstrual periods to become irregular. Eventually they stop completely. Menopause can also suddenly occur when the ovaries are surgically removed.
Most women go through menopause between ages 45 and 55. In the US the average age for menstrual periods to stop completely is 51.
Hormonal changes can cause physical and psychological symptoms before and during menopause. Symptoms may occur for a few weeks, a few months, several years, or not at all. The symptoms may come and go, or they may occur regularly.
These physical signs and symptoms are common during menopause:
Menopause usually occurs at a time in your life when other dramatic changes take place. Some of these changes may include loss of parents, adjustment to children growing up and leaving home, becoming a grandparent, retirement, or career changes. These changes, in addition to the changes in your body, may result in psychological or emotional stress. Psychological symptoms of menopause may include:
Your health care provider will ask about your medical history and examine you. You may have blood tests. A pelvic exam and Pap test may show the effects of less estrogen in your body. If you have not had a menstrual period for 12 months in a row, you are probably in menopause.
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