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Menopause Testing

Menopause Panel

Price: $69.99

Menopause is the time in a woman's life when menstruation stops permanently. Most women go through menopause between ages 45 and 55. In the US the average age for menstrual periods to stop completely is 51.

This panel will help diagnose the onset of menopause.

Use of synthetic steroids, various supplements and/or high doses of biotin may interfere with the accuracy of the standard immunoassay Testosterone Total serum test included in this panel. If you are taking any of these it is recommended that you order a panel that includes the Testosterone LC/MS-MS methodology for testing.

Significant deviations from the normal range may require further evaluation by your physician.

Includes: Estradiol, serum; Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH); Luteinizing Hormone (LH); Testosterone, Serum (Total Only);
Complete Blood Count (CBC) with Differential: (Hematocrit; hemoglobin; mean corpuscular volume (MCV); mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH); mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC); red cell distribution width (RDW); percentage and absolute differential counts; platelet count; red cell count; white blood cell count; immature granulocytes)
Comprehensive Metabolic Profile (CMP) (includes eGFR): (A:G ratio; albumin, serum; alkaline phosphatase, serum; ALT (SGPT); AST (SGOT); bilirubin, total; BUN; BUN:creatinine ratio; calcium, serum; carbon dioxide, total; chloride, serum; creatinine, serum; globulin, total; glucose, serum; potassium, serum; protein, total, serum; sodium, serum.)

Note: If testosterone levels are expected to be >1500, it is best that you order a panel that includes Testosterone LC/MS-MS as the testosterone test included in this panel has a cutoff of 1500. Reporting values that exceed 1500 will now be reported as >1500 for all regions, as this standard operating procedure will now be nationwide.

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. This test may exhibit interference when sample is collected from a person who is consuming a supplement with a high dose of biotin (also termed as vitamin B7 or B8, vitamin H or coenzyme R). It is recommended to stop biotin consumption at least 72 hours prior to the collection of specimen.

What is a Menopause Panel?

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.

Who May Need a Menopause Panel?

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.

What Should I Expect from My Menopause Panel?

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.

What is Menopause?

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.

What are the Symptoms of Menopause?

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:

  • irregular or no menstrual periods
  • hot flashes
  • night sweats
  • changes in your sleep patterns
  • dizziness
  • headaches
  • muscle and joint pain
  • dry skin
  • palpitations (awareness of a fast or irregular heartbeat)
  • tiredness
  • vaginal dryness, sometimes causing discomfort or pain during sex
  • grayish vaginal discharge with a bad odor
  • more frequent need to urinate, or leakage of urine
  • more frequent minor vaginal and urinary infections
  • loss of desire to have sex

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:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • tearfulness and irritability
  • sleeplessness
  • less desire for sex
  • lack of concentration
  • more trouble remembering things

How is Menopause Diagnosed?

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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