Review on November 10, 2008
Scientists have just developed a test that can predict when a woman will enter menopause, which can provide important information to women about fertility and when to expect the onset of menopause symptoms. Knowing in one's 20s or 30s when menopause is likely to occur for them can help them in family planning. Moreover, it can also help women mentally prepare for the start of menopause symptoms, which often develop 3 to 6 years before the actual cessation of menses, which occurs around the age of 52.
Leading fertility and women's health experts are hailing this menopause test as a legitimate and important development. According to Bill Ledger, a UK professor of medicine, "this test seems to be reasonably predictive of menopause. Lots of people want to know when it's going to happen so that they can plan their life and work and their children, if possible, and this test would give them an idea of that." He also explained that this test would let women know when to expect menopause symptoms, thus allowing them to plan how they will cope with menopause symptoms and understand what is happening with their bodies.
The Menopause Test
This test measures the levels of three hormones in the blood and calculates the number of eggs remaining in a woman's ovaries. The pioneers of this new test found that changes in specific hormone levels-those of anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), and inhibin B-can predict when a woman will begin to develop menopause symptoms and when she will no longer be fertile. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, low levels of AMH indicate that a woman has so few eggs that her fertility is highly questionable. The team that developed this test found that levels of AMH are immeasurably low approximately five years before a woman has her final period. This time span is often known as perimenopause, when many women begin to develop menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and irregular periods.
This test could revolutionize the way a woman approaches fertility and menopause. It can also drastically change the way she experiences menopause symptoms, as she may have more time to prepare for them. Moreover, many women may be able to avoid more drastic menopause symptom treatment options if they know in advance how and when to make lifestyle and natural choices that will ease them through this transition. To learn more about natural and safe ways to treat menopause symptoms, please click here.
- PubMed. "Onset of Menopause Symptoms".