Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

 
VIEW BASKET
CHECKOUT
HOME CONTACT US NEWS LINKS SHIPPING SECURE PAYMENTS TERMS SEARCH OUR SITE DISCLAIMEROUR PROMISE
To view this page in your native language please select it from the drop down menu.
s
Search Menu
s
s
s
s
s
s
s
s
s
s
s
s
s
s
s
s
s
s
s
s
s
s
BRANDED PRODUCTS

Gloves in a Bottle - 240mL

pregnancy and ovulation tests

Click here for more information. Click the add to basket button to buy this item.
Code: GIABB
Price: UK£ 11.95

First Response Pregnancy Tests

pregnancy and ovulation tests

Click here for more information. Click the add to basket button to buy this item.
Code: 1STREPBB
Price: UK£ 11.95

Conceive Plus Vaginal Lubricant Muli-Use 75mL 9+ Applications

pregnancy and ovulation tests

Click here for more information. Click the add to basket button to buy this item.
Code: CONPLUSBB
Price: UK£ 11.95

Pre-seed Vaginal Lubricant Multi-Use 8+ Applications

pregnancy and ovulation tests

Click here for more information. Click the add to basket button to buy this item.
Code: PREMULTIBB
Price: UK£ 11.95
2 x Snowfire Ointment Stick

pregnancy and ovulation tests

Click here for more information. Click the add to basket button to buy this item.
Code: SNOWBB
Price: UK£ 11.95
Urine Analysis Dip Stick Tests - As used by Doctors

pregnancy and ovulation tests

Click here for more information. Click the add to basket button to buy this item.
Code: 10PARABB
Price: UK£ 11.95
tests
tests
We accept payments by
payment options
worldpay
tests
Cards Accepted
visa
visa electron
maestro
solo card
mastercard
 
tests
Fraud protection by
tests
tests
business logo
tests
P&PPOSTAGE & PACKING

All prices include VAT. All UK orders are sent out FREE of CHARGE by 2nd Class Royal Mail. Royal Mail aim to deliver your mail within 3 to 5 working days. We also offer 1st Class and Next Business Day delivery options as well. These can be selected when you are on the check out page.

For overseas orders the postage charge is based on the overall weight of your order which is then calcualted against Royal Mails Overseas Prices. For overseas orders there is an additional packing charge of 50p per order. All overseas orders are shipped via Airmail.

When you are transferred to our secure server to purchase your products, you will have the option to pay in Euro or US Dollar if you don't wish to pay in UK Sterling.

For details on payment security click here.
For details on returns click here.

testsLINKS GUIDE
tests
Blue links for Web Pages
Red links for Glossary
Green links for Diagrams
tests
SPONSORED LINKS

If you want to see your servcies or products advertised on this page then call us on 01923 711 511 or email us at:

I Want to Advertise Here

Menopause

What is the menopause?

Menopause is the medical term used for the last menstrual period a woman will ever have. However, the term is more often used to describe the years leading up to this time, also called the ‘change of life’ or just ‘the change’. This period is more accurately known as climacteric.

Menopause is a natural process that every woman goes through and every woman’s experience of the menopause is different.

When does the menopause happen?

The menopause usually happens between the ages of 45 and 55, although it can be earlier or later. The average age in Britain for the menopause to occur is 51 years old. There can sometimes be a family pattern so it may be worth asking your mother, sister or grandmother when it happened to them.

No matter what age you are, having a hysterectomy (in which both ovaries are removed) causes the menopause to happen instantly. If the ovaries are destroyed by chemotherapy or radiotherapy for cancer of the cervix, this can also bring on an immediate menopause. The symptoms of the menopause can be more severe when the menopause takes place prematurely or abruptly.

Cigarette smokers often reach the menopause earlier than non-smokers.

What causes the menopause and why does it happen?

Every baby girl is born with all the eggs in her ovaries that she will ever produce in her lifetime. There is a steady reduction of these eggs over time as some never mature and others are released each month as your period. By the time most women have reached their late 40's the supply of eggs remaining in the ovaries has fallen to low numbers.

The pituitary gland produces a substance called follicle stimulating hormone (F.S.H.), which is the main hormone involved in producing mature eggs but the eggs that now remain are unable to respond as well to F.S.H. as they did when they were younger. As a result the ovaries will start failing to release eggs and there will be a greatly reduced production of the sex hormones. oestrogen and progesterone. However, the hormone F.S.H. which is always present in the body, will increase dramatically as the pituitary gland makes more F.S.H. in an attempt to encourage the ovaries to respond and cause the remaining eggs to mature. At this time your periods will probably become irregular and unpredictable (until they stop altogether).

The hormones oestrogen and progesterone control your monthly cycle and prepare your body for pregnancy every month. When pregnancy does not occur, your body releases an egg and you have a period. It is the reduced levels of these hormones, which produce the symptoms of the menopause. The menopause is simply a period of adjustment to lower hormone levels in your body.

Oestrogen has many functions, it is needed to keep your body ready for a possible pregnancy and controls sexual development of female characteristics such as the breasts, genitals and womb development. When the supply of eggs runs low, oestrogen is no longer required and so the levels drop causing many effects on the body.

What are the symptoms of the menopause?

Around 80% of women will experience some symptoms of the menopause with only around 20% of women not having any symptoms at all, except for the fact that their periods might become irregular. The symptoms of the menopause result from reduced levels of oestrogen and some women might have severe problems that affect their lifestyle. Symptoms of the menopause may include any of the following:

  • Periods - most women's periods will become unpredictable for several months and in some cases for a few years before they actually stop. The blood flow may also vary from light one month to heavy the next.
  • Hot flushes - the most common symptom of the menopause. Hot flushes are sudden intense waves of heat, sometimes accompanied by redness and sweating. They can occur at any time and some women find that these flushes disrupt their sleep. Hot flushes can last anything from a few seconds up to several minutes and at the start of the menopause can occur as frequently as several times an hour. Hot flushes can be triggered by spicy foods and alcohol. Hot flushes can be uncomfortable, but they are not harmful.
  • Vaginal dryness - your vagina may become dryer and much thinner, making sex painful and uncomfortable. The thinning of the vagina walls also puts you at an increased risk of vaginal infections like thrush and cystitis. Remember, if you do notice any unusual discharge or bleeding from your vagina, a visit to your doctor may be needed.
  • Feeling emotional and depressed - the menopause can make many women experience headaches, forgetfulness and make them irritable - having unexpected mood swings. Many women go through similar emotions and even though you may not think so, people will understand and make allowances.
  • Tiredness - this can often be due to difficulties in sleeping.

It is important to realise that when most women go through the menopause they could also be trying to cope with problems at home. For example, adolescent teenagers, children that are growing up and leaving home, elderly relatives, boredom at work or in personal relationships or they just be finding it difficult coming to terms with their reduced fertility. The menopause does not cause these problems though it can make them seem worse, it is important to try and keep a sense of proportion about what is going on around you. If you are feeling depressed no matter what the reason you should seek your doctors help.

The menopause does not happen overnight and symptoms of the menopause can continue for an average of 4 years. However, the majority of women continue to function well during the menopause. For some women the menopause brings a sense of freedom since the end of fertility means no more birth control and dealing with periods, which may have been heavy or painful.

After a woman has had her last menstrual period she can no longer bear children naturally.

Are there any long term effects?

As oestrogen levels fall, a woman's skin becomes thinner so you may find your skin is more dry and your hair may also become thinner. As mentioned previously the lining of the vagina will become thinner and the womb will also become smaller and the lining thinner. This thinning can also affect the bones and a condition called osteoporosis can develop, approximately 1 in 4 women are at risk. Osteoporosis tends to occur after the menopause when the bones have lost much of the calcium they need to remain strong and firm. For more detailed information on osteoporosis click here.

After the menopause you are also more at risk of heart disease as oestrogen appears to protect the blood vessels, as oestrogen levels fall so does this protection.

How is the menopause diagnosed?

Doctors will usually diagnose the menopause from your symptoms and age alone. Doctors may also check your hormone F.S.H. levels.

If you are experiencing problems or are unsure of your symptoms you should always discuss these with your GP.

We have a test available on this website which looks for raised levels of F.S.H. in urine, for more information or to buy click here.

What treatment is available for the menopause?

Many symptoms of the menopause can be reduced with certain lifestyle changes such as exercise and diet. Exercise, such as walking for 20-30 minutes, 3-4 times a week, will help maintain general fitness, reduce the risk of you developing heart disease and will strengthen the bones.
You should ensue that you eat a well balanced diet containing foods which provide calcium, such as milk products, cheese, sardines, salmon and green leafy vegetables. A good intake of calcium will slow down bone thinning and help to prevent bone fractures. In moderation a small glass or 2 of red wine can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.

If you are suffering from vaginal dryness, try using a vaginal lubricant like KY jelly™ available from most pharmacies.

If you are suffering from hot flushes and sweating you should wear layers of clothes that you can peel off when hot. If you experience night sweats ensure you bring a glass of water to bed with you, wear cotton night wear and sleep with the window open.

You should also get out in the sun when you can. Exposure to the sun stimulates the production of vitamin D in the skin, however, ensure you don't get burnt! Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium from foods and so is essential for healthy bones and teeth.

If you smoke you should now stop, smoking can make menopause symptoms worse and increase the loss of bone density.

The menopause can can be relieved with treatment. Speak to your pharmacist or doctor about taking supplements, (e.g. evening primrose oil and vitamin D) as these can help some women cope with symptoms of the menopause.

Medical treatment which is designed to make up for the loss of oestrogen is available for women who are troubled by symptoms of the menopause. This treatment is called Hormone Replacement Therapy (H.R.T.) and can help ease or prevent some of the symptoms of the menopause. For more information on H.R.T. click here.

Other treatments that are available for the menopause include, antidepressants, tranquillisers and sleeping pills. If you have any symptoms that are causing you concern or discomfort then you should seek your doctors advice.

What about contraception?

Plenty of women stop using contraception before their periods have completely stopped and although fertility decreases with age, it is important to use adequate contraception until the risk of pregnancy no longer exists. An unplanned pregnancy at an older age can be devastating. Generally your periods are considered to be over, one year after your last period if you are a woman over 50 and two years if you are under 50 years of age.

Related topics

H.R.T.

Osteoporosis

 
 
SPECIAL OFFER

Clearblue Product Offers

clearblue

We offer most of your usual clearblue products at very low prices, but we also have designed a few combination packs that have been heavily reduced to offer you fantastic value for money. For example;

Clearblue Digital Pregnancy Tests - 2 Test Pack
Code: CLBDIGPREG
Price: UK£13.99
Clearblue Digital Ovulation Tests - 20 Test Pack
Code: CLBDIGOV20
Price: UK£22.99
20 Clearblue Fertility Monitor Test Sticks
Code: CBFERTSTICKSX20
Price: UK£ 19.99
Clearblue Fertility Monitor
Code: CLBMON
Price: UK£19.99
Persona Monitor Test Sticks
Code: PERSOSTK
Price: UK£ 11.95
Persona Starter Monitor Pack Incl. 8 Test Sticks
Code: PERSO
Price: UK£ 11.95
For more information and to order these tests and other clearblue products click here.
TESTSBEST SELLING PRODUCTS
1. 10, 20 & 25mIU Pregnancy Tests
2. 20, 30 & 40mIU Ovulation Test Strips
3. NEW*** Clearblue Advanced Fertility Ovulation Tests
4. Balance Activ Gel
5. Sperm Friendly Lubricants
6. Home Blood Type Test
7. Home Drug Tests
8. Male & Female Fertility Tests
9. Digital Basal Thermometer
10. All Clearblue Pregnancy, Ovulation & Persona Tests
11. Professional Urine Analysis Test Strips - in Tubs and Individually Foiled
12. DNA / Paternity - Peace of Mind Laboratory Test
testsALL PRODUCTS AVAILABLE

90 Day Hair Drug Test

Alcohol Saliva Tests
AL6000 Alcohol Breathalyser
Digital Alcohol Breathalyser Test
Allergy Tests
Anaemia / Iron Test
Bacterial Infection Tests
Balance Activ Vaginal Gel
Basal Digital Thermometer
Blood Glucose Monitor / Meter
Blood Group / Type Test
Bowel / Colon Disorder Test
Chlamydia STI Test
Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea Tests
Cholesterol Tests
Clearblue Range
NEW*** Advanced Clearblue Monitor, 20+4 Test Sticks & Advanced Pregnancy Tests
Clearblue ***NEW ADVANCED Digital Ovulation Tests 10 and 20 Test Packs
Clearblue Plus Pregnancy Tests
Clearblue Digital Pregnancy Tests
Clearblue ***NEW Digital Ovulation -10 and 20 Test Packs
Clearblue (OLD) Fertility Monitor Test Sticks
Clearblue (OLD) Fertility Monitor
Collection Cup with Lid - 125mL
Complete Home Health Test Pack
Conceive Plus Fertility Lubricant
Cystitis Tests
Date Rape 'DRINK SPIKE' Tests
Diabetes Tests
Digital Medical Thermometer
DNA / Paternity Test
Drug Screening Tests
Female Discharge Test
Female Fertility Tests
Female & Male Fertility Tests
Fertility Saliva Ovulation Tester
First Response Pregnancy Tests
Gloves in a Bottle

Glucose Meter / Monitor Complete Test Pack

Gonorrhoea STI Test
Hair Drug Testing Kit
Home Drug Tests
Kidney Infection Tests
Universal Lancets - 28G
Liver Infection Tests
Male Fertility Tests
Menopause Tests
Organic Sperm Friendly Fertility Lubricant
Ovulation Tests
Ovulation Saliva Microscope
Persona Monitor and Test Sticks
Pregnancy Tests
Pre-seed Fertility Lubricant
Prostate Disorders Test
Sample Cups
SD Glucose Meter Testing Strips
Snowfire - Chapped Hands
Stomach Ulcer Test
Thyroid Disorder Test
Urine Analysis Test Sticks
Urine Infection Tests
Vaginal Infection Tests
Yes Baby Fertility Lubricant
Reviews of homehealth-uk.com
 
 
 
 
 

© 2007 Home Health (UK) Limited - Drug Tests - Pregnancy Tests - Ovulation Tests - Fertility Tests - Home Drug Testing Kits
Home Health UK is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of health tests for medical professionals the home and workplace. Our range of tests include drug testing kits, Chlamydia tests, oral saliva tests, pregnancy tests, ovulation tests, cholesterol tests, drug screening tests, home drug tests and DNA Paternity Tests.
Home | Contact Us | Advertising | News | Links | Shipping | Secure Payments | Terms | Disclaimer | Our Promise | Site Map | Site Search | Back to Top

Bookmark and Share