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Are you over 45 years of age? Have you been feeling
persistently tired, irritable with unexplained mood swings, or even
feeling depressed. Perhaps you have been having sudden hot flushes
and sweating or perhaps your periods have become irregular. Then this test could be for you.
By the time most women have reached
their late 40's the supply of eggs remaining in the ovaries has
fallen to low numbers. Follicle Stimulating Hormone (F.S.H.) 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. F.S.H. is always present in the body, but the pituitary gland
produces more of the F.S.H. hormone when the ovaries
start failing to release eggs in an attempt to get your ovaries
to respond and cause the remaining eggs to mature.
In women elevated levels of FSH are associated with the menopause. This FSH menopause test detects FSH in urine at a concentration of 25mIU/ml or greater. It can help you determine if your symptoms are related to the menopause.
How likely is this test to be positive?
The menopause usually affects women between the ages
of 45 and 55, but 5% of women can be affected at an earlier age. There
are an estimated 5 million women going through the menopause at any one
What symptoms are linked with the menopause?
Symptoms of the menopause may continue for an average
of 4 years and vary considerably for each woman. Symptoms may include
Hot flushes and night sweats
Persistent tiredness, irritability and mood swings
The first morning urine contains the highest level of FSH and so is the best for testing. Do not drink excess fluids before carrying out the test.
Store the test at room temperature
Keep away from children
Each test should only be used once and then thrown away after use.
How to perform this menopause test:
Read all instructions carefully before performing the
1. When ready to urinate remove the midstream menopause
test from the foil pouch.
2. Remove the protective cap from the test to reveal
the absorbent tip. Do not throw the cap away.
3. Hold the test wand by the thumb grip with the exposed
absorbent tip pointing downwards and place directly into the urine stream for at least 5 seconds, until it is thoroughly wet. Do not
urinate on the control or result window
4. Remove the test from the urine stream and replace
the protective cap over the wet absorbent tip.
6. Lay the test wand on a clean, even surface with the viewing
windows facing upwards, while you wait for the result.
You may notice a pink colour moving across the windows as the test begins
8. Read results at 5 minutes. Do not read the results
after 10 minutes.
A line should appear in the control window
and shows the test is working properly. If no line appears the test is
invalid and you should repeat the test with a new dipstick.
Negative: If only one coloured line appears in the
control window the result is negative. If a second line (the test window)
appears below the first line, which is lighter than the first line, then
the result is also negative.
Positive: If the second line in
the test window is of equal or greater colour intensity (darker) than
the line in the control window, this is a positive result.
If the test result is positive, repeat the
test one week later using the second dipstick to confirm the result. F.S.H.
elevates for short periods in normal cycles but it is the extended elevation
of F.S.H., which could indicate menopause. If the second test is also
positive, your symptoms are probably due to the menopause and you should
make an appointment to visit your doctor. If the test is negative but
your symptoms persist you should also consult your doctor for advice.
Your doctor may discuss your symptoms with
you and undertake further tests, he/she may also discuss the advantages
and possible disadvantages of taking Hormone Replacement Therapy (H.R.T.)
and give you advice on lifestyle changes.