Following menopause, a marked decrease in oestrogen production can result in distinct changes in female physiology. Dramatic reductions in hormone levels or imbalances between oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone can lead to:
By the time a woman reaches menopause, her total oestrogen production has typically declined by 70-80% and her androgen production by 50%.
Reduced hormonal levels are associated with increased risk for osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.
Reduced Hormone levels can also affect:
Urine and saliva
This test measures the free, bio-available fraction of hormones the portion of hormones that are active in the body.
You will need to send your sample back to the lab via a next day postal service – If you are in the UK, Royal mail offer a suitable next day service. If you are outside of the UK then please check with your postal service for options. The cost of the test does not cover the return postage.
Please note that samples should only be posted on Monday – Thursday so that they do not arrive over the weekend when the lab is closed.
A courier returns option is offered by the lab and details will be included in with your test kit. This is an optional service and the cost is not included in with the test fee. Details about payment, should you wish to take up this offer, are included with the courier details.
Do not eat, brush or floss teeth, use mouthwash, or chew gum (1 hour before)
Wash hands before collection
See instructions inside test kit for details
The use of natural progesterone and HRT can influence the results of this test and should be avoided prior to doing the test unless wishing to monitor therapy.
If wishing to monitor therapy then the test should be carried out 8-10 hours after the last dose/application.
Do not discontinue any prescription medication without the supervision of your doctor.