The Postmenopausal Hormone Panel
In the course of a woman’s lifecycle, she experiences transitions (stages of her reproductive life) that are characterized by a shifting and readjustment of the hormones associated with reproduction. These hormones include estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
Menopause is one of the stages in a woman’s reproductive life. Menopause usually begins when a woman is in her (usually late) 40’s and 50’s. It is the transition that signals the end of menstruation, and with it, reproduction. A woman has reached menopause when she has not had a period for 12 months in a row. Once 12 months has passed, a woman enters into the next stage of her reproductive life, known as postmenopause. In this stage, a woman is no longer able to get pregnant.
Most women experience postmenopause in their 50’s; however, cessation of a woman’s menstrual cycle can begin earlier, or later, and can also be surgically induced. The postmenopause stage will continue for the rest of a woman’s life.
The Postmenopausal Years
During her life, a woman will produce several types of estrogens, progesterone, and even testosterone. During menopause, a woman’s ovaries gradually make less of the estrogen hormones, progesterone, and later testosterone. As a woman progresses further and further into her postmenopausal years, these hormones are depleted more and more. This can produce hormonal imbalances in a woman’s body.
Symptoms may include hot flashes, sleep disturbances, night sweats, emotional and cognitive changes, and changes in appearance, including weight gain. Other symptoms may occur, as well, The extent and severity of these symptoms varies with each woman.
Testing for Female Hormones After Menstruation Has Stopped
A postmenopausal test will measure a woman’s production of three (3) types of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, as well as other hormones affected during this stage of a woman’s life. It is a salivary test done in the convenience of your home. It is done in one day – only one salivary collection is required. Test kits are provided. Each test kit contains full instructions, test tubes for salivary collection, forms to be submitted to the lab, and prepaid postage for mailing the collected saliva to the lab. The test kit box is the same box used to mail the test tubes back to the lab.
A nutritional consultation will determine whether or not this test will be needed to bring the body back into nutritional balance. If this test is recommended, once the results are received by me, a nutritional program is then tailored to your specific nutritional needs to improve hormonal function. Diet, supplementation, and other nutritional and lifestyle considerations are important for maintaining healthy hormonal function and will help to bring the body back into balance. Our programs help to correct nutritional deficiencies, and in doing so, overall health is improved.