Is my biological clock ticking fast?

Menopause is a normal condition that all women experience as they age. The term “menopause” can describe any of the changes a woman goes through either just before or after she stops menstruating, marking the end of her reproductive period.

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What Causes Menopause?

A woman is born with a finite number of eggs, which are stored in the ovaries. The ovaries also make the hormones oestrogen and progesterone which control menstruation and and ovulation. Menopause happens when the ovaries no longer release an egg every month and menstuationstops.

Menopause is considered a normal part of aging when it happens after the age of 40. But some women can go through menopause early, either as a result of surgery, such as hysterectomy, or damage to the ovaries, such as from chemotherapy. Menopause that happens before 40, regardless of the cause, is called premature menopause.

What does the menopause profile test consist of?

A menopause profile test that would test:

FSH

LH

Oestradiol (17-beta)

TSH

FT4

 

How much is the fee?

The fee is £125.

Why choose this test?

This is a blood test and is helpful for women who believe they may be going through Perimenopause or have Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI).

Both FSH and LH hormone are produced by the pituitary gland. When a women goes into menopause, she is running out of eggs in her ovaries. The brain senses that there is a low oestrogen environment, more FSH is thereby released from the pituitary in an attempt to stimulate the ovaries to produce a good follicle and estrogen hormone.

Think of it like stepping on the gas pedal in the car to get going. The FSH is the gas, and the pituitary gland releases FSH to get a follicle “going” at the beginning of every menstrual cycle. If there are fewer follicles left (and perhaps lower quality follicles) the amount of “gas” has to be increased to get a follicle to develop.

Oestrogen of which Oestradiol (17 beta) is one, is a main hormone involved in female reproduction. If you have low estrogen levels, it will probably mean one of two things: Either your ovaries are not getting the proper signals to release your eggs; or the ovaries are not physically capable of releasing your eggs. In addition, low oestrogen levels could suppress ovulation altogether or cause other fertility related problems, such as the non occurrence of the thickening of uterine lining required for the implantation of the fertilised eggs.

Your thyroid plays a key role in helping you metabolize food, store and use energy, manage your weight and temperature control, think, talk, and sleep. Hypothyroidism is characterized by an underproduction of the hormones needed to support your activity on a daily basis. As a result, you may experience fatigue, poor concentration, cold sensitivity, weight gain, dry skin, hair loss, and general sluggishness.

Normally, your brain and thyroid communicate with your body to maintain optimal balance. In a healthy state, the brain produces thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) and thyroid-stimulating hormone(TSH). TSH prompts your thyroid to produce the thyroid hormone T4 (thyroxine), which is then converted in other parts of the body to T3 (triiodothyronine), the form our cells use most effectively. In the case of hypothyroidism, either the thyroid’s ability to make and release T4, or the body’s ability to convert T4 to T3, becomes compromised, often showing up in the form of elevated TSH.

This panel of 5 hormones therefore give a broad picture of hormones that are related to ageing and ovarian functions, thereby giving us a good indication of where you ate at as far as menopause is concerned.

When should I do this test?

You should come in on day 2, 3, 4 of your cycle. The first day of your menstrual cycle is the first day of your period (day 1).

What are the precautions for this test?

If you are using contraceptive, you should stop using it, wait till the first cycle starts prior to doing the test.

When will the result be available?

The test results will be available in 1 day. We will forward the result to you by e mail and follow up with a phone call.

What to do next?

Should the test results raise issues, we will explore different options with you.

How can I arrange this test?

Just give us a call – 0207 096 0283. We can make arrangements for you straight away.

We have a wealth of experience in fertility treatment for both males & females at TCM Healthcare – contact us to find the best solution for your situation.Call us on: 0207 096 0283

 

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Professor Shun Au OBE
Director
TCM Healthcare Fertility Clinic
We offer a Fast and efficient service. Most tests can be organised either on the same day or in one day if pre-test conditions are met. Most test results will be available between 1 and 3 days. All tests are carried out by reputable laboratories in this field. The test results will be accepted by any doctor or clinic in the world. Test reports will be forwarded to you promptly. We will follow up with a call to explain the result and explore the bigger picture with you. We work with a range of clinics and will help you navigate the landscape of fertility services.