Who is this test for?
Our menopause health check is for women who would like to understand whether they are being affected by the menopause or who are at a stage of the menopause and would like to learn more about how they are being affected.
How does the test help?
The menopause can have a great impact on women's physical health and mental wellbeing. The Immuniti menopause health check helps you to see what is causing symptoms such as hot flushes, joint pain, low energy and low libido. The test analyses the particular biomarkers concerning women's hormone health to help you take proactive steps to improve your daily health, quality of life and reduce the increased health risks caused by the change in hormones, including osteoporosis and heart disease. Hormones are key to our overall wellness, they instruct your body to regulate appetite, reproduction and mood. Our doctors will review your results and where required, provide a bespoke recommendation of treatment.
- Oestrogen (oestradiol) - Responsible for sexual function and the development of secondary sexual characteristics. Oestradiol levels decline with age. Low oestradiol can cause many symptoms associated with the menopause, including mood swings, hot flushes and night sweats. It can also cause osteoporosis.
- TSH - Responsible for controlling the release of thyroid hormones into the blood. It indicates how well the thyroid gland is working. Low TSH levels indicate that the thyroid gland is likely to be overactive. Individuals with an overactive thyroid may experience symptoms of weight loss, hot flushes and anxiety or depression.
- Ft4 - Responsible for speeding up the rate of your metabolism. Most T4 is bound to carrier proteins in the blood, but it is only the free that is active in the body, which we measure in this test. These hormones have important roles in brain development, metabolism, muscle control, heart function and bone maintenance.
- LH - Responsible for ovulation. Working in conjunction with follicle stimulating hormone to trigger the release of the egg. LH levels increase around the time of the menopause, including the reduced function of the ovaries, reduction in progesterone and oestrogen production. The hormone gives a good insight into how the reproductive system is working.
- FSH - Responsible for stimulating the growth of egg-bearing follicles in your ovaries. FSH levels will increase when a woman is entering the menopause because the ovaries will no longer work.
- Total testosterone - Affecting the brain, the heart and blood vessels, bone and muscle mass, fat distribution, energy levels and sexual function. High levels of testosterone in women can cause Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. This condition affects how the ovaries work and can cause unwanted side effects including irregular or the absence of periods, weight gain and excess hair growth.
- Free testosterone - Free testosterone is what connects with testosterone receptors within the body’s cells. When a cell absorbs free testosterone, it enables its functionality, such as cell replication in the bones and muscles. Free testosterone is also responsible for unwanted secondary sexual characteristics as seen in men, including facial hair and a deeper voice. Low testosterone may lead to a reduced sex drive.
- SHBG - Sex hormone binding globulin. A protein made by the liver which attaches itself to sex hormones found in both men and women. Checking SHBG levels can show if there is too much or too little testosterone being used by the body.
- Albumin - A protein made by your liver. It is responsible for helping to keep fluid in your bloodstream, so it doesn't leak into other tissues. It is also carries various substances throughout your body, including hormones. Low albumin levels can indicate a problem with your liver or kidneys.
Symptoms of the menopause include:
- Hot flushes
- Joint pain
- Low libido
- Irregular, heavy periods or absent periods
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Skin and hair changes
- Fatigue and tiredness
- Weak bladder
When should I take the test?
Take the test in the morning before 10am. If you are still having periods, then you should take the test on the third day of your period. If you no longer have periods, then you can take the test at any time.