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PRE-MENOPAUSE AND POST-MENOPAUSE PANELS


EASY, CONVENIENT KNOWING OF THE HORMONAL CHANGES IN YOUR BODY

Saliva hormone testing is non-invasive and accurate, knowing the hormones levels that play a vital role in female reproductive function. Imbalance of various hormones may contribute to serious medical conditions such as osteoporosis, hot flashes, depression, stress etc. Measuring of hormones provides the insight of hormonal changes that may contribute to common menopausal symptoms and are important for monitoring hormone levels in patients undergoing hormone treatment strategies. The Post menopause Panel requires a single saliva collection and is ideal for women who have already transitioned into menopause. The Per menopause Panel involves two saliva samples collected approximately two weeks apart and is the preferred test for women experiencing early signs of menopause such as infrequent or unpredictable menses.

WITH THE PERI-MENOPAUSE AND POST-MENOPAUSE, SALIVA SAMPLES ARE USED TO ASSESS:
ESTROGEN, PROGESTERONE, DHEA AND TESTOSTERONE


ESTROGEN:


There are three forms of Estrogen–Estrone, Estradiol and Estriol

Estrone (E1)–Estrone is the predominant estrogen in postmenopausal women. A significant portion of estrone production takes place in fat cells, and elevated levels are associated with an increased risk for certain types of cancer.

Estradiol (E2)–Produced in the ovaries, fat cells, and adrenal glands, this form of estrogen has the strongest activity. Estradiol levels decrease after menopause, which may contribute to bone loss, hot flashes, and other symptoms.

Estriol (E3)–The weakest acting form of the three estrogens. Measuring levels of estriol is important for evaluating overall estrogen status.


PROGESTERONE:


Produced in the ovaries, levels of this hormone decline around menopause. Progesterone is important for maintaining a healthy endometrium in a normal menstrual cycle. The ratio of progesterone to estrogen is an important factor in evaluating the risk of certain types of cancer in peri- and postmenopausal women.


DHEA:


A hormone produced in the adrenal glands, which is a precursor to estrogen and testosterone. Too much or too little DHEA can lead to abnormal levels of these hormones.


TESTOSTERONE:


Usually considered a “male hormone”, testosterone plays an important role in maintaining muscle mass, bone density, metabolism, energy and libido in women as well. Elevated levels are associated with symptoms such as hair loss, acne, and facial hair growth.

MENOPAUSE SYMPTOMS:


 

  • Depression
  • Bloating
  • Fatigue
  • Fibroids
  • Doggy Memory
  • Endometriosis
  • Hair Loss
  • Hot Flashes
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Low sex derive/Libido
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Mood swings
  • Night Sweats
  • PMS
  • Weight Gain
  • Vaginal Dryness