Wednesday Bubble: Test me this

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 in menopause | 0 comments


In case those hot flashes, night sweats, drastic mood swings, aches, pains and forgetfulness have you confused, the manufacturers of First Response pregnancy test are here to help.

Wait, what? Pregnancy?

No, not pregnancy. Menopause!!!

That’s right, ladies, to be certain that your FSH levels are [cue music] menopausal, the New Choice™ Menopause Test is here!!!  This nifty “99%” accurate test will allow you to start monitoring your hormone levels as soon as those perimenopausal symptoms start to hit. But here’s the rub. While a prolonged increase in FSH levels can indicate a diminished ovarian reserve and therefore, the beginning of the menopausal transition, hormone levels do and can fluctuate. Moreover, in some women, FSH can return to normal and then perhaps increase over a number of months. What this means is that FSH measurements are hardly foolproof OR proof that menopause is starting.

Because hormone levels tend to fluctuate, most practitioners will recommend monthly tests, or should I say, monthly BLOOD tests. Urine test findings may correlate with blood testing but if blood testing is the norm and are hardly accurate, one has to question the accuracy of urine tests. If it looks like a rat and smells like a rat, well…

Menopause home testing will cost you about $6.50 a month or $78 a year. If I were you, I’d save your money and schedule a visit to your health practitioner. That visit, along with a year of no menstrual periods, brings the accuracy levels a lot closer to 100%.


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