When a woman’s periods stop and she is no longer able to get pregnant, she is said to have entered menopause. Before this time, her periods may have become less frequent in the preceding months or years. They then stop, sometimes suddenly, without warning.
The average age for reaching menopause is 51, but it varies from woman to woman and can start as early as your late 30’s or as late as your late 50’s. If you are experiencing the symptoms below it could be an indicator that you are beginning menopause.
- Mood swings
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Night sweats
- Loss of sex drive
- Vaginal dryness
- Difficulty sleeping
These symptoms could also be related to other heath concerns so it is important to determine if they are indeed menopause. A fast and simple at-home menopause test kit can help you to determine if your symptoms are indeed menopause.
What is Menopause?
Menopause marks the end of your period. When you began menstruating your body made many changes leading up to the months before you cycle began, and it most likely took several months before your period became regular while your hormones regulated.
Menopause is very similar. Your body will begin to change in response to your changing hormones which leads to the symptoms you may be experiencing. Before your cycle comes to an end your periods will likely become less and less frequent. Once you are in menopause your eggs will stop producing ovaries.
What is Premenopause and Perimenopause?
Premenopause refers to the symptoms you experience when your hormones begin to fluctuate. These symptoms can begin while you are still experiencing regular menstrual cycles and are the first sign that menopause is starting. This could be when hot flushes, night sweats, and increased irritability begin.
Perimenopause is when your advanced symptoms of menopause begin and the occasional mild symptoms of premenopause become more apparent. Perimenopause is often when your period becomes irregular and when your Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) levels increase. Symptoms of perimenopause can last for several years on each side of menopause.
How Does a Home Menopause Test Kit Work?
Home menopause test kits work by measuring the amount of FSH in your bloodstream. When you reach menopause you will have increased levels of FSH for the next 3-5 years. If you are trying to figure out if you have indeed had your last period and have moved into postmenopause, using a home menopause kit will help you in making this determination. Once you have determined that you have reached menopause you can speak with your physician regarding Hormone Replacement Therapy.
There are various types of home menopause tests kits but they all work in the same way. At Zoom Baby we stock our own Menopause Test Kit which offers reliable results at a fraction of the price of some branded tests. We also offer the BabyStart Fertility Test Kit which is a bit more expensive, but equally as popular.