Postmenopause Panel™ (PostM™) and Perimenopause Panel™ (PeriM™)
Menopause is a natural and usually gradual change in glandular function in women resulting in substantial shifts in hormone levels.
The Postmenopause Panel™ provides measurements of six key hormones:
- Estrone (E1)
- Estradiol (E2)
- Estriol (E3)
- Progesterone (P)
- Testosterone (T)
- DHEA, DHEA-S (pooled)
Literally, menopause means the cessation of the monthly menstrual cycle; it signals the end of a woman’s natural childbearing years. Menopause is neither a disease nor an illness—it is a natural and usually gradual change in glandular function. It has its origins in the beginning of menses and culminates in a series of hormonal changes that result in the cessation of menstrual flow. This transition produces a variety of bodily manifestations and symptoms, due to changes in the production of hormones and the timing of their release.
The right balance of hormones is important to long-term emotional, mental and bodily health
Various body parts undergo change and can produce one or more of the following symptoms:
- Bleeding irregularities
- Vaginal dryness
- Hot flashes or sweats
- Changes in sex drive
- Nervousness or irritability
- Mood changes
- Skin aging or cosmetic changes
- Altered fat and carbohydrate metabolism
These symptoms can indicate the need for testing:
- Hot flashes
- Depression or anxiety
- Night sweats
- Changes in menstrual cycle
- Vaginal dryness
- Urinary incontinence
- Low libido
- Memory Loss or difficulty concentrating
- Bone loss or osteoporosis
- Loss of muscle mass
- Increased fat accumulation
- Risk of cardiovascular disease or heart attack
How Can We Help You?Let us take a common example:
A woman suffers from several symptoms—migraines, hot flashes and emotional fragility. She is having irregular periods, one every 6-8 months. Her doctor treats her with natural estrogens, but he does not do any testing to determine quantities or types of hormones that will meet her specific needs. The symptoms are under control, but her risks are increased.
Risks of treatment without actual testing of hormone levels includes:
- Increased blood pressure
- Endometrial cancer (uterine cancer)
- Fibroid growth
- Gallbladder disease
- At least twice the risk of breast cancer over 15 years
What could we have found out if we had tested her saliva hormone levels? We would have known that she has too much estrogen, not enough progesterone to balance the estrogen, low DHEA and marginal testosterone.
But she felt good on the estrogen, many will say. Yes, however, the silent killers (cancer, blood pressure, heart disease) rarely make anyone feel badly at the start. Her best course is a new treatment plan, designed around the objective saliva hormone measurements.
Ask your healthcare provider for the Menopausal Hormone Panel™ (PostM™) or the expanded panel — ePostM™—to measure your hormones.
Arbitrarily given hormones may deal with the symptoms while posing other serious health risks
How Do You Benefit?There are five distinct ways that you can benefit from using the saliva tests in the Menopausal Hormone Panels™:
- The collection procedure spares you the pain of venipunctures with a needle.
- Results are more clinically reflective of your hormone status and needs.
- Results can lead to an individualized and customized treatment plan using natural hormones.
- You will minimize overdosing and underdosing. This will ensure that you use only the proper hormones in the appropriate amounts.
With salivary hormone testing, guesswork is a part of the past.
- The Post-Menopause Hormone Panel™ (PostM™) helps determine the risk of disease in your breast or uterus, and also allows for individualized recommendations on how to minimize this risk.
- Taking hormones without analysis and a determination of the true need for specific hormones entails unnecessary risk of possible serious side effects.
- The correct hormone panel along with the assistance of your doctor will aid in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.
- Our test helps you know for certain whether you are in menopause or in perimenopause.