Markers: FSH, LH, Oestradiol

What is menopause?

Menopause is when a woman no longer has menstrual periods and can no longer become pregnant (naturally). Usually the periods are less frequent during menopause, but it can also stop suddenly. This process is a natural part of aging and mainly occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 55, when estrogen levels drop. There are various complaints during menopause, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, problems with sleeping, reduced libido and depression or anxiety complaints. The duration of these complaints varies.

What do we determine when the menopause blood test?

FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) is an important factor for sexual development. For example, it regulates the menstrual cycle and helps with the growth of eggs. The FSH values change during the cycle. The values are highest during ovulation. In men, FSH ensures the production of sperm and the values do not change that much. The start of menopause can be demonstrated by FSH research. Elevated FSH levels can indicate that a woman is going through menopause.

The luteinizing hormone (LH) is closely linked to FSH. LH is also important for sexual development. LH levels are highest just before ovulation. At the onset of menopause, when no more eggs are maturing, LH will rise. This increase can be comparable to the LH value of a normal cycle. Therefore, this provision cannot be used alone to demonstrate the transition. An abnormal LH value can indicate other conditions, such as problems with the ovaries. On the other hand, FSH does rise sufficiently during menopause.

Estradiol is a sex hormone and is part of the estrogens. This hormone is produced in the ovaries with the help of LH and FSH. After menopause, women produce estrogens in their fatty tissue. Estradiol levels are lower after menopause. With the help of these three hormones we can detect early menopause and determine the transition more accurately.

If you are using hormones, such as the pill, this test may not be reliable.

How does it work?

Professional testing

Self-tests do not always provide reliable and consistent results. That's why Labplusarts chooses to have the tests professionally administered at a testing location. We have made this process as simple as possible for you.

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    Find the test that suits you

    Information on various health topics and a clear overview of our extensive test offerings. Through the website, you can easily determine which test may be relevant for you. Do you need assistance in making a choice or would you like to customize your own package? Feel free to contact us.

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    Choose a testing location

    We conduct tests at 350+ locations across the Netherlands, ensuring there is always a location near you. During the ordering process, you can easily select your preferred testing location, and after payment, you can schedule an appointment. Choose where and when it suits you.

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    Get tested

    During your appointment, one of our medical professionals will collect your sample. Subsequently, your sample will be examined in the laboratory.

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    Truly reliable results with understandable explanations

    Because your sample is taken professionally, the results are consistent. Your test results are evaluated by one of our own doctors and accompanied by thorough advice. We believe it's important that you understand what the results mean for you. We ensure this by providing explanations about the test and the significance of your values.

There is always a location near you

When to opt for a menopause blood test?

This blood test is recommended when:
  • You suffer have hormonal complaints
  • You want to have an idea of your menopause

Why blood tests for (early) menopause?

If you suffer a lot from complaints such as irregular periods, hot flashes, vaginal dryness or sleeping problems, you may be going through menopause. While some women have almost no problems at all, other women have a lot of complaints. By researching your hormones, you can see whether a treatment is appropriate for these complaints. Based on this research, you will have a clear insight into menopause. .
The accuracy of the test for Menopauze is conducted through ISO-certified laboratories. The accuracy of a test method is expressed in terms of specificity and sensitivity. However, the most important aspect is that the results are interpreted and accepted among general practitioners and hospitals. This is the case with our venous samples. Mutual acceptance may not always be present due to potentially reduced reliability with a capillary sample.
Most tests generally take 24-48 hours. Tests that go through an LC-MS method generally take longer, think about an average of 3-7 working days. Additionally, it also depends on the location. Some locations do the analysis themselves and others outsource it to another lab.
Interpreting the results of Menopauze is not always easy and should be seen in the broader picture, along with anamnesis and physical examination. In the doctor's advice section, the query in which you can already outline your complaints is taken into account, otherwise, the results are interpreted in conjunction with the other results. If necessary, the doctor can call to ask about physical abnormalities. You don't have to interpret the results yourself because there is always advice and explanation from the doctor.
If the results of the test for Menopauze are clinically significantly abnormal, the doctor will contact you by phone. If you are not reachable, you will receive an email. This includes advice and an explanation of the abnormal results and what you can do about them. If you need a prescription or referral, we can help with that.
The costs of Menopauze can be found on the product page. Depending on your insurance and additional packages, you may be reimbursed for these costs for Menopauze. For example, tests for IVF treatment are often reimbursed. After your order, you will receive an invoice that you can submit to your insurance.
The ordering process is easy. You can add a Menopauze test or the tests you want to your shopping cart. In step two, you fill in your details and pay. Then you will receive an email confirmation and you can go to a collection location. After you have been there, you will receive the results of the Menopauze test in your Portal.
We are certified-ready according to the NEN 7510 and 7512 standards for secure data transfer in healthcare. The Portal is secured with two-factor authentication. Your data is also encrypted. We do not send the results of Menopauze to third parties without permission, not even to your general practitioner without your consent.
The blood test for Menopauze must take place at one of the collection locations we provide. At certain locations, it is possible for a phlebotomist to come to you. You can indicate this during checkout. An appointment will then be made as soon as possible to come to your home.
You can easily make an appointment for Menopauze blood test after your order in your Portal. You can visit almost daily in all major cities in the Netherlands. In smaller cities, you can visit on certain days. At certain locations, it is also possible to visit on weekends.
An interpretation by a doctor or an explanation is included in the Menopauze test. The explanation takes into account the query that you can specify in your Portal after ordering.
For blood tests, we always use venous sampling. This is the gold standard for blood collection. Over-the-counter tests, such as a finger prick test, use the capillary route for blood collection. These do not always give the same results and the accuracy depends on how, where, and with which technique the collection is done. The advantage, of course, is that the test is easier and less painful to take.
You can always pay with iDeal and credit card (VISA, Mastercard, and Amex). This also includes Apple Pay. The phlebotomists at the collection location cannot accept cash payments.
The results of Labplusarts can be shared with your general practitioner at your request. However, you can also easily arrange this yourself by downloading the result in PDF format. Because we use comparable test methods as the general practitioner, the results are interchangeable and comparable so that comparisons can be made well.


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