The First Sign of Menopause Can Be Measured with a Blood Test

by Laura Ramirez on July 9, 2011

The first sign of menopause can be measured by a blood test. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism shows that the blood level of a hormone called AMH which varies over a women’s reproductive cycle can predict when she will go through menopause.ᅠThis is a predictive menopause test that may prove helpful to women in their reproductive years.

The age-specific blood levels of the anti Mullerian hormone AMH can predict when women will reach menopause. This has been concluded by doctor and researcher Simone Broer of the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht in a study that is published online today in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism...

This is important news for women who want to get pregnant, but are wondering if it is better to wait awhile in terms of establishing their careers or gaining financial stability. Testing the level of this hormone can give a woman a good idea of how many fertile years she has left. Since more women are going through menopause earlier in their reproductive cycle than in our mother’s time, this can be crucial information for couples who want to start a family or have another child. This first sign of menopause may also motivate women to freeze their eggs.

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