The Post-Menopausal Health Panels

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
At menopause, various body parts undergo change and can produce one or more of the following symptoms:

Endocrine

  • Bleeding irregularities
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Hot flashes or sweats
  • Changes in sex drive

Nervous system

  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness or irritability
  • Headaches
  • Mood changes
  • Depression

Metabolic changes

  • Skin aging or cosmetic changes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Altered fat and carbohydrate metabolism
  • Atherosclerosis

What can you do about it?

There are several therapeutic options which may minimize or even eliminate many of the symptoms:
  • Treat symptoms using synthetic hormones without hormone-level testing.
  • Treat symptoms using natural hormones without any testing.
  • Treat and correct symptoms using natural hormones with testing for hormone levels before and after treatment.

Why should you test?

Hormones are powerful substances that control multiple functions throughout the body. Hormone levels should be sufficient and balanced. Too much or too little is not conducive to long-term emotional, mental and bodily health. By not measuring the hormones before and after treatment, your hormone picture is, at best, an educated guess, because hormone levels from woman to woman can vary from 200% to 1,500%. In fact, many women need only one hormone, while others require three or four different kinds. Just as you cannot balance your bank account without numbers on your bank statements, hormone testing provides both a basis for treatment and proximity to your goal.
One can then:
  • Customize natural hormone dosing to meet individual needs.
  • Optimize hormone levels for minimum dosing to relieve symptoms and avoid overdosing.
  • Achieve appropriate and compatible physiologic levels of several hormones.
  • Increase the sense of well-being by removing underlying hormone deficits and imbalances.

What do we test for and what does it tell you?

We test for the naturally occurring female sex hormones. One, two, six or eight of them, depending on your need. We utilize your saliva as a sample for measuring hormones, such as testosterone, DHEA, progesterone, estriol, estrone, estradiol, dihydrotestosterone and androstenedione.
The brain-derived regulating hormones Follicle Stimulating hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing hormone (LH), are also measured to help assess efficacy of control and feedback between the brain and ovaries. Measurement of FSH and LH is included in the expanded panels, the ePostM™ and ePeriM™. Saliva hormone values reflect the tissue exposure of your hormones. Blood and serum contain the total hormone, but your tissues are only bathed with the active or effective fraction as found in saliva. Active fraction measurements are superior to blood and urine measurements both in diagnosis and treatment.