Menopause is the cessation of menstruation by women and terminates a woman’s opportunity to get pregnant. While its onset typically starts around 50, it can come on as early as 35. SmarTest Labs designed this panel for women who want children but suspect they may be in premature menopause.
- Specific hormone indicators will show the onset of menopause in women of any age. Sometimes, elevated follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels are measured to confirm menopause. When a woman’s FSH blood level is consistently elevated to 30 mIU/mL or higher, and she has not had a menstrual period for a year, it is generally accepted that she has reached menopause.
- Women with lower levels of the hormone earlier in life tend to go through menopause at a younger age than average.