Find out if you are in the perimenopause or menopause
Are you experiencing symptoms that you think might be connected to the menopause eg hot flushes, night sweats, irregular periods, brain fog or mood swings?
This simple home finger prick test measures FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) which is the hormone that rises as you go through the perimenopause and menopause.
FSH is the hormone that is produced by your pituitary gland which is situated at the base of your brain. As the name suggests, FSH stimulates follicles on the ovaries to grow and it is these follicles that contain eggs.
As you age there will come a point at this life stage when you do not have enough eggs left in the ovaries to ovulate. To try and get you to ovulate, your body produces more of the follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) to try and trigger ovulation, but that can’t happen because the egg supply is too low. Your body will then produce even more FSH to try again.
Testing your level of FSH provides a way of checking to see whether you are going through the menopause.