Menopause Can Be Predicted Two Years Ago With The New Type Of Blood Test
According to the researchers, this test is sensitive enough to measure very low levels of AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone).
Researchers say her menopause can be predicted 2 years or less before its onset.
Researchers in the US have developed a method to determine when a woman’s last menstrual period will occur by measuring low levels of the hormone known as anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) in the blood. He says the test is sensitive enough to detect very low levels of AMH falling within a year or two before menopause.
Nanette Santoro from the Department of Gynecology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and another study from the same university said:
“Finding a way to measure the time to the last menstrual period is very important in long-standing research on menopause.”
“Using previous tests and detecting bleeding patterns can open a narrow window for us to determine the 4 years until menopause. However, this method is not clinically practical and useful.
Women can access more complete information by taking new and more precise measurements of anti-Mullerian hormones. And they can make better medical decisions. “
It is possible to predict within 12 to 24 months for women in their 40s and early 50s.
Women are born with all the eggs they will ever have, and as menopause approaches, the egg productivity decreases. AMH is produced in the ovaries and controls the development of ovarian follicles.
According to researchers, AMH may be an indicator of how many eggs women have lost. For example, for a 48-year-old woman, menopause is approaching.
In the US, national researchers known as the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) analyzed blood tests they gave to 1537 women between the ages of 42-63.
According to the researchers, the findings showed that it is possible to predict the onset of menopause in women in their late 40s and early 50s within 12 to 24 months.
Dr. Joel S Finkelstein:
“Researchers have long thought that the AMH level is a very good predictor of the time of menopause. However, the tests were not sensitive enough to detect this. This test will be able to detect menopause 1 or 2 years before its onset. “
“To follow the blood test data of women before and after menopause, a team like Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) was necessary.”
This research has been published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism of the Endocrine Society.