What does the Viola Menopause self-test do?
This test serves to detect the entry into the time after the last period (=menopause). With this result, a woman knows if the menopause has started.
For whom is the Viola Menopause self-test suitable?
The average age at which a woman reaches the menopause is 51.5 years (the menopause is the time of your last period, this time is determined after 1 year), but it can happen sooner or later. In 1 out of every 100 women, menstruation ends before the age of 40. In 1 in 1000 before the age of 30. Knowing the transition to menopause is important to every woman, so she can talk with her doctor about hormone treatment and her personal risk of osteoporosis.
How does the Viola Menopause self-test work?
The pre-menopausal phase is responsible for a change in hormone production. Before postmenopause, the level of the hormone FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) in the urine varies between 10 and 20 mU FSH / ml. After menopause, the concentration increases to more than 25 mU FSH / ml and remains permanently elevated during menopause. The Viola menopause self-test measures the amount of FSH in the urine.
The test can be performed at any time of the day, but the test is recommended with morning urine because it contains the highest levels of FSH in the urine.
Why should I do the self-test?
Knowing the transition to menopause is important to every woman, so she can talk to her doctor about hormone treatment and her personal risk of osteoporosis. Other typical symptoms of menopause can also be discussed, such as hot flashes, vaginal itching, sweating, sleep disturbances, depression, heart problems, loss of sexual desire, dry eyes, joint pain or constipation.
How is the self-test performed?
The test rod is held directly in the urine stream for about three seconds or immersed in a beaker in which the urine was collected.
When can the result be read?
The result can be read after 10 minutes.
How is the result read?
If two purple lines appear in the result field and the top line is significantly more intense than the bottom line, this means that entry into the menopause has not yet taken place. The same applies if only one line appears. If two violet lines are detected in the result field and the bottom line is equal to or more intense than the top line, the postmenopause is reached.
Why do women reach menopause?
The number of eggs in the ovary is limited; This number is set from birth. Gradually the number of eggs decreases. Menopause is therefore the sign of exhausted ovaries.
Why do women need the menopause?
Actually, women do not need it. It is an illustration of slower development compared to increased life expectancy of women. In the past, when women’s life expectancy was much lower, many women had no menopause because of their early death. Today, however, we are getting much older, but our bodies are not developing fast enough.
How individual does the menopause take place in women?
Not only is there a whole range of symptoms, but also countless ways in which they can occur. The most common is sweating, the hot flashes. About 70 to 80 percent of women are affected. Of course, the intensity varies. The reactions to sweating are very different. Some find it harder to deal with and more restrictive than others.
What factors are affecting the way women treat menopause and what kind of symptoms they experience?
There are some family components that can be determined in advance. Often a woman reaches the menopause at the same or similar age as her mother. It is also possible that the symptoms are similar. There is no guarantee for that. However, it can be assumed that the following applies to women who are struggling with depressive disorders during menopause: Menopausal women who have been affected by severe mood swings, PMS, postpartum depression or mood disorders during puberty are more susceptible to suffer such symptoms after menopause.
Menopause can be divided into several stages, beginning with the perimenopause.
What does this first phase involve?
The first hormonal changes can begin in the mid-30s. The perimenopause is characterised by the fact that the first symptoms such as bleeding disorders or hot flashes can occur. Often there is a luteal hormone deficiency at the beginning, since the ovulation of the mature egg does not always occur. On the other hand, two eggs can sometimes ripen at the same time because in the second half of the cycle, the next egg grows under the influence of hormones from the brain. Then sometimes high estrogen levels can be found in the blood. Clinically, this can manifest itself in short or long cycles.
What is the postmenopause?
The postmenopause begins after menopause. We distinguish between early and late postmenopause. The early postmenopause lasts about five to eight years. From the onset of postmenopause, a woman can no longer become pregnant. As a result, the topic of contraception becomes redundant. There is a rule of thumb: if a woman does not have her period for one year after the age of 50, she will not need to use contraception unless there are other causes of missing periods. If she is younger than 50, she will have to wait two years after the last period before she no longer needs contraception, unless there are other causes for missed periods.
How can you optimally prepare for menopause?
A preparation and thus a reduction of the symptoms is difficult to impossible. You can not figure out in advance which symptoms someone will suffer from. However, it helps to strengthen your own awareness of the problem, so you will not be surprised by the symptoms. The best preparation for the menopause is therefore to educate yourself.
Can you actually say something good about menopause?
The menopause is often a significant time for women, both for their family life and work life. It is the beginning of a new phase of life. And a small consolation: women who had pain during their periods are free from this post-menopausal pain.
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