Among the top causes for Menopause is Natural decline of reproductive hormones. As women approach their late 30s, their ovaries begin producing less estrogen and progesterone, the hormones that regulate menstruation, and their fertility declines. We encourage you to know how your hormones have reacted to your aging with this panel.
Symptoms of Menopause include:
- Irregular periods
- Vaginal dryness
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Sleep problems
- Mood changes
- Weight gain and slowed metabolism
- Thinning hair and dry skin
- Loss of breast fullness
Know your facts and take advantage of our iMatrix Menopause Panel to understand your Menopausal status. We recommend consulting with your physician regarding your results for a better understanding of what your levels mean.
Estradiol - is produced by the ovaries and known as the "active" estrogen—the one that can achieve the fullest range of estrogen effects because it goes out there in our tissues and sockets into estrogen receptors and causes estrogen effects
Estriol - typically produced by special belly fat cells, and is the major estrogenic form found in naturally-menopausal women who are not taking Hormone Replacement Therapy. It is not directly active in as many tissues as estradiol is, but can be readily converted to estradiol for actual use
- Estrone- a steroid hormone released by the corpus luteum that stimulates the uterus to prepare for pregnancy. It helps determine the cause of infertility, it tracks ovulation, help diagnose a failing pregnancy, monitors the health of a pregnancy, and can help diagnose the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding
- Progesterone- a steroid hormone released by the corpus luteum that stimulates the uterus to prepare for pregnancy. It helps determine the cause of infertility, it tracks ovulation, help diagnose a failing pregnancy, monitors the health of a pregnancy, and can help diagnose the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding
Testosterone - a hormone (commonly produced in males, but is also in females in small amounts) that affects sexual features and development. In men, it is made in large amounts by the testicles. In both men and women, testosterone is made in small amounts by the adrenal glands, and in women, by the ovaries
DHEA-Sulfate - helps evaluate adrenal gland function. Used to detect adrenal tumors or cancers
- Cortisol- a hormone that plays a role in the metabolism of proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates, among other functions. Can be used to detect conditions affecting the pituitary or adrenal glands and help diagnose adrenal insufficiency or Addison disease, conditions associated with deficient cortisol.
Melatonin- a hormone secreted by the pineal gland, a small gland in the brain, that inhibits melanin formation and is thought to be concerned with regulating the reproductive cycle. It sends signals to regulate the sleep-wake cycle in the sleep center of the brain and helps control your sleep and wake cycles
Androstenedione - evaluates adrenal gland function, and can be used to detect adrenal tumors or cancers. Also used to evaluate androgen production and ovarian and testicular function
17-OH Progesterone - To screen for, detect, and monitor treatment for congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH). Sometimes ordered to help rule out other conditions with similar symptoms.