Menopause Test Kit
A quick, one-step Test Kit specifically designed to help women determine if they have entered the menopause in the privacy of their own home.
HOW IT WORKS
Our Test Kit detects the follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) in urine once it reaches a certain level. FSH is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland, which increase temporarily each month to stimulate your ovaries to produce eggs. When the female enters the menopause and the ovaries stop working, the FSH level also increases. The test kit can be used to confirm if the symptoms that you are experiencing are due to the start of the menopause.
HOW TO USE YOUR TEST KIT
- Remove the test device from the protective pouch by tearing along the split.
- Remove the cap of the test device. Turn the device so that the side, without the display window, is facing towards you and the absorbent tip if directed down wards.
- Hold the absorbent tip directly in your urine stream for 5 to 10 seconds. Make sure that no drops of urine penetrate into the window of the test and control areas. If you prefer, it is possible to collect your urine in a clean and dry container (not provided), without any residual and dip the absorbent tip into the urine for 10 seconds.
- Replace the cap on the test device. The urine sample thus comes into contact with the specific reagents which starts the test.
- Place the test device on a dry flat surface with the window facing up.
- Read the results after 10 minutes. Do not interpret the result after 15 minutes.
- If the result comes back positive, a second test must be performed 5 or 7 days later to confirm the result. If confirmed, you could be under the menopausal process therefore we advise you to consult your gynecologist for definite diagnostic.
- If the result comes back negative, you are probably not under menopausal process. If you are experiencing symptoms of menopause, it is recommended to perform the second test 40 to 60 days later or consult your gynecologist.
- If no control line develops, it is not possible to interpret the test, which must be considered as invalid. In this case, it is recommended to repeat the test with a new device and a fresh urine sample.
It is a self-diagnosis test for the determination of the follicle stimulating hormone in urine.
The follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) secretion induces the follicle maturation, and LH (Luteinizing Hormone) secretion induces ovulation. During the menopause FSH increases, meaning it can be detected in a test.
The test could be used at any time of the menstrual cycle.
You can perform the test at any moment of the day; however, the first urine in the morning contains a large quantity of FSH and allows the best results to be obtained.
The results are accurate as long as the directions for use are carefully followed. Nevertheless, the result can be incorrect if the test is damp before performing the test. In case of unexpected or contradictory results, it is recommended to consult a gynaecologist, as some health problems can induce incorrect diagnosis.
The Flourish Menopause Test Kit is very accurate and has been used for more than 10 years by professionals in the field. Evaluation reports show an overall agreement of 92.8% with reference method.
The use of contraceptives can make the cycle irregular and therefore can modify the balance of hormones. Given this, it’s recommended to wait for two cycles after stopping the pill, before using the FSH test.
The FSH levels vary during the ovarian cycle depending on the level of oestrogens. It does not have an impact on the test accuracy. Please refer to the instructions for use for guidance on when the test should be performed and how to interpret the result. Please note that the menopause status can only be confirmed by a practitioner as the menopause is a gradual biological change in woman’s life.
The NICE Guidelines on ‘Menopause: diagnosis and management’ advise that women should consider using an FSH test to diagnose menopause only:
in women aged 40 to 45 years with menopausal symptoms, including a change in their menstrual cycle; and/or
in women aged under 40 years in whom menopause is suspected.
They advise not to use an FSH test to diagnose menopause in women using combined oestrogen and progestogen contraception or high-dose progestogen.