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A blood test is said to predict menopause in women.
(06/29/2010) Iranian scientists claim to be able to predict the menopause of women with a simple blood test. Based on a study, the new method is said to have been tested on 266 subjects. The study participants had an average age of 20 to 49 years. The deviations, according to the researchers, were mostly only 4 months. This means that the scientists were able to determine well in advance in which year the woman's hormonal changeover phase (menopause) begins. However, a deviation of five years is also said to have been found in other women.
The Iranian scientists had determined that the concentration of the anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) can be determined a few years before menopause begins. In a woman who already had 4.1 nanograms of the AMH hormone per milliliter of blood at the age of 20, an early onset age of the so-called menopause can be seen. Using this example, the researchers named that the woman goes into menopause at the age of 52. The researchers presented the results at the congress of the "European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology" in Rome.
What Happens During Menopause?
During the menopause, the woman changes from the phase of sexual maturity to the so-called senium. For most women, this phase occurs between the ages of 45 and 70. Before that, the female body produces fewer and fewer estrogen hormones until it finally occurs at menopause. Menstrual bleeding becomes less frequent and the intensity of the bleeding decreases. About a third of women have no physical symptoms, while another third complains of mild pain or psychological impairments. The last third complains of severe pain or psychological restrictions. Typical symptoms at menopause are hot flashes, excessive sweating, headache, depression and dizziness. During the senium phase, diseases such as high blood pressure and osteoporosis often occur. In naturopathy, for example, estrogen-free natural medicines are used to alleviate the symptoms of women in the menopause. (sb)