Toronto, ON (PRWEB) June 20, 2006
With North American Baby Boomer women entering menopause at the rate of 2 million women annually, a revolution in attitudes has spawned new products to help women manage a stage in their lives that is no longer kept a dark secret. Like home pregnancy tests and do-it-yourself blood pressure monitors, a home menopause testing kit created by CST Medical Ltd. helps women understand whether symptoms such as hot flashes are part of the natural process leading up to menopause or possibly due to other causes (http://www.myscentuelle.com).
“Because symptoms of going into menopause vary so dramatically from woman to woman, it’s great to know whether night sweats, irritability, vaginal dryness, insomnia and other symptoms are due to impending menopause or to other health factors,” says Linda Ryan, founder of WomenInMenopause.com. “Armed with this information, a woman can better prepare for a relevant conversation with her doctor about her risk of osteoporosis and whether or not she should consider hormone replacement therapy -- or look into alternate explanations for symptoms. If the test is positive, she can also explain to her partner that her unpredictable mood swings have a physiological cause.”
CST Medical’s Menopause Home Test Kit determines whether or not a woman’s urine contains an elevated level of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (known as FSH), which is generally secreted into a woman’s bloodstream by the pituitary gland when her estrogen level has begun to fall. For most women, estrogen levels begin to fall several years prior to menopause. Each kit contains two tests, to be used seven days apart for greatest accuracy.
“If the test fails to indicate an elevated FSH level, then a woman’s hot flashes or night sweats might be caused by medication, stress or just being overheated,” Ryan says, “and that too is something she might want to discuss with her doctor.”
These simple, quick, discreet home menopause test kits are available from http://www.myscentuelle.com for $19.95.
For more information, contact:
Director, Media and Communications
The Orion Group Ltd.
Tel: 800 301-8502
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