Menopause

 

Do you suffer from menopause symptoms? 

If you're looking for lab tests that can help you diagnose your menopause symptoms, look no further than Ulta Lab Tests.

Menopause is a natural part of life, but it can be challenging to deal with. It's important to know the signs and get tested for early detection. 

  • Hot flashes
  • Irregular and missed periods
  • Night sweats and chills
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Changes in mood
  • Slower metabolism
  • Thinning of hair
  • Breast changes like loss of fullness

There are many different tests that you can order to help diagnose the cause of your symptoms. If you're looking for answers about what might be causing these changes in your body, we can help! We offer lab testing services so that you and your doctor have all the information needed to make an informed decision on how best to treat or manage this transition in your life.

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Our lab tests can help you detect issues before they become serious problems. The first step is getting tested to determine if these symptoms are caused by menopause or another condition like thyroid disease.

You don't have to suffer through hot flashes, mood swings, and other uncomfortable symptoms anymore! Our lab testing services make it easy for women everywhere to order lab tests to determine if their hormones are out of balance. We offer a comprehensive set of blood tests that will give you the information you need about your body to know exactly where things stand to make informed decisions about your health. No more guesswork – just peace of mind knowing that you can take control when it comes to managing your health during this exciting new chapter in life!

Ulta Lab Tests is the perfect way to take charge of your health! You can order discounted lab tests online 24/7, and we'll provide you with a doctor's authorization. Plus, our labs are located near you, with 2100 locations nationally. Results are typically available from Quest Diagnostics in 24 to 48 hours for most tests, and our customer service is always friendly and helpful.

Order your lab tests from the offering below and take control of your health. 


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AMH-MIS may be used in the investigation of ovarian reserve since AMH concentrations in adult women reflect the number of small antral and preantral follicles entering the growth phase of their life cycle. These follicles are proportional to the number of primordial follicles that still remain in the ovary, or the ovarian reserve.
AMH decreases throughout a woman's reproductive life, which reflects the continuous decline of the oocyte/follicle pool with age and, accordingly, ovarian aging.


A Complete Blood Count (CBC) Panel is used as a screening test for various disease states including anemia, leukemia, and inflammatory processes.

A CBC blood test includes the following biomarkers: WBC, RBC, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW, Platelet count, Neutrophils, Lymphs, Monocytes, Eos, Basos, Neutrophils (Absolute), Lymphs (Absolute), Monocytes(Absolute), Eos (Absolute), Basos (Absolute), Immature Granulocytes, Immature Grans (Abs)

NOTE: Only measurable biomarkers will be reported.

Reflex Parameters for Manual Slide Review
  Less than  Greater Than 
WBC  1.5 x 10^3  30.0 x 10^3 
Hemoglobin  7.0 g/dL  19.0 g/dL 
Hematocrit  None  75%
Platelet  100 x 10^3  800 x 10^3 
MCV  70 fL  115 fL 
MCH  22 pg  37 pg 
MCHC  29 g/dL  36.5 g/dL 
RBC  None  8.00 x 10^6 
RDW  None  21.5
Relative Neutrophil %  1% or ABNC <500  None 
Relative Lymphocyte %  1% 70%
Relative Monocyte %  None  25%
Eosinophil  None  35%
Basophil  None  3.50%
     
Platelet  <75 with no flags,
>100 and <130 with platelet clump flag present,
>1000 
Instrument Flags Variant lymphs, blasts,
immature neutrophils,  nRBC’s, abnormal platelets,
giant platelets, potential interference
     
The automated differential averages 6000+ cells. If none of the above parameters are met, the results are released without manual review.
CBC Reflex Pathway

Step 1 - The slide review is performed by qualified Laboratory staff and includes:

  • Confirmation of differential percentages
  • WBC and platelet estimates, when needed
  • Full review of RBC morphology
  • Comments for toxic changes, RBC inclusions, abnormal lymphs, and other
  • significant findings
  • If the differential percentages agree with the automated counts and no abnormal cells are seen, the automated differential is reported with appropriate comments

Step 2 - The slide review is performed by qualified Laboratory staff and includes: If any of the following are seen on the slide review, Laboratory staff will perform a manual differential:

  • Immature, abnormal, or toxic cells
  • nRBC’s
  • Disagreement with automated differential
  • Atypical/abnormal RBC morphology
  • Any RBC inclusions

Step 3 If any of the following are seen on the manual differential, a Pathologist will review the slide:

  • WBC<1,500 with abnormal cells noted
  • Blasts/immature cells, hairy cell lymphs, or megakaryocytes
  • New abnormal lymphocytes or monocytes
  • Variant or atypical lymphs >15%
  • Blood parasites
  • RBC morphology with 3+ spherocytes, RBC inclusions, suspect Hgb-C,
  • crystals, Pappenheimer bodies or bizarre morphology
  • nRBC’s

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel


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Measuring the circulating levels of estradiol is important for assessing the ovarian function and monitoring follicular development for assisted reproduction protocols. Estradiol plays an essential role throughout the human menstrual cycle. Elevated estradiol levels in females may also result from primary or secondary ovarian hyperfunction. Very high estradiol levels are found during the induction of ovulation for assisted reproduction therapy or in pregnancy. Decreased estradiol levels in females may result from either lack of ovarian synthesis (primary ovarian hypofunction and menopause) or a lesion in the hypothalamus-pituitary axis (secondary ovarian hypofunction). Elevated estradiol levels in males may be due to increased aromatization of androgens, resulting in gynecomastia.

IMPORTANT - Note this Estradiol test is not for children that have yet to start their menstrual cycle.  If this test is ordered for a child that has yet to begin their menstrual cycle Quest Diagnostics labs will substitute in Estradiol, Ultrasensitive LC/MS/MS - #30289 at an additional charge of $34


Much of Estradiol is bound to proteins. The unbound portion and Estradiol bound to proteins with low affinity reflect the Free concentration. The Free Estradiol may better correlate with medical conditions than the Total Estradiol concentrations.


The placenta converts DHEA-S produced by the fetal adrenals to Estriol and other estrogens. Estriol is useful in assessing the fetal adrenals and placenta during pregnancy. More commonly, Estriol is one of the maternal serum biochemical markers used to screen for common chromosomal trisomies, especially Down syndrome.

Estrogens are secreted by the gonads, adrenal glands, and placenta. Total estrogens provide an overall picture of estrogen status for men and women.

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Estrone is primarily derived from metabolism of androstenedione in peripheral tissues, especially adipose tissues. Individuals with obesity have increased conversion of androstenedione to Estrone leading to higher concentrations. In addition, an increase in the ratio of Estrone to Estradiol may be useful in assessing menopause in women.

This test is useful in the differential diagnosis of pituitary and gonadal insufficiency and in children with precocious puberty.

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FSH and LH are secreted by the anterior pituitary in response to gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GNRH) secreted by the hypothalamus. In both males and females, FSH and LH secretion is regulated by a balance of positive and negative feedback mechanisms involving the hypothalamic-pituitary axis, the reproductive organs, and the pituitary and sex steroid hormones. FSH and LH play a critical role in maintaining the normal function of the male and female reproductive systems. Abnormal FSH levels with corresponding increased or decreased levels of LH, estrogens, progesterone, and testosterone are associated with a number of pathological conditions. Increased FSH levels are associated with menopause and primary ovarian hypofunction in females and primary hypogonadism in males. Decreased levels of FSH are associated with primary ovarian hyper-function in females and primary hypergonadism in males. Normal or decreased levels of FSH are associated with polycystic ovary disease in females. In males, LH is also called interstitial cell-stimulating hormone (ICSH). Abnormal LH levels with corresponding increased or decreased levels of FSH, estrogens, progesterone, and testosterone are associated with a number of pathological conditions. Increased LH levels are associated with menopause, primary ovarian hypofunction, and polycystic ovary disease in females and primary hypo-gonadism in males. Decreased LH levels are associated with primary ovarian hyperfunction in females and primary hyper-gonadism in males.

This test should be used only to determine pregnancy.

hCG may reach detectable limits within 7-10 days of conception. hCG is produced by the placenta and reaches a peak between the 7th and 10th week of gestation. hCG is a glycoprotein hormone produced by the syncytiotrophoblast of the placenta and secreted during normal pregnancy and with pathologic conditions such as hydatidiform mole, choriocarcinoma and testicular neoplasm. Order hCG, Total, Qualitative, Urine, if hCG serum result is inconsistent with clinical presentation.

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This test is useful in the differential diagnosis of pituitary and gonadal insufficiency and in children with precocious puberty.

This test is useful in the differential diagnosis of pituitary and gonadal insufficiency and in children with precocious puberty.

This test is useful in the differential diagnosis of pituitary and gonadal insufficiency and in children with precocious puberty.

This test is useful in the differential diagnosis of pituitary and gonadal insufficiency and in children with precocious puberty.

This test is useful in the differential diagnosis of pituitary and gonadal insufficiency and in children with precocious puberty.

This test is useful in the differential diagnosis of pituitary and gonadal insufficiency and in children with precocious puberty.

This test is useful in the differential diagnosis of pituitary and gonadal insufficiency and in children with precocious puberty.

This test is useful in the differential diagnosis of pituitary and gonadal insufficiency and in children with precocious puberty.

This test is useful in the differential diagnosis of pituitary and gonadal insufficiency and in children with precocious puberty.


Did you know over 1 million women in the US alone start menopause each year? Menopause can cause a lot of symptoms that often leave women with questions.

The good news is there are menopause tests available that can let you know exactly where you stand. There is no reason to go through menopause in the dark.

Nowadays, we have the tools and technology to take our health into our own hands. So keep reading this guide to learn all about menopause and the proven benefits of menopause tests.

What is Menopause?

Menopause is the time in your life that signifies the end of your menstrual cycles. Menopause is a biological process between 40 and 50, with an average age of 51 in the US.

Women also experience a phase called perimenopause, when their body begins to transition towards menopause. Perimenopause can start at different ages but typically occurs in your 40s.

Your estrogen and hormone levels start dropping, which brings on the symptoms of menopause like hot flashes and mood changes. Doctors usually officially diagnose menopause after 12 consecutive months without a period.

Causes and Risk Factors for Menopause

Typically women enter menopause in their 40s and 50s, but certain risk factors can interrupt the normal flow of a woman's reproductive system. When this happens, menopause can occur before 40, referred to as premature ovarian failure.

Risk factors include previous pelvic surgery and removal of both ovaries. Other risks include chemotherapy and radiation, chromosomal defects, and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.

Signs and Symptoms of Menopause

In the years that lead up towards menopause, you'll start to experience different signs and symptoms, including:

  • Hot flashes
  • Irregular and missed periods
  • Night sweats and chills
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Changes in mood
  • Slower metabolism
  • Thinning of hair
  • Breast changes like loss of fullness

Remember, changes in menstruation vary, and most of the time, you'll experience irregular periods before they stop altogether. You'll also notice shorter menstrual cycles that occur closer together.

Complications of Menopause

After menopause, you no longer have the protection of estrogen and other reproductive hormones. This can increase your risk for conditions like:

Your risk for heart disease goes up when your estrogen levels decline. And high blood pressure and cholesterol levels during menopause increase this risk even further.

Your risk for osteoporosis goes up after menopause. During your first few years of menopause, your body is adjusting to the hormonal changes, and you can lose bone density at a faster rate during this time.

After menopause, your vagina and urethra lose their elasticity, causing you sometimes to experience a strong urge to urinate or a leakage of urine. 

You'll also notice a decreased desire for sexual activity. Menopause can cause vaginal dryness and discomfort during sexual intercourse. 

Menopause also causes changes in your metabolism, causing you to gain weight easier than you did before.

Diagnosis of Menopause

Most of the time, your signs and symptoms like no period for 12 consecutive months are enough to tell you that menopause is starting. 

But often, symptoms like irregular periods can be due to other medical causes, so your doctor often recommends specific blood tests to check your hormone levels.

Treatment of Menopause

Menopause doesn't require any specific medical treatment but instead, treatments focus on symptom relief and managing chronic conditions as you age.

One of the most effective treatments for menopause is estrogen therapy. Doctors often prescribe a low dose of estrogen for a short time. If you still have your uterus and ovaries, you'll often be prescribed progestin too. Short-term use of hormone therapy helps prevent bone loss and heart disease.

Vaginal estrogen is also an option and can be administered directly into your vagina via a vaginal cream or ring. Vaginal estrogen releases only a small amount of estrogen that gets absorbed by your vaginal tissues. You'll get relief from vaginal dryness and pain with sexual intercourse.

Some women also need a low dose of antidepressants for a time. Certain medications like serotonin reuptake inhibitors can decrease hot flashes and improve mood.

Lab Tests for Menopause

Testing for menopause and during menopause is a great way to diagnose menopause and to monitor the balance of your hormones and biomarkers.

You can find comprehensive lab tests for menopause at Ulta Lab Tests. Standard menopause lab tests include:

Follicle-stimulating hormone testing (FSH) is often measured to confirm menopause. Typically in menopause, your FSH will consistently remain elevated.

luteinizing hormone test (LH) measures how much of this hormone is in your blood. LH is involved with your ovulation, menstruation, and more. When you start menopause, your LH levels will rise.

Your total estrogen level is also measured. Estrogen is responsible for the development of female sex organs and regulating your menstrual cycles. Your total estrogen levels decrease once menopause begins.

Anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) measures your ovarian reserve and predicts an average time when menopause will begin.

Other blood tests helpful for menopause testing include:

Frequently Asked Questions

Many women have the most questions about the hot flashes that occur in menopause. Although the exact cause isn't completely understood, hot flashes are thought to occur due to changes in your brain and hypothalamus.

If your hypothalamus senses you're too warm, it will try to cool you down by making you sweat. The good news is most hot flashes diminish after six months, though some women can have them for longer.

And remember, just because you've entered into menopause doesn't mean you don't need annual pap tests and mammograms. After menopause, these screenings become more crucial than ever.

Menopause Tests

Choose Ulta Lab Tests for all your menopause tests and needs. Our lab tests provide you with accurate results that allow you to control your health.

Our affordable pricing includes a doctor's order, and you don't need a referral or insurance either.

Once you order your menopause lab tests, you'll have secure and confidential results within 24 to 48 hours, depending on the test.

Take charge of your health by ordering your tests from Ulta Lab Tests.