Following menopause, a marked decrease in levels of estrogen and other sex hormones produces several distinct changes in female physiology. These changes can have a dramatic impact on a woman's physical and emotional health. Many conditions associated with this period of a woman's life, however, can be effectively overcome or modulated by re-establishing optimal hormonal balance.
Essence Menopause examines hormone levels in three salivary samples (collected over five days). Test results include three estradiol assays, three estrone assays, three estriol assays, three progesterone assays,and one testosterone assay.
Reference ranges for the Essence Menopause are based only on non-supplementing post-menopausal women. Transdermal and sublingual forms of hormone replacement, in particular, may cause significant elevations in salivary hormone levels. For these reasons, this assessment is recommended for use only as a baseline analysis of hormone levels in non-supplementing women.