Simple test could predict when menopause starts

Dr. Brian Glymph
Dr. Brian Glymph

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Holley Nees - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) – What if you know when the hot flashes would start before they start? A new study suggests a blood test could soon be able to predict when menopause will begin.

According to USA Today, researchers in Iran conducted the study and say it could help women determine when to start having children.

Research says all of this could help a woman predict when she will start menopause.

"Anti-Muellerian Hormone and that's what they're measuring. Basically for a measure of maybe when the ovaries don't have any functional eggs left," said Dr. Brian Glymph, MD of obstetrics and gynecology.

In the study, researchers did blood tests to measure the level of a hormone in the woman's blood to determine the age she would begin menopause. Some say the information could help women decide when to start a family.

"There's certainly a lot more people that are delaying their child bearing until later in life, but only a very small percentage of those people are delaying to the point that menopause could play a factor in their decision," said Glymph.

But Glymph says the research is still new, so it's a little early to just rush in and get a blood test.

"You see things like this a lot. Things that are early in the clinical stages and are fairly promising and then they just sort of fizzle out toward the end," said Glymph.

He says if tests like this do get approved, they are usually expensive and insurance often doesn't cover them.

"There are some lab tests that we can draw that can determine if you're in menopause or peri-menopause, around menopause, but you know, really your body is going to be a better indicator than any kind of lab test," said Glymph.

Glymph says 52 is the average age women begin menopause and getting a more exact number through this type of blood test is a long way from being approved.

Reportedly the maximum margin of error in the study was between three and four years.

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