The FSH Menopause MidStream
Test is a one-step immunochromatographic assay for the qualitative determination
of human follicle stimulating hormone in system concentration levels of 25
mIU/ml or greater in human urine. The FSH Menopause
Test utilizes a unique combination of monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies to
selectively identify FSH hormone with a high degree of sensitivity and accuracy.
Controlled laboratory studies result in a 96% accuracy rate in detecting FSH at
levels of 25 mIU/ml (+) when the test is used according to instructions.
the normal female reproductive cycle, two primary hormones, LH and FSH are
released from the pituitary gland to prepare the ovaries for ovulation. FSH in
particular is responsible for the stimulation and swelling of the egg follicles
in one or both of the ovaries. FSH and LH in turn prompt the body to produce
elevated levels of estrogen and progesterone preparing the lining uterus to
accept the fertilized ovum. Once ovulation has occurred the production of FSH
and LH ceases and detectable levels drop off significantly until the
reproductive cycle begins again.
Assuming a healthy pituitary gland, the usual reasons for constant elevated FSH levels throughout the cycle are related to menopause or the gradual shutdown (failure) of the ovaries. Consequently, a positive test for elevated FSH (except at mid-cycle) is a clue to the onset of menopause or some other medical condition adversely effecting normal ovarian function.
Note: A positive qualitative test for elevated levels of FSH does not, under any circumstance, confirm or deny a diagnosis of menopause or ovarian failure. Further tests and consultation with a healthcare professional are required.
WHEN TO TEST
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
The test may be performed in two ways; By placing the wick end of the device directly in a urine stream or by immersing the wick in a urine sample collection container.
Note: As with all test results requiring a color intensity comparison, it is often helpful to obtain another person's opinion.
AVAILABILITY AND ORDERING
For women seeking pregnancy and/or concerned about ovarian health, function and fertility, the FSH Menopause MidStream test can provide useful information in this regard. The FSH Menopause test is available in packs of 6, 12, a Physician pack of 50, and a Clinical pack of 100 tests. All tests are individually foil sealed and come with complete test instructions.