01 Nov Science News: A New Test for Menopause
The FDA has approved a new diagnostic test to help determine menopausal status. The new test is called MenoCheck® picoAMH ELISHA test. It works by measuring the amount of Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) in the blood. AMH levels represent one indicator available to healthcare providers to determine whether a woman is approaching or is likely to have reached her final menstrual period. The maker, Ansh Labs, cautions that the MenoCheck® test is meant to be used only in conjunction with other clinical assessments and laboratory findings.
In deciding whether to approve the test, the FDA reviewed data submitted by Ansh Labs that included 690 women, aged 42 to 62, who participated in the multi-center, longitudinal Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation. The data showed that the MenoCheck® test performed reasonably well at determining levels of AMH in the blood and identifying women who had their last menstrual period and women who were more than five years away from their last menstrual period.
In an interview with U.S. News & World Report, JoAnn Pinkerton, MD, executive director of the North American Menopause Society and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, stated that “using age and AMH together, we should be able to determine whether a woman is likely to go into menopause in the next five or 10 years.” Pinkerton when on to say that “women with abnormal AMH (levels for their age) need to be informed that menopause may occur early,” which means decreased fertility and the onset of menopausal symptoms and health risks at a younger age. This is important because there are preventative measures you can undertake to offset health risks and improve your health.
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