Whether you’re peri-menopausal or think you’re in the midst of menopause, here’s how to use a home test kit. The one I’ve used is from Superdrug and is basically a way for you to collect a blood sample from home that can be set off to the lab to test your oestrogen levels.
Why should I check my oestrogen levels?
Oestrogen or estrogen is commonly associated with the female body however, men also produce estrogen, just not in as high amounts. In girls and women it is vital for our our sexual production as well as helping to keep our bones and immune system strong and healthy. Symptoms of low estrogen levels can include:
- Sore, itchy skin
- Hot flushes and/or cold sweats
- Pins and needles in feet and hands
- Sore joints
- Dry, sore patches of skin
- Dry hair
- Burning sensation of the tongue
- Dry mouth and/or constant sore throat
- Stomach cramps
- Waves of heightened excitement
- Heightened emotions and crying spells
- Low mood
Where can I get the test?
Although you should be able to request a test from your GP, in my experience and from the feedback I’m hearing from other women this is unlikely. Dr. Louise Newson also known as menopause_doctor on Instagram often documents the fact that she has currently been tasked with updating and training clinics. The current NHS guidelines on menopause and peri-menopause are not update with the latest studies on female hormones, specifically the reduction in oestrogen.
I purchased my kit from the Superdrug online chemist. However, if you download the balance app there is an entire community of women that will share their experiences and tips on the best place for you to get tested.
When should I take the test?
When ordering your test it’s good to note that the homes test kit much be done on the 3rd day of your period.
Tips for taking the test
Do the menopause home test kit whilst stood up. Make sure that you are hydrated and run around a bit before to get the blood flowing. For a better idea of how to take the test I have document my menopause test over on our Youtube channel.
This is all so new to me, but I’ll continue to share my experience. It’d be amazing to here your thoughts, experiences and tips in the comments below so, please don’t keep mum!
Lots of love,