- Progesterone (PDG),
- Estrogen (E1G),
- Luteinizing (LH),
- Creatinine (CRTN).
Test Result: You will receive your test result via email within 3-5 working days after the Laboratory receives your sample. On your test result, you will find your hormone levels in graphics and numbers. You will also find the laboratory's comments by a Hormone Specialist PhD. In the comments, the doctor will explain your hormone levels and what needs to be done next.
- Comprehensive Hormonal Assessment: The Menstrual Cycle Mapping Test provides a thorough evaluation of hormones associated with the menstrual cycle over a period of one month. This allows for a detailed analysis of hormone fluctuations throughout different phases of the cycle.
- Hormones Assessed: The test assesses the levels of key hormones involved in the menstrual cycle, including Progesterone (PDG), Estrogen (E1G), Luteinizing Hormone (LH), and Creatinine (CRTN). Tracking these hormone levels can provide insights into ovulation, hormone imbalances, and overall reproductive health.
- Assessment of Progesterone: Progesterone plays a crucial role in preparing the uterus for pregnancy and maintaining a healthy menstrual cycle. Monitoring progesterone levels can help identify issues such as luteal phase defects or hormonal imbalances that may affect fertility and menstrual regularity.
- Evaluation of Estrogen: Estrogen is responsible for the development of secondary sexual characteristics and regulation of the menstrual cycle. Measuring estrogen levels can help assess the adequacy of follicular development and provide information about hormonal balance.
- Tracking Luteinizing Hormone (LH): LH is responsible for triggering ovulation. Monitoring LH levels can help determine the timing of ovulation, which is essential for optimizing fertility and planning for pregnancy.
- Creatinine Assessment: Creatinine is measured to assess the concentration of urine and ensure accurate hormone measurements. It helps to normalize hormone levels based on urine concentration.
- Comprehensive Understanding of Menstrual Cycle: By assessing these key hormones, the Menstrual Cycle Mapping Test provides a comprehensive understanding of the hormonal changes occurring throughout the menstrual cycle. This information can be useful for identifying any irregularities, optimising fertility, and managing reproductive health.
- Most Convenient Method for Month-Long Testing: Our laboratory-dried urine method offers a simple method for collecting samples at home over a month. Patients collect urine on a filter card every other morning and let them dry. Dried cards are stable at room temperature, as well as being easy to store and send back to the lab for analysis.
- No refrigeration or freezing is necessary.
- Test samples can be collected in the comfort of your home.
- Free delivery in the UK
- Customers are responsible for shipping their samples to the laboratory.
- The test kit includes a laboratory fee: no additional laboratory cost or tax.
- The test must be used within 12 months after the purchase date.
- Click to see the Sample Test Result Report
- Test Requisition Form includes Symptom Checklist
- Urine Spot collecting kit (for a month)
- Requisition Form to complete, including your personal and medical history
- Contains collection instructions
- Shipping Instruction
- Return Envelope
Conditions that can be influenced by a woman’s menstrual hormones include premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and infertility. Out-of-balance levels can contribute to symptoms such as migraines, mood swings, and heavy bleeding or painful periods.
When hormone testing conducted on a single day during the luteal phase doesn’t provide enough diagnostic information, a month-long hormone assessment can be helpful. This detailed, multi-point map provides a complete picture of a woman’s levels over the course of one menstrual cycle, resulting in the ability to create more precise treatment plans.
Menstrual cycle mapping can be vital to assessing conditions such as:Luteal Phase Defect
Luteal Phase Defect (LPD) is a condition characterized by an insufficient or shortened luteal phase in the menstrual cycle. The luteal phase is the second half of the menstrual cycle, following ovulation, and is important for preparing the uterus for the possible implantation of a fertilized egg. During this phase, the hormone progesterone is primarily produced by the corpus luteum, a temporary structure formed after ovulation.
In cases of luteal phase defects, the corpus luteum may not produce enough progesterone or may have a shorter lifespan, leading to a deficiency in progesterone levels. This deficiency can negatively impact the endometrium, the lining of the uterus, making it less receptive to embryo implantation. As a result, women with LPD may experience difficulties in achieving or maintaining a pregnancy.
The exact causes of luteal phase defects can vary, including hormonal imbalances, disrupted communication between the ovaries and the pituitary gland, or structural abnormalities in the uterus. Common symptoms of LPD may include a shortened menstrual cycle, spotting before menstruation, or difficulty conceiving.
Treatment options for luteal phase defects aim to address the underlying cause and restore normal hormonal balance. This may involve hormone replacement therapy, such as progesterone supplementation during the luteal phase, or medications to regulate ovulation. Working closely with a healthcare professional or fertility specialist is essential for accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plans tailored to individual needs.
It's important to note that while LPD can present challenges to conception, with appropriate medical intervention and support, many individuals with this condition can successfully achieve a healthy pregnancy.Anovulation
Anovulation refers to a condition in which a woman does not ovulate, meaning her ovaries do not release a mature egg during the menstrual cycle. Ovulation is a crucial process for fertility, as it is necessary for conception to occur. Anovulation can cause difficulties in achieving pregnancy.
When ovulation does not occur, LH levels are consistently elevated. Estrogen levels are consistent and lower as compared to the anovulatory cycle, and progesterone levels are consistently low. Testing helps providers find out if a woman has an adequate LH surge to induce ovulation and takes away the guesswork as to when they are entering their luteal phase.
Furthermore, several factors can contribute to anovulation, including hormonal imbalances, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), thyroid disorders, excessive exercise, stress, obesity, and certain medications. Additionally, women approaching menopause or those with certain medical conditions may experience irregular or absent ovulation.
Symptoms of anovulation may include irregular menstrual cycles, longer or shorter cycles, absent periods, or unpredictable bleeding. It is important to note that even if a woman experiences regular menstrual cycles, it does not guarantee ovulation is occurring.
The diagnosis of anovulation is typically made through medical history, physical examinations, and hormone level assessments. Treatment options for anovulation aim to restore regular ovulation and increase the chances of pregnancy.
The exact cause of PMS is not fully understood, but it is believed to be related to hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle. Fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone levels, as well as alterations in neurotransmitters like serotonin, may contribute to the development of symptoms.
PMS symptoms can vary widely between individuals but commonly include:
- Physical symptoms: Breast tenderness, bloating, fatigue, headache, joint or muscle pain, and changes in appetite or food cravings.
- Emotional and psychological symptoms: Mood swings, irritability, anxiety, depression, increased sensitivity, and difficulty concentrating.
- Behavioral symptoms: Sleep disturbances, changes in libido, social withdrawal, and changes in appetite.
The severity and specific symptoms experienced by individuals can vary greatly. For some women, PMS symptoms may be mild and manageable, while others may experience more significant disruptions to daily life.
Management of PMS involves a combination of lifestyle changes and medical interventions. Lifestyle modifications can include regular exercise, stress management techniques, a healthy diet, and sufficient sleep.
Testing highlights estrogen or progesterone deficiency or excess at key points in the cycle and helps get to the root of these hormone-related symptoms.
Menstrual Cycle Mapping can be beneficial for various individuals who want to gain a deeper understanding of their menstrual cycles and hormonal patterns. Here are some examples of those who can benefit from this testing:
Women Planning for Pregnancy: If you are trying to conceive, Menstrual Cycle Mapping can provide valuable insights into the timing of ovulation, the length of your luteal phase, and hormone fluctuations throughout your cycle. This information can help optimize the timing of intercourse and increase the chances of successful conception.
Women with Irregular Menstrual Cycles: If you experience irregular menstrual cycles, Menstrual Cycle Mapping can help identify any underlying issues or hormonal imbalances that may be causing the irregularity. By tracking hormone levels over the course of a month, you and your healthcare provider can gain insights into potential causes and develop appropriate treatment plans.
Individuals with Suspected Hormonal Imbalances: Menstrual Cycle Mapping is useful for assessing hormone levels such as Progesterone (PDG), Estrogen (E1G), Luteinizing Hormone (LH), and Creatinine (CRTN). It can help identify any imbalances or abnormalities in these hormones, which may be contributing to symptoms such as irregular periods, mood swings, or other hormonal-related issues.
Women Monitoring Fertility Treatments: For women undergoing fertility treatments such as ovulation induction or assisted reproductive technologies, Menstrual Cycle Mapping can provide crucial information about the effectiveness of the treatments, the timing of ovulation, and the response of the ovaries to the medications used.
Those Seeking a Deeper Understanding of Their Menstrual Health: Menstrual Cycle Mapping is beneficial for anyone who wants to gain a comprehensive understanding of their menstrual cycle, hormone levels, and overall reproductive health. It can help identify patterns, detect potential abnormalities, and provide insights into overall hormonal well-being.
This test is not designed for women who are on birth control, supplementing with hormones or post-menopausal.
Women who are interested in this test for assessing fertility may also consider ZRT’s Fertility Profile. While Menstrual Cycle Mapping reveals three hormone levels that can pinpoint the time of ovulation, the Fertility Profile identifies a broader array of 12 tests that help assess imbalances or conditions that affect whether a woman can get and stay pregnant.
Those who want the most comprehensive picture of fertility hormone levels should ask their healthcare provider about using both profiles in combination.Menstrual Cycle Mapping Instructions