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Each day, over 6, 000, US women reach menopause. However, the journey to get to the other side of "the change" can be challenging and last for many years. In fact, more than 80% of women report perimenopause symptoms as "debilitating", impacting everything from work to social relationships to sex lives. Even worse, 3 out of 4 women report being turned away by doctors who simply don't know how to help.
We do know what causes most menopause symptoms - it's the change in hormones that occurs as women transition out of ovulatory cycles. Unfortunately this change isn't just a simple switch flip and it often causes hormone imbalances which can have very negative impacts on a woman's quality of life.
But what if we could figure out the underlying hormone patterns that are driving these symptoms? Hormone testing does exist today but costs are high - many times $400+ for a one time test - and results often take 2 weeks. The cruel irony of this is that a one time test won't do the trick! While it may help drive a customized treatment plan for a period of time, hormones continue to change during menopause!
Many women will find a treatment regimen that works (hallelujah!) only to have symptoms return or even new symptoms to crop up within months (NOOOOO!). This is because as women continue through the change, their hormone patterns change. So a supplement that worked for a few months, can stop working when it no longer addresses the new underlying hormone patterns driving the symptoms.
What if there were an EASY, ACCESSIBLE, and FAST test that allowed women going through perimenopause to track their hormone patterns over time? With Proov, there is! The Proov perimenopause tracking system is an easy to use hormone test that allows for frequent monitoring at a fraction of the price of traditional testing with easy to use strips!
The Proov perimenopause tracking comes with tracking strips that measure luteinizing hormone, estrogen (E3G) and progesterone (PdG) in urine. Simply dip a strip in first morning urine. Wait 5-10 minutes for it to develop and then snap a picture! Photos of test results are then uploaded to the Proov app, available for both iOS and Android. The app records and charts results and enables a simple transfer of information to your health care provider. Results can also be used to customize and continually optimize a subscription Proov test + supplement pack. See the image below for a depiction of how the system works.
The Proov perimenopause tracking system allows women to understand their unique hormone patterns so they can customize diet, lifestyle and supplements and/or have better conversations regarding treatment with their doctors. And because the testing system is so easy to use, monitoring can be done consistently cycle to cycle to ensure efficacy of treatment regimens and identify hormone pattern changes that may cause symptoms to flare earlier, for faster treatment.