2010-06-28 Blood Test May One Day Predict Menopause, Researchers Say - Level of hormone is predictor, but more studies needed to verify it works

http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/640595.html

A simple blood test may one day help predict the age at which a woman will begin menopause, say the scientists who developed the test.

Their study found that the average difference between the age predicted by the test and the actual age a woman reached menopause was about four months, while the maximum margin of error was between three and four years.

If the accuracy of the test is confirmed in larger studies, women could take the test early on their reproductive life to find out their expected age at menopause, knowledge that would help them plan when to start a family, said researcher Dr. Fahimeh Ramezani Tehrani, president of the Reproductive Endocrinology Department of the Endocrine Research Centre and associate professor at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran.(Read entire article)

2010-06-28 Blood Test Helps Predict Menopause - Findings Could Help Women Make Decisions About Family Planning

http://www.webmd.com/menopause/news/20100628/blood-test-helps-predict-menopause

Researchers have developed a blood test they say can predict how long of a reproductive life a woman has before menopause.

The blood test measures levels of a hormone called anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH), which is produced by the cells in women’s ovaries and is a marker for ovarian function. The test could tell women as young as 20 when they would enter menopause. Sixty-three women reached menopause during the course of the study, and the test was able in most cases to predict the age within about four months of the woman’s actual age; the maximum margin of error was between three and four years. (Read entire article)