First FDA-Cleared Menopause Self-Test Now Available

Nov. 28, 2001
Test Provides Easy, Convenient Detection in Privacy of Home

Physicians Laboratories, a division of Physicians Pharmaceuticals, Inc., has announced the availability of the Menopause Home Test(TM), the first menopause self-test to receive clearance by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Clinically proven, this at-home diagnostic tool provides timely, convenient, and accurate detection of perimenopause, early menopause and menopause so that a woman can seek the advice and recommendations of her physician at this critical time for maintaining and extending her health.

"The Menopause Home Test(TM) puts a simple and convenient menopause test into the hands of women, giving them fast and, more importantly, accurate results for which they can seek sound and appropriate treatment," said Aaron T. Tabor, M.D., medical director of Physicians Laboratories. "Perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms, as well as potential related health problems, are

serious in nature, so it is critical for a woman to be aware of changes in her body and effectively measure, track and plan her mid-life transition."

Similar to an at-home pregnancy test, the Menopause Home Test (TM) is an easy-to-use procedure that measures a hormone called FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone). The onset of perimenopause is associated with elevated FSH levels in a woman's urine, indicating reduced estrogen production by the ovaries.

The Menopause Home Test(TM) delivers fast results that are extremely accurate and has shown in clinical trials a 99 percent agreement with laboratory blood tests for detecting levels of FSH.

"The Menopause Home Test(TM) helps women determine whether menstrual period changes are being caused by menopause, allowing them to seek a physician's guidance on appropriate therapy for symptoms and preventive health care against serious diseases," said Dr. Tabor. "Women often dismiss the symptoms of menopause and put off testing and treatment -- a grave error that can lead to serious health problems."

Left unrecognized and unmanaged in the early stages, the menopausal transition can lead to various health problems, including the loss of bone and dental calcium, elevated blood pressure and an increased risk of heart disease. Other consequences may include emotional loss of well being, depression, incontinence, and reduced sex drive. Perimenopause, which can begin as early as age 35, is associated with a significant number of changes,

such as irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, short-term memory loss, mood swings, depression and disturbed sleep resulting in fatigue.

"Equally important as early detection and treatment of menopause is the education of women about this important transition period," says Dr. Tabor.

"We believe education plays a significant role in health care for women."

The Menopause Home Test(TM) can only be purchased from Physicians Laboratories on-line at or by calling 1-800-500-2055.