The Menstrual Cycle Mapping test from ZRT Laboratory provides a broad picture of the hormonal fluctuations throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle. Hormones are measured every two days throughout the cycle and plotted on a graph revealing the hormonal fluctuations of estrogen, progesterone and luteinizing hormone within the cycle. This test can help a woman correlate cyclical symptoms with hormonal fluctuations within her menstrual cycle. We can identify the length of the follicular phase, when and if ovulation is occurring and whether there is a healthy progesterone output after ovulation. Menstrual Cycle Mapping provides insight into the timing of events within the menstrual cycle along with the output and distribution of hormones throughout the cycle.
Indications for This Test
Menstrual Cycle Mapping is appropriate for women who are trying to conceive, are dealing with PMS or peri-menopausal symptoms, experience cyclical migraines, mood disorders, heavy bleeding and painful periods.
Menstrual Cycle Mapping is not appropriate for women who are on birth control, supplementing with hormones or post-menopausal.
Menstrual cycle mapping can by key to assessing conditions such as:
Luteal Phase Defect:
Women suffering luteal phase defect tend to have lower LH and estrogen peaks, indicating “weak” ovulation, for example if the follicle producing the egg did not mature properly. The usual peak in progesterone levels during the luteal phase is much lower than normal and starts to decline approximately 7 days prior to the start of the next period, which comes several days earlier than expected. Luteal phase defect is one of the most common causes of infertility.
When ovulation does not occur, LH levels are consistently elevated. Estrogen levels are consistent and lower as compared to an ovulatory 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.
Cyclic hormone-related symptoms can include the constellation of symptoms known as Premenstrual Syndrome – PMS – that may include severe headaches. 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.
This test requires the collection of urine samples every-other-day for up to 30 days. The urine sample is collected on a filter card then dried for 24 hours. The sample will remain stable at room temperature, so no freezing or refrigeration is necessary. Please read all instructions that come with the kit before beginning your collections.
√ Lab Test
√ Doctor’s Review of Test Results
√ Doctor’s Recommended Course of Action
NOTE: This test is not available to residents of New York, Rhode Island or Maryland. Any orders or samples originating from new York will automatically be canceled.
This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult with your professional health care provider if you are taking any medication.