Test Predicting Menopause: Efficient or Fantasy?

An investigational test that seems to foresee the age of a woman, who will hit menopause decades beforehand, has been able to enthuse much interest at the Rome assembly of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.

One British journalist was so thrilled that he published the news one day prior to the day scientists presented their findings. Much of the hullabaloo surrounds the test's propositions that if a woman would know when her childbearing years would come to an end, she could well in advance take effective measures for her reproductive destiny.

Perhaps, she would get pregnant prior to losing that opportunity or freeze her eggs in her late 20s, only if she knew menopause was going to hit out, for instance, 41, instead of the standard age of 51.

Or she may not choose to be a mother for some longer period if her fertility was going to last till the age of 57.

For now, all this is nothing more than fantasy.

The menopause test, which measures levels of anti-Mullerian hormone that manages the growth of follicles in the ovaries, has been tested in a minute number of studies.

If the test really proves its mettle, then it will be a groundbreaking research and a great achievement for the brains behind it.