Ladies, have you ever wished for a crystal ball that could predict your monthly cycle? Or how about wondering when (or if) you ovulate each month? Well, you're in luck! At Solcara Health, we're excited to introduce you to the world of Menstrual Mapping, a fun and insightful way to take charge of your reproductive health.
Menstrual mapping is like having a personal diary for your menstrual cycle, but way more exciting! It involves tracking essential details such as your period's start and end dates, flow duration, cramp intensity, discharge types, and any mood swings or symptoms that pop up.
At Solcara Health, we go a step further and actually test your hormonal levels over a 30-day period. This month-long assessment involves an at home collection of dried urine samples. It can help diagnose several contributing conditions of infertility, such as luteal phase defect and anovulation as well as other hormonal imbalances such as Premenstrual Syndrome.
In most scenarios, hormone levels are often collected via blood on a single day which reflects one moment of time. This information often falls short and doesn’t provide enough diagnostic information. Menstrual mapping creates a detailed, multi-point map that paints a complete picture of a woman’s levels over the course of one menstrual cycle resulting in the ability to create more precise treatment plans.
Sure, you can use Menstrual Mapping to know when Aunt Flo is knocking at the door, but it's so much more than that. It can reveal hidden gems about your reproductive health. For starters, tracking your cycle helps you identify if it's regular. If not, it might be a cue to consult with our healthcare professionals. A huge reason to test, is that menstrual Mapping offers insights into your fertility as well. By mapping changes over time, you'll know when you're ovulating and your prime time for pregnancy. If something appears abnormal, we will then have the answers to begin correcting the problem and working toward a solution.
At Solcara Health, we are passionate about empowering women to take charge of their reproductive health. Menstrual mapping is a transformative tool that provides you with a wealth of knowledge about your unique cycle. This information can support meaningful conversations with healthcare professionals when needed, ensuring you receive the best care and guidance for your reproductive well-being.
Menstrual mapping allows you visualize an entire menstrual cycle. This helps identify any irregularities and gain insights into fertility, ovulation dates, and symptom patterns. It's a valuable tool for taking control of your reproductive health.
This testing is not designed for women who are on birth control, supplementing with hormones or post-menopausal.
At Solcara Health, we use a ZRT urine test to collect data for menstrual mapping. There are several resources available to help make sense of the information you’ve collected. For example, fertility-tracking apps can be particularly useful for calculating when ovulation is likely to occur so that you can plan accordingly with contraception or if trying to conceive. Additionally, online tools like menstrual calendars and period trackers will provide additional insights into your cycle such as identifying whether or not it is regular or recognizing patterns in symptoms.
Patients collect urine on a filter card every other morning over a one-month span and let it dry. Dried cards are stable at room temperature and are easy to store. No refrigeration or freezing is necessary. Once the month is finished, patients send all the dated samples to the lab for analysis.
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