Periods are painful, messy and downright annoying. But hopefully, a new test might be a better way to estimate when you’re done menstruating for the rest of your life.Blood tests for an ovarian hormone could help predict when an individual will enter menopause, and it’s particularly effective for people in their late 40s and beyond. The new test is laid out in a new paper in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.A Menopause Test“My job for 25 years has been to find the menopause test,” says Nanette Santoro, an OB-GYN with the University of Colorado School of Medice and co-author on the paper. During that time, she’s often found herself battling antipathy. “One criticism we get all the time is, ‘Who cares about this?’” she says.But many people do care. Knowing how many more years someone might menstruate can help decide what birth control women choose and can even factor into important medical decisions. A better timeline, Santoro says, will let people…



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