Donna Mastriani, Author at Allergy Test

Donna Mastriani-Taylor, S.N.H.S. Dip.

Nutritionist / Care Manager

Credentials S.N.H.S. Dip.

Personal History

Donna Mastriani-Taylor, S.N.H.S. Dip. (Holistic Nutrition) is one of the longest-running members of the team, starting with Test Your Intolerance in 2014. As Customer Service Manager, she has 12 years of experience in the industry, whilst overseeing account management for numerous different health companies.

Donna is qualified in Holistic Nutrition from the London School of Natural Health Sciences, and regularly gives advice and meal plans along with our team of Nutritional Therapists, and Dr Enzo Fornari. Whilst managing the day to day running of the customer service, Donna is a keen baker and has transitioned to a vegan diet over ten years ago. She is a loyal and hardworking member of the Test Your Intolerance team by staff and customers alike, mentioned frequently in our 5-star reviews.

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Menopausal test kits can be used to help advise in a potentially challenging time. Menopause is the point in a woman's life that symbolises the end of her menstrual cycle. To fully diagnose menopause, one has to consistently for 12 months without menstrual periods. It is common for women to experience menopause in their 40s or 50s. Naturally, all women should undergo menopause at some point in their lives. However, this period in a woman's life comes with specific symptoms that can be very stressful, like hot flashes. However, knowing that you're undergoing menopause or perimenopause helps you seek alternative treatments that can help you transition easily, including hormone therapy and lifestyle adjustments. What are menopausal test kits? A menopause test kit checks for a person's follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) level in their blood or urine. The follicle-stimulating hormone controls a person's menstrual cycle. It also helps eggs in the ovaries develop. Every month, there is an increase in FSH levels in the body so that ovaries can produce eggs. FSH levels can also rise during menopause when ovaries no longer produce eggs. To indicate whether you're undergoing menopause, measuring this hormone's levels will help you. What is menopausal transition? Menopause is defined as a point in time when a woman has gone 12 months without a menstrual period. However, there are years of irregular menstrual periods and symptoms before one reaches this point. These symptoms leading up to menopause are known as perimenopause or menopausal transition. These include symptoms like hot flashes and changes in monthly cycles. Usually, the menopausal transition begins between 45 and 55. These symptoms often last for around seven years, but they can last for up to 14 years, depending on various factors. Lifestyle factors like smoking, ethnicity, race, and the age it begins determined, how long it takes for one to reach menopause. During perimenopause, estrogen and progesterone, made by the ovaries, vary greatly. When a woman is undergoing a menopausal transition, it affects each body differently. The body starts using energy in different ways, and fat cells change. This may affect a woman's weight. Often it results in weight gain. It may also cause changes in heart health, bone health, body shape and composition, and physical function. "True" menopause doesn't happen until a year after a woman's first menstrual period. This means that if you don’t want to be pregnant, you should keep taking your birth control to prevent getting pregnant until you've been without menstrual periods for at least 12 months. That's the only time you should be sure you're in menopause and can't get pregnant. Even though menopause is often triggered by age, its onset can also be due to hysterectomy, which is the surgical removal of one's uterus, which produces hormones. If you've had surgery to remove your uterus, you will experience menopause symptoms immediately. After menopause, women often get into post-menopause. Post-menopausal individuals are vulnerable to osteoporosis and heart disease. During this time, keeping your calcium intake, staying active, and maintaining a healthy diet are necessary. Signs and symptoms of menopause The body uses estrogen for various functions. When estrogen levels decrease, it often causes mild symptoms, and lifestyle changes like carrying a portable fan and avoiding caffeine can help manage. However, some women don’t suffer any symptoms, while others have severe symptoms. The severity of these menopause symptoms varies widely and is determined by factors like ethnicity, race, and lifestyle factors. Common signs include: Hot flashes Many women's hot flashes can last for years after menopause. These may be related to the changing estrogen levels. A hot flash is defined as a sudden feeling of heat in your body's upper part or your whole body. a sudden feeling of heat in your body's upper part or  Hot flashes can flush your face and neck. You may also get red blotches on your arms, chest, and back. This is often followed by heavy sweating and cold shivering. Some people's hot flashes can be mild, while others can be severe enough to wake them from sleep. When hot flashes wake you from sleep, they're often referred to as night sweats. Usually, hot flashes last between 30 seconds to 10 minutes. Depending on the individual, these can occur many times in an hour, a few times a day, or just once or twice a week. Vaginal Health and Sexuality After undergoing menopause, many women also experience vaginal dryness, which can make it difficult to have sex. It's also common for women at this point to change their attitude towards sex as they lose interest or feel more liberated now that they won't get pregnant. Even though one may feel liberated and enjoy sex more, this doesn't prevent them from getting STDs and other infections that could come from unprotected sex. It's, therefore, safer to stick to safe sexual practices to avoid such illnesses. Change in menstrual periods Irregular periods can be the first sign that you're about to hit menopause. They can either be shorter or last longer, which means you may bleed more or less than before. These are regular changes, but you should talk to your doctor to ensure it. Having irregular periods can also be a symptom of other illnesses. Trouble sleeping When most women hit midlife, they start having trouble sleeping. One could have difficulty falling or staying asleep and waking way too early. Night sweats can interrupt sleep. When you wake up at night, it can be challenging to fall back asleep, causing a lot of trouble for you. Bladder control When one has lost bladder control, it's known as incontinence. You can have a strong sudden urge to urinate or accidentally urinate when laughing, sneezing, or exercising. The best way to deal with a bladder control issue is by seeing a doctor. Changes in mood Menopause can cause one to feel more moody or easily irritable. Researchers are still determining why this occurs. However, factors like stress, family, and changes in one's life can cause heightened irritability levels. Talk to your doctor or therapist for further help if you feel this way. Changes in the body Menopause also comes with physical changes. Since your body uses energy differently, most people tend to gain weight and have a larger waist. You may also lose fat and muscle, making your skin thinner. Other changes may include memory issues and stiff and achy muscles and joints. Some of these issues are due to old age, and research on whether hormones affect these is ongoing. How do menopausal test kits help women? Women use a Menopause Test Kit to know if their symptoms are due to menopause. Even though many women dondon'tt have trouble going through menopause, others experience moderate to severe discomfort and may need treatment to help alleviate these symptoms. The test will help you know where you stand pertaining to menopause then, and you can consult with your doctor on the way forward, especially if you need treatment to help deal with the symptoms. The test accurately detects FSH levels, which can change from one month to the next if you're perimenopausal. The test doesn't, however, tell you if you're menopause or perimenopause. FSH levels rise and fall as you age and during your menstrual cycle. Final thoughts Menopause for many women comes without any problems, while it can cause mild to severe symptoms for others. If you think the symptoms you're suffering from may be due to menopause, it's wise to get yourself one of our Menopausal Test Kits. This test will help you monitor your hormone levels so, you know what's going on in your body and get better help from your doctor.

Empowering Women With Menopausal Test Kits

Menopausal test kits can be used to help advise in a potentially challenging time. Menopause is the point in a woman’s life that symbolises the end of her menstrual cycle. To fully diagnose menopause, one has to consistently for 12 months without menstrual periods. It is common for women to experience menopause in their 40s […]

It’s World Health Esteem Month

It’s World Health Esteem Month

Many of us are waiting for the best way to better ourselves. We often think of a healthy diet, exercise, and more. But what about the wonderful world of self-esteem? Most of us know it’s good for us, but how do we focus on our physical health needs and still factor in self-esteem? The simple […]

Raising Awareness During Thyroid Awareness Month

Raising Awareness During Thyroid Awareness Month

Even the most well-intentioned adult may feel as though they are struggling to keep up with all the different health focuses. The truth is, there’s a lot to think about and remember regarding your health. That’s why it’s so convenient that things like World Thyroid Month exist. This month happens to be thyroid awareness month. […]

Healthy Christmas Presents For Your Loved Ones

Healthy Christmas Presents For Your Loved Ones

The holiday season is approaching quicker than most of us want it to. It forces us to start thinking about the dreaded Christmas shopping. If you’re ready to find just the right thing for that special someone in your life, consider a unique path to your traditional presents and shopping list: healthy Christmas presents. Each […]

Surviving Christmas with festive food intolerances

Surviving Christmas with festive food intolerances

Christmas is a time that we get to celebrate with family and loved ones. During this time of the year, it’s common for there to be lots of feasting and visiting family and friends which can be difficult with festive food intolerances. When celebrating the Christmas period, it can be difficult to manage when you […]

Health Benefits of Turmeric

7 Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is a golden orange root spice used for centuries in spicing up food and medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda both use turmeric to treat specific ailments. Many studies show how beneficial turmeric is to one’s health and how it can prevent various illnesses. It’s among the most nutritious natural supplement. But, what exactly […]

Thanksgiving and allergies

Allergies and Thanksgiving

The holiday is a fun time to spend with loved ones. Or it should be. Those with food allergies can often feel like they are on the outside of things since the holiday often means unknown foods (and ingredients) from people who aren’t used to dealing with allergies. You’ll be happy to know that dealing with […]