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Menopause Hormone Tests

When a woman begins to experience the signs of menopause, she might find that several years take place before her very last period.

Menopause is determined after a period has been missed for one year.

The FSH Hormone Test

Since many women often wonder if they are in the final stages of menopause, it can be a frustrating and anxious period. 

The best way to determine if a woman has ceased to ovulate and is in menopause is through a menopause test.

A test can be used to determine whether or not a woman continues to ovulate by measuring the amount of FSH in her bloodstream. 

An at home menopause test will detect the amount of FSH in a woman’s urine, while an FSH test administered by a health care professional might measure FSH levels through urine or blood. 

FSH stands for Follicle Stimulating Hormone, and when estrogen levels are low, the pituitary gland secretes this hormone in order to stimulate the ovaries. 

When a woman begins to decrease in estrogen production, her body creates a greater amount of FSH in order to stimulate the ovaries and produce an egg. 

It should be stated, however, that there are many factors that can contribute to high FSH levels.

If you take an FSH test and it shows that you have high FSH levels, be sure to speak with your health care provider.

There are many aspects to take into consideration along with the menopause test results, to determine whether or not you are in menopause.

Estrogen And Progesterone Levels

Any time a woman’s estrogen and progesterone levels are low, she will experience symptoms of menopause, her body will also release greater amounts of FSH. 

Some causes of high FSH levels, that aren’t necessarily associated with menopause include poor diet, stress, irregular periods, and having a period without releasing an egg. 

This will trigger the pituitary gland to produce more FSH and those elevated levels will be detected in the menopause test.

It is recommended, therefore, not to rely solely upon the results of the menopause test, but to assess your overall health, diet, stress level, and determine if you are in menopause, or experiencing low estrogen and progesterone levels for another reason.

Menopause Lifestyle

 

When a woman experiences many of the symptoms of menopause, it can be difficult to determine if she is in the early stages of menopause, known as perimenopause, or has finished the transition. 

It is important to realize that a menopause test will accurately determine how much FSH is in the bloodstream, but that a positive reading doesn’t necessarily mean that a woman will never have another period.

A woman hasn’t completed the menopausal transition until at least one year has lapsed since her last period.

A test is a likely indicator, used in conjunction with other symptoms that a woman is in menopause. 

If a woman hasn’t had any periods for approximately six months, has night sweats, hot and cold flashes, increases weight gain and abdominal fat, begins to experience more pain in her joints, develops anxiety or depression, and feels that she has difficulty staying focused or energized.

In addition to elevated FSH levels, there is a good chance that she is menopausal. 

Speak with your health care provider as he or she will assess your overall health and give you an accurate diagnosis.

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Author Tanna Mayer
Updated January 6, 2013

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