Menopause FAQs: Menopause Diagnosis may explain why you have become a hot flashing, night sweating, moody version of your former self? Or Not.

TestMenopause FAQs: Menopause Diagnosis

Is there a test to predict or confirm menopause or perimenopause?

Currently, no. In How Do I Know I’m In Menopause? The Bottom Line the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) elaborate on:

“To date, there is no simple test to predict or confirm menopause or perimenopause, but research continues. So, check your menstrual calendar and seek your health providers’ opinions”.

DiagnosisMenopause FAQs: Menopause Diagnosis

How is a menopause or perimenopause diagnosis made?

In Perimenopause: Diagnosis & Treatment – Diagnosis the (United States) Mayo Clinic elaborate on:

“Perimenopause is a process — a gradual transition. No one test or sign is enough to determine if you’ve entered perimenopause. Your doctor takes many things into consideration, including your age, menstrual history, and what symptoms or body changes you’re experiencing.

Some doctors may order tests to check your hormone levels. But other than checking thyroid function, which can affect hormone levels, hormone testing is rarely necessary or useful to evaluate perimenopause”.

Period Changes

How may periods change?

In About Menopause: The Stages of Menopause – Perimenopause: Diagnosis of Perimenopause the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health explain:

Menopause FAQs: Menopause Diagnosis

“There is no test to diagnose perimenopause. It is best identified by considering:

  • Changes in the nature of your periods, such as:
    • How frequent they are now and if that has changed?
    • How long they last and if that has changed?
    • How light or heavy they are and if that has changed?”

FSH Test Elephants

What can be some elephants in the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) test room?

In What Is Menopause? How Is Menopause Diagnosed? the Australasian Menopause Society note:

“A single hormone test, such as a measurement of elevated follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is not a reliable indicator of the peri-menopause, as during this time women’s hormone levels fluctuate from day to day”.

Healthcare Provider

Menopause FAQs: Menopause DiagnosisWhat if a woman is not sure what’s what?

If a woman is not sure what’s what, it may be in her best interest to choose to talk to her health care provider about this. In Menopause: Diagnosis & Treatment – Diagnosis the Mayo Clinic elaborate on:

“Signs and symptoms of menopause are usually enough to tell most women that they’ve started the menopausal transition. If you have concerns about irregular periods or hot flashes, talk with your doctor. In some cases, further evaluation may be recommended.

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Where may I find more menopause FAQs?

Menopause FAQs: Menopause DiagnosisIn Menopause FAQs: Expert Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause you may find Menopause FAQS: Menopause Symptoms where the NAMS explain:

“Women going through the menopause transition often experience one or more menopause-related symptoms. You want to make sure that your symptoms are normally caused by menopause or may be signs of something else, such as a thyroid disorder, depression, a side effect of medication, or just normal aging. Get the straight story on your symptoms from our expert advisors and put your mind at ease”.

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Last Updated: 10 June 2019 – Last Revised: 10 June 2019
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