Should I have a blood test to diagnose menopause?
Menopause is a natural part of life for most women, but it can be difficult to know for sure if you're experiencing symptoms of menopause. If your doctor thinks that you may be going through menopause, they might order a blood test to diagnose your condition. By doing so, the GP can find out how far along you are in the process of menopause and start treatment as soon as possible—which could reduce some of the symptoms associated with this stage of life!
A blood test can help you diagnose menopause.
If you are experiencing symptoms of menopause, a blood test can help your doctor determine if it's the cause of your symptoms. Menopause is different for every woman. Some women go through menopause naturally and experience few to no symptoms at all. Other women may experience severe symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia and mood changes that make it difficult to live a normal life.
Menopause can be treated with hormone therapy (HT). HT replaces some of the oestrogen that decreases during natural or surgical menopause so that you have enough oestrogen in your body to prevent uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flashes or vaginal dryness. The type of HT prescribed depends on how far along into menopause you are when starting treatment:
There are several ways doctors can measure these hormones:
If your doctor finds that you're still producing oestrogen, he or she may want to check levels of FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone), which are produced by the pituitary gland and signal the ovaries to produce oestrogen and progesterone.
IThese tests can help determine whether your body is making enough hormones or not. They also give doctors information about what kind of treatment might be right for you--whether it's medication, surgery or something else entirely!
A blood test is a safe and effective way to get the information you need about menopause. It can help you diagnose the condition and figure out what type of treatment is right for you. If you're unsure if you're going through menopause or have symptoms that may indicate so, make an appointment with your doctor today!