Most of the time, no blood test is necessary to confirm the diagnosis of menopause, unless you have had your uterus removed.
Indeed, there are clinical signs that will be more evident and sufficient to confirm any doubts. Menopause signs aren’t really subtle…Physical change starts from different angles so our recommendation is to visit your doctor or a specialist to confirm.
A blood test is not necessary to confirm menopause
Normally blood tests or scans are not required to confirm menopause. It’s a clinical condition easily identified by the patient and the doctor: age, absence or disruption of periods for a few months, the presence of hot flashes, mood swings or vaginal dryness are all symptoms allowing it to be easily diagnosed.
Visit to doctor or any specialist will help to faster identify the entry into menopause and help you identify the most suitable global care, explain symptoms and see if there is a need for treatment if necessary.
I know I can identify menopause without a blood test, but what if I absolutely want to take it?
Firstly if conducting the blood test it is to check the levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and oestrogen(1).
If you absolutely want to take the test, we would recommend to consult with your gynaecologist or doctor to be sure.
During menopause, your FSH levels increase and your oestrogen levels decrease. However, hormonal assays are often difficult to interpret because they are subject to significant fluctuations.
Your doctor may order an additional blood test to check your thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), as thyroid dysfunction can cause symptoms that are similar to menopause.
However, your symptoms will be quite significant so you will probably know despite the test if you are in menopause and above tests can confirm it easily.
Key facts to remember when you are entering menopause
Menopause can be very easily diagnosed by your doctor.
● Truth #1: A doctor may help to identify menopause based on appearance of hot flushes or emotional swings, and if necessary based on blood test.
● Truth #2: Blood test is not necessary to confirm menopause.
● Truth #3: Your gynaecologist can tell you if you are in menopause based on physical changes (hot flashes, vaginal dryness, irregularity of periods).
● Truth #4: Blood test can be useful if all other symptoms are observed.