If you are using hormones, such as the pill, this test may not be reliable.
What is menopause?Menopause is when a woman no longer has menstrual periods and can no longer become pregnant (naturally). Usually the periods are less frequent during menopause, but it can also stop suddenly. This process is a natural part of aging and mainly occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 55, when estrogen levels drop. There are various complaints during menopause, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, problems with sleeping, reduced libido and depression or anxiety complaints. The duration of these complaints varies.
What do we determine when the menopause blood test?
FSH & LHFSH (follicle stimulating hormone) is an important factor for sexual development. For example, it regulates the menstrual cycle and helps with the growth of eggs. The FSH values change during the cycle. The values are highest during ovulation. In men, FSH ensures the production of sperm and the values do not change that much. The start of menopause can be demonstrated by FSH research. Elevated FSH levels can indicate that a woman is going through menopause.
The luteinizing hormone (LH) is closely linked to FSH. LH is also important for sexual development. LH levels are highest just before ovulation. At the onset of menopause, when no more eggs are maturing, LH will rise. This increase can be comparable to the LH value of a normal cycle. Therefore, this provision cannot be used alone to demonstrate the transition. An abnormal LH value can indicate other conditions, such as problems with the ovaries. On the other hand, FSH does rise sufficiently during menopause.
OestradiolEstradiol is a sex hormone and is part of the estrogens. This hormone is produced in the ovaries with the help of LH and FSH. After menopause, women produce estrogens in their fatty tissue. Estradiol levels are lower after menopause. With the help of these three hormones we can detect early menopause and determine the transition more accurately.
When to opt for a menopause blood test?This blood test is recommended when:
- You suffer have hormonal complaints
- You want to have an idea of your menopause