Of all the symptoms and indicators of the menopause FSH level
tests are the most reliable. Normally, in women aged over forty-five, an absence
of monthly bleeding in menstruation can be taken to be a sign that the menopause
has been reached. In fact, often women of a certain age who are expecting the
menopause and have recognised the other symptoms of mood swings and hot flushes
will not trouble themselves to find out of they have a menopause FSH level. They
will just assume they have reached the menopause by the onset of these physical
However, certain other medical conditions and illness can result in the
cessation of menstruation, therefore it is may be important to test for a
menopause FSH level. If this is found not to be the cause of menstruation
ending, then there may be some other underlying cause which requires treatment.
This is why testing for a menopause FSH level may be more important to be done
in younger women.
FSH is a follicle stimulating hormone. If it is present and working normally, it
will stimulate ovulation and the ripening of the ova. Obviously, this process
and this hormone are vital to fertility, so a test to find out of a woman has a
menopause FSH level may be more significant for women who are having trouble
conceiving a baby. Obviously, if she is not ovulating, a baby is not going to be
conceived and it is this whether or not a woman is ovulating which can be
detected in this test for a menopause FSH level.
Importance for younger women
Younger women, especially those of child-bearing age and with hopes of having
children will wan to know if they are failing to ovulate. A simple blood test to
ascertain their FSH level will give them the information they need to seek
Doctors can often misdiagnose a menopause FSH level as a stress-related lack of
menstruation in younger women and this would not normally be treated, so if a
woman is concerned and does not believe that the doctor has diagnosed her lack
of menstruation accurately then she can and maybe should ask for a FSH level
And for older women
Some women approach and go through the menopause with few or no unpleasant
symptoms. However, thousands of women are not so lucky, and for them, a test to
ascertain a menopause FSH level can be very reassuring.
The menopause can cause symptoms of irritability and poor memory. This can be
quite distressing and can make women worry that they are suffering from
something much more serious than the menopause – especially as they symptoms
often arise whilst a woman is still menstruating – if irregularly. A simple
blood or urine test to find out the woman’s FSH level can allay an awful lot of
fears in these cases.
When should your FSH level be tested?
As you may well expect, your FSH level will fluctuate throughout the monthly
cycle. Therefore, if you are still having menstrual periods, the best time to
have your FSH level tested is on the third day of your menstrual period. All it
means is a simple blood or urine test and there are now home FSH level tests
which are increasingly widely available so you may not even have to visit your
doctor for a FSH menopause test.
If you are not having menstrual periods any longer, it is fine to get your
levels tested to find out of you have a menopause FSH level or if your
lack of monthly bleeding is actually due to some other cause which may need to
be treated. They will let you know, for instance, with reasonable certainty,
whether a woman’s ovaries are beginning to fail.
Also, because of these quite normal fluctuations in FSH levels, it is
recommended that you have them tested twice, probably about a month apart. This
is particularly important for younger women as it will help to ascertain whether
they are experiencing a menopause FSH level which would not be considered normal
at their age and which would probably require further investigation and
treatment; or it could just be that through stress or trauma, the younger woman
is experiencing a temporary cessation of menstruation: either way, a menopause
FSH level test will tell you this.
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