Early Onset of Menopause
- Created: December 23, 2010
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Wondering if those hot flashes are related to early menopause? Want to learn which medical tests you can request of your physician to diagnose early onset of menopause?
What tests should I ask my doctor for if I think I am going through early menopause?
In the U.S., the average age of onset for “natural” menopause is 51. However, because of genetics, illness, or some medical procedures some women can go through menopause before the age of 40. Menopause that occurs before this age is known as “premature” menopause. Some of the symptoms associated with premature menopause include: vaginal dryness, decreased sex drive, hot flashes and mood swings, to name a few. In the event that you are under the age of 40 and experience any of the listed symptoms, there is a possibility that you may be experiencing premature menopause. Check with your doctor to be sure.
Testing whether a woman is undergoing early onset of menopause can be tricky. This is because hormone levels may fluctuate greatly in an individual woman, even from one day to the next, therefore rendering hormone levels as an unreliable indicator for diagnosing menopause. At any rate, sometimes an FSH test can be used to determine whether or not you are in menopause. This test measures the blood levels of your follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). Your FSH levels rise when your ovaries stop producing enough estrogen, so high FSH levels can signal that your body is entering menopause.
Another test that can commonly be used as a diagnostic tool is a blood test of your estradiol levels. Estradiol is a form of estrogen in your body and the levels of this hormone drop when your ovaries start to fail. Low estradiol levels, therefore, may indicate that you are entering an early menopause.
If you have reason to believe that you are experiencing early onset of menopause, please speak to your gynecologist or give us a call at 866-364-6463. When you call our toll free number, one of our friendly FTC staff members will speak to you to help you better understand your situation and help you find solutions.
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