Are there tests to diagnose menopause?

Dr. J. Scott Bembry discusses the tests doctors use to diagnose menopause. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


There’s no really good absolute test. The most common test that we do is to check your levels of follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone. These are hormones that normally are produced by the pituitary. They drive the ovary to form a follicle and to produce estrogen, and to ovulate and to produce progesterone. After menopause — after the ovaries stop working — the hormones from the pituitary become elevated and stay elevated.

Elevated hormone levels are good indicators that menopause has occurred. However, even if your hormone levels are elevated, you may still ovulate. The biggest test for menopause and for monitoring menopause is you, the patient. What kind of symptoms are you having? That’s what I base treatment on, is whether your symptoms are being relieved. 

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