Gynecologic Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about prevention and wellness for women.

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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    Source: Rashmi Bolinjkar, MD, Upper Valley Womens Center; Jeremy Crouch, MD, Womens Health Specialists and Midwives of Dayton; Heather Hilkowitz, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Kathryn Lorenz, MD, Hyatt Family Care; William Rush, MD, Lifestages Samaritan Centers for Women; Jerome Yaklic, MD, Wright State Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Amy Renshaw, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; J. Scott Bembry, Premier OB/GYN; L. William Rettig, III, MD,Lifestages Centers for Women; Elyse Weber, PA, Lifestages Centers for Women; Rhonda Washington, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Stacy Hudepohl, CNM, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Larry Holland, DO, Premier Womens Center

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