Can I Test for Perimenopause?
It can be very difficult for you to know if you have entered the perimenopause phase. You have been hearing about menopause for years and are just not sure whether or not what you are experiencing is perimenopause or something else. So you are wondering if you can test for perimenopause yourself.
Well, in short, the answer is yes, you can test for perimenopause. This can be done by buying a home-test kit that measures your follicle stimulating hormones. Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) is a hormone produced by your pituitary gland. FSH levels increase temporarily each month to stimulate your ovaries to produce eggs. When you enter menopause and your ovaries stop working, your FSH levels also decrease. This test is said to be accurate nine times out of ten.
When Should I Take This Test?
You should consider taking the home test when you begin experiencing menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, vaginal dryness or any of the other common 34 symptoms of menopause. Each woman experiences her symptoms of menopause differently so it is important to understand what your body is going through. By taking the test you will be able to gauge what is going on. Then, when you go to visit your doctor, you will be more informed about your current condition.
What is Perimenopause?
In most conversations, perimenopause is referred to as just menopause, when in reality menopause is just one moment in time when a woman's body stops being fertile. When you are experiencing the often frustrating symptoms of menopause, it is while your body is in the perimenopause phase.
Women enter the perimenopause phase when their body ceases to produce the hormones necessary for ovulation. The drastic drop in hormones is what causes women to experience the well-known menopausal symptoms. Each symptom is related to a drop in a woman's hormone levels.
What Should I Do After I Take The Test?
After you take the home-test kit for perimenopause, whether it is positive or negative, you should make an appointment to see your doctor. If the test turned out positive then you will be able to discuss menopausal treatments with them. If the test was negative and you are experiencing symptoms of menopause, your doctor will be able to help you figure out what is going on. It may be that the test was wrong, or that you are experiencing symptoms of something else.
Testing for perimenopause can be very helpful, but if you want to learn more click on the following link about treatments for menopause.
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