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How reliable is a blood test for menopause hormone levels?

How reliable is a blood test for menopause hormone levels?

Clinical diagnosis: Menopause is a clinical diagnosis supported by lab tests in a limited manner. The blood tests are reliable for what they test for but interpretation of the results requires the expertise of a physician. ...Read more

Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

Menopause is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more


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Had a blood test said menopause hadn't a period for 6 months have now had two periods second time was blood clots am worried can you help ?

Had a blood test said menopause hadn't a period for 6 months have now had two periods second time was blood clots am worried can you help
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Menopause : during menopause it's quite common for women to skip there menses.For months that have heavy periods and skip again for year or 2.Any abnormal bleeding should be evaluated by an OB/GYN physician ...Read more

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I am very confused had blood test said menopause 6 months later had a period. Went for a pelvic scan the person doing the scan said endometriosis 3 ?

I am very confused had blood test said menopause 6 months later had a period. Went for a pelvic scan the person doing the scan said endometriosis 3 ?

Need More Info: Menopause can sometimes be diagnosed by labs, but they are not perfect & it is defined as no period in 1 year in the CORRECT clinical setting. It is not unusual for someone your age to be in perimenopaise to have a some breakthrough bleeding while the hormones settle down. It would be odd for a first diagnosis of endometriosis at 48 & I would want to know what kind of scan and exact results. ...Read more

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Had a blood test came back menopause does this mean no more periods can u advise on what happens now ?

Had a blood test came back menopause does this mean no more periods can u advise on what happens now ?

See below: It is a complex issue to address in the limited space available. See this site for more info: http://www.webmd.com/menopause/default.htm For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Hi had blood test said the menopause I haven't had a period in over 6 months now I have a period is this normal?

Hi had blood test said the menopause I haven't had a period in over 6 months now I have a period is this normal?

No: Any vaginal bleeding that occurs after the onset of menopause may indicate a problem with the lining of the uterus up to and including cancer. Evaluation of the uterine lining with ultrasound and biopsy is indicated in this type of situation. ...Read more

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51- Menstrual cycle - 2 week periods, heavy, clots, one week no bleeding then repeat. Had ultrasound, small fibroid. Blood test show not menopausal?

51- Menstrual cycle - 2 week periods, heavy, clots, one week no bleeding then repeat.  Had ultrasound, small fibroid. Blood test show not menopausal?

Perimenopause: B"sd the main medical issue would be iron defiency anemia. Generaly this can be a problem at menarche (start up of menses) and as with you in peri-menopause. Gyn will work to limit bleeding. My recommendation is keep a check on blood count and iron levels to avoid need for IV iron, transfusion. Blood tests usually will not show menopause till periods have stopped. ...Read more

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How did my doctor know i was going through menopause by a blood test?

Menopause: If the estrogen is low (or if your periods have stopped, or are irregular), the pituitary hormone (lh) that controls estrogen should be high. Your doc probably measured a level of lh. ...Read more