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Perimenopausal Hormone Levels
NO Not Accurate: Hormone testing if abnormal is indicative of perimenopause, but normal levels may not be accurate. I've tested people, who are close to menopause and had results consistent with a 20 year old one month followed by those of 55 year old the next month. Hormone testing is very inaccurate. Symptoms are the most important factor with shortened and irregular cycles (<26 days). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more
Can big fluctuations in hormone levels, such as in perimenopause, contribute to the development of female cancers?
Yes: The hormonal changes that usually occur in the 10-15 years before menopause can contribute to many problems. Progesterone levels drop leading to "estrogen dominance". Fibroid and endometriosis growth can accelerate. Ovarian cysts can be more likely. The endometrial lining can become hyperplastic or thickened leading to polyps, atypia, and cancer. Get your regular checkups. ...Read more
Obgyn says hormone levels do not show perimenopause, estrogen high. Is this test definitive or could results fluctuate day 2 day with hormone levels?
Regular periods?: If you are having regular periods, you are not perimenopausal. If your periods are irregular, you have hirsutism, and are overweight, you may have polycystic ovarian syndrome. Estrogen levels fluctuate throughout the menstrual cycle. An FSH level is a better indicator of perimenopause, and will become elevated as you enter menopause. ...Read more
I'm 31, I have all symptoms of perimenopause but told hormone levels are normal. Some thyroid history. Current 3.5 TSH w/ 25 mcg meds. Other causes?
Be specific: What are your specific symptoms that you are diagnosing as 'perimenopause'? ...Read more
OBGYN says blood hormone levels normal only elevated estrogen, not perimenopausal. Isn't estrogen dominance a sign of progesterone drop=perimenopause?
NOT: with one random test!! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more
I have high cortisol levels. What does this mean? I am in perimenopause and have been tested for my hormone levels. A recent saliva test showed I have high cortisol levels. I have been suffering from anxiety, depression and insomnia. I am under going
High : High cortisol levels should be confirmed and further evaluated by an internist or endocrinologist. Salivary testing is not mainstream and could be misleading. Stress can result in elevations of cortisol but these will usually suppress with Dexamethasone (this is part of the further testing). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am perimenopausal and i think my hormomes are out of balance and causing physical issues. Should i get my hormones checked?
May be not menopause: At 37 if I am correct it is unlikely that you would be menopausal unless you have a family history of early menopause or your ovaries have been removed or there is ovarian failure. You have not mentioned the physical symptoms so i can not comment on the same but i definitely recommend a physician consultation. If you live in las vegas we will be happy to help you. www.bikassharmamd.com. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How important is hormone testing on a 46 yr old woman with perimenopausal symptoms? Arent symptoms most important when no other medial problems exist?
You're right: Testing hormones is much less important than how one feels in their skin, morning and night. Testing typically gives us an idea of where a woman is in relationship to menopause. Is she in menopause, near it, or far away from it. Patients seem to think that testing replaces how a woman feels, but i agree that symptoms are a more important barometer. ...Read more
How does Xanax (alprazolam) taken in small doses just a few times a week affect your hormones in perimenopause?
It shouldn't: Affect them if u take a small dose and not everyday. ...Read more
How does taking calcium orotate affect your hormones? I am perimenopausal and I feel its affecting me hormonally.
Since entering Perimenopause year ago, getting so many one sided headaches, 2 Excedrin help, but scared to take too many, could this all be hormones?
Normal: Nope, sounds like things are right on schedule. ...Read more
At 49, I am experiencing some perimenopausal symptoms, mostly insomnia. Would bio-identical hormones be recommended for that? Are they safe?
Bio-identical: Some are OK but others are not. I would not take any estrogen related hormones until you have checked with your gynecologist. Many ads on TV and radio say wonderful things about their product but it is almost always followed by a note "This product is not approved by the FDA". FDA is the group that approves or disapproves new drugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Perimenopause: is the months before the cessation of menses. Many women have adequate estrogen during these months. Most women do not ovulate or ovulate sporadically during this transition so they do not produce progesterone. A blood test can determine your need. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Black cohosh or bio-identical estrogen/progesterone cream to help balance hormones in perimenopause?
No data.: Bio-identical hormones is a topic vastly argued in our field. As it stands now, you should be cautious using bio-identical hormones because there is no control over how they are mixed and produced, and there is no data about what is a safe and efficacious formulation and dosage. Speak with your doctor about this for a more in depth conversation and to determine if it is actually needed for you. ...Read more
Can perimenopause cause paresthesias which are felt on the face (tingling) & top of head (dripping)? If so, are there any treatments e.g. hormones?
My periods have become irregular. Formication and vertigo. Hormone tests ok. Could it be perimenopause. What is treatment?
Irregular periods are one of the most common problems Obgyns treat.: If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test . there are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more