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Are hormone levels the only tests for perimenopause?

Are hormone levels the only tests for perimenopause?

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 more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Hormone (Definition)

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


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Can big fluctuations in hormone levels, such as in perimenopause, contribute to the development of female cancers?

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

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What is the best treatment to regulate hormone levels during the perimenopausal stage?

What is the best treatment to regulate hormone levels during the perimenopausal stage?

HRT: Hormone replacement therapy. If there are no contraindications. The best approach is with Conjugated Estrogens which can be released only with prescription from your doctor. ...Read more

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Obgyn says hormone levels do not show perimenopause, estrogen high. Is this test definitive or could results fluctuate day 2 day with hormone levels?

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

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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

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 more

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I am perimenopausal and i think my hormomes are out of balance and causing physical issues. Should i get my hormones checked?

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 more

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How important is hormone testing on a 46 yr old woman with perimenopausal symptoms? Arent symptoms most important when no other medial problems exist?

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

Dr. Thomas Lyons
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Perimenopause (Definition)

Year period of time when estrogen secretion begins to decline, periods become irregular, symptoms such as hot flashes may begin, along with mood swings and other changes. Talk ...Read more


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