Top
20
Doctor insights on: Perimenopausal Hormone Levels

Share
1

1
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

See 2 more doctor answers
Dr. Michael Gabor
1 doctor shared a insight

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


2

2
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

3

3
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

4

4
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

7

7
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

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
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

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
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

11

11
How does taking calcium orotate affect your hormones? I am perimenopausal and I feel its affecting me hormonally.

How does taking calcium orotate affect your hormones? I am perimenopausal and I feel its affecting me hormonally.

Why are you: taking this instead of cheaper and more effective calcium replacement? It does not affect your hormones, but can cause other problems, most commonly GI upset. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more

14

14
At 49, I am experiencing some perimenopausal symptoms, mostly insomnia. Would bio-identical hormones be recommended for that? Are they safe?

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 more

See 1 more doctor answer
15

15
Why should perimenopausal women not take menopausal hormone therapy?

Why should perimenopausal women not take menopausal hormone therapy?

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 more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Jie Xu Dr. Xu
2 doctors agreed:
16

16
Black cohosh or bio-identical estrogen/progesterone cream to help balance hormones in perimenopause?

Dr. Jie Xu Dr. Xu
2 doctors agreed:
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

18

18
Can urinary frequency ruled out UTI etc. Can perimenopause hormones play a part?

Can urinary frequency ruled out UTI etc. Can perimenopause hormones play a part?

Hormones: Can prevent UTI sxs as as estrogen deficient tissues like the urethra and lower 3rd of the bladder are estrogen dependent so lack of estrogen can cause pain frequency and burning, assuming u do not have an actual uti. ...Read more

19

19
My periods have become irregular. Formication and vertigo. Hormone tests ok. Could it be perimenopause. What is treatment?

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

Dr. Thomas Lyons
388 doctors shared insights

Perimenopause (Definition)

Period of time when your estrogen levels start to decline, your periods become irregular, symptoms such as hot flashes may begin, along with mood swings and other ...Read more