Also Known As
Hormone Panel, Menopausal Hormone Levels
The Purpose of the Menopause Screening Test
Menopause is a major life change that marks the end of a woman’s reproductive life, but that can also be the beginning of a recharged, productive life. Women who prepare for the changes that come with this transition—which can range from hot flashes to mood swings—can find renewed vibrancy and spark as they move forward to the next chapter. A woman officially reaches menopause when it has been a year since her last menstrual cycle. However, the time when women reach that point can be different for everyone—menopause typically can take place between the ages of 45 and 55, and the perimenopausal time period leading up to that can take several years. A blood test for menopause is helpful because it can take away the uncertainty and help you better understand where you are at in your journey.
Lipid Panel with LDL/HDL Ratio (235010)
What Does the Menopause Test Measure?
The menopause screening test measures hormones that are essential to a woman’s reproductive cycle:
- Estradiol: This is the main form of estrogen in the body, and it’s crucial to the reproductive system. Normal levels can be up to 400 pg/mL before menopause, but then they drop significantly to 0 to 30 pg/mL after menopause.
- Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH): High levels of this hormone are a sign that you may be entering menopause. Generally, these levels should measure above 30 mIU/mL on a consistent basis to make a menopause diagnosis, as hormone levels can fluctuate during perimenopause.
- Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH): Menopause symptoms such as weight gain, memory lapses, irregular periods, and mood shifts are also signs of low TSH (or hypothyroidism). Measuring TSH can potentially rule out or diagnose any thyroid disorders.
Additionally, if you order the Labcorp version of this menopause test from our website, it also includes a lipid panel with LDL/HDL ratio. That’s because estrogen plays a role in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, so low estrogen can translate into a higher risk of elevated cholesterol, which can have a negative impact on your heart health. The plaque that builds up on your blood vessel walls as a result of high cholesterol can put you in danger of heart attack or stroke.
Who Should Take a Blood Test for Menopause?
This test is advisable for any woman who wants to get a clear picture of her hormonal status and whether she is in perimenopause, menopause, or postmenopause.
Menopause Blood Test Preparation
You need to fast for 12 to 14 hours before taking the menopausal blood test.
Menopause Testing Results
If your results are within the normal ranges for menopause, and if it has been a year since your last period, you may be considered menopausal. But not all women who are menopausal have typical symptoms like hot flashes, and women who experience symptoms may not officially be in menopause yet. Your doctor may recommend further testing to see if your results over a period of time point to menopause. If you have questions about your menopause blood test, we can help. Contact Personalabs to arrange a telehealth appointment with one of our medical experts.
Where Can I Get Blood Tests for Menopause Near Me?
It’s simple to shop for the health tests you need at Personalabs. Among our 400-plus general health tests, you’ll find a comprehensive selection of women’s health tests for every stage of your life, including menopause testing. Check to make sure you don’t require a doctor’s authorization, which will depend on the state where you live), before you get started:
Step 1: Buy your blood test for menopause and download the lab order you’ll need for your appointment.
Step 2: Visit our website and use the lab locator to find your nearest facility among our 4,000-plus Quest Diagnostics and Labcorp partner sites. Then just make your appointment and confirm the test instructions with the lab.
Step 3: Bring the lab order to your blood draw appointment.
Step 4: Review your test results in your private Personalabs account, usually within 2 to 10 business days after the test.
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