Many women wonder if their bodies have begun to go through “the change.” Some women will
enter premenopause in their 40s, while others may not experience changes until their 60s.
Though it is impossible to tell for sure if you have entered premenopause, a simple at –
home urine test can offer some clues.
1. Consider your symptoms. Most women who are entering premenopause experience hot
flashes, irregular periods, insomnia or fatigue, irritability and vaginal dryness. If you have
these symptoms and are wondering if they might be related to premenopause, then a FSH
test, or follicle stimulating hormone test, could be right for you. FSH is a hormone that
tends to increase when a woman’s ovaries stop maturing and releasing eggs.
2. Purchase the test. You can find the test at drug stores or online. Talk to your doctor about
the test if you would prefer testing in his office.
3. Follow the individual test directions and wait for the results.
4. Read the results. This step can differ depending upon the test. For most tests, however,
you will receive a positive or negative result. A positive result indicates increased levels
of FSH in your urine. Remember, the test is not designed as a test specifically for
premenopause or menopause. It is simply designed to tell you if you have increased
hormone levels in your urine. Increased levels of FSH in the blood are related to
premenopause and menopause.
Note if you have increased levels of FSH. If you do, you’ll likely feel more comfortable
knowing that your symptoms are probably related to premenopause or menopause. If
your levels are normal according to a home test, contact your physic
ian to talk about your symptoms. She may want to run additional tests.
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