Menopause Checkup- Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Menopause is presumed if your menstruation has stopped for a year, without pregnancy or illness. It is due to the cessation of egg release in the ovaries. Menopause is a part of the aging process and usually starts in your 40s to 50s. Most women may experience menopause before the age of 52.
The primary changes in menopause are change in mood and feelings. Also, women who are in their menopausal stages may also experience hot flashes and night sweats.
What to expect during a menopause checkup
Symptoms such as irregular periods and hot flashes may be discussed with your doctor during the check-up. A thorough evaluation may also be done.
However, these are not enough to diagnose menopause. In some cases, blood tests will be recommended by your doctor to determine the levels of:
- Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and estrogen (estradiol). FSH levels during menopause will increase and estradiol levels will decrease.
- Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). Low TSH can cause symptoms similar to menopause
- Over-the-counter home tests to check FSH levels in your urine are available. This is use to determine elevated FSH levels and might be associated with perimenopause or menopause.
Why is menopause checkup required?
A menopause check-up is required if there are some symptoms like trouble sleeping, low energy levels and emotional issues that disrupt your daily life activities. A wide range of treatment, from lifestyle changes to hormone therapy, is readily available. Talk to a gynecologist, who can help you understand the risks and proper care.
To learn more about Menopause please check our blog on WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MENOPAUSE: OVERVIEW, HRT AND CUTTING EDGE TREATMENTS.
- Menopause - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic. (2019). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353401
- WebMD. (2019). The Basics of Menopause. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/menopause/guide/menopause-basics#2-6