Menopause Blood Test, from our experts to you.Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP
Chief Medical Officermeet our doctors
What is menopause?
Menopause is when your periods stop. It can be a difficult time emotionally, mentally, and physically. You may experience symptoms that range from mood swings and anxiety to fatigue, weight gain, and hot flushes. Generally, women reach menopause around the age of 51, but you may find that your symptoms start much earlier during perimenopause (menopause transition).
Can you diagnose menopause with a blood test?
Our Menopause Blood Test assesses the likelihood that you're going through menopause by measuring FSH, LH, and oestradiol. As egg production declines, your levels of FSH will rise. However, due to significant fluctuations in FSH around the time of menopause, there is a chance that this test may show normal pre-menopausal levels. As well as your menopausal status, this test checks your thyroid function. Symptoms of a thyroid condition and menopause can be similar - and it is not uncommon for a thyroid condition to develop in the 40s or 50s.
Who should take a menopause test?
We recommend this test if you're aged 40-45 and are experiencing menopausal symptoms or if you're under 40 and suspect you're going through menopause.
How to prepare for your test?
Prepare for your Menopause Blood Test by following these instructions. Please take your sample before 10am. Take this test two to five days after the start of your period, ideally on day three. It can be taken any time if you do not have periods. Hormonal contraception can affect this test, taking a break from this and using barrier contraception will give more accurate results. If you use hormone gels, pessaries, patches, or tablets, we strongly recommend selecting a venous sample to minimise contamination sometimes seen with finger-prick tests. Otherwise, administer any hormone supplements using gloves, and make sure your fingers have not been in contact with hormone supplements for at least four weeks before taking the test. Hormones can be absorbed deep within the skin even after minimal contact and remain there for weeks despite vigorous handwashing. Do not take biotin supplements for two days before this test, discuss this with your doctor if it is prescribed.