Re: should I be tested for being perimenopausal?
You don't mention your age, but if you are in your early 40's then you most definitely are starting to go into perimenopause. Because of the wide varity of symptoms that go on and such fluctuations in your hormones, your doctor probably won't do the FSH test yet. It wouldn't be accurate. They usually wait until you are close to 50. That is because your hormones by then are not so erratic. What you will need to have your doctor do though is check your thyroid. Thyroid problems can mimic the symptoms of peri and menopause, so you need to make sure you are ok there.
I have been having changes in my periods since I was 36. Right now I am almost 50 and skipping periods. 4 months and counting.
Also, as far as BCP's, you most likely will be put on HRT, to regulate your periods. Just remember too that this all is a NORMAL time in our lives and things are going to change. Just hang on, it can be one H*LL of a roller coaster ride!