Does anyone know what test the Dr's do to check your hormone level, & what is normal, peri & considered menapause? I have an appt next month w/ a new gyno and have been having at lot of the symptomes for peri. Still having periods about every 21 to 25 days. Thanks
It's just a blood test for your FSH level. I forget at what level you are considered to be menopausal. That's been a while back for me...I think it was high 30's? They can fluctuate too so it's sometimes hard to tell definitively. At 56, after having periods since I was 10 and on bcp, I could tell my body didn't want to keep doing that...I was missing periods every other month and on the pill! I told my doctor I was over it and to do something. She put me on HRT and I never had another period. It's been 4 years and life is wonderful!
I've taken a hormone test that is done by collecting your saliva. You can purchase on line, but I think it's best to make sure your Dr. will be able to help you evaluate the results and treat you accordingly. I found a gyno about a year ago that works with bioidentical hormones and purchased the kit from her. You do it at home and then mail the kit in for testing.
I also had periods about every 21 days (they are kind of all over the place still). Taking bcp will help regulate more, but you will still have a period every 28 days, which isn't far off of what you have now. The bcp is certainly not without risks and side effects, so I'd ask the Dr. lots of questions about health issues in taking it.