When a woman first starts to experience the symptoms of menopause, it isn’t something that will be obvious right away. At least in most cases, the effect is more of a slow, insidious and painful realization that something is very wrong. Here are the real tests to find out if a women is in menopause or may have something quite different.
In order to find out for certain that you are going through the menopause, you will of course have to visit your doctor and have some tests performed. Just because a woman has the symptoms of menopause such as night sweats, irritability, headaches, or irregular periods, doesn’t mean conclusively that she has started. The first test is a blood test to find out the level of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) in the blood, which if is above 30 IU per liter then a positive sign may be at hand. Of course there are other possible diagnoses, such as carcinoid syndrome, pheochromocytoma, or even hypothyroidism. If any misdiagnosis of these is made, serious health issues can be the result.
When a woman has hot flashes, this is due to the drastic changes in hormone levels in the body. These can cause changes in the endocrine system, which helps to regulate what’s called the -vasomotor- system. Vasomotor refers to the muscles that control vasodilation, dilation of the interior of the blood vessels. The endocrine system, once made unstable, can also effect the mood, sleep patterns, and libido of a woman.