Ways to Confirm Menopause

One of the first questions you may ask is, “How do I know when I am truly experiencing menopause?” Unfortunately there is no simple answer as there is no simple way to know.

STEP 1: The first approach is to confirm the common symptoms of menopause, such as changes in your menstrual periods and onset of hot flashes. But beware: These don’t happen to everyone and every woman is different. This is why a consultation with a doctor who is experienced in recognizing and treating menopause in all stages is so important.

STEP 2: After the consultation, the next step is a blood test. The traditional test is the FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone). When the FSH is consistently elevated to 30 mIU/mL or higher, and you have not had a period for a year, it is menopause. It is important to know that a single FSH value may not be enough to confirm menopause. Often a second FSH is needed.

STEP 3: A second blood test, Inhibin B is a more sensitive test and is of value in women who are not having the classic symptoms of menopause. It is especially of value in perimenopausal women.

Learn more about the signs of menopause