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Menopause - Diagnosis

When a woman begins her menopause, she will likely know it. Even though most women expect this life change and recognise the symptoms, for some, it might be difficult to recognise. Our doctors at Dr Batra's help women understand whether they are beginning their menopause. The doctors ask about their symptoms (e.g. hot flushes, spotting, mood swings, trouble sleeping, etc.), track their cycle and possibly conduct a few medical tests. Usually, no tests are needed to diagnose menopause;

however, under certain circumstances, our doctors may recommend blood tests to check the woman's hormone levels. Levels of hormones, namely, the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and oestrogens will be tested because the FSH levels increase and estradiol levels decrease during menopause.

Other hormones like the thyroid-stimulating hormone may be tested because a decreased function of thyroid (hypothyroidism) can cause symptoms similar to those of menopause.