What is it?
FSH is a blood test ordered the 3rd day of your period, if you still have periods. This blood test is the most sensitive test available for the checking of perimenopause and menopause.
What do you do with it?
Your doctor will contact you with the report of the FSH within two weeks of your blood draw. If your FSH is 30 or over, you are considered perimenopausal if you are still having periods and menopausal if you have not had a period for over a year.
If you are diagnosed as being perimenopausal or menopausal, your doctor may offer hormones to you. The benefits of hormones are help in prevention of osteoporosis, and possibly heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. Hormones help increase vaginal lubrication and help with libido (desire for sex), as well as urinary incontinence.
Hormones may increase your risk of breast cancer over time. The longer you are on hormones that risk increases. However, patients who develop breast cancer on hormones survive longer than those who got breast cancer and had never taken hormones.