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What does a menopause blood test check?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

A simple blood test can check estrogen and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels. With menopause, estrogen levels go down and FSH levels go up. This blood test can confirm menopause if there are concerns about conditions (like unexpected pregnancy) or other illnesses (like thyroid problems) that may be present. Some other illnesses have symptoms that are similar to menopause, and this blood test, along with a medical history and check of symptoms, can help your doctor to confirm the diagnosis. A newer test, which measures the amount of anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) in the blood, is a more accurate indicator of menopausal status.

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