Screening for Menopause
Screening helps to find and treat health problems early. Tests are given to people who do not have symptoms, but who may be at risk for certain health problems.
There are no screening tests for menopause. It is a natural process in every woman’s life. If a woman has menstrual changes and missed periods before 40 years of age, a test may be done to measure the level of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) in the blood. This can be a sign of premature ovarian insufficiency.
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- Elizabeth Margaret Prusak, MD
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