Signs and symptoms of menopause are usually enough to tell most women that they’ve started the menopausal transition. In some cases, further evaluation may be recommended. Tests typically aren’t needed to diagnose menopause. But under certain circumstances, your doctor may recommend blood tests to check your level of:
- Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and estrogen (estradiol), because your FSH levels increase and estradiol levels decrease as menopause occurs
- Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), because an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) can cause symptoms similar to those of menopause
- Hormone therapy.
- Vaginal estrogen
- Low-dose antidepressants. .