Perimenopause is the stage of approaching menopause. This Perimenopause Blood Test looks at key hormonal levels and health areas that are affected by the menopause. This includes areas such as bone heath and cardiovascular risk. It will also look at thyroid hormone levels as thyroid dysfunction can cause menopause-like symptoms.
We recommend that you have a follow up perimenopause test 6-12 weeks after your initial test. This will allow us to monitor changes in your hormone over time.
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Frequently Asked Question
What does this test look for?
This test will look at reproductive hormones; Oestradiol, Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Luteinising hormone (LH). These hormone levels will change during perimenopause. Fertility will reduce, but the rebalance can affect health in other ways such as increased risk of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.
Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin D levels are also checked as these can heighten menopausal related symptoms.
After menopause, a woman’s cholesterol levels tend to worsen. Hence we check HDL cholesterol, LDL Cholesterol, Total Cholesterol and Triglycerides to give you the best advice.
Thyroid problems are more common among women, and in many cases cause symptoms similar to those experienced during menopausal transition. We check thyroid markers (FT4 and TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone)) to ensure an accurate analysis.
What does the service involve?
A blood sample will be taken by one of our trained Nurses via a venous blood draw. This means that we will collect a small sample of blood from one of your veins.
The sample is then sent to a certified medical lab to be tested. Your results will be analysed by Doctors at Melio health, who will provide you your results via the Melio Health platform. To find out more about Melio Health click here
How do I get my results?
You should receive an SMS when your result is ready. This is usually in 2-3 working days after the blood draw. You can then log in to your Melio account to review your result and the interpretation of your result by a registered GMC doctor
Do I need to fast before this appointment?
This is a fasting test, you should not eat, or drink anything other than water, for 10 hours before your appointment. Please make sure you stay hydrated by drinking water though.
When should I book my appointment?
This test should be taken as close today 3 of the menstrual cycle, or on any day if periods have stopped. If day 3 falls on a weekend day please book on a Monday or a Friday. Ideally book the appointment for first thing in the morning as this is a fasting test.
There are many symptoms experienced by women approaching menopause, including hot flushes, weight gain, brain fog and insomnia. These are often symptoms of other conditions including thyroid function, which means often women are unsure if they are entering menopause or experiencing something else. Our Perimenopause Blood Test looks at a range of markers, primarily hormones involved in reproductive health, which change during perimenopause. However we also look at the thyroid panel and cholesterol to be able to give you the most accurate advice.
This is a fasting blood test, you should not eat or drink (except water) for 10 hours before your test. The test should be booked for day 3 of the menstrual cycle if you are still experiencing cycles. If your periods have stopped it can be booked for any day
Hormonal contraceptives and HRT can affect the results. Please advise the nurse if you are taking these so the notes can reflect this.
We recommend taking the Perimenopause Follow Up Blood Test 6-12 weeks after your initial Perimenopause Test. Tracking the reproductive hormones over time gives a clearer picture of if you are entering perimenopause.