ASK: What tests or screenings should I have now? Which ones will I need later?
True menopause is indicated by 12 consecutive months without a menstrual cycle and a decreased estrogen level that is congruent with menopause. If you believe you are starting the transition into menopause, your physician can administer blood tests to determine if your estrogen levels (estradiol) are decreased and check TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) levels to rule out hypothyroidism. After menopause, there are several tests that can be conducted to ensure continued health including bone density scans, Pap smears, heart health monitoring, and pelvic exams.Footage Firm, Inc.