To find out how your levels measure up, there are both FDA-approved, at-home tests and laboratory tests that are performed in your doctor's office (at this time, however, at-home FSH testing isn't available for men). The at-home version is similar to an at-home pregnancy test -- on a certain day of her monthly cycle (FSH is typically tested on day 3), a woman urinates on a test stick. Laboratory testing is a simple blood test, also on day 3, and is often done in conjunction with testing the levels of other related hormones, specifically LH, to pinpoint if there's a problem with the amount of hormone the body is producing.
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How accurate is high FSH result () if I haven’t been having period on any regular basis? Last period was December 2010, went to doctor who tested FSH in late June 2011, now suddenly period has appeared in late July. This pattern of period disappearing for months at a time has been going on since probably early 2008 (it started disappearing for about 2 months, then 3-4 months, disappeared for 6 months in early 2010, disappeared for 7 months until this current cycle started; I’ve had 21 periods out of past 37 months; when it does show up, it’s relatively normal). Saliva labs in February 2010 showed normal estrogen and low progesterone (so maybe estrogen dominance?). I was under extraordinary stress 10/2007 – 12/2008 due to terminal illness in family (I had severe depression, extreme hair loss, but also possible hypothyroidism, still untreated). My question is whether all of this info taken together seems to suggest I’m heading into menopause (I’m 44), or whether there’s work I can do to turn things around.