Menopause is a natural, and usually gradual, change in glandular function in women over the ages of about 45-50. Menopause results in substantial shifts in hormone levels, and can lead to a lack of energy and stamina, mood swings, uncomfortable hot flashes, osteoporosis, and weight gain, among other symptoms.
A hormone test for menopausal women will test 6 key hormones:
- Estrone (E1)
- Estradiol (E2)
- Estriol (E3)
- Progesterone (P)
- Testosterone (T)
- DHEA and DHEA-S together
For perimenopausal women, or women who are pre-menopause, the same hormones are checked but 13-15 days apart in order to gain a more comprehensive assessment of the levels.