Is it worth it to have my gynecologist do a blood test for hormone levels? What would I learn and why do I need to know?

Yes, absolutely. If you are experiencing symptoms that are consistent with perimenopause (i.e. absence of regular menstruation, fatigue) or menopause (i.e. hot flashes, night sweats, PMS, mood swings, difficulty sleeping, irregular periods or changes in your sexual function and response), it is very important that you discuss these changes with your health care provider. A blood test helps determine how and if your hormone levels are changing and could potentially help address your symptoms. For example, a blood test can tell your health care provider if your thyroid levels, as well as other ovarian hormones, are balanced so that your symptoms can be properly treated.

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