The RCOG does not recommend using menopause self-test kits to detect menopause or perimenopause. These kits contain urine tests that measure levels of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), but do not accurately indicate if a woman is in menopause or perimenopause.
BBC News have today reported that ‘shop-bought menopause tests not worth it, women advised’.
Responding to the news, Dr Haitham Hamoda, Chair of the British Menopause Society and spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said:
“The RCOG does not recommend over-the-counter menopause tests as they are not a good method of detecting menopause or perimenopause. These tests are limited by only measuring Follicle Stimulating Hormone, rather than looking at the wider clinical picture. FSH levels fluctuate throughout the menstrual cycle and during the menopause transition. While elevated levels of FSH may indicate perimenopause or menopause, a negative test for elevated FSH levels does not necessarily indicate that someone is not in menopause or perimenopause. These tests are also of no value if hormonal contraception is being used, as these work by suppressing the production of FSH.
“We would encourage women to seek support from a healthcare professional if they think they might be experiencing the menopause rather than purchasing these tests. Guidance from the National Institute of Care Excellence (NICE) recommends diagnosing perimenopause and menopause by looking for common symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats and irregular periods.”
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Notes to editor:
- For more information about the menopause, see the RCOG menopause hub