Perimenopause is among the most confusing of topics in the niche of female infertility causes. Perimenopause is often confused with menopause or some sort of serious menstrual bleeding. This can be interpreted as the transition period between having proper menstruation towards gradual reduction and then stoppage of menstruation among women. The transition period sees some significant changes in the FSH levels of the affected females. It should be noted that Perimenopause is essentially the result of a hormonal problem caused by unwanted fluctuations in the FSH levels. This is why ‘FSH levels Perimenopause’ is often used as a term by physicians to help their patients understand the role of FSH in inducing and sustaining Perimenopause. This condition doesn’t relate to premature ovarian failure neither does it mean early menopause. It is essentially the stage that a woman goes through before entering menopause.

Perimenopause is always not a problem for the sexual health of women since it is a natural transitory period. However, if the associated FSH level changes are too extreme, the health of the individual can be compromised significantly. The FSH levels tend to dip increasingly as the Perimenopause stage progresses and this means that the ability of the woman to conceive is reduced significantly. The Perimenopause sees a serious dip in the level of the ovarian hormones. This means a drastic reduction in the number of ovaries and hormones produced by them. Actually, FSH is not the only hormone whose concentration dips dramatically during Perimenopause.

The process of female sexual and reproductive hormone reduction is actually initiated via the reduction in progesterone and estrogen hormone levels. As the level of these two hormones decreases, a biochemical feedback is sent to the pituitary gland. As a result, the pituitary gland secretes more and more FSH. The increasing concentration of Follicle Stimulating Hormone leads to the associated rise in the levels of LH (Luteinizing Hormone). The rise in FSH levels is actually detrimental to the reproductive health of the female. The pituitary gland secretes more FSH since it is trying to activate the ovaries by synthesizing more follicle stimulating hormone, i.e. to somehow revive the ovaries.

Once the stage of Perimenopause is established, FSH levels start to rise gradually while the detrimental effects, i.e. infertility and menstrual problems, might take years to surface. This is why most gynecologists suggest that whenever the slightest of problems in the menstrual cycle are noted, FSH Level Perimenopause testing is recommended. This helps to diagnose the onset of Perimenopause in its earliest stage and recommend the corrective measures like hormonal supplementation that helps to subdue the FSH levels.

Usually, Perimenopause FSH level problems start to surface about five years before the actual onset of menopause. It takes a bit more time for the LH levels to rise. The most typical symptoms of Perimenopause FSH problems include:

  • Drastic changes in period schedule
  • Sudden bouts of hot flashes
  • Unexplained mood swings

Please note that these are also the typical symptoms of the onset of menopause. Thus, identifying the underlying cause, i.e. FSH-related Perimenopause, is usually hard to identify at the outset for most physicians. Perimenopause can last between four and ten years before being easily diagnosable. The FSH test is the most efficient tool for decoding FSH levels Perimenopause. Sometimes, this test is combined with thyroid testing since menopausal problems and thyroid hormone disorders too tend to induce similar symptoms.