Think twice about going on any hormonal birth control. Yes it helps your periods be more regular, but it also messes with your delicate hormonal balance and can mess you up big time, actually making going through peri-menopause and menopause even worse for some women. Hormone Imbalance & Restoration | Women in Balance Institute
A women's body functions best when there is a good ratio of progesterone to estrogen and when you have a good balance of all the hormones. As we age the hormones decrease. What causes problems is not necessarily the decrease of hormones but the balance or should I say lack of balance of the hormones. The one fits all pill my doctors wanted to give me increased some of the hormones, specifically estrogen, but did not take into count my actual levels of all of my hormones. I turned out to be estrogen dominant. Meaning my ratio of estrogen to progesterone was way out of whack with the progesterone being way too low for my levels of estrogen. Giving me the one fits all pill would have made it even worse. I believe taking the pill earlier through my hormones off more than if I had not taken them.
Yes they can tell if you are entering peri-menopause with a blood test - sort of. However many doctors will only do a FSH test, which is probably what Blue's wife had. It can be inconclusive because it only really tells you what your follicle stimulating hormone levels are - and there are many reasons why they could be high or low. So high levels can be an indication of menopause - it can also be an indication of other things too. Furthermore - the test does not give any of your other hormone levels. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003710.htm
My advice to all women is to find a doctor who will test your individual hormone levels and work with you, not just using your levels but also taking into consideration your symptoms or lack of symptoms to help you reach a good balance of hormones. Every women is different and some function fine with lower levels of hormones (as long as they are balanced) while others may not function well even if their hormones are in the normal range. That is why your doctor should take into consideration your symptoms along with your levels. It can be a period of trial and error to balance them so your doctor will need to work with you closely, testing you regularly. The first year I met and was tested 4 times a year. After getting them balanced i meet and am tested twice a year now to keep them balanced and to watch for any side effects.
Sometimes you can balance them naturally, sometimes you need some hormonal therapy.
I strongly urge you to do some research and don't just go by what your doctor tells you - especially if your doctor is older. The younger ones tend to be more accepting and knowledgeable about hormonal balancing. At least that has been my experience!
A good resource for articles you can read is this site: https://www.womentowomen.com/menopau...ause-relief-2/
Its a site that sells supplements, but I only use it to read their articles in the health library.
Good Luck Peacem and all of you struggling with menopause issues! The UTI's are awful. I feel for you!