Perimenopause Panel

The following is a list of what is included in the item above. Click the test(s) below to view what biomarkers are measured along with an explanation of what the biomarker is measuring.


Estradiol (estradiol-17 beta, E2) is part of an estrogen that is a group of steroids that regulate the menstrual cycle and function as the main female sex hormones. Estrogens are responsible for the development of female sex organs and secondary sex characteristics and are tied to the menstrual cycle and pregnancy. They are considered the main sex hormones in women and are present in small quantities in men. Estradiol (E2) is the predominant form of estrogen and is produced primarily in the ovaries with additional amounts produced by the adrenal glands in women and in the testes and adrenal glands in men. Estradiol levels are used in evaluating ovarian function. Estradiol levels are increased in cases of early (precocious) puberty in girls and gynecomastia in men. Its main use has been in the differential diagnosis of amenorrhea – for example, to determine whether the cause is menopause, pregnancy, or a medical problem. In assisted reproductive technology (ART), serial measurements are used to monitor follicle development in the ovary in the days prior to in vitro fertilization. Estradiol is also sometimes used to monitor menopausal hormone replacement therapy.

Also known as: Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing Hormone (LH), Follicle Stimulating Hormone and Luteinizing Hormone



Also known as: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), Thyrotropin


A TSH test is a lab test that measures the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in your blood. TSH is produced by the pituitary gland. It tells the thyroid gland to make and release thyroid hormones into the blood.


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The Perimenopause Panel panel contains 3 tests with 5 biomarkers.

Perimenopause Panel

The Perimenopause Panel is specifically designed to measure hormone levels that fluctuate during a woman's transition into menopause, known as perimenopause. This includes follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), estradiol, luteinizing hormone (LH), and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). Monitoring these levels can provide insights into where a woman is in this transition period.

Who: Women experiencing signs of perimenopause, typically occurring in their 40s, or those wanting to understand their hormonal balance as they approach menopause.

About the Test: The Perimenopause Panel analyzes the levels of FSH, estradiol, LH, and TSH in the blood. It assists healthcare providers in diagnosing perimenopause and understanding the hormonal changes that are occurring. These changes can lead to symptoms like hot flashes, irregular periods, and mood swings. By identifying hormone levels, healthcare providers can offer targeted treatments and support.

What's Tested:

  • Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH): Often increases during perimenopause, signaling a change in ovarian function.
  • Estradiol: A form of estrogen that typically decreases during perimenopause, leading to various symptoms.
  • Luteinizing Hormone (LH): Can fluctuate during perimenopause, affecting ovulation and menstrual cycles.
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH): Important for thyroid function, and imbalances can affect overall well-being.

Signs & Symptoms: Women who experience the following may benefit from the Perimenopause Panel:

  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Hot flashes or night sweats
  • Mood changes or irritability
  • Fatigue or difficulty sleeping
  • Changes in sexual desire

Benefits: The Perimenopause Panel offers several advantages:

  • Early Detection: Helps to detect perimenopause earlier, allowing for personalized care and support.
  • Treatment Guidance: Aids in guiding treatments such as hormone replacement therapy or lifestyle changes.
  • Symptom Management: Assists in managing symptoms by understanding the underlying hormonal causes.

Preparation and Considerations:

  • A blood sample is required for this panel.
  • Hormone levels should be interpreted in conjunction with a full clinical evaluation.

Conclusion: The Perimenopause Panel is an essential diagnostic tool for women approaching or in the perimenopausal phase. Assessing key hormone levels helps healthcare providers understand, diagnose, and manage perimenopause, thus enhancing the quality of life for women during this significant transition period. Whether you're experiencing symptoms or want to understand your hormonal landscape as you age, the Perimenopause Panel offers valuable insights and personalized care.

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