BMS clarifies stance on menopause testing kits

30 Jun 2022

The British Menopause Society (BMS) has released a statement to the public urging women to seek expert medical advice rather than relying on over-the-counter menopause tests.

According to the BMS, menopause tests have recently become more readily available to patients. The tests can be purchased online without a prescription and aim to accurately measure levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which helps to manage the menstrual cycle. However, according to the NHS guidelines, women over 45 should be discouraged from the FSH testing with menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes as it does not provide an accurate diagnosis of the patient’s symptoms. 

Mr Haitham Hamoda, consultant gynaecologist and subspecialist in reproductive medicine at King’s College Hospital, said, “We encourage women to seek support from a healthcare professional if they think they might be experiencing the menopause rather than purchasing these tests.”

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