Blood tests are not recommended for diagnosing the perimenopause and menopause in women over the age of 45 years.

Hormone blood tests are sometimes needed to guide appropriate dosing of HRT, your doctor will advise if this is necessary.

Regarding testosterone prescribing, a baseline blood test is necessary prior to starting treatment and then follow bloods on a regular basis are recommended for as long as the testosterone is continued.

Certain blood tests may be suggested to exclude other medical conditions that could be causing your symptoms, such as anaemia or an underactive thyroid gland.

Some women may be keen to have an overall health check, and this can be arranged.