Blood Tests

BloodTests

During the course of your treatment at the clinic, your doctor may require blood tests to enable them to get a better understanding of your hormonal health. The results of these tests will be used to formulate your personalised treatment plan and prescription and measure your progress.

Your doctor will advise you of what tests you need and these are usually undertaken at the clinic during your consultation. In certain circumstances, you may be required to provide a blood sample on a specific day of the month; this will be fully explained and arrangements made, if necessary.

If you would like your GP to perform your blood test then please ensure they cover everything required. Please be aware that some NHS GPs do not as standard test for everything we require to assess your hormone health.

For further information on each blood test, please refer to ‘How to Understand Your Blood Test Results’ below.

Why Do I Need a Blood Test?

Bloods tests (or an equivalent diagnostic hormone test such as saliva or dry urine) are required to establish your hormone levels and so that we can prescribe hormones to the appropriate physiological level.

It is important to note that some cancers can be linked to oestrogens (e.g. breast, ovarian, endometrial in women) and testosterone (e.g. testicular in men).  These cancers can occur regardless of whether or not you supplement with additional hormones.  However, as hormones can act as growth factors, we are cautious in their use and carefully monitor all our patients.  This is why we ask our patients to undertake regular blood tests.

Please also refer to our policy on the treatment of patients who have Cancer.

Types of Blood Test and Pricing

The type of blood tests required will be determined by your doctor during the consultation. There are a number of blood profile tests that may be recommended although it is important to note that additional tests may be required depending upon your medical history and the symptoms you present with during your consultation.


Peri-Menopause Profile (for women still menstruating) £220

DHEA

17-Beta Oestradiol (Oest)

Progesterone

Testosterone

Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)

Vitamin D

Vitamin B12


Menopause Profile (for women no longer menstruating) £185

DHEA

17-Beta Oestradiol (Oest)

Progesterone

Testosterone

Vitamin D

Vitamin B12


 

Menopause Review £113

DHEA

Total Testosterone

Oestrogen

Progesterone


Basic Thyroid Function £80

Free Tri-iodothronine (FT3)

Free Thyroxine (FT4)

Total Stimulating Hormone (TSH)


Thyroid Function with Antibodies £125

Free Tri-iodothronine (FT3)

Free Thyroxine (FT4)

Total Stimulating Hormone (TSH)

Thyroglobulin Abs (TGA)

Thyroid Peroxidase (TPEX)


A price for alternative diagnostic tests (such as dry urine or saliva) can be provided upon request.

When Do I Require a Blood Test?

Every new patient requires a blood test (or an equivalent diagnostic hormone test such as saliva or dry urine).

Please note that as a minimum you will require a blood test annually. If more frequent testing and/or other diagnostic tests are required during your consultation reviews the doctor will advise accordingly.

When Should Your Blood Test Be Carried Out

If you are a woman with a regular cycle (approximately 28 days) then we would recommend the blood test around day 21.

If you are a woman with an irregular cycle, then a blood test any time in the second half of your cycle (i.e. after ovulation) is preferred.

If you are a woman with no cycle then the blood test can be take at anytime.

How to Prepare for Your Blood Test

Please ensure you have eaten and had fluids before coming to your consultation. Ideally start drinking more water the day before your blood is going to be taken. Excessive amounts are not necessary. It is recommended that an adult drinks approximately two litres of water a day for good health. This is more than adequate for having your blood taken.

If you are anxious about having your blood taken, please be honest about it, we would prefer to know. We can help you through this quite easily; there are several things we can do to help and if necessary we can arrange for someone to come into the room to support you, or you are welcome to bring a friend. If you do suffer from a needle phobia then there are alternative diagnostic tests available to assess hormone profile. Please make this known to us prior to your consultation appointment.

If you are taking any form of hormone therapy (i.e. HRT, BHRT) then your blood test should be carried out 4-6 hours after taking your medication to ensure we can accurately measure your absorption levels. Please make sure you adjust the time you take your medication on the day of your appointment.

How to Understand Your Blood Test Results

For more information on your individual blood tests please click on the links below.

Peri-Menopause Profile (for women still menstruating)

DHEA

17-Beta Oestradiol

Progesterone

Testosterone

Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)

Vitamin D

Vitamin B12

Menopause Profile (for women no longer mensturating)

DHEA

17-Beta Oestradiol

Progesterone

Testosterone

Vitamin D

Vitamin B12

Basic Thyroid Function

Free Tri-iodothronine (FT3)

Free Thyroxine (FT4)

Total Stimulating Hormone (TSH)

Thyroid Function with Antibodies

Free Tri-iodothronine (FT3)

Free Thyroxine (FT4)

Total Stimulating Hormone (TSH)

Thyroglobulin Abs (TGA)

Thyroid Peroxidase (TPEX)

When Will My Blood Test Results Be Available?

Blood test results are normally available between 3-7 working days after your blood sample has been taken. Your doctor will discuss the results of these tests during your follow up or review consultation. Patient liaison will contact you by email to organise your follow up or review consultation upon receipt of the results.

Can I have a Copy of My Blood Test Results?

Should you require a copy of your blood test results then please email your request to doctors@equilibrium.co.uk and a copy will be sent to you.