Blood Tests

Blood Tests

As part of your treatment process, Dr Whitelaw will likely require diagnostic tests to enable her to get a better understanding of your hormonal health, particularly if she is prescribing. The results of these tests will be used to formulate your personalised treatment plan and prescription and measure your progress.

You will be advised of what tests you need and these can often be undertaken at home. In certain circumstances, you may be required to provide a blood sample on a specific day of the month; this will be fully explained, if necessary. It may be necessary to arrange for a local phlebotomy service, to obtain a blood sample – it all depends on the circumstances and test(s) required.

If you would like your GP to perform your recommended blood tests, please be aware that some NHS GPs will not test everything we have suggested to assess your hormone health, so we can assist with the balance of tests of course.

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 Equilibrium’s policy on the treatment of patients who have Cancer.

Types of Blood Test

The type of blood tests required will be determined by Dr Whitelaw 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) £207

DHEA

17-Beta Oestradiol (Oest)

Progesterone

Testosterone

Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)

Vitamin D

Vitamin B12


Menopause Profile (for women no longer menstruating) £182

DHEA

17-Beta Oestradiol (Oest)

Progesterone

Testosterone

Vitamin D

Vitamin B12


 

Menopause Review £105

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. 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 returned  to us within 1 to 7 working days after your blood has been taken. The 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 and a copy will be sent to you.