Blood Tests

Hormone Blood Tests

Blood tests are available for both patients and non patients, however non patients will receive only a brief summary comment from Dr Whitelaw, as without the benefit of a full consultation and medical history it is simply not possible for her to provide anything more than this. A blood follow-up appointment with her is available on request however, to discuss her thoughts.

Diagnostic tests are required to establish hormone levels. This might be so that we can prescribe hormones to the appropriate physiological level or it might be to confirm to someone that their hormones are showing signs of imbalance.  For patients consulting with Dr Whitelaw a tailored diagnostic package will be recommended after an Initial Consultation, depending upon your medical history and symptoms.

We favour a venous blood draw (from the vein), as this is more reliable than a finger-prick test. To this end we have phlebotomy services available (£30 to £70 depending on location) or the kit and all you need can be sent direct to you to arrange your own blood draw (e.g. helpful GP or nurse/phlebotomist friend).

MOST OTHER BLOOD TESTS ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST – JUST ASK.

FOR COMBINED PACKAGE PRICES AND DOCTOR INTERPRETATION OPTIONS PLEASE SEE RIGHT (PC) OR BELOW (MOBILE).

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.  For those with a regular cycle that is shorter or longer, the draw date should be adjusted accordingly (e.g. for a regular 32 day cycle, draw on day 24 or 25). The aim is to draw 7 days before your period is due.

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 taken at anytime.

The following blood packages are available:

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Basic Perimenopause/Menopause Profile – £99

To include: DHEAS,  Oestradiol, Progesterone and Testosterone.

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Full Perimenopause/Menopause Profile – £188

To include: DHEAS,  Oestradiol, Progesterone, Testosterone, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 and Ferritin.

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Why is it advantageous to have the full profile? Abnormalities in Ferritin, Vitamin B12 & Vitamin D can present similar symptoms to that of the menopause. 

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Basic Thyroid Profile – £60

To include: Free Tri-iodothronine (FT3), Free Thyroxine (FT4) and Total Stimulating Hormone (TSH)

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Thyroid Function with Antibodies Profile – £129

Free Tri-iodothronine (FT3), Free Thyroxine (FT4), Total Stimulating Hormone (TSH), Thyroglobulin Abs (TGA), Thyroid Peroxidase (TPEX)

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Why is it advantageous to have a Thyroid or Cortisol (below) profile too? Thyroid is one of our master hormones, along with Cortisol and if these are not ‘in sync’, it can be very difficult to get other hormones balanced. 

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A price for alternative diagnostic/blood tests can be provided upon request.

How to Prepare for Your Blood Test

Please ensure you are hydrated by drinking plenty of water in the 45 minutes preceding your blood draw and keep warm. Both these steps will help veins be more visible.

If you are taking any form of hormone therapy (i.e. HRT, BHRT) then your blood test should be carried out 4 to 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 blood appointment.

When Will My Blood Test Results Be Available?

Blood test results are returned  to us within 24 hours of receipt into the lab usually and then we await the doctor’s comment, for which we allow up to 4 business days (Monday to Friday).

Can I have a Copy of My Blood Test Results?

Yes. A copy will be sent to you by email.

IMPORTANT INFO:

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.

Available Packages

Basic Perimenopause/Menopause Profile PLUS Basic Thyroid Profile – £140 (save £19)
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Full Perimenopause/Menopause Profile PLUS Thyroid Function with Antibodies Profile – £295 (save £22)
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Add Adrenal Stress Profile to either of the above packages – £185 (save further £25)
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Blood test plus 15 minute follow-up video discussion with Dr Whitelaw:
Add £49 to the blood price
Please note that any advice will be generic due to not  having medical history but this is an opportunity for you to discuss your results and any queries they raised for you. No notes are taken by Dr Whitelaw during this discussion.
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Blood test plus Full Video Consultation including Diagnostic Review with Dr Whitelaw (90 – 120 mins):
Add £299 to the blood price
A full consultation lasts on average one hour and Dr Whitelaw will obtain full medical history plus information regarding diet and lifestyle etc., enabling her to make treatment recommendations (both private and/or NHS services) that are tailored to your individual needs.

Adrenal Stress Profile Test (Saliva)

Including Cortisol Awakening Response

£210 (includes evaluation and interpretation)

Why Might I Need This Test?

High cortisol levels can impact other hormones and contribute to changes in libido and menstrual cycles and, anxiety and depression may also be linked to high cortisol levels.  This is a comprehensive test to assess the HPA (Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal) axis using carefully timed salivary samples of cortisol and DHEA.  Imbalances in adrenal hormones can have a wide range of negative consequences that can adversely impact a patient’s overall quality of life.  CAR reflects a person’s ability to cope with anticipated challenges and their perception of control around chronic stress, providing insight into HPA axis resiliency.