Blood Tests

Blood Tests

For blood tests, we favour a venous blood draw (from the vein), as this is more reliable than a finger-prick test. To this end we offer a phlebotomy service (average £50) or, we can send a vacutainer kit and return envelope direct to you to arrange your own blood draw (e.g. GP or nurse/midwife/phlebotomist).


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 – i.e. 7 days before your period is due.  For those with a regular cycle that is shorter or longer, the draw date should be adjusted accordingly. If you are a woman with no cycle (e.g. post menopause) then the blood test can usually be taken at any time. Please get in touch if you need some advice on timing.

The following blood packages are available:


Basic Perimenopause/Menopause Profile – £99

To include: DHEAS,  Oestradiol, Progesterone and Testosterone.


Full Perimenopause/Menopause Profile – £188

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


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. 


Basic Thyroid Profile – £60

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


Thyroid Function with Antibodies Profile – £129

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


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. 


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.


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.

Combined Test Prices

Basic Perimenopause/Menopause Profile PLUS Basic Thyroid Profile – £140 (save £19)
Full Perimenopause/Menopause Profile PLUS Thyroid Function with Antibodies Profile – £295 (save £22)
Add Adrenal Stress Profile to either of the above packages – £185 (save further £25)
Blood test plus 15 minute follow-up video discussion with Dr Whitelaw:
Add £49 to £99 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.
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.