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BLOOD TESTS

During the course of your treatment at the Marion Gluck Clinic, you will be required to undergo blood tests in order for us to properly ascertain your hormonal health and measure your progress. Your doctor will advise you of what tests you need and best case they will be performed at the clinic during your consultation. If you intend for your GP to perform your test please ensure they can cover each item in the list for your particular test. Please be aware that some NHS GPs do not as standard test for everything we require to analyse your hormonal health.

Read on to find out everything you need to know about blood tests including:

Why you need blood tests

  1. To assess your hormone balance: We carry out blood tests to monitor hormones levels so that we can ensure levels are not higher than what is physiologically appropriate.
  2. For your safety: Some female cancers (e.g. breast, ovarian, endometrial) can be linked to estrogens and some male cancers (e.g. testicular) can be linked to testosterone.  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.

Types of blood tests

1. Female Hormone Profile

A female hormone profile includes the following hormones:

  • FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone)
  • Oestradiol (the most active form of estrogen)
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone
  • DHEA-S (dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate)
  • Vitamin D

How to read your Female Hormone Profile.

2. Male Hormone Profile

A Male Hormone Profile includes the following hormones:

  • PSA (prostate-specific antigen)
  • Oestradiol (the most active form of estrogen)
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone
  • DHEA-S (dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate)
  • SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin)

How to read your Male Hormone Profile.

3. Thyroid Profile

A Thyroid Profile includes the following results:

  • THS (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone)
  • Free T4
  • Free T3
  • Thyroid Antibodies
  • Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies

How to read your Thyroid Profile.

When we require blood tests

We require every new patient to have a blood test. After this you will require a blood test every 6-12months. Your doctor may require blood tests more frequently in the early stages if treatment is being adjusted.

What stage of your cycle should your blood test be carried out?

Woman:

  1. Regular cycle (Roughly 28-day): Around day 21
  2. Irregular cycle: Any time in the second half of your cycle (after ovulation)
  3. No cycle: Anytime

Men: 

Early in the morning before 11am.

How to prepare for your blood test:

Please note that if you are taking any form or hormone therapy (HRT or BHRT) your blood test will need to be carried out exactly 4-6 (ideally 5) hours after taking your medication. This is to ensure we can accurately measure your absorption levels. Please adjust the time you take your medication on the day of your appointment to suit this time frame.Example: If you apply your cream at 8am, your blood test will need to be carried out between 12-2pm.

How to read your blood tests

  1. Female Hormone Profile
  2. Male Hormone Profile
  3. Thyroid Profile

When will my results be available?

Blood test results are returned to the Marion Gluck Clinic electronically and should be available 7-10 days after taken. Your doctor will go over your results with you in either your follow up or review appointment.

How do I get a copy of my results?

The Patient Care Team can provide you with a copy of your results.


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