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BLOOD TESTS

Blood Tests – The Marion Gluck Clinic

During the course of your treatment at the Marion Gluck Clinic, you will be required to undergo blood tests. Blood tests are an essential part of what enables the Marion Gluck Clinic to provide you with the gold standard treatment that you have come to know and expect.

The results allow our doctors to:

  • Get an in-depth analysis of your hormones.
  • Ensure an accurate diagnosis.
  • Monitor hormone levels so that we can ensure the amount in your body are not higher than what is physiologically appropriate.
  • Enable both you and your doctor to know that the prescribed treatment is working as effectively.
  • Understand if any changes to your medication are required.
  • Ensure you are getting the very best care from the Marion Gluck Clinic.
  • Monitor 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 for peace of mind.

Your doctor will advise you of which tests you need based on your individual situation. 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.
 

Types Of Blood Tests

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
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)
Thyroid Profile
A thyroid profile includes the following results:

  • THS (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone)
  • Free T4
  • Free T3
  • Thyroid Antibodies
  • Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies
Female Hormone
Profile
Male Hormone Profile Thyroid Profile
A female hormone profile includes the following hormones:

  • FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone)
  • Oestradiol (the most active form of estrogen)
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone
  • DHEA-S
  • Vitamin D
A male hormone profile includes the following hormones:

  • PSA (prostate-specific antigen)
  • Oestradiol (the most active form of estrogen)
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone
  • DHEA-S
  • SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin)
A thyroid profile includes the following results:

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

 

Everything You Need To Know About Blood Tests

We require every new patient to have a blood test. After this, you will require a blood test every 12 months unless there are concerns/symptoms. Your doctor may require blood tests more frequently in the early stages if treatment is being adjusted.

For patients on thyroid medication, if your hormone levels are stable a blood test will be required every 12 months. If hormone levels are not stable, this will be required every 6 months.

For women:

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

For men: Early in the morning before 11am.

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. For example, if you apply your cream at 8am, your blood test will need to be carried out between 12-2pm.

We explain how to understand your blood test results below:

You can find details of the prices of blood tests on our Pricing page.

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.

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

 


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