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The female hormone blood test is a very good way to detect whether there is a hormonal imbalance. Results of the test may offer an better insight into your hormonal function and the answers you have been looking for in relation to:
LH (Luteinising hormone) This hormone is vital in our reproduction. In the middle of your cycle the levels of LH will be higher. This will cause your LH levels to increase and that in turn will trigger the ovaries to release an egg (ovulation). If LH levels drop too low or become too high periods may become irregular and that may lead to difficulty in achieving a pregnancy. A high level of LH may indicate the menopause or the presence of PCOS.
FSH this hormone helps ovaries to function in a normal way and will play a big role in how many eggs are produced as well as in ovulation. FSH levels do increase with aging in correlation with the decrease of eggs. If FSH is high this can be an indication of the menopause and as with LH levels, any fluctuation may result in difficulty in achieving pregnancy.
E2 (Oestradiol) is a form of oestrogen and is the primary female sex hormone. Oestradiol is essential for producing eggs, protects against the loss of bone and regulates cholesterol levels. E2 levels will reduce as we age so when levels are found to be reduced this could be a signal that you are in menopause. When levels of E2 are too low or too high a wide range of symptoms can be caused, such as hot flushes, periods that are irregular, tiredness, problems with sleeping, headaches, a low sex drive and depression.
It is normal for female hormones to fluctuate during the menstrual cycle of a woman but when these hormones are imbalanced then it can have a dramatic effect on a woman’s well-being and affect her weight, energy and mood. Hormone imbalance can also lead to irregular periods and may also influence the ability to conceive and with fertility.
When you understand your hormone levels, and understand that they will fluctuate over your cycle as well as the effect of different life stages, you will be able to identify any imbalances that might be making you feel under par.
The first day of your cycle is the best day to do this type of hormone testing, taking day one as the first day of bleeding. Taking your hormone test at this time will give the greatest chance of accurate interpretation.
Because we recommend that this test is done when you have your period if you suffer from periods that are irregular as well as symptoms like excess body hair or acne or if you are prone to weight gain, the PCOS blood test might offer better results.
If you do not have your period, then you may do the test any time although it must be noted that it will be more difficult for our doctors to produce an accurate interpretation of the results.
The symptoms that indicate that you may have a hormone in balance are very similar to the symptoms experienced by a woman going through menopause and may include:
Select the test that you would like to undergo
Go to the Harley Street clinic for your blood draw and pay for your test in person
As soon as the results are ready, the will be sent to you by your chosen method