Blood Tests

Blood testing forms a vital part of fertility investigations and treatment.

Dehydroepiandrosterone

What’s this Test for?

Dehydroepiandrosterone is a test that is used to investigate underlying causes of infertility. Dehydroepiandrosterone is a hormone which is converted by the body to make testosterone and oestradiol. Measuring its levels can give information about causes of infertility.

How does the test work?

The level of DHEA is measured in a sample of your blood.

Anti Mullerian Hormone (AMH)

What is this test for:

AMH is primarily used for assessment of ovarian reserve status for assisted reproduction technology.

How does the test work:

AMH is only produced in small ovarian follicles therefore the levels detected in a blood sample can be used to estimate the number of potential egg supply or ovarian reserve.

More information about the Anti-Mullerian Hormone test:

Female AMH concentrations are low at birth, rise gradually and stabilise during the first few years of life and then remain relatively constant during the pubertal transition. After the mid-twenties, concentrations gradually decline, becoming undetectable after the menopause.

Follicle Stimulating Hormone Test (FSH)

What’s this Test for?

A blood test to help find the underlying cause of symptoms affecting the reproductive system. Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) plays an important part in controlling the reproductive system. FSH is responsible for maintaining the menstrual cycle. In men FSH also play a part in sperm production. Low levels of FSH can affect fertility.

How does the test work?

Levels of FSH are measured in a sample of your blood

Luteinising Hormone (LH) Test

What’s this Test for?

A blood test to help find the underlying cause of symptoms affecting the reproductive system.

More information about the LH test

LH is often measured with other hormones in the investigation of infertility in both men and women. LH levels are also useful in the investigation of menstrual irregularities. LH and FSH level rise on entering the menopause.In men, LH controls the production of testosterone from the testes and FSH controls the production of sperm.

How does the test work?

Levels of LH are measured in a sample of your blood

BCHG Pregnancy Test

What is this test for:

A blood test to see if you are pregnant.

How does the test work:

The test works by measuring HCG in the blood, when conception has occurred the level rises above baseline, and continue to rise to provide and indicator of gestational age.

More information about the Pregnancy Test:

Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a hormone whose detection is the premise used by pregnancy tests. HCG may be detected as soon as 8 days after conception

Amenorrhoea Profile

What is this profile for:

To help understand causes in changes to the menstrual cycle.

How does the test work:

This blood test measures levels of hormones which control the menstrual cycle.

More information about the Amenorrhoea profile:

Primary Amenorrhoea is the initial failure of menstruation. It is regarded as abnormal if a girl has not started secondary sexual development and menstruation by the age of 14, or if a girl with normal secondary sexual characteristics has not started menstruation by the age of 16. Secondary Amenorrhoea is the absence of menstruation for six consecutive months in a woman who previously had regular periods (excluding Physiological Amenorrhoea).

Tests Included:

LH, FSH, Prolactin, Oestradiol (E2)

Prolactin Test

What’s this Test for?

A blood test to help find the underlying cause of symptoms affecting the reproductive system.

More information about the Prolactin test

Prolactin is a hormone which plays an important role in controlling milk production before and after childbirth. Abnormal levels can help determine if there are other issues in your body which can cause issues with fertility.

How does the test work?

Levels of Prolactin are measured in a sample of your blood. It is preferable that the sample is in the morning ideally after a short period of rest.

Testosterone Test

What’s this Test for?

To check if testosterone levels are abnormal in both men and women.

More information about the Testosterone test

Testosterone is a hormone which plays an important role in controlling fertility in both women and men. In men low levels of testosterone can reduce sperm count. In Women high levels of testosterone can be indication of conditions such as Polycystic Ovaries.

How does the test work?

The levels of Testosterone is measured in a sample of your blood.

STI Sexual Health Screen

What is this screen for:

This is a general sexual health screen covering common sexually transmitted infections (STI). It’s important to get tested if you’re concerned you might have an STI.

How does the test work:

The screen works by testing for the panel of organisms and agents causing sexual transmitted disease to allow for appropriate treatment.

More Information about the Sexual Health Screen:

Tests should be considered if one of the following applies: worried about a recent sexual encounter, have symptoms which could be a sexually transmitted disease, about to start a new relationship and want to know your sexual health status, want peace of mind.