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Hormone blood test buying guide

A guide to help you answer: which hormone blood test is right for me?

Hormones affect everything from metabolism to mood and libido. Understanding them can help you to function at your best.  

This guide is to help you understand the different types of female and male hormone blood tests and what they can tell you about your health.  

We also have specific test buying guides for Male Hormone Tests, Fertility Tests, Thyroid Tests, and PCOS.  

  1. Female Hormone Blood Test  
  2. Advanced Female Hormone Blood Test 
  3. Menopause Home Blood Test 
  4. Male Hormone Blood Test 
  5. Testosterone Blood Tests  

WHY BUY A HORMONE BLOOD TEST? 

Hormones are responsible for regulating many of the body’s systems and play a key role in metabolism, sexual function, mood, and fertility. Some hormones naturally fluctuate throughout your life, while others may be responsible for symptoms such as feeling tired (thyroid), low libido (male and female hormones), or fertility.   

A private blood test is a quick and easy way of finding out your hormone levels to see whether they are contributing to your symptoms. We have a mixture of finger-prick and venous blood tests, which you can post directly to the lab. Your results will be uploaded to your online dashboard with comments from our doctors. 

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF HORMONE BLOOD TESTS? 

The right test for you will depend on your reason for taking the test. Have a look at the hormone tests below, or visit one of our other related buying guides: Male Hormone Tests, Fertility Tests, Thyroid Tests, and PCOS.  

1. Female Hormone Blood Test

Our at-home Female Hormone Blood Test measures the levels of female and thyroid hormones in your blood, which help to regulate fertility, mood, and energy. 

Why take this test? 

  • Track your hormone levels and see how they change over time.  
  • Uncover whether a hormonal imbalance could be affecting your fertility. 
  • See whether a hormonal imbalance or thyroid condition may be causing your symptoms (such as acne, weight gain, or tiredness) 

Have a look at our Female Hormone Blood Test.  

2. Advanced Female Hormone Blood Test

This advanced hormone profile includes male and female hormones, a full thyroid function test, plus thyroid antibodies.  Ensuring you have the right amount of each hormone is not only important for fertility, but also mood, energy, weight, and bone health. 

Why take this test? 

  • Investigate symptoms such as irregular or heavy periods, weight gain, and mood swings. 
  • Understand whether your hormones are normal for your stage of life. 
  • Find out your menopausal hormone status or any indications of a thyroid condition. 

Have a look at our Advanced Female Hormone Blood Test. 

3. Menopause Blood Test

Our home Menopause Blood Test measures levels of key hormones, such as FSH, LH, and oestradiol. Levels of FSH rise in women as egg production declines, so it is helpful to assess the likelihood of whether you are going through the menopause. 

Why take this test? 

  • Check your menopausal hormone status. 
  • See whether a thyroid condition is responsible for your symptoms. Investigate symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, and erratic periods.  

Have a look at our Menopause Blood Test.  

4. Male Hormone Blood Test

If you’re looking for a comprehensive overview of your key male hormones, this is the test for you. It includes LH, FSH, oestradiol, prolactin, total testosterone, free testosterone, and DHEA-S levels.  

Why take this test? 

  • Get a thorough breakdown of important male hormones. 
  • Find out your free testosterone (FT) and total testosterone (TT) levels. 
  • Investigate symptoms such as low libido, erectile dysfunction, and reduced muscle mass. 

Have a look at our Male Hormone Blood Test

5. Testosterone Blood Tests

Testosterone is a sex hormone that is essential for sex drive, muscle mass, fertility, and mood. We offer a range of testosterone tests, as well as it being included in some of our hormone profiles, Advanced Well Woman, and Advanced Well Man Blood Tests.  

Here’s a breakdown: 

  • Testosterone Blood Test – this finger-prick blood test measures the total level of testosterone in your blood to see whether it’s within the normal range for you.  
  • Free Testosterone Blood Testthis test measures your total testosterone, albumin, and SHBG to give a calculation of the amount of free testosterone available for use by the cells. This can give more information than a total testosterone blood test.  
  • Advanced TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) Blood Testif you’re going through TRT treatment, monitoring your testosterone levels can help you to limit and manage unwanted side effects. Helping you to stay on top of whether your testosterone levels fall outside of the normal range.  

How to take your sample 

Most of these tests can be taken as a simple finger-prick sample at home, except for our advanced tests and Ultimate Performance Blood Test, which involve blood being taken from a vein. 

There are three simple steps to your at-home blood test: 

  1. Collect sample: We send you our easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample. 
  2. Post sample: Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided. 
  3. View results: View results securely in your online dashboard. 

Find out more about how our blood testing service works.  

WHEN TO CHECK BLOOD HORMONE LEVELS 

It’s best to do blood tests first thing in the morning as hormone levels can change as the day goes on. You will be provided with this information once you’ve ordered your test.  

STILL UNSURE WHICH TEST TO CHOOSE? 

If you’re still not sure which test is right for you, try our test finder or contact our friendly customer care team who are always more than happy to help.