This test is an advanced version of our Female Hormone Check and includes a full thyroid function test with thyroid antibodies to give you a complete view of your reproductive and thyroid hormones. This profile looks at the hormones which govern a woman's reproductive system including those which support the maturation and release of a healthy egg for ovulation and conception to occur. Hormone balance is not only important for fertility, but also for mood, energy, weight and bone health. Many women want to test their natural levels of hormones to see if a hormone decline or imbalance could be causing symptoms such as irregular periods, mood swings and male characteristics (such as acne and male pattern hair growth associated with polycystic ovaries).
Many of the symptoms of unbalanced or declining hormones that come with age can be similar to the symptoms of an underactive thyroid. Thyroid disorders affect more women than men, and are often caused by an autoimmune disorder when the body's antibodies start attacking the thyroid gland. This test identifies whether your thyroid is functioning normally and whether an autoimmune condition could be causing symptoms.
Elevated thyroid antibodies are also associated with an increased risk of miscarriage even if your thyroid hormones are within the normal range. An under-treated thyroid disorder, whether overactive or underactive, can also raise risks to both the mother and the foetus in pregnancy.
The Female Hormone Check Advanced also measures testosterone, a male hormone which is produced in women in small amounts, but which can cause unwanted male characteristics if elevated. By including a free androgen index (FAI) we can calculate the amount of testosterone which is available to your cells. High levels of male androgens can be associated with polycystic ovary syndrome.
This test should be taken on day 3 of your cycle, 3 days after your period has started - although it can also be taken on day 2,4 or 5. Our doctors will interpret your results and let you know whether your hormone levels are normal for the stage of your cycle and your age.
Please note that any hormones you are taking for contraception or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) will influence your results. If you are looking for a true picture of your natural hormone status then please take this test at least 12 weeks after stopping any hormone replacement or contraceptive pill, implant or hormone IUD. If you are premenopausal and do not wish to become pregnant then please make sure that you use an alternative non-hormonal form of contraception. If you have not been through the menopause then we suggest waiting until your periods have re-established a regular cycle (for you) before taking this test.