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Iron Deficiency Blood Test
Iron Deficiency Blood Test
Iron Deficiency Blood Test
Iron Deficiency Blood Test
Iron Deficiency Blood Test
Iron Deficiency Blood Test

Iron Deficiency Blood Test

This simple finger-prick blood test can give you detailed information about your iron status to help identify iron deficiency anaemia or iron overload.

Is it for you?

Do you have symptoms like fatigue, pale skin and dizziness? Do you get out of breath easily? Perhaps you've already had a blood test which showed up low iron and you want to see if your levels have improved, or maybe you're more concerned about iron overload. If you want a comprehensive iron test with advice from a Medichecks doctor included, this is the right test for you.
Blood sample 6 biomarkers included 3 working days turnaround
from sample receipt at lab

What's included?

Biomarker profiles

  • Iron Status
  • Inflammation

Iron Status (5 Biomarkers)

Inflammation (1 Biomarker)

Special instructions

Do not take biotin supplements for 2 days prior to this test. If you are taking prescribed biotin you should discuss this with your doctor.
Iron is essential for your health. It is vital for the production of haemoglobin, the pigment that makes your blood red in colour. The iron in haemoglobin combines with oxygen and transports it through the blood to your tissues and organs. If your iron is low your body simply doesn't get the oxygen it needs to function properly. This is why you can feel exhausted, breathless and dizzy when your iron is low. Low iron can be due to dietary factors; you don't eat enough iron for your body's needs, or your body can't absorb iron properly because you have a gut or bowel condition like coeliac disease or Crohn's. Low iron is frequently caused by blood loss from menstruation or internal bleeding, often in the digestive tract. Iron deficiency anaemia can also develop in pregnancy.

Iron deficiency is the most prevalent nutritional problem both in the UK and worldwide. In developed countries, between 10-20% of women of child-bearing age are said to be anaemic. 

This simple blood test evaluates how much iron you have in your blood, in order to diagnose low iron levels or monitor existing iron deficiency. Raised iron in the blood can indicate iron overload syndrome (haemochromatosis) an inherited condition where your body cannot rid itself of excess iron.  

This test looks at your ability to store and transport iron as well as the actual level of iron in your blood. It also contains an inflammation marker (CRP-hs) to provide more insights into a raised ferritin (a measure of iron storage) level. 

Our doctors will interpret your iron results and give you personalised comments on what they mean and what you should do next.

Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP

Why take this test?

  • You feel unusually tired and fatigued
  • You have a family history of iron overload (haemochromatosis)
  • You are a woman who has periods
  • You want to check whether you are absorbing iron properly

How it works

  • Take the test

    Collect your sample at home, visit a partner clinic, or we can even send a nurse to you.
  • Post your sample

    Send your sample back on the same day you take it in the freepost pack to our laboratory.
  • Get your results

    View your results with doctor's advice on your personal dashboard.
Laboratories you can trust

Laboratories you can trust

Trusted by the NHS and private clinics alike, you can be sure of the highest testing standards from our fully accredited partner laboratories.

Expert interpretation <br>
of your results

Expert interpretation
of your results

One of our team of doctors will review your results and give you personalised advice based on your medical history, lifestyle and health and fitness goals.

Your personal<br>
health centre

Your personal
health centre

Discover the easy way to track your health through our online portal, my.medichecks.com. View your results with doctor's advice, monitor any changes over time and see the improvements you can make to your health with simple lifestyle changes.

Questions? Let us help

Questions? Let us help

Our customer care team is on-hand to help you find the test that's right for you. Get in touch via phone, live chat or email.

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Important

Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.