After a couple of years spent more acutely aware than ever of our wellbeing, it’s not surprising that more of us are wanting to take a closer look at our health.
We’re also seeing more in the media around menopause – a welcome conversation, long overdue.
So, with more spotlight on women’s health, you might be wondering what you can be looking out for, when it comes to health screening.
If you’re considering starting a family, or are perhaps struggling to conceive, you might consider a fertility test to check your hormone levels.
Fertility testing can include screening for progesterone levels, as well as oestradiol and prolactin.
Although the average age range for the onset of menopause is around 45 – 55, it can begin earlier. Around 1 in 100 women experience menopause before the age of 40. Signs can include hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and difficulty sleeping, among others. It can be a stressful and uncomfortable time.
If you’re experiencing some of these symptoms or are in the age range for which menopause is likely to happen, you might want to consider your options for testing, which can provide helpful information about hormone levels. This can help you understand how best to manage the symptoms.
Screening for ovarian health is an important check to consider. Around 7,500 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year in the UK, but earlier diagnosis can lead to good outcomes for around 9 out of 10 cases, so getting early information is vital.
Alongside women’s health checks such as the ones mentioned above, general health screening is worth considering if you’re looking at optimising your overall health and wellbeing. Tests for common conditions and diseases such as diabetes, thyroid, liver and kidney function and vitamins and minerals can reveal vital information about your health status, giving you the tools you need to make any necessary changes to optimise your wellbeing.
Private testing for women’s health
With GP waiting times increasing in many practices, private blood testing is becoming a common alternative for many people looking to take control of their health.
At Blue Horizon we offer a comprehensive range of blood testing options for women’s health, both standalone, and as part of a larger profile of diagnostic checks to help you get a complete picture of your health.
These tests include:
- ovarian cancer (Ca125)
- HRT Profile
And our Comprehensive Plus Z Female, including tests for red and white blood cell quality, thyroid function, kidney and liver function, a check for diabetes, as well as essential elements and vitamins, autoantibodies and expansive cardiac risk factor analysis, allowing you to check your current nutritional status and overall health.
Booking your private women’s health test
We make sure the experience of booking a private blood test is as easy, convenient, and painless as possible. By partnering with Spire Healthcare, we make the process simple and seamless by offering easy-to-book appointments at your local Spire Hospital. Here’s how it works:
As well as female health testing we have a comprehensive range of health checks and diagnostic blood tests available, including diabetes, immunity checks, thyroid, and fatigue testing.
After you have selected the right test for you, simply order online through our secure payment system or chat to a member of our team. Once your order is placed, you’ll receive all the information you need to arrange your convenient blood draw appointment at one of our Spire Hospital locations.
Your pathology passport – the information sent to you after you place your order – will also tell you whether you need to fast ahead of your test. Included in each request for diabetes testing are:
- A doctor’s referral
- All phlebotomy
- All laboratory fees
- Our GP’s comments (optional)
How your appointment works
We partner with Spire Healthcare to offer a professional phlebotomy service. This guarantees that your blood samples are taken and handled correctly and that your results are processed efficiently by clinical professionals. Our confidential blood tests are available at over thirty private clinics around the UK.
Unlike home testing healthcare kits, where you take the sample yourself, our trained professionals reduce the likelihood of errors such as collecting an insufficient amount of blood or accidental contamination, which could delay your test results.
At your appointment, the friendly team will talk to you about your test, collect your blood sample and send it off for testing at an accredited partner laboratory. All you need to do is arrive for your appointment. We’ll take care of the test, and the rest.
Clear, accurate results
The time it takes to receive your results will depend on the type of test you have chosen. When they are ready, your results will be sent directly to you, via email, within the time specified. If you would prefer to receive a paper copy of your results through the post, that can be arranged for you.
You can also choose the option of reported or unreported results. Reported results include information and comment from our GP which you may find helpful to discuss with your own consultant, or for your records.