HRT Blood Test, from our experts to you.Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP
Chief Medical Officermeet our doctors
What is HRT?
Broadly, HRT means the replacement of any deficient hormone. More commonly and in the case of our test, it refers to using oestrogen and progesterone to relieve menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, lethargy, sleep disturbance, and vaginal dryness. Oestrogen hormones also help to prevent osteoporosis and atherosclerosis.
What can I learn from this test?
Our test checks for three hormones: oestradiol, progesterone, and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), to see if your levels lie within a healthy range for your age.
Who should take this test?
Our test can be taken once you have reached menopause. If you have applied hormone gels, pessaries, or patches in the past four weeks, avoid taking your blood sample from the same finger you used to apply them. If you take biotin supplements, then we recommend that you don't take them for two days before this test. If you have been prescribed the supplements, discuss this with your doctor before you alter your dosage.
How to prepare for your test?
Prepare for your HRT Blood Test by following these instructions. Avoid taking a finger-prick sample from a finger used to apply hormone gels/pessaries/patches in the past 4 weeks. Use gloves to apply these. Do not take biotin supplements for two days before this test, discuss this with your doctor if it is prescribed.