For the Collection of Serum (Portion of Blood) for Testing
At-home blood sample collection device for monitoring levels of hormones that can indicate causes of any one of the following: amenorrhea / irregular menses, infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), hyperandrogenism and being overweight. Results are provided within 24 hours of the sample reaching the laboratory.
Endocrine disorders that commonly affect women of reproductive age are characterised by hormonal imbalances, specifically an increase in androgen and insulin resistance which can disrupt the normal functioning of the ovaries.
WHO & WHEN?
Women with amenorrhea / irregular menses, infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), hyperandrogenism or who are overweight may have hormonal imbalances that cause a range of symptoms, which can vary from person to person.
Common symptoms include:
- Irregular or absent menstrual periods
- Excessive hair growth (hirsutism)
- Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
- Fertility problems
Insulin resistance is a common feature of PCOS which means the body’s cells have a reduced ability to respond to insulin, leading to higher insulin levels in the blood. This can contribute to weight gain and difficulty managing blood sugar levels. It is associated with an increased risk of developing certain health conditions including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. So, women diagnosed with PCOS should have regular health checks to ensure they are managed correctly.
Although there is no cure for PCOS, symptoms and complications can be managed through various approaches.
Lifestyle approaches such as maintaining a healthy weight, regular exercise and a balanced diet can help improve symptoms and reduce insulin resistance. Medications can be prescribed to regulate menstrual cycles and manage symptoms such as excessive hair growth or acne.
This sample kit contains a finger-prick blood collection device and clear instructions. With it you can collect a sample at home. Samples are couriered to and tested at the BioSmart accredited pathology laboratory.
Blood is tested for:
- Follicle-stimulating Hormone (FSH)
- Leutenising Hormone (LH)
- Thyroid-stimulating Hormone (TSH)
- Free Thyroxine (FT4)
- Estradiol (E2)
- Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH)
- Cortisol (Salivary)
Your ovarian health report will come in an easy-to-understand format with a detailed breakdown of results, what they mean and your next steps.
PLEASE NOTE: This product is not intended to compensate for diagnosis, treatment, cure, or mitigation of medical conditions. If you or a family member is experiencing any health-related problems, you should obtain medical advice from a certified health professional as this device may be harmful to your health. You are therefore advised to use this product with caution.
Disclaimer: Blood Sample Collection Method
Finger-prick blood sampling is a less invasive alternative to venepuncture and is widely accepted for collecting capillary blood for certain tests. However, please note that results obtained from finger-prick samples may differ slightly from those obtained through traditional venepuncture due to factors such as sample size, collection technique and individual variability. While we take every precaution to ensure accuracy, it is important to consider the specific circumstances of the sample collection when interpreting results, especially for tests where small variations can be significant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the sample collection method or its potential impact on your results, please consult your healthcare provider or the BioSmart laboratory.
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Book a consultation at Clicks Cape Gate to have your sample collected.
Bring your receipt to Clicks Cape Gate on the day of the sample collection.
Pay Clicks Cape Gate directly for collecting a blood sample: R80.