Hertility Healthy is here for all, whether you’re:
Just curious - Scratching your head about your reproductive health? Or maybe you just want to get in tune with your body, we’ve got you.
Experiencing symptoms - Feel like somethings up? From painful periods to no periods at all - our aim is to give you the answers you deserve.
Planning for the future - Not ready for kids yet? Too busy living your best life - travelling, climbing the career ladder, and dating? We’ll give you control of your fertility future.
Actively trying to conceive - Part of the #TTC community and need some guidance? Our eggsperts can guide you through your fertility journey.
With our Care Questionnaire, we customise each test to suit your own health needs and the stage you’re at in your fertility journey. Your personalised results will give you an insight into your fertility future, and if needed, we can guide you down the correct care pathway.
Your kit will contain everything you need, including some easy-breezy instructions. We’ve broken down the steps you should follow when testing:
- Best to test? We recommend collecting your sample in the morning within the first 3-4 hours of waking up, after your body has fasted for at least 8 hours.
- But don’t go thirsty! It’s important your body is well hydrated to encourage your blood flow, so be sure to drink plenty of water before testing.
- Get prepped! Remove all the items from the box and read through the instructions. Make sure the cap is removed from the collection tube before you begin.
- The warmer the better! It’s important that your hand is nice and warm to increase your blood flow, so either collect your sample after a hot shower, or submerge your hand into hot water for at least 5 minutes.
- Find your finger! Dry your hand off, and choose the finger you’ll be pricking - we suggest the outer-fleshy part of your ring or baby finger. Sterilise your finger with the alcohol wipe and let it dry.
- Time to prick! Twist off the lancet (don’t worry you won’t see a needle) and press it firmly down on your finger. Wipe away the first drop of blood with a clean tissue.
- Get down low! Use a low surface for the collection tube - get gravity on your side! Stand up and hold your arm down to allow blood to drip into the tube.
- Massage that hand! Massage down your hand firmly - starting from the palm down to the end of your finger - making sure not to squeeze the piercing. If you can't get enough blood for the sample - just re-pierce with a spare lancet!
And you can do all that in your from the comfort of your couch!
Different hormones must be tested on certain days of your cycle. For example:
Hormones such as Anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH), Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and Prolactin (Prl) can be tested at any point in your cycle. However, some hormones such as Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), Luteinizing hormone (LH), and Oestradiol (E2) must be tested on the third day of your menstrual cycle to optimise their measurement.
Progesterone should be tested 7 days before your cycle ends, so if you have a 28 day cycle, you would test on day 21.
With our Care Questionnaire, we tailor each test to suit your health needs and the stage you’re at in your fertility journey. Your answers determine which hormones to test and on what day of your cycle.
It’s also best to test in the morning, within 3-4 of waking up after fasting for at least 8 hours. Some hormones can also fluctuate throughout the day - so collecting your sample first thing gives the most accurate readings.
Every test is a peek into your fertility at that point in time, however, your fertility is continuously changing alongside your age, lifestyle, and environment.
It’s good practice to be #ReProductive with your fertility and retest your hormones every 3- 12 months.
Routine testing can help you evaluate how your fertility hormones are changing. It not only gives you the most up to date information to make decisions about your fertility, but would also be valuable medical history in case you ever need fertility treatment.
We recommend collecting your sample first thing in the morning before breakfast, as you would have fasted for at least 8 hours.
Eating can affect certain hormone levels, so if you have eaten before taking your test, the results may not be accurate, however, water is fine.
If you have eaten before taking the test, don’t worry. Your kit has a shelf life of 6 months - so you can always hold off until next month!
Our testing kits have a shelf-life of six months.
Before taking your test, ensure the details on the collection tube are correct. Once you’ve collected your sample, make sure the tube is sealed properly before placing it into the self-addressed, prepaid envelope.
Pop your sample-filled envelope in the post and your sample will be sent directly to our laboratory for analysis.
We recommend you return the sample on the same day you have collected it, as close to the post collection time as possible.
It does not matter what day of the week this falls on.
Yes, you can! We’ll ask you this in your Care Questionnaire.
If you're on hormonal contraception, we won't be able to test the full panel of hormones. However, you can still test for Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH), Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) and Free T4 which will give you an insight into your ovarian reserve and general hormone health.
If you want to test for all the hormones, we recommend waiting for 3 months after coming off your contraception. This allows your hormones to revert back to their natural levels, to enable us to test them accurately.
Please contact our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org along with an explanation and we will let you know how to proceed.
Generally, no. We’ve made our steps as easy as possible to follow, so you shouldn’t mess up. However, some may get the urge to squeeze their finger whilst they collect their sample, which can cause their red blood cells to rupture. If this does happen to you, unfortunately we won’t be able to test your sample, but we’ll let you know what the next steps are once we’ve received it in our lab.
Our collection tubes all contain some additives that help to keep preserve and stabilise your blood sample, whilst it’s in transit. In case of some postal delays (it happens sometimes) the lab will let us know if it has been too long, and we’ll send you out a replacement kit free of charge.
Hospitals and GP’s usually tend to collect extra blood in case they have to run more tests, however, we only test you for the panel of hormones stated in your order summary.
Your personalised results will be made available to you within a week of the lab receiving your sample. These will provide you with a clear explanation and actionable advice regarding your reproductive health, which can guide you down the correct care path.
Your results will only get published on weekdays excluding public holidays.
Some medications have an impact on your hormone levels, depending on the dosage. We recommend finishing your course of any short term medication before collecting your blood sample.
If you’re on regular medications, it’s best to take your test first thing in the morning, before taking your dose. We also suggest talking to your doctor to understand exactly how your medication and/or treatment interacts with your hormones and if there are any possible implications.
Still need a bit of guidance? No problem, email us at email@example.com.
Absolutely. Every single set of results are reviewed by a licensed doctor before they get delivered to you. Your personalised report will not only include the results to your tests giving you insights into your reproductive health, but will also include a plan of action that you could discuss with your doctor or Hertility specialist.
Changed your mind about your Hertility Health kit? Unfortunately, for health and safety reasons, once your kit has been dispatched we are unable to issue a refund on the kit itself as we are unable to receive returned kits. However if you drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org within 14 days we can issue a partial refund (less the cost of the kit and shipping fees).
The protection of your privacy and data is of paramount importance to us. We will never share your personal data with anyone without your explicit consent.
We do not store your blood and we impose appropriate obligations to protect the security and privacy of your information where we use third-party providers. Your blood sample will be sent to our third party testing laboratory, who are UKAS accredited, so that they can perform the test. The tests carried out on your sample are only those that you have agreed to being run. Once the test has been performed, the sample will be destroyed.
We use systems that implement responsible and sophisticated technical and physical controls that are designed to prevent unauthorised access to or disclosure of your content.
Hertility continually monitors the evolving privacy regulatory and legislative landscape to identify changes and determine what tools our customers might need to meet their compliance needs depending upon their applications.
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