We understand that infertility can be a very stressful issue, particularly if you have been trying for a family for a long time. With Virgin Care Private, you can be seen straight away, because no-one wants to be waiting in worry any longer than they have to.

Our fertility health check-up will give you an idea of whether conception and pregnancy will be easy or difficult. Our fertility check-up measures the number of eggs you have, as well as the health of your uterus, ovaries and ovarian follicles. You’ll get a diagnosis, detailed explanation and treatment plan in no time, which is particularly important if you are trying for a baby in your thirties or forties.

We’re here for:

  • Fertility concerns
  • Egg count
  • Uterus health
  • Ovary and follicle health

What does the check-up test for?

Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinising hormone (LH) are both released by the pituitary gland into the bloodstream. Follicle stimulating hormone is one of the hormones essential to pubertal development and the function of women’s ovaries. Most often, raised levels of follicle stimulating hormone are a sign of malfunction in the ovary or testis, whereas a lack of follicle stimulating hormone leads to incomplete development at puberty and poor ovarian function (ovarian failure). In this situation ovarian follicles do not grow properly and do not release an egg, thus leading to infertility. The more ovarian follicles a woman has, the more anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) her ovaries can produce, and so AMH can be measured in the bloodstream to assess how many follicles a woman has left in her ovaries.

Luteinising hormone (LH) is crucial in regulating the function of the testes in men and ovaries in women. Too little luteinising hormone will also result in infertility, as a critical level of luteinising hormone is required to support ovarian function. Too much luteinising hormone can also be a sign of decreased sex steroid production, and therefore an indication of infertility.

Oestradiol is the main oestrogen found in women and has many functions, although it mainly acts to mature and maintain the female reproductive system. Too much oestradiol can have a number of effects including weight gain, female infertility, stroke, heart attack and an increased risk of developing uterine and/or breast cancer. Oestradiol is also necessary for bone development, so people with low oestradiol tend to have skeletal problems like inadequate bone growth and osteoporosis.

Prolactin has more than 300 functions in the body. The condition of having too little prolactin circulating in the blood is called hypoprolactinaemia. This condition is very rare and may occur in people with pituitary underactivity.

We are offering a free flu jab when you book a check-up, for more information click here.

If you'd like to book an appointment or make an enquiry, please give us a call on 0300 247 0121.

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