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.
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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.
If you'd like to book an appointment or make an enquiry, please give us a call on 0300 247 0121.
We are DDA compliant, with wheelchair access to the building and a consulting room and disabled toilet on the ground floor. We are currently having a ramp built to allow easy wheelchair access. In the meantime we are using something called a ‘stair climber’ so wheelchair users can access the building while the works are being completed. Our client advisors will be able to assist with any other requirements you may have.
Anyone can use our clinic alongside their NHS GP if they wish to. We take your privacy extremely seriously and will only use your personal information to administer your account and to provide the services you have requested from us.
We have both male and female doctors as part of our team and we will always do our best to accommodate your request for a preferred doctor. You can select an appointment with your choice of doctor online.
We don’t take a payment upfront for our GP services. We always request that you tell us as soon as possible if you can’t attend an appointment. We do take a payment upfront for our consultant appointments and that can be done at the time of booking. We’ll be more than happy to cancel or re-schedule any consultant appointments for free up to 24 hours before your appointment. If your appointment is less than 24 hours away, our policy is that we ask for 50% of your total booking fee as a late cancellation fee. If you feel you may be late for your appointment, please contact us on 0300 247 0121 and we will do what we can to help you.
Your doctor may feel that further tests, for example blood tests, are needed in order to confirm any diagnosis. Please bear in mind that you will need need to pay for these additional tests yourself, but whether you decide to go ahead with these is up to you. You should always feel your doctor has given you enough information to help you make an informed decision about any of the options for additional services they might go through with you.
Currently unless you are a non-UK resident we are unable to directly accept any PMI or private health insurance. In some cases for non-UK residents your international health insurance may mean that you can use Virgin Care Private as part of your policy. Please check with your insurer. Any additional tests that your doctor may feel are necessary may also be available through the NHS. If you are interested in this please ask the doctor or consultant to advise. Unfortunately most UK-based private health insurance schemes do not cover primary care (such as private GP consultations), though some insurance companies require specialist referrals to be made by a GP (private or NHS) before they will cover the cost. Some policies cover the cost of laboratory tests. We are not able to liaise with insurance companies directly, and you will therefore need to pay for your treatment as a private patient. We will provide you with an itemised invoice to assist you in reclaiming any payments your insurance company may be able to cover.
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