Understand which COCP will bring you the least risk.
Ensure the best development for your with optimum folate levels.
Reduce the side effects and risks of Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Learn your risk of the disease so oestrogen supplementation can be altered.
The combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP) contains oestrogen and progesterone. There are different types of COCP which contain varying amounts of oestrogen. Oestrogen increases the stickiness of your blood so the development of thrombosis (blood clots) is more likely. Clots can obstruct blood flow in veins and lead to venous thrombosis. Blood clots can cause serious complications like strokes, heart attacks and pulmonary emboli. The test will determine your genetic predisposition to developing thrombosis when taking the combined oral contraceptive pill.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is taken during the menopause to prevent adverse side effects like hot flushes, mood swings, memory loss and many others. HRT may contain oestrogen alone or combined oestrogen and progesterone. Oestrogen can increase the risk of blood clots leading to venous thrombosis. Blood clots can cause severe complications like strokes, heart attacks and pulmonary emboli. The test will determine your genetic predisposition to developing thrombosis when taking hormone replacement therapy orally.
Venous thrombosis is a disease whereby a blood clot forms within a vein and stops the flow of blood. The clot can break off into the bloodstream and get trapped in a smaller artery in the lungs or brain. Blocking an artery in the lungs or brain can cause life-threatening conditions, a pulmonary embolism or a stroke. These conditions can be prevented if a venous thrombosis is detected.
Folate, also known as folic acid and vitamin B9, is a B vitamin required by the body to make DNA. Folate has many important functions in the body and can only be obtained through the diet. Folate deficiency is linked with an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, reduced fertility, abnormalities during pregnancy and cancer. Changes in the genes that metabolise folate can increase the risk of one of these complications arising. The test will determine your folate metabolism to allow you to make dietary changes.
Homocysteine is an amino acid, which in high levels can cause arterial damage and blood clots in the body. Increased levels of homocysteine are linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, bone weakness and Alzheimer’s disease. The test will determine your predisposed homocysteine levels to allow you to make dietary changes.
Identify risk factors that cause blood clots.
Symptoms that may indicate onset of venous thrombosis.
Types of Combined Oral Contraceptive Pills that are best suited to you.
Signposting for further investigations.
Nutritional advice and dietary changes to alter folate levels.
Specific types of Hormone Replacement Therapy that will bring the least risk.
Yes, but only if you give us your permission.
No. It is pain and blood free. You simply swab the inner side of your cheek, that’s it.
Generally, no. The cost of the test itself needs to be paid for privately. For private medical coverage, BUPA will fund this test.
We do not provide this service presently.