LETSGETCHECKED - A CONVENIENT WAY TO CHECK YOUR HORMONES
Let's talk hormones shall we? Have you ever had your hormones tested? Want to make sure things are functioning well because you're considering expanding your family? Or do you just want to have them checked because you want to ensure you have optimal health?
Then keep reading...
I had the opportunity to partner up with LetsGetChecked and test out their Female Hormone Test
As a woman in her 30s and having one functioning ovary left - read my story here. I really wanted to know if everything is functioning as it should. Of course there are a few factors to consider, I am 32 soon to be 33, haven't had children yet, have one ovary, pre-diabetic, in fairly decent shape (I think) and vitals are normal. The reason I share this is because we all have a number of factors to consider about our individuality. No one is perfect is basically what I'm trying to say.
Lets Get Checked is a company based in Dublin, Ireland and I was able to speak to them personally. In historical terms, Ireland has had to fight for their reproductive rights. If you'd like to learn more about this I recommend Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology found under on my Resources Page.
The Female Hormone Test is for anyone who is curious about their fertility status. If you are starting a family, or are thinking about pregnancy down the line, the female hormone test is for you. Or as I mentioned if you want to check your hormone function for health.
The test offers a comprehensive picture of your fertility status.
Hormonal imbalances may be caused by:
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Low Ovarian Reserve
This test uses four biomarkers to determine fertility status.
Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
Follicle Stimulating Hormone is responsible for stimulating the growth of egg-bearing follicles in your ovaries.
Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
Luteinizing Hormone is responsible for ovulation. It works in conjunction with follicle stimulating hormone to trigger the release of the egg.
Prolactin is responsible for the production of breast milk after childbirth.
Oestradiol is responsible for sexual function and the development of secondary sexual characteristics.
I received the Female Hormone Test in the mail very quickly, within 2 days. It came in discreet packaging and everything provided was pretty straight forward.
Click here to watch the full video to see how it works
The Female Hormone test must be taken on Day 3 of your menstrual cycle to ensure accurate results. The third day of your menstrual cycle refers to the third day of blood flow during your period.
It is important that no hormonal contraceptives are being taken when you use the test as it may cause inaccurate results.
The test must be taken fasted, before 9 a.m and returned on the same day.
I washed my hands with warm water to ensure they were clean and to get blood flow to the 3rd of 4th finger on my non-dominant hand.
I had no experience using a lancet to prick my finger prior to this so it was all new for me and a learning curve. I was a bit nervous to be honest but I knew I was in control. Be sure to do this on a stable surface and that you have no interruptions. I would say block out 30 minutes of time to yourself if you've never done this before. I watched the video I mentioned earlier in the link so I knew exactly what to do and read the instructions.
Since, I never used a lancet on myself I ended up using all three lancets provided. By the 3rd try I found the fleshy part of my finger and could fill up the blood sample tube. You just squeeze your finger to collect the blood into the tube until you fill the line.
It was very convenient and I liked the fact that I could do it at my own pace in the comfort of my own home. Once I sent that off in the mail with postage and packaging provided I felt at ease knowing I'd soon know how my hormones were doing.
It took about 5 days to get my online results. I received a phone call and email from one of their nurses who discussed the results with me. She was very friendly and extremely helpful with answering my questions and helping me understand my hormones.
For my own privacy, I will not share my results on here because that's all very personal for each individual. It was however extremely insightful and since I already track my cycle I could see how my hormones and charting work together. The more we know about our bodies the more we can hone in on that knowledge. In finding out my results I know what I can do to help myself and steps I may need to take for my health. Many times, we get scared about results because they may not be what we expected but let's me just say that in finding out you are helping yourself. I grew up with several family members ignoring their health and actually avoiding it. Let's try not to repeat that if we can help it. There's power in knowing about our bodies.
Let's say you don't have health insurance then this could absolutely help you. They also have a range of other health tests to check out. As I mentioned it's less stressful when you are in control of the location to take the test. You can feel at ease knowing it's just you taking your own test. You are in control every step of the way from taking the test to returning it by mail.
LetsGetChecked generously agreed to partner up on a giveaway since September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. I loved this experience so much that now you get to win your own female hormone test.
FEMALE HORMONE GIVEAWAY TEST RULES:
Tag a friend you would like to test your hormonal health with on the Instagram post
Giveaway ends next Tuesday, September 11th at noon PST. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, September 12th on Instagram Stories.
Hasta la próxima!