What blood tests do I need?

Starting treatment
Blood tests are an important part of this treatment to make sure you are healthy and to keep you healthy for the future. They are essential if you are over 60,  if you have any other medical problems or if you are on any medication.

If you have had some blood tests within the last year, either at your doctor's or at a hospital, and have been told that they were within the accepted ranges, then we do not need to repeat them at this stage.

If you are a young and healthy person, just wanting to start puberty blockers or hormones then you don't need to have any blood tests done, although we will need blood tests in the future to monitor your hormone levels.

If you want to have one of the more complex antiandrogens such as spironolactone, cyproterone or bicalutamide, then you will need to have blood tests done in advance.

If you are going to ask someone else to do your blood tests for you then please ask them for 'Full blood count, kidney function, liver test, lipids, diabetic check'. If you are already taking hormones then please also ask for 'oestrogen and testosterone'.

Continuing Treatment

Yearly - Full Health Check:

  • Full Blood Count (FBC)
  • Kidneys (U&Es)
  • Liver (LFTs)
  • Lipids
  • Diabetes (HbA1C)
  • Testosterone
  • Oestrogen

Every three months:

  • Oestrogen
  • Testosterone

If your prescription contains Spironolactone, please check U&Es (including potassium) every three months.

If your prescription contains Cyproterone Acetate or Bicalutamide, please check LFTs every three months.

If your prescription contains Testosterone, please check FBC every six months. More information about blood tests and how to obtain them can be found on our website here.

If your prescription contains *only* blockers (with no hormones), we only need to see yearly Full Health Checks as outlined above.

You can upload your blood test results here.