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Dr Catherine Casey

MBBS MMED (Metabolic Health)

Are you seeing Dr Catherine Casey at our Camden Clinic for a hormonal imbalance?

If so, it is best to have these blood tests before your consult so that the most accurate diagnosis and the best treatment can be worked out at your initial consult. This will save you time and money. If your own doctor cannot do these tests, we can send you a referral for a blood test either by post (which is slow) or via email (which you can print out) and take to your local pathology laboratory. It is best to have these tests at least 2 weeks before your initial consult.

Premenopausal and Perimenopausal Blood Tests

  • FSH – This will tell us how low your estrogen levels have been for a while.
  • E2 – Measure estradiol which is a type of estrogen and shows us what your estrogen level is now; it does fluctuate and that’s why the FSH level is so important.
  • Progesterone – We call this the hormone balancer, and it is important for a happy mood. It also reduces heavy menstrual bleeding and menstrual pain.
  • DHEA – Adrenal gland hormone which boosts energy and is an anti-ageing hormone.
  • Testosterone – Both free and total testosterone levels are important to measure. Testosterone can reduce aches and pains, improve mood and confidence and boost libido.
  • TSH – Thyroid hormone controller.
  • Vitamin D – Important for preventing osteoporosis.

Note: If you have had a previous mammogram, pelvic ultrasound scan or Bone Density Test (DEXA test) can you bring them along to your consult.

If you suspect you have a thyroid problem, we need these blood tests:

  • Thyroid autoantibodies
  • TRAB – If you think your thyroid is overactive
  • Free T4 and Free T3 – Your levels of your thyroid hormones now
  • Reverse T3 – Your levels of the wrong shaped thyroid hormone which does not work
  • TSH – The thyroid controller; if its too high then your thyroid is underactive
  • Urinary iodine concentration

Note: If you have had a previous thyroid gland ultrasound scan can you bring them along to your consult.