A new service – a ‘finger prick’ blood tests by post – just launched by the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM) will come as welcome news to women in the South West and Wales who are experiencing problems conceiving a baby.
With clinical fertility services currently on hold during lockdown, the possibility of being able to do a blood test at home from Bristol’s longest-established fertility clinic will enable women who plan to embark on fertility investigations or treatment when restrictions are lifted to clear some of the initial hurdles sooner than expected.
BCRM team leader, Valentine Akande, said: “Although the practical work of making babies at our clinic is on hold for the time being, we continue to hold ‘virtual’ telephone and video consultations for new and existing clients, and this new postal blood test service enables a woman to take the next vital step on her assisted fertility journey.
“Before any kind of IVF treatment is commenced, ovarian reserve testing for AMH levels is carried out to enable us to assess the number and potentially the quality of a woman’s eggs.
“AMH otherwise known as Anti-Mullerian Hormone, helps us accurately quantify your egg reserve.
”A low level of AMH can indicate that a woman is nearing the menopause.
“We can undertake all routine fertility blood tests and the results allow our team to discover what the starting point is for each patient we are working with, and we are then in a position to give her our best advice on her particular options.”
All interested parties will first be offered a ‘virtual’ consultation via telephone, Skype or Zoom to enable them to discuss their situation with one of BCRM’s specialists.
BCRM, which has the highest success rate in the South West for IVF, also offers a wealth of helpful information to women and couples experiencing fertility issues via their website, see www.FertilityBristol.com
Anyone interested in finding out whether a postal blood-test is suitable for them can call BCRM’s hotline on 0117 3018 605 or email [email protected]