Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV) Testing
How to check your Mean Corpuscular Volume levels with a home fingerprick blood test kit
What Is A Mean Corpuscular Volume Test For?
Mean corpuscular volume (MCV) testing measures red blood cell average volume.
Red blood cells are essential for the transport of gases to and your lungs.
Learn all about Mean Corpuscular Volume Testing:
- Mean Corpuscular Volume Testing UK Statistics 2021
- What If Mean Corpuscular Volume Test Levels Are High?
- What If Mean Corpuscular Volume Test Levels Are Low?
- How To Test Mean Corpuscular Volume?
- Why Take The Full Blood Count Test?
- Who Should Take The Full Blood Count Blood Test?
- How Much Do Full Blood Count Tests Cost?
Mean Corpuscular Volume Testing UK Statistics 2021
12.8% of people tested have Mean Corpuscular Volume levels which are too high.
And 1.6% have levels that are too low.
The average Mean Corpuscular Volume result is 92.5 fL
Note what is normal for you may differ for your age and gender.
Women tend to report higher mean corpuscular volume blood levels in their blood than men.
As many as one in six women tested have high levels of Mean Corpuscular Volume
of people have Mean Corpuscular Volume blood levels in the normal range. Do you?
Are you in the 85.6% with normal results?
What If Mean Corpuscular Volume Test Levels Are High?
When the red blood cell volume is higher than normal, it can indicate several conditions:
- deficiencies in essential B vitamins, vitamin B9 and B12 especially
- liver damage or disease
- an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
Note that high mean corpuscular volume blood levels may not require medical treatment. Other factors including your activity level, diet and nutrition, prescription medicines and a woman's menstrual cycle can also affect the results.
What If Mean Corpuscular Volume Test Levels Are Low?
A low mean corpuscular volume test result indicates that your red blood cells are too small.
This can result from types of anaemia, a condition in which your blood has fewer or smaller red blood cells, which lowers the body's ability to carry oxygen to tissues. The most common type of anaemia is caused by an iron deficiency.
How To Test Mean Corpuscular Volume?
The Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV) Test allows you to accurately check your levels of Mean Corpuscular Volume in a fingerprick blood sample.
You can check your Mean Corpuscular Volume levels by buying a home fingerprick blood test kit below. Your sample is then professionally analysed in an accredited laboratory for total reassurance. The Vitall Full Blood Count (FBC) Home Test Kit includes a Mean Corpuscular Volume test and is available for just £59.
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Other Biomarkers Often Tested With Mean Corpuscular Volume
- Blood Film
- Full Blood Count (FBC)
- Haematocrit (PCV)
- Haemoglobin (Hb)
- Mean Corpuscular Haemoglobin (MCH)
- Mean Corpuscular Haemoglobin Concentration (MCHC)
- Mean Platelet Volume (MPV)
- Platelet Count
- Red Cell Count (RBC)
- Red Cell Distribution Width (RCDW)
- White Cell Count (WBC)