Rubella Blood Test (IgM)

The Rubella Blood Test (IgM) detects specific antibodies in the blood. The presence of these antibodies indicates that you are currently infected with rubella.


Why test for rubella IgM antibodies?

Common reasons for this blood test are:

  • You are pregnant (or planning to get pregnant) and want to assess your risk of rubella complications for your baby
  • You may have had rubella when pregnant, and now want to test your baby for rubella when it has been born
  • To investigate the cause of birth defects in a baby that could have caused by rubella
  • You are experiencing rubella symptoms.

Rubella is not a problem for most people, only causing a mild illness. However, it can cause serious complications for your baby if you contract rubella while pregnant. Most children in the UK are vaccinated for rubella.

Your blood test

Our phlebotomy-trained professionals will take a blood sample from you. This sample will be analysed in the UK by our authorised partners, TDL. By booking this blood test, you agree for us to share your personal information with TDL in order to process your test. We’ll make sure you consent to this at your appointment too.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, we will send you the results and recommend that you share these with your GP or fertility provider.

It is not unusual for some bleeding to occur under the skin following your blood test and sometimes this can extend a little further around the puncture site.  If this causes you concern, check with your practice nurse. 

Sometimes we cannot get a blood sample from you. This can be for many reasons, such as not being hydrated enough, feeling cold or having another blood test recently. We will always offer you another appointment so we can try again.

Visit our FAQs page for any further questions you may have.