LetsGetChecked is a home testing company founded in 2014. Its varied test lineup includes biomarker tests relating to cardiovascular health, digestive health, fertility, and metabolic health, as well as STD screening and genetic screens for a limited number of cancers. The company has a reputation for scientific integrity and all its tests are based on sound scientific evidence.
We found that LetsGetChecked is a great way to take your health into your own hands without leaving the house.
- Partner lab facilities are CLIA, INAB, CPA, or CAP certified
- Very large variety of accurate at-home tests to choose from
- Discreet packaging
- Affordable prices
- Free phone consultation with a registered nurse if you test positive for specific medical conditions
- Live online chat available to answer pre-purchase questions
- For a limited time, all Innerbody readers can save 20% off all tests by using the promo code: INNERBODY
- Some of the tests included in the STD panels are not available as individual tests
- Express shipping costs extra
LetsGetChecked is a very solid option for most, if not all, of your home testing needs. Its wide variety of certified tests combined with very reasonable prices makes it hard to beat.
LetsGetChecked Rating by Innerbody Staff
Innerbody.com recently celebrated its 20-year anniversary online. Over the past two decades, we have helped tens of millions of readers make more informed decisions involving staying healthy and living healthier lifestyles. The primary author of this review is a former Influenza Virologist who has a PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.
This review, like all medical-related content on this website, was thoroughly vetted by one or more members of our Medical Review Board for medical accuracy. We try our best to give you, our readers, unbiased, marketing-jargon-free descriptions of all the at-home health tests evaluated based on the latest scientific evidence.
We divided all the tests offered by LetsGetChecked into the following four categories: Sexual Health, General Wellness, Cancer Screening, and Fertility & Hormone. If you test positive for certain health conditions using the LetsGetChecked service, you will be offered a free phone consultation with a registered nurse. The nurse can provide you with further information about your result, answer any questions you may have, and, in some cases, prescribe medication free of charge. This is a great service that really sets LetsGetChecked apart.
LetsGetChecked has several sexual health tests that are made up of various combinations of individual tests, such as the Basic 3, Standard 5, and Complete 10. These combo tests are convenient and economical choices for customers who want one-stop comprehensive insight into their sexual health. If you are concerned about, or experiencing symptoms of, a particular STD, testing for that single STD is a more economical way to go. But the Basic 3 or Standard 5 packages are the most common choices for routine STD testing. There are subtle differences in the information you can gain from each of these tests. To work out which one is right for you, we recommend using the company’s very helpful live chat to speak with a company representative.
The Herpes Test [see latest price] tests for herpes simplex virus-1 and 2 and requires a blood sample. For accuracy, you should wait until 12 weeks after your last sexual contact to test for herpes.
Herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) causes periodic development of cold sores, but it is possible to be infected with HSV-1 and experience no symptoms. The virus is most commonly passed on through kissing, sharing towels, or sharing water bottles or cups while a cold sore is present.
Herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2) is also called genital herpes, as it causes sores around the genital regions. Once again, it is possible to be infected with HSV-2 and experience no symptoms. In this case the virus can be passed on to someone else even when you have no symptoms and practice safe sex.
Viruses like herpes are almost impossible to cure, but there are treatments and medications to manage outbreaks of sores and other symptoms. It is especially important to know your herpes status if you are pregnant, as herpes can be passed to a newborn (neonatal herpes simplex), and this can be fatal for the baby. Bleeding sores from HSV-2 can also increase your risk of passing on or contracting HIV when engaging in vaginal, oral, or anal sex.
Hepatitis B & C Test
The Hepatitis B & C Test [see latest price] checks for two serious liver infections caused by viruses. If left untreated, they can both cause permanent and potentially life-threatening damage to your liver. Luckily, it is now possible to treat or cure infections in most cases. Infections are often asymptomatic for many years, with affected persons only realizing they have hepatitis when the liver has already been damaged, sometimes significantly. The viruses are spread via blood-to-blood contact, and rarely can be contracted through unprotected sex. The CDC recommends that all adults born between 1945 and 1965 be tested for hepatitis C, as well as people with specific medical conditions, and people in high-risk groups, such as current or former IV drug users.
You should wait a minimum of 30 days after a potential exposure before taking a hepatitis B & C test. If this test comes back positive, get re-tested 3 months after your first test to confirm the positive result.
Simple 2 (Chlamydia and Gonorrhea)
The Simple 2 Test [see latest price] checks for chlamydia and gonorrhea. These are two of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the US, and infection with either can have serious health consequences if not caught and treated early. The good news is that both are easily curable in most cases. Early detection and intervention are the best way to prevent long-term damage. Many people infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea don’t have any symptoms at all, so if you think you may be at risk of exposure, testing is a good idea!
You should wait a minimum of 3 weeks after a potential exposure before taking a chlamydia and gonorrhea test. If this test comes back positive, get re-tested 2 weeks after your treatment concludes, to make sure the infection has completely cleared. Unfortunately, the LetsGetChecked Simple 2 Test will not be able to tell you the specific area of your body that is infected (vaginal, anal, or oral infection). However, this will only be relevant to some customers.
Basic 3 (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Trichomoniasis)
The LetsGetChecked Basic 3 Test [see latest price] package includes tests for both STDs covered by the Simple 2 package (see above), along with trichomoniasis (“trich”). Trich is another of the most common curable STDs in the United States, and over 70% of affected people never develop any symptoms. It is caused by a protozoan parasite called trichomonas, and infection is more common in women than in men. Trich testing is very accurate for women, but slightly less accurate for men, who are more likely to receive false-positive or false-negative results. You should wait a minimum of 3 weeks after a potential exposure before taking this test. If this test comes back positive, get re-tested 2 weeks after your treatment ends to make sure the infection has completely cleared.
The Standard 5 Test [see latest price] includes tests for five different STDs: chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, HIV, and syphilis. For more information on chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trich testing, see the Simple 2/Basic 3 product reviews above. You should wait a minimum of 30 days from the time of your last sexual contact before using the Standard 5 package to get tested, as many STDs take a period of time before they become detectable in the blood. In this case, it is the HIV test that requires the longer time to become detectable.
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). Once you become infected with HIV, you will always carry the virus, and must continue antiretroviral treatment for life. An HIV diagnosis would be devastating to many people, but diagnosis with this virus is far from the death sentence it once was. Treatments have come a long way over the past decade. It is now possible to bring HIV infections under control, giving patients a life expectancy close to that of the rest of the population. The CDC recommends that HIV screening should be performed routinely for everyone aged 13-64. Testing is especially important for those who engage in unprotected sex, IV drug users, those who have come into contact with blood products, or persons whose were born to HIV-positive mothers.
Syphilis is a STD caused by bacteria. It can cause serious and even life-threatening medical issues if left untreated. Affected persons will often have no symptoms in the early stages. Luckily, it can often be cured with a short course of antibiotics. Testing is a good idea if you have engaged in unprotected oral, vaginal, or anal sex with someone who may be infected, have come into contact with an infected sore, or are an IV drug user.
The LetsGetChecked Complete 10 [see latest price] package is the most comprehensive STD panel the company provides. It includes testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, HIV, syphilis, ureaplasma, gardnerella, mycoplasma, and herpes simplex 1 and 2. Mycoplasma genitalium and ureaplasma are of significance to both sexes. Gardnerella is a potential cause of bacterial vaginosis, and so is more relevant to women than men, although men can also contract infections (often asymptomatic). As with the Standard 5 package, you should wait a minimum of 30 days from the time of your last sexual contact before using the Complete 10 package to get tested. Many STDs take a period of time before they become detectable in the blood.
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Essential Vitamin Test
The LetsGetChecked Essential Vitamin Test [see latest price] tests your levels of three key nutrients: vitamin D, vitamin B12, and folate. A lack of vitamin D can decrease your body’s ability to absorb calcium. This has negative consequences for bone strength, the growth and development of teeth, and the prevention of osteoporosis. A number of studies have also linked low vitamin D levels to the development of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which manifests as fatigue, weakness, and depression.
Vitamin B12 and folate are very important to our bodies, because they are particularly vital for nervous system maintenance and for creating healthy new blood cells. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause serious permanent damage to the brain and nervous system, with symptoms including fatigue, depression, memory problems, and breathlessness. A lack of either vitamin B12 or folate can also result in a specific type of anemia. There are exceptionally few known plant sources of vitamin B12, so vegetarians and vegans are particularly at risk of deficiency.
The CRP Test [see latest price] evaluates levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) in your blood. The liver produces CRP in response to inflammation. High levels of CRP can indicate an infection, chronic inflammatory disorders (such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or vasculitis), autoimmune disorders, a traumatic injury, coronary heart disease, or cancer. This test requires the submission of a small blood sample.
CRP testing is generally not advised as standard for apparently healthy adults. There are numerous possible reasons for CRP levels to be temporarily elevated, many of which are fairly harmless. However, there have been cases where abnormally high results from home CRP testing kits have flagged serious medical conditions and have facilitated early diagnosis of autoimmune diseases, inflammatory conditions, heart disease, and cancer. Testing may also be particularly relevant if you know you have an autoimmune or inflammatory condition and want to keep track of inflammation levels. The results of this test cannot tell you the cause of inflammation. If you do receive abnormal results, seek medical attention for further advice.
The LetsGetChecked Cholesterol Test [see latest price] offers comprehensive insight into the overall health of your heart. It includes an evaluation of your levels of cholesterol (total), triglycerides, HDL (high-density lipoprotein/good cholesterol), LDL (low-density lipoprotein/bad cholesterol), and HDL as a percentage of total cholesterol. More information on the significance of each of these metrics and how to interpret your results is included with your report. Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in almost all western countries. Early identification and monitoring of high cholesterol can allow you to make lifestyle changes or start medications that may significantly improve your prognosis.
Anyone can take this test. It is particularly relevant for people with family histories of high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, or diabetes; people who are overweight, smoke, or do not exercise; and those who take cholesterol medication. This test involves the submission of a small bloodspot sample.
Thyroid Test and Thyroid Antibody Test
The thyroid is an endocrine (hormone-secreting) gland in your neck with a number of different functions, most notably regulating your metabolic rate. Thyroid disorders result in either excessively high or insufficient production of thyroid hormones. This causes two different conditions: hypothyroidism, with symptoms including weight gain, hair loss, constipation, sensitivity to cold, and fatigue; and hyperthyroidism, with symptoms including weight loss, fast heart rate, sweating, diarrhea, and anxiety.
The LetsGetChecked Thyroid Test [see latest price] evaluates thyroid function via analysis of three biomarkers: thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), free triiodothyronine (FT3), and free thyroxine (FT4). The more comprehensive Thyroid Antibody Test [see latest price] includes analysis of these three biomarkers in addition to two more: thyroglobulin antibodies (TGAB), and thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPEX). Information on the significance of your levels of each of these biomarkers and how to interpret your results is included with your report.
The main difference between the two kits is that the TGAB and TPEX antibody testing in the Thyroid Antibody Test can tell you whether your thyroid dysfunction is likely to be related to an autoimmune disorder. The basic Thyroid Test kit can tell you that there may be an issue with your thyroid but cannot tell you the cause. The test requires a small bloodspot sample. Any abnormal results should be discussed with your physician.
The liver is a large organ in the abdomen that performs many essential functions related to digestion, immunity, metabolism of toxins, and production of hormones and bile. The Liver Test [see latest price] from LetsGetChecked evaluates your liver health by analyzing total protein and levels of the following key enzymes and proteins: albumin, globulin, bilirubin, alkaline phosphatase, gamma GT, and alanine transferase (ALT). In general, elevated enzyme and/or abnormally low protein levels may indicate acute or chronic liver disease. More information on the significance of your levels of each of these biomarkers and how to interpret your results is included with your report. If you have questions, the LetsGetChecked staff would be more than happy to help you out.
Anyone can take the Liver Test. However, if you aren’t experiencing any of the symptoms of liver disease (including jaundice, loss of appetite, abdominal swelling, dark urine or pale stool, and vomiting) and don’t fall into a group at increased risk of liver disease, it’s probably not necessary for you. Groups at increased risk include persons who drink alcohol frequently, have been diagnosed with hepatitis, use performance-enhancing drugs, have a family history of liver or gastrointestinal disease, have an eating disorder, or take medications that can harm the liver.
Your kidneys are normally located on each side of your spine just below the ribcage. They filter your blood to remove waste and excess water to create urine, along with a number of other important functions. The LetsGetChecked Kidney Test [see latest price] evaluates the health of your kidneys by analyzing levels of urea, creatinine, and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). Abnormally high levels of urea and creatinine, along with a low eGFR, can indicate acute or chronic kidney disease, which can be very serious.
If you aren’t experiencing symptoms of kidney disease (including reduced amount of urine or increase in frequency of urination, swelling of the legs, ankles, and feet, nausea, loss of appetite, sleep disturbances, or blood in the urine) and don’t fall into a group at increased risk of kidney disease, this test is probably not necessary for you. Groups at increased risk include persons who take anti-inflammatory medication, have a high-protein diet, have high blood pressure, diabetes, persistent urinary tract infections or kidney disease/kidney stones, or have a family history of these conditions.
The LetsGetChecked Cortisol Test [see latest price] measures the amount of steroid hormone released by the adrenal gland in response to stress or low blood-glucose concentration. This gland performs many functions, including increasing blood sugar levels, and suppressing the immune system–thus decreasing inflammation, regulating metabolism, and maintaining electrolyte balance.
During pregnancy, cortisol is also important for the maturation of the lungs in a developing fetus. A number of different medical conditions relating to either the adrenal or the pituitary gland can cause abnormal cortisol levels, such as Addison’s disease, hypopituitarism, Cushing’s disease, or other tumors that affect cortisol production. An abnormal test result will require further analysis by a medical professional, as the report will not tell you the cause of the increased hormone level.
Vitamin B12 Test
The Vitamin B12 Test [see latest price], unsurprisingly, evaluates the level of vitamin B12 in your blood. Vitamin B12 is necessary for maintenance of the nervous system and creation of healthy new blood cells. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause serious permanent damage to the brain and the nervous system, with symptoms including fatigue, depression, memory problems, and breathlessness. Severe cases may result in the development of psychosis and mania. Lack of vitamin B12 can also result in a specific type of anemia. There are few known plant sources of vitamin B12, so vegetarians and vegans are particularly at risk of deficiency. To read about a product that provides a more complete evaluation of your levels of three important vitamins, and to read our evaluation of the usefulness of vitamin tests, see the Essential Vitamin Test section above.
Vitamin D Test
The Vitamin D Test [see latest price] looks for Vitamin D deficiency, which is fairly common among those who live in the Northern Hemisphere. It can contribute to a number of health issues, including an overall predisposition to inflammatory responses, which can increase your likelihood of developing more severe diseases. Lack of vitamin D can also decrease your ability to absorb calcium, and so affects bone strength, the growth and development of teeth, and the prevention of osteoporosis.
In most cases, vitamin D deficiency can be rectified by increasing your time in the sun and your dietary consumption of vitamin D, or by taking supplements. To read about a product that provides a more complete evaluation of your levels of three important vitamins, and to read our evaluation of the usefulness of vitamin tests, see the Essential Vitamin Test section above.
The Folate Test [see latest price] looks for an essential vitamin found in a variety of foods. Folate is particularly vital for the creation of healthy new blood cells, and to prevent fetal neural tube defects in early pregnancy. A lack of folate can result in a specific type of anemia. Keeping track of folate levels is particularly important for those with Crohn’s disease or celiac disease, which can interfere with folate absorption, and during pregnancy. To read about a product that provides a more complete evaluation of your levels of three important vitamins, and to read our evaluation of the usefulness of vitamin tests, see the Essential Vitamin Test section above.
Diabetes is a very common yet serious and lifelong condition that results when the body loses the ability to control blood sugar levels. Many people have blood sugar levels that are higher than the healthy range, but not yet high enough over a period of time to diagnose diabetes. This is known as pre-diabetes.
The LetsGetChecked Diabetes Test [see latest price] uses your levels of HbA1c to evaluate your average blood glucose level over roughly the last 2 months. High HbA1c means a high average blood glucose level. If you receive an abnormal result and have not yet been diagnosed with diabetes, it is a good idea to make certain lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of developing the condition, including modifying your diet and losing excess weight through exercise.
This test is especially recommended for those who are overweight, are presenting with symptoms of diabetes (including constant thirst, frequent urination especially at night, feeling tired, weight loss, blurred vision and slow wound healing), or people with a family history of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.
The LetsGetChecked Iron Test [see latest price] measures the level of iron in your blood, your total iron-binding capacity (TIBC), your levels of ferritin, and your transferrin saturation. Iron is an essential component of hemoglobin, the molecule that carries oxygen around our bodies and gives red blood cells their distinctive color. If there is not enough iron available in the body, iron-deficiency anemia may develop. This condition is characterized by a feeling of tiredness, weakness, shortness of breath, and cold hands. Another unusual symptom can be a craving for non-food substances such as dirt or ice.
There are a number of reasons you may be lacking in iron, including insufficient dietary intake, lack of absorption of iron from food, or blood loss. Those who menstruate are particularly susceptible to low iron levels, as well as those with disorders affecting nutrient absorption, vegetarians or people who do not eat red meat, and those with HIV. An Iron Test may be useful if you have any of the symptoms associated with the disorder or fall into one of the risk groups mentioned. The advice you will receive will almost certainly be to increase sources of iron in your diet or to take iron supplements, which is often a good idea for those in high-risk groups anyway.
Recent scientific papers have called into question the validity of claims that Omega-3 supplements have a significant effect on heart health. However, Omega-3 fatty acids are still an essential part of a healthy balanced diet. Omega-3 index testing can help you identify dietary changes you could make to improve your overall heart and brain health. The LetsGetChecked Omega-3 Test [see latest price] analyzes two specific fatty acids, Omega-3 and Omega-6. Omega-3 is the good fat found in high quantities in oily fish, nuts, and seeds. Omega-6, though essential in small amounts, is thought of as the not-so-good fat, as it can cause increases in cholesterol and blood pressure.
This test may interest those who are trying to kickstart a healthy eating regime or who have a family history of heart disease. If your Omega-3 and Omega-6 levels do fall within unhealthy ranges, the advice will be, you guessed it, to try a more balanced, nutritious diet.
Celiac disease is a chronic autoimmune disorder caused by an abnormal immune response to gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains such as rye and barley. The most common symptoms are gastrointestinal issues such as bloating, diarrhea, and malabsorption of vitamins, along with the other symptoms that can result from vitamin and mineral deficiencies. It is thought that there are a number of genetic factors that increase your likelihood of developing celiac disease, so this test may be of particular interest to those who have first-degree relatives with the condition. Others who should consider getting tested include those who have been experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms for more than a couple of weeks, and those with thyroid issues, type 1 diabetes, colitis, Turner syndrome, or rheumatoid arthritis.
The LetsGetChecked Celiac Test [see latest price] analyzes two different biomarkers, tissue transglutaminase (tTG), and endomysial antibodies (EMA). Low levels of tissue transglutaminase, or high levels of endomysial antibodies, can indicate celiac disease. However, diagnosis of celiac disease is notably difficult. The biomarkers covered by this test cannot be used to diagnose all forms of the disease, so the test cannot provide you with a definitive answer. The only effective treatment for celiac disease is a lifelong gluten-free diet. Consult your doctor if you receive an abnormal result, or if you receive a normal result but continue to experience symptoms.
Lyme Disease Test
The Lyme Disease Test [see latest price] can detect a serious infectious bacterial disease that is most commonly contracted from deer tick bites. The first sign of infection is a distinctive target-shaped rash, or painless area of redness, that develops around the bite location about a week after you are bitten. If you receive a tick bite and develop such a rash, testing for Lyme disease is definitely a priority. However, the rash does not develop in every case. Often people simply don’t notice it, especially if it’s located in an out-of-the-way spot, so it is important to be aware of the other symptoms of Lyme. These include fever, headache, and feeling tired and weak.
If left untreated, more severe symptoms can develop, including Bell’s palsy (loss of movement on one side of the face), meningitis, joint pains, and heart palpitations. The illness can eventually cause paralysis of the lower limbs and neurological issues, which may be permanent. Unfortunately, Lyme disease is notoriously difficult to diagnose. We recommend going to your doctor if you have reason to believe you may have contracted Lyme.
Colon Cancer Test
Colon cancer is common in both men and women. Like all cancers, it can be deadly if not caught early. The LetsGetChecked Colon Cancer Test [see latest price] screens for the early stages of colon cancer by identifying tiny amounts of blood in your stool. A positive result does not mean you definitely have cancer, as many other conditions or injuries can cause small amounts of blood in the stool. If you test positive, LetsGetChecked will refer you to a gastroenterologist or to your GP for further testing to determine the source of the blood. This test is particularly relevant for those over 50, and for those with a first-degree relative who has had any form of colorectal cancer.
HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is an incredibly common virus that often generates no symptoms. There are over 150 different types of HPV, some of which have been strongly implicated in the development of genital warts (HPV6 and HPV11), cervical cancer (HPV16 and HPV18), and other types of cancer. HPV strains are said to be high-risk if they may cause lesions and cancers, and low-risk if they commonly cause warts. The LetsGetChecked HPV Test tests for 12 high-risk HPV genotypes, giving you detailed insight into your risk of developing cervical cancer. This information can be extremely useful, as it allows you to create an appropriate cervical screening plan with your physician. The HPV Test [see latest price] test takes the form of a vaginal swab and is particularly relevant for women over the age of 30. You will receive results within 5-7 days after the lab gets your sample.
Prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of death in males around the globe, as it is difficult to catch in the early stages, and so often goes undiagnosed until it has become quite severe. The LetsGetChecked PSA Test [see latest price] evaluates your levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA), which is produced by both normal and cancerous prostate cells.
A high level of PSA can indicate cancer but can also indicate many other harmless conditions, so a positive result is not an immediate cause for alarm. However, it is definitely worth looking into. If you test positive, LetsGetChecked will refer you to a urologist or GP for further testing. This test is particularly relevant for men over the age of 45, or those with a first-degree relative who has had prostate cancer.
Female Hormone Test
A number of hormones help regulate a woman’s fertility, and imbalances in these hormones can result in a variety of troublesome symptoms. The Female Hormone Test [see latest price] is aimed towards women who are considering starting families, who are concerned about their fertility, or who are concerned about polycystic ovary syndrome. The package provides a “broad picture of a woman’s hormonal health,” and includes evaluation of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), prolactin, and estradiol levels in the blood.
This test must be taken on day 3 of your menstrual cycle. Do not take hormonal contraceptives (the pill, etc.) or other hormonal medications before taking this test, as they can affect the results.
The results of this test are in no way diagnostic, as individuals’ baseline hormone levels may differ. Any worrisome results should be discussed with a clinician.
Ovarian Reserve Test
The Ovarian Reserve Test [see latest price] uses AMH (anti-Mullerian hormone) levels in the blood to estimate ovarian reserve (how many more times one is likely to ovulate/release an egg) compared to the average for one’s age. This does not tell you how likely you are to achieve a successful pregnancy from one of these eggs, but it can help with family planning. Don’t expect an exact number; this test is only designed to give you an idea of your fertility with respect to average levels. Abnormally low levels of AMH may indicate a lower number of viable remaining eggs. Abnormally high levels can be an indicator of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
The Progesterone Test [see latest price] is designed for use when actively trying to conceive. It will tell test takers whether or not ovulation has occurred by day 21 of their menstrual cycle. The way that this test works is that you self-test on day 21. Your progesterone levels are evaluated (they should rise after ovulation), and your results are available 5 days later. A low 21-day progesterone level suggests that you did not release an egg this cycle, and so cannot get pregnant.
We here at Innerbody are struggling to see the use of this test, as it does not make much sense to refrain from sexual activity until you receive the results. It would then likely be too late to conceive during that cycle. All that the results of this test can tell you is that your efforts have been in vain this time around, which you will soon realize yourself without the test. Cycle lengths also vary hugely, so inaccuracies in results due to bad timing are likely to be very common. The test may be of limited use if you are trying to self-diagnose infertility, but our advice would be to save your money.
Testosterone is a sex hormone secreted by the testes that is essential for the development of muscle tissue and male reproductive tissue, as well as for promoting secondary sexual characteristics such as the growth of body hair. Low levels of testosterone can cause erectile dysfunction, low sex drive, infertility and cardiovascular disease. Reasons for low testosterone levels include obesity, testicular injury, chemotherapy or radiation treatment, genetic abnormalities, diabetes, hemochromatosis, or the use of performance-enhancing drugs or supplements.
Testosterone is also produced in low levels by the ovaries, and abnormal levels of the hormone in women can cause a range of symptoms, but it is not clear whether the Testosterone Test [see latest price] can be taken by women.
Male Hormone Test, Male Hormone Plus, and Male Hormone Advanced
Several hormones play important roles in regulating a man’s overall health. Imbalances in these hormones can result in a range of problems. The three male hormone test packages are each designed to give an overview of a man’s hormonal health with progressively higher levels of specificity. Common reasons to take this test include the development of erectile dysfunction, enlarged or tender breast tissue, increase in abdominal fat or decrease in muscle mass, a decrease in libido, or fertility problems. These tests cannot diagnose any specific conditions or pinpoint the causes of any abnormal results. However, they can flag potential issues that may require further testing or rule out hormonal imbalance as a cause of any symptoms you may have.
The basic Male Hormone Test [see latest price] includes an analysis of testosterone, sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), and free androgen index.
The Male Hormone Plus [see latest price] is the same test but adds estradiol to this list.
The Male Hormone Advanced [see latest price] covers everything in the Plus and adds prolactin.
Which test you choose depends largely on your budget, and on which symptoms you are experiencing. For help in picking the best test for you, we recommend using LetsGetChecked’s excellent Live Chat feature.
We customize our evaluation criteria depending on the type and nature of the health-related test. For most LetsGetChecked test kits, we have five areas that we use for our evaluations, including:
Accuracy: Do the testing companies use the latest and most accurate testing technologies available? How accurate are the tests compared to alternatives?
Value: Are you getting your money’s worth? Are there any hidden costs or charges? Does the test provider offer discounts to our readers?
Customer Support: How well does the testing company help you choose the best test? How clearly are the results presented? How well does the testing company help you understand results and get treatment if necessary?
Privacy: Are all test kits sent in discreet packaging? Will your data be stored securely? Could your data ever be shared without your permission?
Test Results Speed: How fast will you receive your test results from the moment you click “buy?” Are the waiting times stated by the testing companies accurate and consistent?
LetsGetChecked states that it is highly committed to protecting your privacy and data, and that the testing process is completely confidential, although we have identified one potential imperfection in its policy. Test results are password protected and only accessible to you. You can choose to share them with whomever you wish, and you are encouraged to share worrisome results with your doctor. Your name will not appear anywhere on your testing kit when it is sent to the lab for analysis. Instead, it will be linked to you through a unique identification code. Your personal data will never be shared with a third party without your explicit consent, except if necessary, to fulfil your order.
The number of LetsGetChecked staff who can access your data is limited. Any payment information shared with the company is encrypted with SSL technology. If you contact the company by email, it may keep records of that correspondence. It may also collect and store personal information, including your name, billing/delivery address, contact information, and any other information you share with the company.
The process of submitting a swab, urine sample, or blood sample for testing with LetsGetChecked is simple, fast, and convenient. Once you have selected your testing product, your kit will be dispatched in discreet, anonymous packaging. To register your kit, click on the “Activate Test” tab at the top of the LetsGetChecked company website, and log in to your personal account.
Once you have logged in, provide a mobile number where the company can contact you when your results are ready. It will send a 6-digit verification code to this number. Enter this 6-digit code into the box provided on your personal account page, and then the two codes found on the inside of your testing box (it’s complicated, we know!). Once this is done, you will have to answer a couple of health questions, and then registration is complete. Most tests offered by LetsGetChecked require a small blood sample. These samples should be collected in the morning (before 9:00 a.m.), and before eating. All the equipment needed to collect this sample is included in your testing kit. There is a video on the company website outlining how to perform sample collection, as well as a list of sample FAQs.
LetsGetChecked advises you not to collect your sample after a Wednesday, as the sample may not reach the lab before the weekend. Do not mail your sample on Friday or on the weekend.
Once you have collected your sample, place it into the biohazard bag provided, and return this bag to the box that the kit came in. Fill out the inner lid sticker of the box with the required information. Place the box in the pre-paid shipping envelope and send it back on the same day you collect the sample. If using express shipping, you will have to arrange a pick-up location for collection of your samples or drop them off at a drop-off point.
Your results should be viewable on your password-protected personal account within 2-5 business days from the date that the lab receives your sample. You will receive an email notifying you when your results are ready. If you receive an abnormal result from specific tests, a registered nurse may contact you to discuss your results and the next steps. If possible, the nurse will provide you with a prescription for treatment and answer any questions you might have.