myLAB Box is an innovative at-home testing company that was founded in 2014 with a goal to make screening for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) easier, less expensive, and more private. Not only did they succeed, but also their efforts came at a time of urgent need for more testing as infection rates in the United States have risen dramatically.
While STD testing remains a major part of their focus, myLAB Box has more recently branched out in other exciting directions such as the areas of fertility and general health testing. Because they’ve been at the forefront of at-home health testing for years, we’ve tested and reviewed them in the past and have always been impressed. But how well do they serve you in 2020? In this review, we’ll share all of the details that will help you decide whether a myLAB Box test is the right investment for you and your health.
- Accuracy that matches traditional testing in diagnostic environments
- Discreet packaging and free two-way delivery
- Results in 2-5 days of mailing your sample back
- Convenience of testing from home in total privacy
- Flexibility and added affordability of testing for multiple STDs together or individual STDs separately
- Free phone consultation with a myLAB Box doctor if you test positive for an STD
- Accepts HSA/FSA cards
- myLAB Box gives our readers a 20% discount (just use INNERBODY20 promo code)
- myLAB Box doesn’t test for oral herpes, ureaplasma or garderella
- A better at-home female fertility test is available elsewhere
- Unavailable outside of the U.S. at this time
We are very impressed by myLAB Box and give the company the highest marks for its STD tests as well as several of its other tests, such as the heavy metals testing kit and new rapid-result tests. Our chief complaint is that there are a few STDs tests that aren’t available at this time – so there’s room for improvement. Whether it’s an STD test or one of the multitudes of other test kits that myLAB Box offers, you can rest assured that the company’s tests are accurate, private and a great value. You can easily administer the tests from the convenience of home. We don’t think you can go wrong in choosing any one of the tests from myLAB Box – highly recommended.
myLAB Box makes screening for STDs and other health concerns easier, less expensive, and more private.
The at-home testing methods of myLAB Box are not only fast and painless, but most importantly they're reliable, with CLIA-certified lab partners.
- Why you should trust us
- What myLAB Box offers and how it works
- How accurate is myLAB Box?
- Is myLAB Box FDA-approved?
- STD testing and recommendations
- Multi-STD test kits
- Individual STD tests
- Heavy metals test
- Other general health tests and products
- Fertility testing
- HSA, FSA, health insurance and privacy considerations
- What criteria do we use to evaluate testing companies?
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myLAB Box has been at the vanguard of an at-home testing movement in healthcare for the better half of a decade. What started for them exclusively in STD testing has branched out in other directions, though STD testing remains a big focus.
How myLAB Box works is very straightforward from start to finish.
Order your test. myLAB Box’s menu of tests is intuitive and descriptive, so you can pick the test or tests of most interest to you.
Your kit ships in the mail to your home. After you purchase (and be sure to use INNERBODY20 to get your 20% discount), your kit will be mailed to you in discreet packaging. Shipping is free to you in both directions.
Collect your test specimen. myLAB Box test kits include detailed instructions, and the process is always straightforward. Follow the basic instructions and you can be confident that your test results will be as accurate as a test you’d take in the doctor’s office. These tests aren’t painful; all STD tests involve only a vaginal swab, a urine sample or a finger-prick for blood sample. Other tests are equally straightforward. A couple of our testers are very squeamish about blood and needles, but had no problem at all with the finger prick.
Mail your kit back to the laboratory for analysis and results. Shipping is free and fast. You’ll have your results in just a few days.
Consult with a physician about next steps, if you test positive for an STD or if you’re taking a “rapid” test. In the case of STD testing, this consultation is a free and very valuable service for those whose test results indicate they have a sexually transmitted infection. The licensed and experienced physician will guide you through the best next steps to get the treatment you need in order to successfully address the infection. The free physician consultation is also an impressive value-add for the rapid tests.
Types of testing available
myLAB Box offers test kits in three areas:
myLAB Box began as a company that offered exclusively a range of at-home STD test kits, and their STD test offerings still impress. They’ve added options and expanded their coverage over the years and now can test for 15 different infections via a selection of 18 different test kits. Testing at home is preferable for many people because of privacy and convenience, but some people prefer having their STD testing conducted in person. If you prefer in-person testing, we recommend STDcheck (or read our full STDcheck review).
Scroll deeper in this review for details about all of the testing options, but first, here’s a preview of their prominent multi-STD test kits. We find these to be very valuable and effective – and, among them, the Uber Box is in our opinion the best for most people – because STD statistics reveal that infections often do not occur in isolation. For instance, among sexually active men who have sex with other men, the CDC estimates that half of those with syphilis also will test positive for HIV. Testing comprehensively is a very healthy practice for sexually active Americans. Here’s a chart with several of myLAB Box’s most popular multi-STD test kits.
|Total Box||Uber Box||Safe Box||V-Box||Boomer|
|with Promo Code||$295||$215||$151||$151||$151|
myLAB Box’s General Health category of tests is quite varied. We are very impressed by their heavy metals test kit as well as the new “rapid” tests, which produce results for you in a matter of minutes.
In the subject of fertility, myLAB Box offers test kits focused on both male and female fertility. Additionally, one of its STD test kits – the V-Box – is considered something of a crossover into fertility, because not testing for and treating certain STDs can cause female infertility. There’s much more on all of these test kits in dedicated sections below.
Submitting your sample
The process of submitting a sample for testing with myLAB Box is quick, simple, and convenient. Once you have ordered your testing kit or box online, it will arrive in the mail in a discreet package with a return address of ‘The Fulfillment Center.” The product name and business name are not shown anywhere on the outside of the package. When your package arrives, according to myLAB Box, self-testing can be completed in “as little as five minutes”. In our testing, we found this to be true. STD testing involves the collection of either a swab sample, small urine sample, or a drop of blood, depending on the test that you have chosen. For other forms of testing, the sample will be different (for instance, the male fertility test). In all cases, clear instructions are included with each kit, and sample collection can be performed quickly and painlessly in the comfort of your own home.
When you’ve obtained a sample, return it in the self-addressed and pre-paid envelope provided. Within 1-5 days, you will receive an email containing a link to a secure portal containing your results. If you test positive for an STD, you are entitled to a free phone consultation with a myLAB Box physician affiliate, and in some cases a prescription can be sent to the pharmacy of your choosing. The availability of consultation and treatment services may vary depending on your state of residence.
How long until you get test results?
From the moment you place your order, you can have your test results within 5-11 days.
Once you collect your sample(s) and ship your package back to the lab for analysis, you’ll get results in 2-5 days – much faster than many testing scenarios – without leaving your house. Our testers got results, on average, 3 days after mailing them.
myLAB Box delivers on their promise of timely results.
The tests offered by myLAB Box are highly accurate – just as accurate as tests you would receive in a doctor’s office. This is because myLAB Box uses laboratory-designed tests whose accuracy and processing are not different from the tests you’d receive in a doctor’s office. The major difference is that you don’t have to spend the time and lose privacy by going to the doctor’s office.
And when we say ‘highly accurate’, we mean it – for instance, myLAB Box’s HIV test has a 99.9% accuracy (and in fact, in clinical trials, the HIV test was 100% accurate). Just make sure you follow the simple instructions to collect your samples. Thankfully, they are very straightforward and myLAB Box provides ample guidance.
The company partners only with CLIA-certified laboratories, which are regulated under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) of 1988. CLIA was enacted to set and maintain high standards of laboratory quality, so that you can trust in the results.
myLAB Box checks the boxes. All relevant test components have been cleared by the FDA, and all tests that fall within the FDA’s purview have been FDA-approved.
FDA compliance doesn’t pertain to some of the tests themselves; the FDA has determined that their approval of the laboratory-designed tests is redundant and unnecessary. This is because those myLAB Box tests have been designed by laboratory partners who are all CLIA-certified to conduct testing of high clinical complexity and adhere to the guidelines of the College of American Pathologists (CAP). CLIA stands for “Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act”, which was enacted in 1988 to set high standards of laboratory quality.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are 20 million new cases of STDs in the United States each year. Roughly 30% of Americans have an STD, and unfortunately the rates of infection continue to rise.
STD infections can persist without any symptoms for an extended period of time, and often people only become aware of an infection once advanced symptoms appear. According to a recent CDC study, “STD screening is critical” in effectively stemming their spread. Left undetected, common STDs can have significant and debilitating consequences for those infected.
myLAB Box currently tests for 15 STDs:
- Gonorrhea (genital, rectal, throat)
- HIV (I & II)
- Chlamydia (genital, rectal, throat)
- Hepatitis B & C
- Mycoplasma genitalium
- Herpes Type II (HSV-II, or genital herpes)
- HPV (human papillomavirus)
If you take a look at a list of all the STD kits the company has available, you will notice a whopping 18 test choices. Don’t worry, we are here to help you select the one that’s right for you.
You can order a test kit for an individual STD or instead test using handy multi-STD kits, which are a great bargain while ensuring you have a clean bill of health. Here’s a quick breakdown of what the myLAB Box multi-STD test kits include (and note that the discounted pricing is available to you if you use our INNERBODY20 promo code at checkout):
|Total Box||Uber Box||Safe Box||V-Box||Boomer|
|with Promo Code||$295||$215||$151||$151||$151|
For most people, we recommend starting with the Uber Box 8 Panel Test, which covers the most common STDs and provides the best overall value. (If you are looking to purchase two of these kits, you can save a little money by purchasing the cheesily named Love Box for 2.)
How often to test for STDs?
Most Americans should test more often than they currently do. Although young Americans are experiencing a surge of STD infection rates like the broader population, only about 12% of them were tested the previous year, according to a recent study.
So how often, at minimum, should a person get tested? The CDC’s advice for the absolute minimum amount of testing is summarized in the table below – and keep in mind, this is the minimum. Getting tested more often is always a healthy practice.
|How often to test at minimum?||CDC recommends at least these tests:|
|All sexually active people||Yearly||HIV|
|Sexually active women age <25||Yearly||Gonorrhea and chlamydia|
|Women age >25 w/ mult. partners||Yearly||Gonorrhea and chlamydia|
|Women age >25 w/ at-risk or infected partner||Yearly||Gonorrhea and chlamydia|
|Pregnant women||Early in pregnancy and periodically throughout||Syphilis, HIV, hep B|
|Sexually active gay and bisexual men||Yearly||Syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV|
|Sexually active gay and bisexual men w/ mult. partners||Every 3-6 months||Syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV|
STD incubation periods, window periods, and when to test
With STD testing, it’s not just a matter of how often to test, but also knowing when to test in order to obtain accurate results. Different STDs have different incubation periods (the amount of time before symptoms appear). For testing, however, the important period is what’s usually called the “window period” – how long between initial infection and when a test will actually produce accurate results. This is especially important considering that some STDs do not produce noticeable symptoms even though you are infected. So the window period and incubation period are not always the same.
The goal of testing is to detect infection as soon as possible. Here’s a handy chart breaking down the minimum window periods, so that you can have more peace of mind in planning your testing to safeguard your health.
|Window period||Need to retest?||If retest needed, when?|
|Chlamydia||5 days||2 weeks after treatment ends|
|Gonorrhea||6 days||2 weeks after treatment ends|
|Syphilis||3-6 weeks||3 months after treatment ends|
|Hep A||2-7 weeks (28 days avg)|
|Hep B||6 weeks|
|Hep C||8-9 weeks||3 months after first test|
|Oral herpes||4-6 weeks|
|Genital herpes||4-6 weeks|
|HIV (antibody test)||1-3 months|
|HIV (RNA test)||9-11 days|
If you’re unsure where to begin and wondering what test kit is right for you, among the many options – from myLAB Box and more broadly among the many competitors – then you’re not alone. But don’t worry, we have a separate, comprehensive guide to choosing the Best STD test in 2020 – you might find it very useful.
Here’s a short video of what myLAB Box has to say about its own tests. Read on as we delve into specific STD test kits and explore the other products myLAB Box has to offer.
myLAB Box offers a number of test kits curated for a general audience as well as tests for specific groups in a couple cases. Not only are these tests a good value economically, but also it’s a smart practice to test for more than one STD (even if there is one specific STD of particular concern to you). myLAB Box lets you test for anywhere from 5 STDs (with the Safe Box) to an impressive 14 different infections with the Total Box 14 Panel Test. This is an extremely comprehensive, one-stop test. Though expensive, it’s a very good value when you consider the cost of testing for all of these STDs individually.
Regular prices are as shown below, while the 20% discounted prices are available if you use our INNERBODY20 promo code at checkout.
Safe Box 5 Panel home STD test
myLAB Box’s Safe Box 5 Panel Home STD Test [$189 regular; $151 with discount] tests for five STDs that, together, account for 71% of all STD cases in the U.S.:
- HIV 1 and 2
This test is the least expensive of myLAB Box’s bundled test panels and provides a decent value. However, it is missing several common STDs. If you are strapped for cash, you could go with this test, but we recommend the Uber Box 8 (more below).
Uber Box 8 Panel home STD test
The myLAB Box Uber Box 8 Panel Home STD Test [$269 regular; $215 with discount] tests for HIV 1 and 2, hepatitis C, herpes simplex virus-2, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and trich. In other words, this test is the Safe Box 5 plus screening for herpes simplex, hepatitis C, and syphilis. In our opinion, this particular test offers the best combination of comprehensiveness and value. This test is myLAB Box’s best-selling test for a reason.
Total Box 14 Panel home STD test
myLAB Box’s Total Box 14 Panel Home STD Test [$369 regular; $295 with discount] checks for HIV 1 and 2, herpes simplex virus-2, hepatitis C, syphilis, HPV, mycoplasma genitalium, and trich. It also tests for oral, anal, and genital chlamydia and gonorrhea infections. This test includes everything in the Uber Box 8 plus mycoplasma genitalium, HPV, and more comprehensive versions of the gonorrhea and chlamydia tests (covering genital, throat, and rectal).
This is myLAB Box’s “whole enchilada” test and it’s not inexpensive. The Uber Box 8 is the wise choice for most people. However, if you want maximum peace of mind from one convenient test, the Total Box 14 test may be the best test for you. If you break down this test’s cost on a per-disease basis, it actually presents a very solid value.
V-Box 5 Panel test
The V-Box focuses on helping women figure out the cause of abnormal vaginal discharge, using very sophisticated, DNA-based testing methodologies.
myLAB Box’s V-Box 5 Panel Test [$189 regular; $151 with discount] is designed specifically for women and tests for five common causes of unusual vaginal discharge (gonorrhea, chlamydia, trich, bacterial vaginosis, and yeast infections). If you test positive for trich, gonorrhea, or chlamydia with this test, you are entitled to a free phone consultation with a physician, and you may be able to get treatment as well.
The Boomer Box is put together specifically for older Americans, who now account for nearly the same number of new infections each year as people age 20-24. That comes as a surprise to many people.
The hepatitis C infection rate among Boomers is high and, while infection rates for chlamydia and gonorrhea are highest among young Americans, Baby Boomers have higher rates for these STDs than other age groups. Age is just a number, and STDs don’t care about that number.
If you have reason to believe that you were exposed to a particular disease, such as genital herpes or HIV, then you can save a considerable amount of money by purchasing an individual test. This may be the best route if cost is a major concern; it’s certainly a convenient option, and not all testing companies offer it. However, many people who test positive for one STD later discover they have acquired a separate STD as well, which is what makes the more affordable multi-test kits like the Safe Box so popular.
Below you’ll find normal pricing for each test, as well as discount prices if you use our INNERBODY20 promo code at checkout.
myLAB Box’s HIV Test costs $79 ($63, with the discount), uses FDA-approved technology, and has over 99.9% accuracy. It’s actually 100% sensitive and 100% specific in clinical trials.
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). People who become infected with HIV will always carry the virus and must continue antiretroviral treatment for life. Luckily, treatments have come along way over the past decade. It is now possible to bring HIV infections under control, giving patients a life expectancy that is very close to that of the rest of the population.
The CDC recommends that screening for HIV should be routinely performed for everyone ages 13-64. However, testing is especially important for those who engage in unprotected sex, IV drug users, those who have come into contact with blood or blood products, or people who were born to HIV-positive mothers.
Testing involves the collection of a tiny blood sample. Using the retractable safety lancet provided, you must prick your finger and place a couple of drops of blood on the specimen card included in the kit. There is a great deal of information about HIV and HIV testing on the myLAB Box website, and we recommend you read this in full before purchasing an HIV test.
Trichomoniasis (“trich”) is one of the most common curable STDs in the United States, and over 70% of affected people never develop any symptoms. If left untreated, it can increase your chances of acquiring other STDs.
Trich is caused by a protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis, and infection is more common in women than it is in men. You must be 18 years or older for trich testing with myLAB Box’s Trich Test [$79 regularly; $63 with discount]. 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.
If you test positive for trich using a myLAB Box test, you are entitled to a free phone consultation with a physician. For this disease, it may be possible for a physician to send a prescription for you right away, depending upon your symptoms and state of residence.
Hepatitis B and C tests
Both hepatitis B and C are viruses that affect your liver. They’re two of the three most common forms of hepatitis in America (the other being hepatitis A). In both cases, you could be asymptomatic for quite a while, and hepatitis C can be mistaken initially for a flu.
Both forms of hepatitis can be transmitted through sexual activity, though the most common way to transmit hepatitis C is blood-to-blood, such as via a shared needle. Hepatitis B can pass from mother to baby or be transmitted through sexual activity or even by sharing certain household items like a toothbrush.
Hepatitis infections can either be acute (lasting under six months) or chronic (lasting longer than six months). Hepatitis B is more likely to transition from acute to chronic than hepatitis C, though that is still possible with the latter.
If untreated, these forms of hepatitis can severely damage your liver and lead to death. But effective treatment is available – and hepatitis C can sometimes be cured altogether – so testing is very important. The CDC recommends that all people born between 1945 and 1965 be tested for Hepatitis C, as well as people with specific medical conditions, and people who are part of particular high-risk groups, such as current or former IV drug users.
When it comes to hepatitis B, the CDC recommends testing for many different groups of people, including:
- People – or children of parents – who were born in countries with a high prevalence of HBV
- Men who have sex with men
- People who inject drugs
- People who are HIV-positive
- People living with – or engaging in sexual activity with – someone who has hepatitis B
- Blood/tissue donors
myLAB Box’s tests are affordable and discreet, with hepatitis B and hepatitis C tests costing $95 and $79, respectively (or $76 and $63, with discount). Note: it is possible to have both forms simultaneously.
Syphilis is an STD caused by a bacterium. It can cause serious and even life-threatening medical issues if left untreated, but 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 very good idea if you have any reason to believe 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.
myLAB Box recommends that you wait a minimum of 3-6 weeks after a potential exposure before taking its syphilis test, which costs $79 ($63 with our discount). If this test comes back positive, you should get re-tested 3 months after your treatment has been concluded to make sure the infection hasn’t returned.
Tests for syphilis involve the collection of a tiny blood sample. A definitive positive diagnosis of syphilis cannot be confirmed on the basis of the myLAB Box syphilis test alone. If your first test is positive, you must also have a TPA confirmation test to rule out other conditions. You can discuss this during your free physician consultation if this applies to you.
Mycoplasma genitalium test
Mycoplasma genitalium is a bacterial STD that has increased greatly in prevalence over the last decade and is a cause for concern among global healthcare services. As with many STDs, infection with mycoplasma genitalium is often asymptomatic, and testing for this pathogen is not always included as part of a routine STD panel.
The mycoplasma genitalium test from myLAB Box consists of a urine sample for men, and a vaginal swab for women. It costs you $79, or $63 with the discount. There are a number of different treatments available for mycoplasma genitalium infection, so if you test positive, you should consult your healthcare provider. You should also make sure you get retested one month after your treatment is completed, to ensure that the treatment has worked.
HPV (human papillomavirus) is an incredibly common virus that often generates no symptoms in infected individuals. 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. At the regular price of $79 ($63, with the discount), the myLAB Box HPV test specifically identifies the two most common high-risk HPV types, HPV16 and HPV18. Your test results will also include an additional category, “other high-risk HPV,” that identifies one or more of the 12 other high-risk types.
This test is only available for women aged 30 or over. According to myLAB Box, this is because in women who are younger than 30, high-risk HPV infections are quite common. In these cases, they are usually cleared by the woman’s immune system in a couple of years, and don’t cause any lasting damage. However, once a woman is 30, if a high-risk HPV infection persists, it may progress to cancer. If you are a woman 30 years of age or older and test positive for HPV16 or HPV18, you should inform your doctor, who will likely follow this up with a Pap smear to screen for abnormal or cancerous cells.
Genital herpes is a very common STD caused by herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2). Roughly 17% of people ages 14-49 have genital herpes. It is possible to be infected with the HSV-2 virus and experience no symptoms, which is likely why close to 90% of people with genital herpes don’t realize they have the virus. But the virus can still be passed on to someone else, even when you have no symptoms and practice safe sex.
There is no cure for herpes at this time, but there are treatments and medications that can manage outbreaks of sores and other symptoms. It is especially important to know your herpes status if you are pregnant, as it is possible for herpes to pass to a newborn in utero (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. The myLAB Box herpes test requires collecting only a tiny blood sample in order to tell you whether you have genital herpes. The price is $79 ($63, using the promo code).
It would be an improvement if myLAB Box would test for oral herpes (herpes simplex 1, or HSV-1) in addition to genital herpes, because oral sex can allow a person with oral herpes to infect a sex partner with genital herpes.
Chlamydia and gonorrhea tests
Chlamydia and gonorrhea are two of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the US, and both can have serious health consequences if not treated early. The good news is that both are easily curable in most cases. Early detection and intervention is the best way to prevent long-term damage. A large proportion of people infected with chlamydia and gonorrhea have no symptoms, so if you think you may be at risk of exposure, testing is a good idea!
At the moment, you have to be 18 years old or older to order a chlamydia and gonorrhea test from myLAB Box, which costs $79 ($63 with the discount).
It is also possible to buy a three-site test for chlamydia and gonorrhea, in order to detect infections in the mouth, rectal and genital areas. This type of kit is more expensive ($179 normally; $143 with discount) and is mainly recommended for those customers who have engaged in oral or anal sex and are worried about STD exposure.
If you test positive for chlamydia or gonorrhea using a myLAB Box test, you are entitled to a free phone consultation with an affiliated physician. For these two diseases, it may be possible for this physician to send you a prescription right away, dependent upon your symptoms and state of residence.
myLAB Box’s heavy metals test kit is a painless blood test to check the amount of the following dangerous heavy metals in your body:
These four heavy metals can accumulate in our bodies and are toxic. We highly recommend this test because these metals can poison us through our food, medicine, water and exposure in our workplace or living environment. Unfortunately, these kinds of exposure are becoming more prevalent; for example, we’re all growing increasingly aware of the dangers of lead exposure from our drinking water and rising mercury levels in seafood.
myLAB Box offers their heavy metals test for a regular price of $89, but you can buy it at a 20% discount ($71.20) with our INNERBODY20 promo code.
Knowing that you have an excessive amount of one of these metals in your system allows you to remove the substance from your body and identify the source of the contamination. If left undetected, this kind of toxic exposure could severely impact your health. The test is a simple finger-prick blood test, painless and easy to administer.
Some common symptoms of heavy metal poisoning include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain in your abdomen
- Confusion or brain fog
- Tingling in extremities
- Shortness of breath
In addition to their heavy metals test, myLAB Box offers some useful tests for addressing general health concerns as well. In this portion of their testing portfolio, they address the following concerns:
- Diabetes - $69, but $55.20 with our INNERBODY20 promo code
- Gluten sensitivity and celiac disease - $199, but $159.20 with promo code
- Vitamin D deficiency - $89, but $71.20 with promo code
myLAB Box also offers a new series of “Rapid” test kits, which are very convenient. These tests give you results at home within minutes of collecting your sample – kind of like an at-home pregnancy test. Rapid tests each cost $57.50 ($46 with the discount) and are available to test for:
myLAB Box rapid tests
There are two very buyer-friendly aspects to these new rapid tests:
- Rapid tests will give you results within minutes of administering the test.
- Each test includes a complimentary telehealth consultation with a physician who may prescribe a course of treatment if necessary.
When testing for anemia or UTI, you’ll have results in under 2 minutes. The rapid strep throat test reveals results within 5 minutes. With the rapid flu test, 10 minutes is all you need in order to find out if you have the flu.
Whether you are testing for anemia, flu, UTI or strep throat, the consultation and rapid nature of the tests make them a great value for you. Why is the consultation so valuable? Aside from the opportunity to get a prescription treatment to address your health needs, you will learn very valuable information and start down a path to addressing any needs you have.
Take anemia, for instance – anemia is a serious condition most often brought about by iron deficiency. But as with vitamin D deficiency, there are several possible underlying causes for the iron deficiency. It’s possible that your diet contains too little iron, or that your body is unable to absorb enough of it, or that you are losing blood. The physician consult will help you understand the possibilities and get on the proper path to greater health or secure a prescription treatment if needed.
Gluten sensitivity / Celiac disease test
Gluten sensitivity is a common issue – about six times more common than celiac disease in America. Symptoms of gluten sensitivity are quite varied, including potentially everything from bloating and diarrhea to fatigue, joint pain and brain fog.
Celiac disease typically makes these same symptoms more severe and, if unaddressed, can damage your small intestine. Arriving at a diagnosis should be a priority if you are experiencing any of these symptoms frequently, whether mild or severe:
- Abdominal pain
- Confusion or lack of mental sharpness (“brain fog”)
- Skin irritation, itching or rash
- Unexplained weight loss
- Iron deficiency
- Joint and/or muscle pain
- Tingling or numbness in arms or legs
Historically it has been difficult to diagnose gluten sensitivity, and the most accurate method is still the very time-consuming and frustrating process of exclusion (omitting foods in a pattern designed to identify which types of foods provoke the symptoms).
This gluten sensitivity and celiac disease test kit checks for certain antibodies that our bodies release into our bloodstream in the event of an immune reaction to gluten. It’s not meant to produce a diagnosis. Testing positive isn’t a guarantee or diagnosis of either gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, but it can help you speed up the process of narrowing down the cause of your symptoms.
As an acknowledgement of these limitations, the test will tell you if you are:
- High risk for gluten sensitivity
- High risk for celiac disease
- Increased/moderate risk for either condition
- Low risk for either condition
From there, you should discuss results with your healthcare provider in order to conduct additional diagnostic procedures as needed, moving toward a definitive diagnosis.
This hemoglobin A1C (or HbA1C) test kit checks the amount of blood sugar that’s attached to your hemoglobin. It provides your 3-month average HbA1C value, because your red blood cells have a typical lifespan of 3 months. The value will be a percentage that falls into one of the following three brackets:
- Normal (below 5.7%)
- Prediabetes (5.7-6.4%)
- Type-2 diabetes (6.5% or higher)
You can administer this test very easily, with a quick finger-prick and collection of a tiny blood sample.
Vitamin D deficiency test
myLAB Box’s vitamin D test is helpful for people who want to make sure their vitamin D level is high enough to maintain good bone and cellular health. Did you know that our bodies typically produce a form of vitamin D? There are actually two types of this vitamin that play a role in proper nutrition:
- Vitamin D2
- Vitamin D3
Both can be obtained via food – and in fact, that’s the only way we can get vitamin D2 into our bodies. Vitamin D3 is available in certain foods like eggs and mackerel, but our bodies also create vitamin D3 as a response to sunlight exposure. In our bodies, vitamin D2 and D3 both become a substance called 25 hydroxyvitamin D… and that’s the substance measured by the myLAB Box vitamin D test.
If the test results show low levels of 25 hydroxyvitamin D, it will bear further investigation because the cause could be one of several things:
- You need a bit more sunlight in your life.
- Your diet lacks sufficient vitamin D.
- Your body is having trouble absorbing the vitamin in your food.
- Your body is having trouble using the vitamin.
Talking to your healthcare provider about the test results will lead you down the right path to address any of these underlying issues.
Antiviral face masks
As a response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, myLAB Box began offering antiviral face masks made of ionic silver, copper, and zinc, at the price of $25. It’s the same antiviral composition that is used in medical-grade N95 masks. The mask has not been tested against COVID-19, but has been tested effectively against coronavirus 229E as well as H5N1.
The mask also features a filter pouch, but doesn’t include the filter insert that you would slip into it.
This product isn’t meant to replace professional protective equipment, but could be part of what you use in your everyday errands to safeguard your health in these unusual times.
Based on testing, the mask’s antiviral power will last for 100 washes; antimicrobial heft lasts for about 25 washes. The mask destroys coronavirus 229E in 2 hours and h5N1 (bird flu) in 10 minutes.
myLAB Box offers three tests that directly pertain to male and female fertility:
For men, a test that costs $69 ($55.20 if you use our INNERBODY20 promo code)
Male fertility test
A sperm count test that costs $89 (or $71.20 with the discount)
Ovarian reserve (AMH) test
This is a test strictly for anti-Müllerian hormone and costs $139 ($111.20 with the discount)
Let’s explore these tests in a bit more detail.
It’s worth noting that this test is only for men. In reality, both men and women have testosterone, and testosterone plays a role in fertility for both men and women. Women require much less of it.
myLAB Box’s testosterone test is strictly for men, though, and is intended for men who are concerned that their testosterone level may be too low. Low testosterone can occur as early as puberty but can also naturally set in as men age. The condition can cause pronounced symptoms such as ED and infertility or disinterest in sex. It can also cause subtler symptoms like a general lack of drive or a disinterest in rising to life’s challenges. Even lifestyle factors like lack of exercise, bad diet and weight gain can exacerbate the drop in testosterone as men age.
There are effective treatment options if a testosterone test reveals low testosterone level. Consulting with your primary care provider would be the next step.
Male fertility test
myLAB Box’s male fertility test is a sperm count test. Sperm count is one of several factors that play into male fertility – the other two major factors are sperm motility (whether the sperm can move normally) and morphology (whether they are being created in an ideal size and shape) contribute to the overall picture.
If your sperm count is high, you are likelier to overcome other issues like abnormal motility and/or morphology. The FDA-cleared test for sperm count collects two separate specimens and reveals whether your count falls within the following ranges:
- Optimal; Sperm concentration above 55M/mL
- Moderate; Sperm concentration between 55M/mL and 15M/mL
- Low; Sperm concentration below 15M/mL
If you test with a low sperm count, you’ll want to work with your doctor to figure out through additional testing whether your sperm have motility or morphological abnormalities that could cause infertility.
Ovarian reserve (AMH) test
myLAB Box’s main fertility test offering for women is an anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) test. In women, AMH is a hormone produced by the ovarian follicles and correlates to remaining egg count, which is called the ovarian reserve.
While it is very important to know your AMH level, there are many other hormones that play key roles in female fertility and so this isn’t the most sophisticated at-home test for female fertility, in our experience. Check out our Modern Fertility review because we believe it’s a better value. It tests not just anti-Müllerian hormone but also several others (including follicle-stimulating hormone, estradiol, luteinizing hormone, testosterone and others) that all factor into the complex picture of fertility.
How discreet are myLAB Box packages?
Your health testing should be your business and no one else’s, unless you want to tell them. In theory, total privacy is one of the benefits of at-home testing. So how does myLAB Box do?
Our testers were very happy with how discreet the packages are.
- The return address just shows the Fulfillment Center.
- There’s no business name on the outside of the package.
- The package doesn’t show any test product name.
- The return envelope is equally nondescript – no business or product details, just a normal shipping envelope.
Your testing experience will be totally discreet with myLAB Box.
Privacy of data and information
myLAB Box states that it is highly committed to protecting your privacy. Test results are only accessible to you, although you can choose to share them with whomever you wish. myLAB Box bases its privacy standards and requirements on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and uses HIPAA web security protocols and data storage systems, along with SSL encryption, to protect your data.
Keep in mind that some states require mandatory reporting for some diseases. For example, if you test positive for chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomoniasis, the lab is legally required to report the result to the Florida Department of Health (Florida is the state where the myLAB Box-affiliated lab is located). myLAB Box explains: “Both the Florida Department of Health and myLAB Box’s physician network affiliate, PWN Health, are required by law to also report the result to the health department in your state. However, all this information is completely private. No one is able to access this data, not even a spouse or family member. The data is simply collected to track the prevalence of new infections and for public health follow up where necessary.” This requirement is not specific to myLAB Box.
HSA, FSA, and health insurance
At the moment, myLAB Box accepts FSA and HSA payment cards. To pay using one of these cards, select your product and proceed to the checkout as normal, and enter your FSA/HSA card number as you would for a regular credit card. There is no guarantee that your card will be accepted, due to the various types of regulations attached to different cards. If you’re having trouble using your FSA/HSA card, myLAB Box provides an email address on its website that you can contact for advice. However, myLAB Box does not accept payment via health insurance providers. While the lack of this payment option may be annoying, it does allow myLAB Box to give you a higher level of privacy, as your test results and information won’t be shared with your insurance company and won’t appear on your medical records.
At Innerbody Research, we customize our evaluation criteria depending on the type and nature of the health-related test. For at-home testing companies like myLAB Box, we have five broad areas that we use for our evaluations, including:
Accuracy: Do the testing labs 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 test kits discreet? 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?