DEAR PHARMACIST

Lab tests you can buy yourself and do at home


Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 10, 2011 at 8:06 p.m.

Dear readers,

Are you worried about your teen being on drugs? Are you trying to conceive a baby and curious to know when you’re ovulating? Testing at home is now possible. Here are just a few home test kits that do not require a prescription. They are sold both online and at many pharmacies:

A1C Now Self Check (Bayer): This test measures your blood sugar average over two to three months. Do a fingerstick to get a sample of blood and results are provided within five minutes. (www.a1cnow.com)

Identigene DNA Paternity Check: Worried about whether or not the child in your home is yours? Get peace of mind (either way) with this test, which requires a cheek swab for the sample. (www.identigene.com)

At Home Steroid Test: This test is great if you’re concerned that a loved one may be under the influence of steroids. This kit tests for the top 11 most abused steroids. All it requires is a urine sample. Results provided in about five days. (www.drugstore.com)

Intelligender Gender Prediction Test: This at-home test can predict the gender of your baby as early as 10 weeks into the pregnancy. It requires a urine sample, and results are apparent within minutes. Reviews for this product are mixed. (www.intelligender.com)

Fertile-Focus Ovulation Microscope: This helps to predict when a woman is most fertile and, therefore, has the best chance of getting pregnant. It requires saliva. Also consider the OvaCue Fertility Monitor, one of the most advanced predictors available today. (www.fairhavenhealth.com)

SpermCheck Fertility: This test kit measures sperm count in males. Results are provided within 30 minutes. In seven minutes, the kit provides either a positive or negative result which correlates to normal or low sperm count. (www.spermcheckfertility.com)

Complete Cholesterol Test: This lab report includes total cholesterol, HDL and LDL cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels. The test requires a few drops of blood, which are then sent to a certified laboratory for analysis. Results mailed to you within five days. (www.bloodtestathome.com)

Thyroid Test (TSH): This test measures your TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) levels so it can screen you to determine if you have an overactive or underactive thyroid problem. A fingerstick blood sample is required, sent to a laboratory and results come back within a week. (www.bloodtestathome.com)

At Home Drug Test by Pharmatech: Remind your teen that you have his/her welfare in mind with a random test. The kit is sold nationwide at pharmacies and measures most drugs (marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines) but not nicotine. It requires a urine sample.

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