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. (

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. (

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. (

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. (

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. (

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. (

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. (

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. (

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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