Whether you’re tying the knot, thinking about starting a family, or just want to know more about your body and how it works best or where you come from, it can be a hassle to make appointments, go to labs, and wait for results. To gain insight into your health from the comfort of your own home, check out these convenient and innovative home health tests.
The women’s health section of most convenience stores and pharmacies is bound to reveal tons of brands and endless types of pregnancy tests. From blue dye to pink dye, digital to traditional, early tests to standard—it can make your head spin. All you really want to know is if you’re pregnant or not.
While any test should, in theory, be accurate when used after a period is missed, sometimes women can’t wait that long to know. (Can you blame them?) In this case, early tests are best. The First Response Early Pregnancy Test is typically readily available in most stores (and even on Amazon Prime, naturally) while boasting efficacy up to six days before your missed period, and 99 percent accuracy on the day of your expected period, by detecting all forms of the pregnancy hormone.
Unfortunately, most women will experience a UTI at some point in their life, and we all know heading to the gyno can be a hassle (never mind the UTI itself). Luckily, there are lots of options available to test privately at home, so you can begin to treat it fast. AZO’s Test Strips are clinically tested and can give you speedy, reliable results from tests for nitrite and white blood cells.
Have a nagging suspicion that you have an allergy (or allergies)? Find out for sure via TestMyAllergy. This noninvasive and risk-free test uses a single strand of hair to test sensitivity to over 600 base items, both food and non-food. Within seven business days of the company’s receipt of your hair sample, you’ll receive a detailed report with information about your sensitivities and intolerances.
In order to be able to test for pregnancy, you also should have an idea of when you ovulate. For those who like to know for sure—beyond apps and the calendar method—there are a variety of ways to track your cycle. Most popularly, you can use urine tests such as First Response’s Daily Digital Ovulation Test, which will detect the needed-for-ovulation LH surge when used properly. If you’re a fan of wearable tech, the Ava Bracelet can be worn at night to measure heart rate, skin temperature, sleep, and other physical signs of ovulation, which will seamlessly transfer into a handy smartphone app.
A new and fascinating addition to the world of home health tracking, Percept by EarlySense is the world’s first-ever contact-free fertility monitoring device—which means no peeing, wearing, or tracking. FDA listed, it’s simply placed under your mattress, and it uses an algorithm to predict both six-day and one-day fertility windows by sending signals to an app using Bluetooth technology.
Think you know where you come from? Think again. 23andMe can use a simple sample of your saliva to trace your ancestry back thousands of years, while compiling and analyzing your ancestry composition, maternal and paternal haplogroups, and even your Neanderthal ancestry. It can also help you to connect with DNA relatives throughout the world. An even more comprehensive offering, the Health + Ancestry test, will do all this and test for genetic health risks, wellness, carrier status, and traits.
It can be super awkward to talk to your doctor about a suspected STD (although you really should be talking to your doctor about any and all health concerns). To gain knowledge and insight in the privacy of your own home, the FDA-approved Private iDNA Complete Test can test for 10 sexually transmitted diseases, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV I/II. With the option of ordering individual tests as well or creating your own kit, you can order the test online and self-administer, mailing back to a lab that will ultimately upload your results to a secure, HIPAA-compliant portal. You can use these results to drive conversations with both your physician and your partner.
Ever feel sick and “just know” that it’s strep but shudder to think of how waiting for the swab to come back from your doctor or walk-in clinic will take forever? Amazon (of course) offers the Areta Step A Test, which claims to be the same as the kind performed at the doctor’s office. While any infection needs to be monitored and diagnosis by a physician, those who like to know instantly and conveniently may want to check this kit out.
Not to be confused with an allergy, food intolerance occurs when your body can’t properly digest what you’ve consumed, resulting in improperly digested nutrients and unpleasant symptoms. For an easy at-home test to discover potential intolerances, the Pinner Test uses a simple finger prick to detect over 200 different foods by measuring IgG antibody levels against the food’s proteins. With quick results (about seven days from receipt of the sample), the Pinner Test can give you important insight to help guide your nutrition choices.
For a wide array of tests available in one spot, be sure to check out EverlyWell. With 18 tests to choose from, including testing for heavy metals, cholesterol and lipids, and thyroid function, it’s a one-stop shop for home health testing with quick, easy-to-access results. Just be sure to double-check the service is available in your state, as it’s currently not offered for residents in New Jersey, Maryland, New York, and Rhode Island.