How to prepare for a venous blood draw
Your test kit should include the following items
- 1 x Needle
- 1 x Register your Kit QR code
- Collection vial(s)
- 1 x Clear sample returns bag with absorbent pad
- 1 x Plaster
- 1 x Alcohol swab
- 1 x Cleansing wipe
- Vial labels(s)
- 1 x Returns envelope with label
- 1 x Lab requisition form
- 1 x Anti-tamper seal
WHEN TO COLLECT:
It is advised to take and post the test earlier in the week (Mon-Thurs is ideal) to ensure the sample is as fresh as possible for the lab.
If you have purchased a Wellness 360 Female, Sex Hormone Complete Female or Fertility + Hormone testing kit for the most accurate result aim to take your test between day 19-21 of a cycle.
If your test contains the Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) marker please be aware that
for the most accurate results men should not have:
- An active urinary infection (or have had one within the previous 6 weeks)
- Ejaculated in the previous 48 hours
- Exercised vigorously, for example cycling in the previous 48 hours
- Had a urological intervention such as prostate biopsy in the previous 6 weeks
BEFORE YOU TAKE YOUR TEST:
Register your kit online
Before you return your kit, it is important to register it to your Omnos account.If your kit is not registered our lab will be unable to process your sample.
In order to get the most accurate results you should fast for 8 hours in advance of taking the test. The easiest time to do this is in the morning, having fasted overnight.
You should also avoid caffeine for 12 hours and alcohol for 36 hours in advance of the test.
Make sure you're hydrated
Drink at least 500ml of plain water 1-2 hours prior to taking the test and 2-3l extra the day before the test as hydration can affect your results and how well blood will flow.
Make sure to keep warm prior to your blood test as this will help to speed up the procedure.
On day of taking the test
When you attend the clinic you must take your Omnos test kit with you (including the lab requisition form containing your unique Barcode ID) as the clinic will not provide this.
Depending on the clinic provider you may also be required to take photographic ID to confirm you are the person who made the booking.
Please ensure the components in your test kit are kept sealed prior to the appointment to
ensure they are sterile.
HOW TO BOOK THE TEST
If you have purchased a kit-only option please contact your preferred phlebotomist or clinic to arrange a blood draw.
If you have purchased the pre-paid phlebotomy service using one of our partner clinics please refer to your Omnos Order email for clinic details and how to book your appointment.
VIEWING YOUR RESULTS
Once your sample has been processed you will receive an email confirming your results are ready to be viewed on your account. This is usually within 3-5 days of the lab receiving the sample.
If there are any issues with your sample we will be in touch.
Q. Do I need to stop taking medicines /supplements to take the blood test?
A. For the most accurate results you should refrain from taking any supplements 48 hrs prior to taking the test.
If you are on prescription medication we do not make any recommendation other than to check with your own doctor.
Q. What is the best time in my cycle to take a Wellness 360 Female, Sex Hormone
Complete Female or Fertility + Hormone test?
A. The optimum time to take test would be between days 19—21 of your cycle.
Q.Will taking HRT affect my results?
A. HRT that has been prescribed to balance out estrogen is unlikely to affect the results.
Q. Should I refrain from consuming caffeine or alcohol?
A. For the most accurate results you should avoid caffeine for 12 hours and alcohol for 36
hours in advance of the test.