Cortisol (C) Blood Spot Test Kit (1 Test Kit) helps detect the level of Cortisol present in men and women. Cortisol is a hormone responsible for the normal response of the body to stressors and aids in regulating different metabolic processes.
Cortisol (C) Blood Spot Test Kit is made to measure the level of Cortisol through blood samples. Cortisol is hormone secreted by adrenal glands that promotes normal body responses to stressors and aids in the regulation of different body metabolic processes.
Normal Cortisol level showed in Cortisol (C) Blood Spot Test Kit is responsible in the promotion of the following:
If the Cortisol (C) Blood Spot Test Kit shows low levels of Cortisol, then you are probably suffering from the following health problems:
Cortisol (C) Blood Spot Test Kit also helps detect the presence of Addison’s disease, a health problem caused by insufficient secretion of Cortisol by the adrenal glands. Addison’s disease is life threatening and needs immediate medical intervention. This disease is manifested by the following signs and symptoms:
Cortisol (C) Blood Spot Test Kit showing high levels of Cortisol is also useful in determining if the following signs and symptoms are due to excessive amounts of Cortisol in the body:
Cushing’s syndrome, a disease caused by excessive amounts of Cortisol in the body, can also be detected by measuring the levels of Cortisol through Cortisol (C) Blood Spot Test Kit. Cushing’s syndrome may occur due to excessive intake or oral corticosteroid or overproduction of Cortisol by the adrenal glands. This disease is manifested by the following signs and symptoms:
Cortisol (C) Blood Spot Test Kit can be used by individual suffering from low levels of Cortisol and Addison’s disease to check if their Cortisol levels are improving while undergoing a Corticosteroid therapy. Those with excessive amounts of Cortisol and suffering from Cushing’s syndrome can also use Cortisol (C) Blood Spot Test Kit to check their body’s response to medications, radiation therapy, and surgery.
Cortisol (C) Blood Spot Test Kit is a cheaper way of testing Cortisol levels compared to serum tests. Cortisol (C) Blood Spot Test Kit also yields accurate test results similar to that of serum and saliva tests. Cortisol (C) Blood Spot Test Kit is easy to use and more convenient than constantly visiting a laboratory to get the tests done.
Guide to Blood Sample Collection:
The right time to collect your blood sample is within 30 minutes upon waking in the morning. Do not eat or drink anything, except water. Remember to gather the specimen on flat surfaces like tables.
**If you are taking/ using HORMONES, please take note of the following suggested time frame of collection. Failure to collect within this recommended periods may result in False High or Low results.
Additional instructions for Topical Hormones Users:
It is very important to avoid transferring the hormones to the face or neck because this may yield in false high results. Just remember to:
Preparing to collect the sample:
For Cortisol (C) Blood Spot Test Kit, follow these instructions when collecting:
Stick the filter card flat on a table surface (lower level than the waist) with the flap hanging down and away from the collection filter strip. See Picture A above. Remember that the back of the flap should not touch the blood filter collection strip.
Open the provided alcohol prep pad and sanitize the gauze and put it next to the affixed filter card.
If possible, use the non-dominant arm’s middle or ring finger as this is the best choice to draw blood.
Sending and Getting the Results:
Results of the Cortisol (C) Blood Spot Test Kit usually take 3 to 5 days, upon receipt by the lab, to complete. By the 5th to 7th business day, test results are sent back to the patient or providers, who ordered them. Results are also available online, through secured internet means.
IMPORTANT: Please take note that certain restrictions are imposed on New York and California residents regarding test kits. Before purchasing, please read the information carefully:
FOR RESIDENTS OF THE NEW YORK STATE:
The health laws implemented in the New York State forbids the testing of specimens collected in or sent from New York and also forbids communication of data from the lab to New York residents or health care providers. For that reason, it is not possible for NY residents to directly receive their results.
FOR RESIDENTS OF CALIFORNIA STATE:
According to the health laws of California, specimen mailed from their state, or collected, should come with a written request for the laboratory test from a physician or health care provider that is licensed in California.
This includes the following disciplines: M.D.; D.C.; LAc; R.D.; D.O.; N.P.; and Pharmacists (R.PH). As of September 2002 (Senate Bill 577), such lab tests may be ordered by complementary/alternative health care practitioners "not providing services that require medical training." California consumers not working with a licensed health care professional should contact a compounding pharmacist in their area.
Question and Answer:
Question 1: Can I use the Cortisol (C) Saliva Test Kit instead of Cortisol (C) Blood Spot Test Kit?
Answer: Yes. Just make sure that you are not taking any troches, sublingual, or oral medications that may yield saliva test results invalid. These medications may alter the level of Cortisol in saliva which may lead to false saliva test results.
Question 2: How does Cortisol blood spot test differ from Cortisol serum test?
Answer: Samples used in blood spot testing are collected through finger pricks. On the other hand, blood samples for serum test is collected by directly withdrawing blood from a vein located in your arm, which makes it a more painful collection method than blood collected through finger pricks.
Question 3: Do I need to have a professional phlebotomist to get the blood spot test done?
Answer: No. Blood spot test is an easy and simple procedure that you can do on your own. Serum blood test is the procedure that requires a professional phlebotomist to locate veins and draw blood samples.
*Residents of CA, MD, NY States require the testing to be ordered by a licensed healthcare provider in your state. Please include a prescription for testing when sending in your sample.