AM Cortisol (C) Blood Spot Test
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 measures excessive, normal, and insufficient levels of Cortisol.
- Cortisol (C) Blood Spot Test Kit aids in detecting health problems caused by Cortisol imbalances.
- Cortisol (C) Blood Spot Test Kit helps in early detection of Cortisol-related problems.
- Cortisol (C) Blood Spot Test Kit checks body’s response to Cortisol replacement therapy.
- Cortisol (C) Blood Spot Test Kit helps identify adrenal imbalance.
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:
- Normal blood glucose levels
- Proper breakdown of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins
- Healthy cardiovascular functions
- Strong immune system
- Anti-inflammatory response
- Healthy neurological functions
If the Cortisol (C) Blood Spot Test Kit shows low levels of Cortisol, then you are probably suffering from the following health problems:
- Elevated blood glucose level
- Increased gastric secretions
- Decreased muscle mass
- Disturbed sleeping patterns
- Low bone density
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:
- Poor appetite
- Weight loss
- Low blood sugar
- Skin hyperpigmentation
- Low blood pressure
- Muscle and joint pains
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:
- Weak bones
- Weight gain
- High cholesterol levels
- Mood swings
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:
- Weight gain
- Poor regulation of blood glucose leading to Diabetes
- Fat deposits on the face, neck, and abdominal area
- Acne, stretch marks, and other skin problems
- Irregular menstrual cycle in females
- Low sex drive in males
- Too much facial hair growth in females
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.
- Pills, Gels, Creams, Sprays – allow 12 to 24 hours from your last dose before collecting sample
- Troches, Sublinguals (under the tongue) – allow 36 hours from your last dose before collecting sample
- Patches – allow 24-48 hours from the patch application before collecting samples
- Injections/ Pellets – collect sample at midpoint between injections or pellet insertions
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:
- Avoid using uncovered hands, when applying topical hormones, for at least 48 hours before collection
- Apply the topical cream/ gel to body parts that are covered by clothing
- Avoid contact with objects that maybe contaminated with the hormones (such as faucet door knobs and counters)
- Wash hands after applying the hormones. Use soap and water then pat dry.
Preparing to collect the sample:
- Ready the contents of Cortisol (C) Blood Spot Test Kit.
- Before collection, it is important to print your name, date and time of collection where indicated.
- Wash your hands and pat dry.
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.
- Rub the finger with the alcohol prep pad and allow for 15-30 seconds of drying time.
- Get the lancet, remove the cap and apply pressure on the small white section strongly against the side of the finger tip until the lancet ticks. (Tip: To promote blood flow before cutting the fingertip, swing your arms, place hand under lukewarm water and/ or rub hands together.)
- Use the sterile gauze pad to wipe up the first drop of blood.
- Put the cut finger above the blood spot card circles (See Picture B above) then gently milk the finger to extract blood. Do not squeeze the fingers. To allow for gravitational pull of the blood, collect samples by placing the hand lower than the waist.
- As the droplet of blood forms and is ready to fall, let the droplet come into contact with the center of the circle. Keep on collecting until all the circles have been filled with blood sample. Please refer to Picture C for the correct sample and Picture D for unacceptable samples.
- When you’re done, blot with a clean gauze then put on a dressing.
- Let the blood spot card dry for at least 30 minutes.
- When the specimens are dried, close the flap and put inside the plastic box.
Sending and Getting the Results:
- Remember that after collection, the dried blood spot sample should be kept at room temperature.
- Complete all necessary information on the Test Requisition Form (included in the test kit).
- Put the collected sample, test requisition and all important documents inside the Cortisol (C) Blood Spot Test Kit box and close properly.
- Put everything inside the UPS packaging; attach the prepaid label or postage. Please see the Instructions attached with the kit for information on where to send the blood spot sample along with the completed paperwork.
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.
AM Cortisol - Blood Spot Test