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How to Collect Your Sample for OptimallyMe Blood Tests

How to Collect Your Sample for OptimallyMe Blood Tests

Written by: Mina Stanisavljevic

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Time to read 2 min

It's normal to feel a bit wary about blood tests, especially those that involve pricking your finger. At OptimallyMe, we're committed to making this process as straightforward and comfortable as possible for you. It's crucial to follow the given instructions accurately to enhance satisfaction and ensure effective sample collection.


 Preparing for Your Test 


  1. Hydrate: Hydration significantly aids in blood flow. Drink at least three large glasses of water or one litre about 30 minutes before testing. Proper hydration is key to ensuring a good volume of blood for the sample.
  2.  Exercise:  Engage in light exercise for 20-30 minutes prior to your test to improve circulation. The more you can do, the better.
  3.  Warm Your Hands: Cold hands can impede blood flow. Warm your hands thoroughly by soaking in warm water or taking a hot shower before testing.

 Collecting Your Sample 


  1.  Lancet Positioning:  Position the lancet slightly to the side of your fingertip, not directly in the middle.

  2.  Use of Lancet:  After triggering the lancet, wait for 2-3 seconds before removing it to ensure a good puncture.

  3.  Standing Position: Stand while collecting the sample and let your hand hang down to promote blood flow towards your fingertips.

  4. Collecting Blood:

  • Avoid excessive pressing. Instead, gently massage your finger downwards.

  • Wipe away the first drop of blood with an alcohol wipe. Begin collecting blood with the next drop.

  • If the blood flow stops, do not squeeze your finger. Try massaging it gently, and if needed, use a fresh lancet on another finger.

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Understanding the Different Tests 


At OptimallyMe, we offer three types of tests:


 Blood Test Kits:  Essential for checking general health markers such as thyroid, liver, and kidney function, as well as hormones, minerals, and vitamins. Fasting is required.

 Food Intolerance Kits:  These determine food sensitivities by testing for IgG antibodies and do not require fasting.

 Epigenetic DNA Methylation Tests:  These assess organ-specific biomarkers for information about biological age and longevity, and it does not require fasting.


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Processing Times and Sample Requirements 


 Blood Test Kits: Results are typically available within 48 hours of the lab receiving the sample.

 Food Intolerance Kits: Results are provided within 8-10 days.

 DNA Test Kits:  Samples are sent to our UK hub before reaching the lab in Denmark; results take approximately 6-8 weeks.

Additional Advice 


Despite following all instructions, some customers may still find sample collection challenging. Every individual’s experience can vary, and issues with blood flow are not uncommon. If you encounter difficulties, consult our health team for advice tailored to your specific situation, ensuring your testing process is as efficient and enjoyable as possible.



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Conclusion 


While the thought of collecting a blood sample at home can seem intimidating, following these detailed instructions will greatly simplify the process. Our dedicated customer support and health teams at OptimallyMe are here to assist you every step of the way, making sure your experience is as smooth as possible.

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