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Complete Gut Test FAQ

Questions related to the Complete Gut Test

What should I do prior to my stool sample collection?

Before collecting your sample, ensure that you have all of the necessary supplies. Read the instructions or watch the collection video on appropriate collection technique. Relax and obtain your samples!. You can pre-register your lab by scanning the

Do I need to avoid anything prior to taking this sample?

On Collection days:. • Do not use any bulk laxatives or enemas to assist bowel movements during the period in which you are collecting samples. • Over-the-counter glycerin rectal suppositories may be used. For 5 days prior to your sample collection,

Do I need to collect my samples in 3 consecutive days? (what if I do not have a daily BM?)

No, the days you collect your samples need not be consecutive, but you will want to keep in mind that once collected the samples that are kept at room temperature are only viable for testing up to 20 days from the date of collection. The frozen vial

How long are the samples viable for?

Stool samples held at room temperature will be viable for testing up to 20 days from the date of collection. The frozen vial remains viable for several months.

Can I do enemas before collecting my sample?

Enemas should be avoided for at least two weeks prior to collecting your samples. Enemas would purge a high concentration of organisms, reducing the chances of detecting them during testing.

Can I take this test while pregnant?

Yes, however, please note that some recommended protocols (depending on results) may not be safe to use during pregnancy. Detoxing is not safe during pregnancy or nursing.

The instructions say to freeze the collection in the clear vial, should I freeze or refrigerate the other vials as well?

No, all of the other vials should be kept at room temperature. The other vials contain preservatives that may be altered if frozen or refrigerated for a long period of time.

What if I fill the vial past the red line?

Overfilling the vials may cause the contents to leak during shipment. If your sample, together with the preservatives in the vials, rises just slightly above the red line, that is fine. However, if the level is closer to the top of the vial please co

When should I ship my samples?

To ensure that samples are received within the two-day recommended shipping time, samples must only be shipped on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

Is there a video showing how to collect a stool sample?

How do I mail my sample back (US)?

Place DAY 1, DAY 2 and DAY 3 collection bags into the kit box. Place any unused vials (in collection bags) in the box. Place the Test Requisition into the kit box and close. Open up the FedEx plastic Clinical Pak and affix the provided Prepaid label

How do I mail my sample back (International)?

Ship specimens Monday through Friday. If you complete the collection on the weekend, hold the specimen until the following Monday to ship. Place the cardboard kit box containing the specimens and the completed test requisition form into the FedEx Cli