7 At-Home Health Tests You Should Know About

by Caitlin Flynn
Apr 6, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Collage of at-home testing kits
Image: 23andMe, Lia, EverlyWell, SmartJane, Getty Images/Design: Ashley Britton/SheKnows

One of the best things about life in 2018 is the sheer number of things we can do from the comfort of our homes. (If ordering groceries online is wrong, I don’t want to be right.) But convenience aside, health tests that can be performed outside a doctor’s office are increasingly important as medical co-pays skyrocket and a growing number of people struggle to afford health care.

If you have a primary care physician, we recommend you keep him or her in the loop about any testing you may be doing at home — whether it’s a pregnancy test or an assessment of your breast cancer risk. But fortunately, the following at-home health tests are from companies that are more than happy to answer any follow-up questions or concerns. 

Whether you’re seeking convenience, affordability, privacy or all of the above, here are seven at-home health tests you should know about.

1 /7: Lia

1/7 :Lia

When we head to the pharmacy in search of an at-home pregnancy test, there's no shortage of options. But Lia has arrived to shake things up in the best way possible. Winner of The Pitch contest at SheKnows Media's BlogHer18 Health Conference, Lia is compostable, biodegradable and flushable

We love anything that's environmentally friendly, but that's not Lia's only major selling point. When it comes to taking pregnancy tests, women understandably value their privacy. Because the test can be flushed immediately after use, Lia eliminates the concerns associated with pregnancy tests that need to be thrown in the trash. 

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2 /7: 23andMe

2/7 :23andMe

Last month, the FDA approved an at-home test from 23andMe that reports the presence of three breast cancer gene mutations. This isn't the first at-home test developed by 23andMe — the company is best known for its kits that provide a breakdown of a person's genetic ancestry

It's important to note that 23andMe doesn't offer a comprehensive risk assessment and it doesn't replace an in-person consultation with a doctor or genetic counselor. There are over 1,000 BRCA mutations, and in most cases, a person's lifestyle is a better indicator of breast cancer risk than genetic mutations. But it's an important stepping stone, especially for women who don't have immediate and easy access to appointments with medical professionals. 

Health + Ancestry Service, $199 at 23andMe

3 /7: SmartJane

3/7 :SmartJane

Developed by uBiome, SmartJane provides a comprehensive vaginal health test. SmartJane screens for 19 high- and low-risk HPV strains along with sexually transmitted diseases, including chlamydia and gonorrhea. The test also provides information about the vagina's flora balance, which is related to infections like bacterial vaginosis. 

Your doctor can order SmartJane, or you can use uBiome's physician network to order the test. After collecting your sample, mail it back to uBiome where it will be processed in their lab. 

SmartJane, insurance-reimbursed at uBiome

4 /7: Arivale

4/7 :Arivale

Arivale is a scientific wellness company that offers genetic analysis and personal health coaching — all from the comfort of your own home. The Arivale Baseline program (the company's most affordable annual option) includes blood and genetic analysis along with three coaching calls that allow you to speak with a health professional about lifestyle changes that should be made based on your results. 

Arivale also offers programs aimed at specific wellness issues, such as weight management and heart health. 

Genetic analysis and personal health coaching, starts at $999 at Arivale

5 /7: Test My Allergy

5/7 :Test My Allergy

Test My Allergy offers a range of tests that assess your sensitivity to food items, dust and pollen, chemicals, animal hair, plants and food additives. 

Once you've received your test in the mail, you'll send a hair sample of three to four individual hairs back to Test My Allergy. The sample is tested in a lab, and you'll receive a four-page report detailing the most probable allergens that could be the cause of any symptoms you're experiencing. Test My Allergy also offers expert advice on the diet and lifestyle changes that will be most beneficial based on your results. 

Core testing kit, $70 at Test My Allergy

6 /7: EverlyWell Women's Fertility Test

6/7 :EverlyWell Women's Fertility Test

EverlyWell's Women's Fertility Test provides information about hormone levels that sheds light on your reproductive health. The process is straightforward: Following the directions in the test kit, collect blood drops at a specific time during your cycle. 

Upon reviewing your sample, EverlyWell will provide you with information about the levels of the following five hormones: estradiol, LH (luteinizing hormone), FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone), total testosterone and TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone). 

Women's fertility test, $159 at EverlyWell

7 /7: EasyDNA Paternity Test

7/7 :EasyDNA Paternity Test

This EasyDNA test allows you to test the paternity of your child with complete privacy and confidentiality. The kit comes with oral swabs that can be used on both children and adults. EasyDNA tests the swabs for 21 genetic markers along with the amelogenin sex gene just in case the test-taker mixed up samples. 

Many people conduct paternity tests for peace of mind, and this test has a quick turnaround time. EasyDNA provides results in three to five business days. 

Home paternity test, $119 at EasyDNA