Q. I have not been diagnosed with Gingivitis but sometimes I have bleeding gums. Should I fill in the circle?
Q. If I am taking a certain medication or supplement how long will I have to be off of it prior to testing?
A: It is up to your provider whether you discontinue or continue taking a medication or supplement prior to or during
testing. Your provider will need to interpret the results with discretion, and (s)he has the option of speaking to Medical Support to discuss the different options
Q. Should I stop using hormone replacement before the test?
A: Discuss with your provider.
Q. How does taking birth control pills affect the test?
A: Birth control pills can have a significant influence on hormone results. Discuss with your ordering provider.
Q. Does brewer’s yeast refer to the yeast found in bread?
A: No, brewer’s yeast is a supplement; eating bread will not interfere with testing.
Q. Does alcohol affect test results?
A: No more than one serving of alcohol should be consumed when collecting an Adrenal Stress Index Panel (ASI).
Q. What is meant by Botanicals?
A: Botanicals are plant origin supplements.
Q. Will lipstick have an adverse effect on the results?
A: Do not wear lipstick prior to saliva collection as it could affect the results.
Q. Does intercourse influence test results for sex hormone tests or Adrenal tests?
A: Yes, intercourse will have an effect on sex hormones and adrenal hormones for 6-8 hours.
Q. If a patient neglects to rinse his/her mouth prior to collecting saliva, must (s)he recollect?
A: If you see blood or food contamination in the sample, recollect.
Q. What is meant by “do not suck too strongly”?
A: Attempting to aggressively express saliva can cause blood contamination in the saliva.
Q. What if I brushed my teeth 30-60 minutes before collection?
A: You will need to recollect.