Best Time to Collect Your Sample


Gone are the days of uncomfortable gut microbiome (The human gut microbiota refers to the trillions of microbes, such as bacteria, that live in the human gut. The microbiome is the environment they live in.) testing. Now, the majority of these tests are non-invasive, simple, and can be done discreetly at home. This provides you with more control over the sample collection process - deciding how, when, and where to collect your stool sample.

Optimal Time for Sample Collection

The best time to collect your stool sample? It varies. Some tests might suggest a time, while we leave it to your discretion. It's largely dependent on your defecation frequency, which is typically higher in men and influenced by factors like physical activity and diet. For consistency and to account for the natural fluctuations in your intestinal microbiome, which are linked to your circadian clock, collecting the first bowel movement in the morning is advisable.

How Much to Collect

Understanding the complexity of stool is crucial. The interior tends to have higher concentrations of certain bacteria. Therefore, to get a representative sample, it's recommended to saturate the swab’s surface from different areas of the same stool. Too much stool on the swab’s surface will lead to rejection of the sample.

Impact of Antibiotics and Probiotics

Antibiotics can significantly alter your gut microbiota, with recovery times varying based on the type and duration of antibiotic use. Testing during or immediately after antibiotic treatment isn't recommended; a waiting period of at least 3 months is advised. Similarly, consider testing your microbiome before and after starting probiotics to gauge their impact.


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