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Taking your test
Taking this test is a quick and easy way to screen for an iron deficiency but to obtain an accurate result, it’s essential that you do it correctly. Watch our video here for clear, step-by-step instructions on how to take the test. It will show you how to take a sample of your blood and make sure you get the right amount, as well as how long you’ll need to wait for a reliable result. We recommend watching the full video before you start, to ensure you’re ready to collect your sample. You can then use your SPACEBAR to pause the video where needed as you follow along with the step-by-step instructions.
Understanding your Iron Deficiency (Ferritin) Rapid Test results
To help you understand what steps to take once you have received your results, we’ve put together this page to help you interpret what your results may mean and what you may want to do with these results. Remember: you should always consult a medical professional before making changes to your diet and lifestyle.
Before you continue it is important that you have:
- Read the ‘instructions for use’ leaflet included in your kit
- Taken the test according to instructions
Interpreting your results
Once you have collected your sample and performed your test, you must wait 5 minutes after applying your sample into the test cassette, before you read the results. Do not interpret the result after 10 minutes.
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Did you know?
Did you know that your risk of developing iron deficiency can be identified by looking at your DNA?
Our team of scientists and experts have selected the latest genetic markers relating to vitamin and mineral absorption and metabolism to help you make small changes now that can reduce the risk of deficiencies later.