Who is this test for?
This test is suited to anyone who would like to quickly get an indication of whether they are deficient in iron. Anaemia caused by iron depletion is common in children and adults of all ages, but particularly in menstruating women. It occurs when your body doesn’t have enough iron to produce haemoglobin, the part of red blood cells that gives blood its colour and enables the cells to carry oxygenated blood throughout your body.
A lack of iron is typically caused either by not getting enough iron in your diet, by an inability to absorb iron effectively or by significant blood loss, for example, childbirth. In women of reproductive age, heavy periods and pregnancy are common causes.
What you will discover
This rapid test will give you a good indication if your ferritin levels are normal (>30ng/ml) or abnormal (<30ng/ml). Ferritin can be used to help healthcare providers assess if the levels of iron in your body are healthy.
Iron is one of the most important minerals for our bodies. It plays an essential role in making red blood cells, which help carry oxygen around our body. It also has other important roles in our body including helping with growth and development, strengthening our immune system and maintain our energy levels.
When we’re not getting enough of this essential mineral, it’s common to experience symptoms such as fatigue, heart palpitations, pale skin and breathlessness.
Mild iron deficiency may not cause symptoms, however if left untreated can become more severe and lead to anaemia. Low iron levels may also be the first sign of a more significant health issue such as stomach ulcer or coeliac disease. By taking this test it may help you avoid serious health issues in the future by spotting a potential deficiency now.
How it works
Order online and receive your kit via Royal Mail 1st class post
Collect Blood Sample
Scan the QR code on the back of the test pack to watch our step-by-step video on how to perform your test
Within 5 minutes, you will see your results
Visit our 'what's next' page to learn how to manage your result
Please note: This test can be used to screen for iron deficiency and provides a preliminary test result based on a simple home blood test. It has been produced by medical experts to give you a semi-quantitative analytical result. This means that while it will give you a good indication of whether you have too little or too much ferritin in your blood, you’ll need a secondary analytical test to confirm your actual levels and to test whether you are anaemic.