Cortisol Awakening Response (CAR) Test Kit
Fasting requirements: Fasting (overnight) for the first sample collection only.
Sample Collection: 3 samples collected during a single morning.
Delivery: Postage guarantee applies.
Hormone Reported: Cortisol x 3 – Results provided in both Chart and Graph form. The reference range includes upper and lower limits.
Why use this test? Checking the precise dynamics of morning cortisol secretion is important if you suspect that the cortisol awakening response is not occurring properly. This can also be useful in context of the daily cortisol pattern.
More: CAR is the rise in cortisol levels observed at 30 minutes post-awakening (approximately 35-60% above the waking value) followed by an expected decline one hour after waking. The behaviour of cortisol is an important physiological response to anticipation of the day ahead and is a key indicator of central stress response system health. The waking, 30 minute, and 60 minute cortisol results comprise something of a “mini stress test.”
How It Works (Steps)
- Purchase test, have it delivered to your doorstep. Tracking number available upon request.
- Complete simple saliva sample collection and brief paperwork.
- Mail back to our certified lab (EXPRESS reply-paid parcel included).
- Samples analysed by NATA accredited laboratory.
- Receive your results by secure .PDF.
This test is not measuring the fluctuating sex hormones which are suppressed by hormonal birth control so yes, you can use this test.
Our support staff can assist.
We send kits the same day we get the order if it is received during business hours.
The laboratory will not compromise themselves by testing saliva that is past its used by (too viscous). Their only concern is the accuracy of the results and the integrity of the laboratory. So when a sample turns up that has been delayed by Australia Post, and it isn't fit for testing, they have no hesitation in rejecting it, and we start the process over (at no cost to you).
More: The official position of saliva travel time is that saliva samples are good for (up to) 12 days, Despite the guidelines, each sample is assessed for suitability upon arrival prior to testing.
[Actual response 19.01.2019 / name removed]
Oh no not today. I'm sorry if you had that impression. The sample is now safely in a controlled environment and testing has commenced. This is a rigid process that does have many steps. There are approximately 12 people working in that process using equipment worth many millions of dollars. It's very technical, and I won't pretend to understand it but this process takes approximately 6 - 10 days depending on how many hormones are being tested, and if melatonin is one of them (takes longer).
Another thing, and I hope I am not boring you here, is that any abnormal result will undergo retesting for the sake of accuracy. This adds a couple of days if required.
The only good news here is that the laboratory we use is obsessed with accuracy, and they don't give a toss' about wait time. We are the ones that stress out about that :-). We want our clients to get results as fast as possible and with this laboratory, we don't have to worry about the quality or integrity of the test, which is the most important thing at the end of the day.
So let's keep our fingers crossed you get these by the end of next week, I'll be keeping watch..
Hope that helps explain things and if there is anything else I'm here to assist.
Kind regards, Michelle
The TestoChecker Customer Support Team"
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