As women, we seem to face the lion's share of roadblocks when it comes to embodying our health. From fertility questions to hormonal challenges, many women struggle to get the information they need—and getting answers can mean jumping through too many hoops, be it hefty insurance premiums, long waits to see specialists, or doctor requirements that can force them to wait months to get results (that are often impossible to understand without a medical degree anyway).
Julia Cheek, CEO of EverlyWell, the company revolutionizing the lab-testing industry, knows the feeling. As she struggled to get answers for mysterious symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, and overall weakness (it turned out to be a vitamin deficiency), she quickly found herself lost with a stack of results she could barely understand, thousands of dollars in lab bills, and too many doctors to name.
She knew there had to be a better way to help people both understand their bodies and address health issues conveniently, inexpensively, privately and in a way that left them feeling empowered to enact real change in their health. So she founded EverlyWell, an at-home testing service that provides certified, physician-reviewed lab results—in a format you can actually understand.
EverlyWell offers over 30 (and counting) tests to help give you insight on everything from food sensitivity and vitamin deficiency to STDs and heart health, all from home and within a budget.
My EverlyWell test gave me insights into parts of my health that I had always just wondered about before—and that I figured would be too expensive or complicated to every really figure out. Having that extra knowledge empowered me to make better decisions for my health, and ultimately my family. When you're armed with answers, you can feel more confident taking charge of the direction of your own wellness.
1. How it works
It's difficult to fit your own appointments into your family's busy calendar. EverlyWell changes that for parents—allowing the lab to almost literally come to you.
Once you order your kit online, EverlyWell ships your at-home test. No visits to intimidating labs required. (In most cases, you can probably take the whole test during nap time, mama.) Inside is everything you need to collect a sample (either blood spot, urine, or saliva), including swabs, lancets, cute bandaids, and dummy-proof step-by-step instructions. Prior to taking the test, you register it with your online account using a unique code that comes in the box so you can track your results quickly and conveniently. (Because you have enough on your plate already.)
Nervous about collecting your own sample?
A loved one can help, or EverlyWell's friendly customer support team has trained professionals who can walk you through the process (and even check over your test before you send it in to make sure you've done it properly). And while I was a little apprehensive about pricking my own finger, I was pleasantly surprised that it was a fairly simple (and almost painless) procedure.
2. Get your results
Certified specialty labs across the United States provide results you can trust—with detailed and actionable reports.
Once your sample is collected, all you have to do is pop it in the provided shipping bag with return label and ship the test back where it will be tested by a leading, CLIA-certified laboratory. Test results are first reviewed by a board-certified physician and typically ready within five days. You'll receive an email to let you know your sample has arrived to the lab and again when results are ready. From there, it's easy to access EverlyWell's private online results portal through your phone or computer.
And unlike traditional lab tests that are often jumbles of indecipherable numbers, EverlyWell's results are both informative and interactive—meaning you won't be left wondering, What do I do now? Their algorithm reflects what your lab tests indicate, advice on how to proceed, and allow you to explore your results with additional reading for questions you may have. Suddenly, all those mysterious symptoms are demystified—and you can consider yourself the new expert on your health, mama.
3. Take action
For most users, the EverlyWell test is one of the first steps down their path to better health. While it may not provide all the answers, it can serve as a bridge between symptoms and a plan of action you create with your doctor. Plus, you're learning about how this beautiful thing called your body works.
And that's something we can all feel good about.
4. Get started today
Through EverlyWell's secure platform, your results are always accessible to you to review or share with your doctors. Here's to your health, mama!
EverlyWell tests are available to residents, 18 years and older, of 46 states, excluding New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Rhode Island. Choose your EverlyWell test today.
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