There's a new way for women to take control of their health—thanks to EverlyWell 🙌
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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.

Sound familiar?

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!

Exclusively for Motherly readers—use code MOTHERLY for 15% off your order.

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.

This article was sponsored by EverlyWell. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

When I was expecting my first child, I wanted to know everything that could possibly be in store for his first year.

I quizzed my own mom and the friends who ventured into motherhood before I did. I absorbed parenting books and articles like a sponge. I signed up for classes on childbirth, breastfeeding and even baby-led weaning. My philosophy? The more I knew, the better.

Yet, despite my best efforts, I didn't know it all. Not by a long shot. Instead, my firstborn, my husband and I had to figure it out together—day by day, challenge by challenge, triumph by triumph.


The funny thing is that although I wanted to know it all, the surprises—those moments that were unique to us—were what made that first year so beautiful.

Of course, my research provided a helpful outline as I graduated from never having changed a diaper to conquering the newborn haze, my return to work, the milestones and the challenges. But while I did need much of that tactical knowledge, I also learned the value of following my baby's lead and trusting my gut.

I realized the importance of advice from fellow mamas, too. I vividly remember a conversation with a friend who had her first child shortly before I welcomed mine. My friend, who had already returned to work after maternity leave, encouraged me to be patient when introducing a bottle and to help my son get comfortable with taking that bottle from someone else.

Yes, from a logistical standpoint, that's great advice for any working mama. But I also took an incredibly important point from this conversation: This was less about the act of bottle-feeding itself, and more about what it represented for my peace of mind when I was away from my son.

This fellow mama encouraged me to honor my emotions and give myself permission to do what was best for my family—and that really set the tone for my whole approach to parenting. Because honestly, that was just the first of many big transitions during that first year, and each of them came with their own set of mixed emotions.

I felt proud and also strangely nostalgic as my baby seamlessly graduated to a sippy bottle.

I felt my baby's teething pain along with him and also felt confident that we could get through it with the right tools.

I felt relieved as my baby learned to self-soothe by finding his own pacifier and also sad to realize how quickly he was becoming his own person.

As I look back on everything now, some four years and two more kids later, I can't remember the exact day my son crawled, the project I tackled on my first day back at work, or even what his first word was. (It's written somewhere in a baby book!)

But I do remember how I felt with each milestone: the joy, the overwhelming love, the anxiety, the exhaustion and the sense of wonder. That truly was the greatest gift of the first year… and nothing could have prepared me for all those feelings.

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