Recently, I was contacted by a company called Thriva asking if I would like to review a home blood test kit. Their offer actually couldn’t have come at a better time. After my recent dip following ACT treatment, I had actually been contemplating checking my vitamin D, vitamin B12, iron and liver function.
My thinking was that I wanted to make sure there was nothing else going on that could be causing my symptoms. Thriva kindly sent me their Baseline test kit, which was perfect for my needs. It tested all of the above plus it also checked my cholesterol levels too.
Read on to learn more about Thriva, how I found the home blood test kit and what my results were.
Thriva is a UK subscription-based service that is all about preventative healthcare (it can be paused or cancelled at any time). Founded in 2016, their aim is to change how we approach our health.
Thriva encourages us to be proactive and track our health to see what is truly going on in the inside. All from the comfort and convenience of our home. This means that we don’t have to wait until something goes wrong to react and seek help.
There are three different subscription packages to choose from and you will be sent a test kit every three months. Thriva also offers thyroid testing.
The Baseline Kit
As I mentioned, I was sent the Baseline kit that costs £49 per test. This is Thriva’s middle package and is an easy way to check key health indicators. My test kit arrived quickly and, as it was neatly packaged, it came straight through my letterbox.
The kit contained: clear instructions; a sample collection tube; label; lancets; alcohol and moist wipes; plasters; and a return form and envelope (with paid postage).
Preparing for the Blood Test
To prepare for the test, I made sure to drink a glass of water as it makes things a lot easier if you are well hydrated. I also had a bath so that I was warm (which helps with circulation).
Before starting, I laid out everything that I needed and made sure I had some kitchen roll to hand. I also watched Thriva’s tips video first.
Taking The Test
The test should be taken on a weekday morning. Blood is collected via a small finger prick. This may sound a little daunting but the lancets are designed so that you never have to see the needle.
Using the lancet is quick and, personally, I didn’t find it painful. There are three lancets included in the kit (in case your blood stops flowing) but I only needed to use one.
I found collecting my sample a straightforward process but I’ve had practice doing finger prick home blood tests (as I’ve used another service a few times in the past).
After I was done, I packaged everything up and dropped the envelope off at my local post office. I then logged into my Thriva account and filled out a health profile. This would help the GP when it came to interpreting my test results.
I signed up for text and e-mail alerts and I received updates when the lab had received my sample and when the results were ready. I sent my sample off on a Friday and I had my results on the following Tuesday.
To receive your test results, you log into an online dashboard. Here, you will see your results all in one place along with comments from a GP.
I’m happy to say that my liver, cholesterol, iron and vitamin D were all within normal levels. My B12 was slightly high, suggesting slight over supplementation. But, this isn’t something that I am overly concerned about.
I am glad that I did the Thriva Baseline test. It was reassuring to know that there was nothing going on to cause my symptoms. It turned out that my symptoms were related to my healing with stem cells and they thankfully improved with time.
Personally, I’m likely to use the service ad hoc rather than on a routine three monthly basis. This is because I feel I am now in a good place with my health. And, it’s good to know that subscriptions can be paused or cancelled at any time to allow this.
That said, it’s good to know that there is an easy, affordable and convenient way for me to take charge and track my health in future should I decide to.
What are your thoughts? Would you use a service like Thriva?
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* I received a Baseline test kit from Thriva in exchange for my honest feedback. All opinions are 100% my own.