Think it's probably irritable bowel syndrome but not sure? Take our IBS Screen to test for the other common causes of gut symptoms.
Use our easy home sampling kit to send a stool sample to our lab. This test panel also involves a blood test and you can choose how to collect your blood sample. Your samples will be analysed by our UKAS-accredited lab partner (who also test for the NHS) and you'll get your results and doctor's report in days.
Finger-prick blood collection
Use our simple kit to collect a blood sample from your finger at home.
Visit a clinic to have your blood taken
Arrange for a venous blood draw yourself
Depending on your age, sex and any symptoms, you may consider adding to your test panel.
You've got gut symptoms like stomach pain, bloating, diarrhoea or constipation.
You think you might have irritable bowel syndrome or IBS.
You want a simple test to check for other common causes of bowel symptoms.
Dr Claire Merrifield
GP & PhD
our medical director
Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS affects about 1-in-10 of us in the UK and causes gut symptoms such as:
Stress and anxiety play a role in making IBS symptoms worse and sometimes the worry of not knowing what's causing gut symptoms feeds into this vicious circle.
The trouble is that it can be difficult to tell the difference between conditions like gut inflammation or coeliac disease and IBS based on symptoms alone. There is no test for IBS specifically but guidance from the British Society of Gastroenterology recommends that everyone with suspected IBS should have some tests to check for the other common causes of gut symptoms.
Based on these guidelines, we've developed the Essential IBS Screening Test which tests for gut inflammation, coeliac disease and H. pylori infection all in one go. Ruling out these common conditions quickly and easily is the first step to getting your gut symptoms under control.
Gut inflammation is a common cause of gut symptoms such as stomach pain and diarrhoea.
Coeliac disease affects 1% of the population and most people don't know they have it. It causes indigestion, stomach pain, diarrhoea and weight loss.
Helicobacter pylori infection affects up to 1-in-5 of us in the UK. It causes stomach inflammation and ulcers which causes indigestion symptoms.
Collect your sample at home or visit a clinic.
Use the included envelope to post your sample back to our UKAS-accredited lab (The Doctors Laboratory) for analysis.
We'll deliver your results to your dashboard. Every result is explained so you're in control.
You can also track your results over time.
Our experts will give you a report so you'll know what your results mean.
We'll highlight how you can use your results to understand symptoms, pick up health problems early and take action.
Please get in touch if you have any other questions about our tests.
Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medication, such as lansoprazole or omeprazole can make the H. pylori stool test less accurate. If you take PPIs you should stop this at least 2 weeks before testing. It is usually safe to stop this medication for a short period of time, but if you're not sure, speak to your prescriber.
The test for coeliac disease will not be accurate if you do not have gluten in your diet. Make sure your diet contains wheat, barley or rye in the 6 weeks before testing for accurate results.
A number of common conditions like gut inflammation, coeliac disease and H. pylori infection can cause very similar symptoms to irritable bowel syndrome. This test panel checks for all these common conditions. If you get negative results, it's very unlikely that you have one of them. If we do pick one them up with a positive test, then you'll have a target to treat. Either way, you'll be in a better position to get your symptoms under control.
We do not recommend using this test panel if you:
If you're unsure if you should use this test panel, please contact us for advice.
Your results will be reviewed by one of our doctors. They will write a report explaining what your results mean for you. They will also tell you if there are any specific actions you should take, like seeing a healthcare professional, considering further tests or making changes to your lifestyle.
Our laboratory testing is performed by The Doctors Laboratory. TDL are the largest independent provider of clinical diagnostic tests in the UK and are used by both by the NHS and private hospitals.
TDL is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service to the international standard for medical laboratory quality and competence (ISO 15189).
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