Why choose MY HOME MTHFR Testing Kit?
SIMPLE, EASY-TO-USE TEST
Our kits are simple, and come with easy-to-follow instructions. Save yourself a trip to the doctor’s office.
We ship as soon as your order is placed, and we have a five to seven business day turnaround on all orders.
A TRUSTED LABORATORY
Our facility, Molecular Testing Labs™, is CAP accredited and HIPAA compliant. In other words, you can trust us with your information.
What is MTHFR?
MTHFR is an abbreviation for a gene that codes for an enzyme called methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. Mutations in the MTHFR gene are associated with thromboembolic and cardiovascular disease, which can lead to blood clots, stroke, embolism, and/or heart attacks.
Two mutations of MTHFR are the most common. Approximately 30-40% of the population carries a mutation at position C677T, and 20% of the population carries a mutation at position C1298T. Individuals with these mutations are at increased risk for thromboembolic and cardiovascular disease. They are also linked with recurrent miscarriages and neural tube defects (NTD) in children of women carrying the mutations.
Why You Should Get Tested
Neural tube defects are common birth defects that result in incomplete development of the spinal cord or brain. The most common NTDs are anencephaly and spina bifida. Anencephaly results in major portions of the brain and skull not developing. Spina bifida results in incomplete development of the spine (backbone), which causes the spinal cord and the meninges (tissue covering the spinal cord) to poke out of the child’s back.
In addition, individuals with mutations in the MTHFR gene often have elevated levels of homocysteine in their blood. This is related to a deficiency of folic acid (folate or Vitamin B) and is connected to increased risk of cardiac events.
Molecular Testing Labs™ considers the MTHFR genetic test one of the most important to your health. MTHFR is involved in processing folic acid. Small changes in this chemical process can be associated with the following conditions:
- Chronic Pain
- Chronic Fatigue
- Nerve Pain
- Elevated Homocysteine Levels
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Alzheimer Disease
- Bipolar Disorder
- Parkinson Disease
- Heart Disease
- Multiple Miscarriages
- Stillbirths and Other Birth Defects
- Down Syndrome
Meet Molecular Testing Labs™
Molecular Testing Labs™ is a CLIA certified and CAP accredited testing laboratory that specializes in the cutting edge field of Molecular Genetics. Genetic testing has progressed well past the early days of counting chromosomes. It has extended its usefulness and applicability well beyond comparing DNA signatures, as is frequently seen in forensic work and crime dramas on TV and in the movies.
Molecular Testing Labs™ is at the forefront of this exciting new field. We offer an efficient and effective way to customize your healthcare and accept most insurance plans. We offer molecular genetic testing of a wide variety of genes that have been identified as having a significant clinical impact. As more genes are identified and tests developed to genotype individuals for those genes, we will continue to expand our offerings in order to remain as the pioneered and lead laboratory in Pharmacogenetics, Pharmacogenomics, and Pharmacokinetics.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is pharmacogenetic testing?
Information that we get from analyzing gene mutations for the purpose of proper medical treatment is called Pharmacogenetics ( PGx). PGx tests can reveal gene mutations within a person’s DNA that would pre-dispose the person to certain diseases or tell us how that person metabolizes certain medications, which can help doctors, prescribe the proper medication and dosage for each patient.
Why is it important to do genetic tests for cardio health?
Many drugs for cardiovascular diseases, such as Warfarin and Clopidogrel, have highly variable responses among patients. The effectiveness of drugs has to be frequently monitored and adjusted in traditional medicine. If you take medication for your cardiovascular system, incorrect drug or improper dosing can be life threatening. A genetic test can help your physician find the best drug and the proper dosage of that drug without months of trial and error with different drugs and dosages.
How do we perform genetic tests?
We will provide you with 4 buccal swabs made for DNA sample collection. You will perform the collection by gently rubbing each of the swabs ( 1 at a time ) inside of your cheek for 30 seconds. You will then place all of the swabs into the collection envelope, fill out a simple test request form and ship everything back to us by using the packing label and envelope that was provided along with the kit. Next, we will extract your DNA from the swabs, amplify the DNA by using our exclusive technique and technology and then analyze your DNA per your request. Our goal was to make the process straightforward and simple and we are hopeful that you will agree.
How long does the process take?
Following the receipt of your buccal swab DNA samples into our lab, we are committed to delivering your results in 1 week via electronic communication. Should you select to have your results mailed, the process will take an additional few days.
Where is Molecular Testing Labs located?
Molecular Testing Labs is located in Vancouver, Washington just over the beautiful Columbia River from Portland, Oregon.
What will happen to my sample or DNA after the genetic test is finished?
The initial swabs you provide us will be discarded after the extraction of your DNA.
How do I get results from this test?
Our genetic testing results are provided in a laboratory report. We have attempted to make this report as simple and straightforward as possible. These tests will be delivered to you via the method you select, but we definitely recommend that you share these results with your physician as some of the things may be somewhat difficult to comprehend without the aid of a doctor. Additionally, we will be happy to forward the test results directly to your physician. Please note that by law, all lab records and test results will be confidential and will not be released without your permission.
Can I be assured of confidentiality?
YES! Molecular Testing Labs processes all of your genetic tests inside of our wholly owned facility. We control the sample and laboratory report and by law can only release this information to you without your permission.
Who can I call in case I have any questions?
Call Molecular Testing Labs at (360) 693-8850 if you have any questions.