You can consult your doctor about taking the test. The test itself is easy, has no side effects and the result is available quickly. It gives you insight into the chance that an embryo transfer will result in a pregnancy. The result of the test is valid for the following two months. Many women appreciate the extra insight into their chances. That way, they can mentally prepare for the treatment and period of uncertainty to come. Others let the test result influence their choice whether to move on with the transfer at that time or not. They choose to postpone the transfer when they have a low score, or even decide not to proceed at all. Alle decisions are fully up to you (and your partner).
At this moment the costs for the test will not be reimbursed and are €363 incl. VAT. There are continual developments around reimbursement by health insurance companies. Please ask your own insurance company if the test might be reimbursed to you.
The test comes in a small box, that will be handed to you by your doctor, or you have ordered online yourself. It contains a long swab and a small tube with liquid. You will take the vaginal swab yourself. There are clear instructions inside the kit.
You will place the swab in the tube with liquid, close it tightly and hand it back to your doctor. He or she will make sure it will be transported to the lab for analysis.
In case of the home test, you will send the test back to the lab yourself.
This could be done (you can order the test online yourself). Nevertheless it is very important to discuss (the timing of) the test with your doctor first. Ultimately, you also want to discuss the result with him / her. Moreover, it can influence your choices within your fertility trajectory.
The result of the test is valid for two months following the taking. In the course of time, the composition of bacteria (the microbiome) can change though. Therefore it can be useful to retake the test later, to see if that moment is more suitable for an embryo transfer. Please consult your doctor about this.
Yes the test is anonymous. The taken sample is registered with a unique number only. Your doctor can match the number to your personal data. Employees at the laboratory of at ARTPred only see this number, and never any personal details.
Did you get the test through your doctor? Then only he or she will know which number corresponds with your data.
When your ordered the test online, you have a unique number, with which you can request the result online. Please keep this number carefully!
Also in this case: Employees at the laboratory of at ARTPred only see this number, and never any personal details.