About this test
About this test
When to collect your sample
The sample must be collected while fasting using the home collection kit* provided before 10 am on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday and returned on the same day.
Fasting means that you take the sample in the morning before you have breakfast. You can still drink water when fasting. Always follow the advice of your doctor with regard to fasting, particularly if you have any medical conditions.
Symptoms of Folate Deficiency include:
Constipation, poor digestion, and bloating
Feeling flat in energy and mood
Increased vulnerability to colds and flu
Pale or yellow-tinged skin
Hair greying or thinning
A tender and/or swollen tongue
Developmental problems during pregnancy and/or infancy
Who should take this test
A folate deficiency can be caused by an inadequate dietary intake as well as genetic impairments and underlying conditions.
You should consider testing if:
You are trying to get pregnant
You are pregnant
You have had gastrointestinal surgery
You have digestive disorders like Crohn's or Coeliac infection
You are (or were) an alcoholic
You maintain a vegan or vegetarian diet
You are experiencing symptoms of anemia
You have a vitamin B12 deficiency
You have a seizure-causing condition and are taking anticonvulsant drugs
Folate or folic acid, known as vitamin B9 generates red and white blood cells. It helps to produce DNA and RNA and sets out the building blocks for the rapid growth of cells during infancy, adolescence, and pregnancy.
How it works
Collect your sample
Activate your collection kit and collect your sample in the morning. Return your sample on the same day, using the prepaid shipping label provided.
Review accurate results
Once your sample arrives in the laboratory, confidential results will be available from your secure online account within 2 to 5 days.
Get medical support
Our dedicated clinical team is here to support you and may call you to explain your results and provide guidance on your next steps.
Still have questions?
Here are some questions we usually get about LetsGetChecked. If you would like yours answered, please contact us ›
Activating the sample collection kit connects you to the unique alphanumeric barcode within your LetsGetChecked kit. The laboratory cannot process your sample if the kit is not activated and linked to you. You should only activate your kit when you are ready to take your sample.
Yes. LetsGetChecked has a team of doctors, nurses, and healthcare clinicians who will review your order and results and have created detailed result breakdowns for your testing journey.
Our clinical team is on standby throughout the process and, if your test results are abnormal, you may receive a call to discuss your results and the next steps.
Please ensure that the sample is collected before 10 am and returned immediately using the carrier method provided within the sample collection kit. Each of our kits includes a prepaid delivery envelope to return your samples to the laboratory.
Please do not collect or return samples on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
Keeping your personal data secure is important to us. We use appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure security and confidentiality of your information, and only share your information where required to deliver our products and services or where we have a legal basis to do so. All samples are disposed of following analysis.
Your samples are processed in the same labs used by primary care providers, hospitals, and government programs.
LetsGetChecked laboratories are CPA-approved and ISO accredited, which are the highest levels of accreditation.
Sample collection kits are manufactured within our ISO 13485 accredited facility, the highest level of accreditation for medical devices.
We don't accept insurance at this time. We work to keep our tests as affordable as possible and our test costs are generally lower than the costs incurred from a trip to a healthcare provider.