A home test is a kit that is bought online & delivered to your home, where you take your own sample with a soft swab. It is then picked up by our couriers, and sent to the lab for analysis. Within few days you receive your results by email, and can book a telehealth session directly with a gynecologist to discuss your results.
Currently home tests are available throughout Greece, and coming soon to the rest of southern Europe & the Middle East.
All of our home tests require only vaginal fluid as a sample, with the exception of the urinalysis, which requires a urine sample.
We can assure you that it will not hurt! And if you follow the instructions, it is very safe. To take your sample you will use a soft flexible swab, which you insert 5cm (which is about half the size of your index finger) into the vaginal opening. You gently rub the swab against the walls of your vagina by turning it around for about 30 seconds and you're done!
Lots of people are not quite sure what a pap or smear test is, so let's give you a clear explanation. A pap smear or pap test is a process where a gynecologist uses a speculum to open up the vagina, and scrape the cervix to retrieve cells to check for signs of cervical cancer. This test is recommended to be done every three years. During that procedure, the gynecologist usually takes a swab of vaginal fluid for a vaginal smear culture as well. These are two different procedures for different goals. The pap test is to check for cancer, and the vaginal smear test is to check for all kinds of infections and some STI's (and should be done more regularly especially in sexually active people). In order to make sure that you are not at risk of cervical cancer, it is best to take the HPV test which detects exactly the types of HPV you might have, as it is the most common cause of cervical cancer. HPV tests are more effective in early detection and are recommended to be done every 3-5 years between the ages of 25 and 65.
- A person can take a home test for a general check up (especially if they are sexually active and have not been to the gynecologist for over a year), to ensure a healthy body and to feel safe and well.
- They may take a home test if they feel certain symptoms in the genital area like itching, swelling, redness, dryness, unusual smells or discharge, pain in the abdominal area, pain during sexual intercourse, pain when urinating, or bleeding between periods.
- A person may also take the HPV home test to ensure they have no high risk strains of HPV which lead to cervical cancer.
No, you do not need the doctor's prescription to take a home test. This service is here to support people on their journey to self-care.
Currently our lab partner is Helix Biolab, run by Dr Anna Lyberopoulou who has a PhD in molecular medicine. She will be analyzing your samples and sending you the results by email.
- When you order your test it should arrive to your door within 48 hours.
- To take your samples, it can take a few minutes.
- Once you're done, you book your sample pickup, and our courier arrives within 24hrs, and delivers your sample to the lab.
- You will receive your results by email within 5 working days.
The 6 Advantages of Home Testing
If you are concerned about giving out private information to others when accessing healthcare, or nervous about going to the gynecologist, and would prefer to carry out your tests in your own time and space.
If you have particular access needs which make traveling to appointments difficult, or require specific accessibility measures. Home tests cut out the need for transport, and enable you to prepare your testing space by bringing the test to you.
If you need to know the results of your health situation fast, omgyno home test results are delivered in 3-5 days with no appointment booking in advance.
4. No Stigma
If you are worried about being judged, or having to talk about your sexual history, home tests can help avoid these uncomfortable interactions, until necessary (and we can make sure to connect you with the right doctor).
5. No Pain
If you feel pain or physical discomfort when getting a pap smear procedure at the gynecologist, taking your own sample with a soft swab is easy and pain-free.
Depending on where you live and the healthcare options available to you, using a home test might cost less than making an appointment with your gynecologist.
Vaginal Smear Culture
This home test is ideal for when you experience the symptoms of vaginitis: vaginal irritation like itching, swelling, redness, unusual smells and discharge, bleeding between periods, or pain during intercourse. It is for a general check up (even without symptoms) and covers most common infections (bacterial, fungal & STIs).
Urinalysis+ Vaginal Smear Culture
This test is ideal for when you experience UTI symptoms like burning when you pee or feeling the urge to pee more frequently. It includes a urine analysis that determines if you have a urinary tract infection, an antibiogram to check your body’s resistance to certain antibiotics; and it is combined with a vaginal smear culture to check if the infection has spread.
HPV (cervical cancer prevention)
In many cases HPV is symptomless, so this test is a prevention method that should ideally be made every three years. Similar to the pap smear, this test checks if you are at risk of developing cervical cancer because of HPV (the most common cause) by providing a detailed examination of the presence of any HPV strains, and informing you if you are at risk or not.
This home test is a combination of 13 tests and should be done when you have been exposed to specific sexually transmitted infections like Genital Herpes, Gonorrhea, Trichomoniasis, and others.
After your home test, you may book a telehealth session directly with a gynecologist to discuss your lab results within 24 hrs.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is best to take the home test at least 2 days after you finish your period.
Yes, you can take a home test while you are pregnant.
First of all, let's be clear that virginity is a social construct, and yes, you can definitely do the vaginal smear culture and the urinalysis home tests to check for any irregularities. However, as you have not been sexually active yet, the STI 13 test and the HPV test are not recommended.
There are many infections that do not have obvious symptoms, therefore it is important to keep a precautionary attitude. To view the symptoms associated with each home test, check the links for each service below.
The most common sexually transmitted infection is HPV, and you can do the home test that is specifically made to check for the high risk strains of this virus. The vaginal smear culture can detect a variety of common STIs such as chlamydia that are treatable via medication.
At omgyno we take all the measures to ensure full privacy. Your personal medical data will not be stored on our servers or shared with any 3rd parties.