OVA, Cyst, Parasite & Stool Culture (home stool sample test kit)
The stool culture is a test that detects and identifies bacteria - including Candida (Yeast) that cause infections of the lower digestive tract. The test distinguishes between the types of bacteria that cause disease (pathogenic) and the types that are normally found in the digestive tract (normal). The test helps to determine if pathogenic bacteria are the cause of a person's gastrointestinal symptoms (gastroenteritis).
The bacteria found in stool are representative of the bacteria that are present in the digestive system (gastrointestinal tract). Certain bacteria and fungi called normal flora inhabit everyone's gastrointestinal tract. They play an important role in the digestion of food and their presence keeps a check on the growth of disease-causing bacteria.
An ova, cysts and parasite (OCP) exam is a microscopic evaluation of a stool sample. It is used to look for parasites that have infected the gastrointestinal tract. These parasites and their ova (eggs, cyst form) are shed - passed out of the body through the faeces. When thin smears of stool are put onto glass slides and viewed under a microscope, the parasites and ova can be detected and identified. Different ova and parasites have different shapes, sizes, and internal structures that are characteristic of their species.
In my experience with patients who have taken the test, it almost always reveals at least one or two things which the NHS tests such as an endoscopy, sigmoidoscopy or a colonoscopy have not revealed. Not surprising perhaps, when you think about it, because it examines stool samples, which the other tests don't. Careful instructions are provided with the test kit sent to patients and the test can be done at home - which saves time and saves a trip to the hospital.
Why take this test?
•You have prolonged diarrhoea, abdominal pain and/or blood and mucus in your stool
• Sugar or bread cravings
• Brain fog / difficulty concentrating / fuzzy thinking
• Food intolerances / food sensitivities
• Mood Swings
• Difficulty concentrating
• Bladder infections / urinary tract infections
• Thrush (Yeast) and vaginal infections (Women)
• Fungal toe-nails
• Athletes foot
• Psoriasis medication - patients might be at an increased risk of developing Yeast infections
• Chronic sinusitis
• Food poisoning
• You have been recently exposed to someone who has a parasitic infection and are worried you now have an infection
What is included?
° Your stool sample collection test kit will be sent to you by post
° Follow the instructions provided, fill out the form where necessary and post your sample to the lab - prepaid envelope provided
° Your test result will be emailed to you within 7 working days
° Post result advice from our qualified Nutritional Therapist will be available on request