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    General rules of preparation for a blood test: it is recommended that these rules are followed in the case of biochemical, hormonal, haemotological tests, complex immunological tests, as the results depend on the physiological condition of the patient.

  • It is recommended that the blood is sampled in the morning, between 8 and 11 o’clock, on an empty stomach (at least 8 and at most 14 hours of fasting is recommended, although water can be consumed as usual), and it is recommended that the person undergoing the blood test avoids a larger than usual consumption of food the day before.
  • If the patient is on medication, it is recommended that he/she consult his/her doctor as regards the advisability of the blood test given the consumption of the medication in question or with regards to the possibility of stopping the course of treatment prior to the blood test. The time lapse that is required between stopping the course of treatmentand the blood test depends on the time that it takes for the medicine to leave the bloodstream.
  • We advise patients against getting their blood sampled soon after physiotherapy, any instrumental examination and other medical procedures. It is recommended that the laboratory examination is postponed several days in case the patient undergoes certain medical procedures (for example, a biopsy of the prostate gland before a PSA test).
  • Special dietary requirements: do not eat anything for 12-14 hours before lipid profiling (cholesterol, ….) ; the glucose tolerance test is performed in the morning after at least 12 but no more than 16 hours of fasting.

    Instrumental examinations can cause temporary changes in certain laboratory parameters of the body.

    In the case of a female patient, the stage of the menstrual cycle is significant for a number of hormonal tests. The optimal days for blood samplingto determine levels of FSH, LH, prolactic, progesterone, estradiol and 17-OH-progesterone should be checked with the doctor.

    Time of day for blood sampling:  there are daily patterns of activity as in the case of cortisol, for example.

  • Avoid consumption of any vegetables and fruits which can change the colour of your urine (e.g. beetroot, carrots etc.)
  • Do not take diuretics
  • Before collection of the urine carefully clean your genitalia
  • Women are advised against urine sampling during menstruation
  • Urinalysis – In the morning, collect approximately 50ml of urine in a container. For a successful urinalysis do not collect the first part of the urine, instead collecting a sample of urine “mid-stream”.

Daily collection of urine for a biochemistrytest

The urine is collected over a number of days. The morning portion of urine is disposed of. All consecutive portions of urine excreted throughout the day, night as well as the morning of the next day are collected into a single container. After collection, the urine should be stored in a cool environment. After the final sample of urine is collected, the contents of the container must be accurately measured, stirred and immediately poured into a small jar. The latter should be brought into the medical office for examination. It is not necessary to bring in the whole sample of urine, but the patient must record the daily volume of urine in milliliters.

    Material (feces) for the testing of dysbiosis is collected before the beginning of a treatment with antibacterial and chemotherapeutic agents. The analysis requires the collection of freshly excreted feces.

    3-4 days prior to the collection of the feces, consumption of laxatives, castor oil and Vaseline, as well as the use of rectal suppositories must be stopped. Feces collected following an enema or after the consumption of barium (used in X-ray examinations) cannot be used for testing.

    The feces must be collected in a clean, disposable container with a screw cap and a spoon (obtainable in any medical office) and must fill no more than a third of the volume of the container. The latter must be delivered to the medical office within 3 hours of collection of the sample. In the meantime, it is recommended that the sample is kept in a cold environment (at a temperature of +2 °C … +8 °C, do not allow it to freeze!).

    Conditions with which it is mandatory to comply:

  • Do not allow the sample to freeze;
  • Do not allow the sample to be kept for over 5-6 hours;
  • Follow the above detailed medium of transportation;
  • The container must be tightly closed;
  • Feces collected a day prior to the analysis cannot be used.

Rules of biomaterial collection and preparation for ejaculate analysis

  • Important! The biomaterial must be sampled after at least a 48 hour and no more than a 3 day period of sexual abstinence. Throughout this period the patient must also refrain from consumption of alcohol and medication, attendance of saunas and to be exposed to magnetic fields of high frequencies. In the case of a second analysis, it is recommended that the patient once again follows the aforementioned recommendations of abstinence from sexual activity for the minimization of variability in the results.
  • The ejaculate must be obtained by method of masturbation. The sample must be collected in a special container, which must be picked up from the medical office in advance. Use of a condom for the collection of the sperm is forbidden (substances used in the production of condoms can influence the mobility of the sperm).
  • The sperm sample must be kept in an environment of +27 °C to +37 °C throughout its transportation.