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Whether you’re dealing with chronic allergies or just curious about your body’s inner workings, it’s common to want to know everything you can about your health.

In-home health testing kits offer a convenient alternative to in-person tests for people who want easy-to-access, detailed health information.

But how accurate are these types of kits, and is the information provided useful?

Below, we dig into Everlywell home health testing kits. We’ll take a look at how they work, which tests are offered, and whether these tests can take the place of regular doctor visits.

Everlywell is an Austin, Texas-based health-testing company that was started in 2015. The company ships in-home testing kits directly to customers.

Customers take samples themselves using the provided materials and drop them in the mail using included prepaid expedited packaging. The company delivers results quickly using a secure platform.

Everlywell offers 32 different tests, including those for:

  • general wellness
  • men’s health
  • women’s health
  • energy and weight
  • sexual health

1. Order your kit

First, you’ll choose a test. After you request your kit, your order will be reviewed and approved by a board certified doctor in your state. You should receive it in the mail within 5 to 10 business days.

You’ll have 5 months to use the kit before the doctor approval expires.

2. Take your samples

The kit will come with detailed directions and all the equipment you need to take samples at home. Depending on the test, you may need to take a blood, stool, saliva, or urine sample.

Everlywell has several online videos to show you how to take samples correctly at home. They also provide support if you have any questions or concerns after you receive your kit.

3. Send your samples to the lab

Each testing kit comes with a plastic biohazard bag and a prepaid shipping label so you can easily send your samples in for testing. You’ll write your name, collection time, and collection date on the bag.

If you’re taking samples for several tests, you may need to use separate bags. Check that the correct shipping labels are on each package, as not all samples go to the same lab for testing.

Put the package(s) in a USPS drop box to send the samples off for testing. Everlywell says the samples usually take about 2 to 3 days to arrive at labs.

4. Get your results online

It takes about 5 business days to receive your results, but processing times may vary, and some tests may take longer. You’ll get an email when the results are ready, and you can access the information via your Everlywell account.

Some tests come with included telehealth consultations with a doctor. You can also share results with your doctor.

Everlywell states that it’s Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) compliant and takes privacy very seriously. They don’t share your results with anyone unless you provide authorization.

Tests are only for adults. They’re not able to provide testing to anyone under the age of 18.

Currently, Everlywell only ships to 49 U.S. states. Test kits aren’t available to ship to New York, except for the COVID-19 test kit.

The cost of Everlywell tests varies considerably. Here’s a quick rundown of the cost range for each category:

  • General wellness: $49–$259
  • Men’s health: $49–$199
  • Women’s health: $49–$199
  • Energy and weight: $49–$99
  • Sexual health: $49–$149

Everlywell sometimes offers discounts on their testing kits. They also have a membership program where you pay $24.99 a month to get a testing kit every month. The $14.99 plan allows you to receive a monthly STI test of your choice.

You can also use a health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA) to pay for at-home health tests from Everlywell. Some plans may be stricter than others about what they allow, though.

Many health insurance companies won’t cover this type of in-home testing, including Medicare and Medicaid plans. Some insurance companies may only cover certain types of testing offered by Everlywell.

Pricing guide

Below, we’ll take a closer look at each type of Everlywell test. Prices are referenced as follows.

  • $ = under $100
  • $$ = $100–$150
  • $$$ = over $150

Everlywell offers several tests geared toward the general public. These tests can be taken by anyone over 18.

Food sensitivity

  • Sample type: Finger prick
  • Price: $$$

Everlywell offers two food sensitivity tests. The basic test checks your reaction to 96 foods, while the comprehensive test checks your reaction to 204 foods.

Both tests use immunoglobulin G (IgG) testing, which is a controversial way to diagnose food sensitivities.

Clinicians typically advise against this test because it can provide inaccurate and misleading information, causing people to cut out nutritious foods from their diet. There’s limited evidence supporting the accuracy of IgG testing to check for food sensitivities.

As a result, Everlywell has received a lot of criticism, especially from immunologists, for offering this type of testing.

COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit DTC

  • Sample type: Nasal swab
  • Price: $$

This nasal swab test checks for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes the disease known as COVID-19. The test has received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

You’ll have to pay for the test up front. However, if you have insurance, you should be able to submit a receipt for reimbursement.

Indoor & Outdoor Allergy Test

  • Sample type: Finger prick
  • Price: $$$

This test uses immunoglobulin E (IgE) testing to check your reaction to 40 different common allergens, including:

The immune system produces IgE antibodies when exposed to an allergen.

Sleep & Stress Test

  • Sample type: Urine
  • Price: $$$

This test measures cortisol, cortisone, melatonin, and creatinine levels with four urine samples taken throughout the day. If results are high or low, it may mean something is out of whack.

However, having elevated or low levels of any of these doesn’t mean you necessarily have a stress or sleep issue. It could signify an underlying condition that requires a medical evaluation, which is why it’s important to follow up with your doctor. Don’t rely on the test alone to diagnose an issue.

Cholesterol & Lipids Test

  • Sample type: Finger prick
  • Price: $

This test provides an overview of your cholesterol. Your blood sample will be checked for:

Heart Health Test

  • Sample type: Finger prick
  • Price: $

This test measures the same markers as the cholesterol and lipids test plus high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and hemoglobin A1c (A1c).

High levels of hs-CRP can be an indicator of inflammation in your body.

The A1c test provides an average of your blood sugar levels over the past 3 months.

Lyme Disease Test

  • Sample type: Finger prick
  • Price: $$

This test checks for IgG and immunoglobulin M (IgM) reactivity to the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. However, on the testing page, Everlywell is careful to point out that only a healthcare professional can diagnose this condition.

HbA1c Test

  • Sample type: Finger prick
  • Price: $

This blood test evaluates your blood sugar levels over the past 90 days.

Folic Acid Test

  • Sample type: Finger prick
  • Price: $

This test checks your vitamin B9 level. It’s a vitamin that’s particularly important for pregnant people. A deficiency can also cause fatigue and other symptoms.

FIT Colorectal Cancer Screening Test

  • Sample type: Stool
  • Price: $

This noninvasive test checks for blood in your stool. It’s only available for people over the age of 45.

Heavy Metals Test

  • Sample type: Urine
  • Price: $$$

This test checks for the presence of certain essential minerals like iodine and selenium.

It also tests for heavy metals like arsenic, mercury, bromine, and cadmium, which aren’t naturally occurring in the body and may cause negative health effects.

B Vitamins Test

  • Sample type: Finger prick
  • Price: $

This blood test evaluates levels of vitamins B6, B9, and B12. Deficiencies can cause a host of problems.

These tests are geared specifically toward men.

Men’s Health Test

  • Sample type: Finger prick and saliva
  • Price: $$$

This comprehensive men’s health test includes testing for:

If levels of these four hormones are off, it may cause issues with muscle mass, weight, mood, and energy.

Testosterone Test

  • Sample type: Saliva
  • Price: $

If you don’t want a comprehensive test, you can choose to test only for testosterone levels.

Everlywell offers several women-specific health tests.

HPV Test – Female

  • Sample type: Vaginal swab
  • Price: $

This test checks for the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can increase a person’s risk of developing cervical cancer. It tests for 14 high-risk HPV strains, including HPV 16 and HPV 18.

Women’s Health Test

  • Sample type: Finger prick and saliva
  • Price: $$$

This test checks levels for 10 different hormones:

It also tests for thyroid peroxidase antibodies.

Ovarian Reserve Test

  • Sample type: Finger prick
  • Price: $

This test can be used to check how many eggs you have. You’ll be able to compare that number to the expected amount for your age.

Perimenopause Test

  • Sample type: Finger prick
  • Price: $

This test evaluates hormone levels associated with perimenopause, including:

Postmenopause Test

  • Sample type: Saliva
  • Price: $

This test checks your estradiol and progesterone levels. You’ll be able to see whether they fall in the normal range for postmenopause.

Women’s Fertility Test

  • Sample type: Finger prick
  • Price: $$

This test measures hormones related to ovulation:

  • estradiol
  • LH
  • FSH
  • TSH
  • total testosterone

The following tests check for hormone and vitamin levels that may affect energy and weight.

Thyroid Test

  • Sample type: Finger prick
  • Price: $

This test evaluates levels of important thyroid hormones (TSH, T3, and T4) along with antibodies related to thyroid function.

Vitamin D Test

  • Sample type: Finger prick
  • Price: $

This test checks whether your vitamin D levels are within the appropriate range. Vitamin D deficiency can cause various symptoms.

Metabolism Test

  • Sample type: Finger prick and saliva
  • Price: $

This test evaluates hormones related to metabolism, including cortisol, free testosterone, and TSH.

These Everlywell tests check for the presence of STIs.

Trichomoniasis Test

  • Sample type: Urine
  • Price: $

This test checks only for trichomoniasis, a common and treatable STI.

Chlamydia & Gonorrhea Test

  • Sample type: Urine
  • Price: $

This test checks for both chlamydia and gonorrhea. Chlamydia often doesn’t cause symptoms. Sometimes, gonorrhea doesn’t either.

Hepatitis C Test

  • Sample type: Finger prick
  • Price: $

This test checks for hepatitis C. According to the World Health Organization, people with new hepatitis C infections are typically asymptomatic.

Syphilis Test

  • Sample type: Finger prick
  • Price: $

This test measures your exposure to the bacteria that causes syphilis. Syphilis may not cause noticeable symptoms at first.

HIV Test

  • Sample type: Finger prick
  • Price: $

This HIV test checks for both HIV-1 and HIV-2.

STD Test – Female

  • Sample type: Finger prick and vaginal swab
  • Price: $$

If you want to check for several STIs, this test is a better value than doing the other tests individually. It checks for:

  • chlamydia
  • gonorrhea
  • hepatitis C
  • HIV
  • syphilis
  • trichomoniasis

STD Test – Male

  • Sample type: Finger prick and urine
  • Price: $$

Similar to the STD Test – Female, this test checks for several STIs at once. Your samples will be tested for:

  • chlamydia
  • gonorrhea
  • hepatitis C
  • HIV
  • syphilis
  • trichomoniasis

You can buy testing kits directly from Everlywell on their website.

You can also buy some kits from Walmart and Amazon. However, not all kits are available from these retailers. Prices may vary from what you see on Everlywell’s site.

Everlywell has only been around since 2015. They have a pretty solid reputation, but they’ve received criticism about their controversial food sensitivity testing.

On the plus side, they use Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified labs. This regulatory body ensures that labs conduct quality testing, regular inspections, lab quality improvement studies, and more.

Generally, people have many positive things to say about Everlywell. People say that the at-home testing experience is easy and getting results back is quick and efficient. Several reviewers also say they appreciated the ability to talk with a healthcare professional to discuss their results.

However, there are some negative reviews. Some reviewers say that they had trouble drawing enough blood for the tests. Others experienced delays in processing, lost packages, problems reaching customer support, and sample size issues.

Many people also cite concerns about testing accuracy. Some reviewers even experienced false negatives for conditions they later tested positive for, including STIs.

Whether you get a blood test at a hospital or via an in-home testing kit like Everlywell, it’s essential to talk with a doctor about your results. A healthcare professional is qualified to interpret your results and compare them against your medical history and previous results.

We also don’t recommend relying on in-home testing, particularly inaccurate IgG testing, for suspected food sensitivity issues. If you think you may have a food sensitivity, talk with your doctor.

That said, home testing kits can provide you with valuable insights that can help you take charge of your health. Just be sure you don’t rely on them as a replacement for a doctor’s visit.

Having your health information at your fingertips can be empowering and exciting, but it’s still important to be cautious. If you use a home test kit, be sure to talk with a doctor about your results. Don’t assume that you can interpret the results on your own.


Steph Coelho is a freelance writer with chronic migraine who has a particular interest in health and wellness. When she’s not click-clacking away on her keyboard, she’s probably nose-deep in a good book.