happens when the test is performed?
- If one of the traditional
tests is used, you collect three stool samples,
ideally on three different days. Some kits include tissue
paper that you can lay on the surface of the toilet
bowl water to help keep the stool sample from
sinking. As an alternative, you can pass your bowel
movement into a disposable container. Once you've
had a bowel movement, obtain a very small sample
of the stool using the thin wooden sticks in your kit
and smear it on a card from your kit. Then fold over
the card to protect your sample.When you have all
three samples, mail the cards to the clinic or lab in the
plastic-lined envelope given to you.Make sure that
your name is written on each card.
In the lab, the cards are treated with a chemical
that produces a blue color when blood is present in
the sample. This test works fine no matter how long
it took your samples to reach the lab.
If you have the flush pad test, you drop the pad
into the toilet bowl after you've had a bowel movement,
for three consecutive days. The pads change
color when blood is present in the toilet bowl. You
can flush the toilet to dispose of the pads, but-if
blood is detected-should contact your doctor.