Home test aids in birth control selection by identifying risk of side effects

A home test designed to help individuals identify birth control options that may limit potential side effects has been made available by adyn.

The birth control test was created to help assess an individual’s risk for certain birth control side effects through hormone measurements and genetic testing. The test measures the levels of 6 specific hormones: anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH), E2 (17𝛽-estradiol), sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), l luteinizing hormone (LH) and dehydroepiandrosterone. sulphate (DHEA-S). It also provides information about the genetic risk of birth control side effects, including blood clots and depression.

“Fifty-two percent of women tried 4 or more birth control methods (not counting different types of pills) before they were satisfied,” said Founder and CEO Dr. Elizabeth Ruzzo, PhD. “My first-hand experience with the life-threatening side effects of contraception, coupled with my scientific training, inspired me to find a solution to this problem.”

The test is shipped directly to an individual’s home where a small finger prick of blood is taken to measure hormones and a saliva sample is taken for DNA analysis. Once samples are analyzed through CLIA/CAP accredited facilities, a custom report is generated to identify an individual’s risk for certain side effects. A virtual care visit is then scheduled with a medical provider trained in contraceptive counseling to determine appropriate contraceptive options.

The birth control test was developed based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use and has not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). According to the FDA, “In general, direct-to-consumer testing for non-medical, general wellness, or low-risk medical purposes is not reviewed. […] before they are offered.

The test is available nationwide (except New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island) for $369 at adyn.com. The cost includes home collection materials, analysis, custom reports, and a virtual care visit.

References

  1. Adyn launches first test designed to prevent birth control side effects. Press release. Adyn, Inc. Accessed May 23, 2022. https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2022/05/23/2448693/0/en/adyn-Launches-First-Test-Designed-to-Prevent-Birth-Control-Side-Effects.html
  2. In vitro diagnostics: direct-to-consumer testing. US Food and Drug Administration. Accessed May 23, 2022. https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/in-vitro-diagnostics/direct-consumer-tests
  3. Services: Birth control test. Adyn, Inc. https://adyn.com/shop/the-birth-control-test/

Martin E. Berry