Cortisol Test
  • Product Description
  • How it works
  • FAQs

Product Description

Cortisol Test

What is a Cortisol Test?

Cortisol is released into your bloodstream through the adrenal glands when your body reacts to stress. It is commonly known as the stress hormone. A Cortisol test collects a blood sample to investigate your body’s cortisol levels.

Why should I consider a Cortisol test?

You should consider our Cortisol test if you are experiencing intense feelings of anxiety, stress, or irritability. Constant stress causes extensive cortisol exposure in the body, which can eventually result in health issues including depression, anxiety, obesity, and heart disease.

Adrenal gland disorders can also be diagnosed through examination of Cortisol levels. These serious conditions can result from varying exposure to Cortisol, such as Cushing’s syndrome or Addison’s disease.

Excessive Cortisol output can cause the following symptoms:

  • Obesity, often accumulating around the torso
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugar
  • Muscle weakness
  • Red and swollen face

Symptoms of low levels Cortisol levels include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Low blood pressure
  • Muscle weakness

How does the home test work?

The test kit is sent to your home, where you use the provided tools to extract a blood sample. You then use the pre-paid postage envelope to send your sample to one of our accredited Ireland labs, where we quickly analyse your sample to provide accurate results regarding your cortisol levels.

When will my home test arrive?

When you order a kit before end of business hours Monday-Friday, your kit will be sent out on the same day via An Post. You will receive your kit within 2 to 4 days, depending on your location.

How do I receive my test results?

Within one workday after your sample is received by our lab, your results will be ready and can be accessed through the secure patient portal on our website. In addition, a member of our Patient Services team will contact you directly to discuss your results.

What should I do about my test results?

If your test results detect high Cortisol levels, Better2Know can help you arrange a private consultation with a doctor from our network of clinics throughout Ireland. Meeting with a healthcare professional to further discuss your results is crucial, whether it is a doctor recommended by Better2Know or your own GP.

How do I order my test kit?

On this test kit page, you can select ‘Add to Basket’ and proceed to checkout. Alternatively, you can process your order over the phone with a member of our Patient Services team. Our trained professionals are available 24/7 to assist you and answer any questions you may have.

Quick Facts

  • Test: Cortisol
  • Conditions: Chronic stress, Cushing’s syndrome, Addison’s disease
  • Samples: Blood
  • Accuracy: 99.9%
  • Test Kit: Finger prick
  • Results Turnaround time: 1 day.
  • Price: €65

How it works

How It Works

Buying your home test kits online is simple:

  • 1 Buy your test online.
  • 2 Receive it in the post.
  • 3 Provide a sample.
  • 4 Return your sample to our lab in the postage-paid return envelope provided
  • 5 Check your results securely online.

We provide a completely confidential and anonymous service. Please refer to our FAQs above, for more information. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, using the phone number at the top of the page.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will you send my kit to me?

If your order is placed before 4pm on a working day, then it will be sent the same day. Otherwise it will be sent on the next working day.

Q: Why do you need my email address?

Your Patient Services Manager, Louise Wright, will email you your login details to access your results, a confirmation your kit has been dispatched and finally when all your results are ready. We do not sell on or email you any other marketing materials, that is why we do not ask you to opt in or out of anything.

Q: Do I need to use my real name?

No, but the postman does need to know where to deliver the kit to. As long as you use a name that will get the kit to you, then we do not need your real name.

Q: What does the kit packaging look like?

It will arrive in plain white envelope with your typed name and address on it.

Q: What if I have any more questions?

You can email Louise by replying to one of the emails she has sent to you. She will do her best to answer them.