Frequently asked questions
What does myBioma do exactly?
myBioma is a medical technology startup that specializes in giving people access to the most advanced gut microbiome (gut flora) analysis - from the comfort of their own home! We work closely with renowned European universities to perform our analyses in a scientifically sound manner. Our analysis reports are always up to date with the latest research and are regularly reviewed and improved by experts.
What makes myBioma so unique?
- Diet and lifestyle recommendations: In your report you will receive scientifically based recommendations to sustainably increase your microbiome health!
- First microbiome company worldwide with double ISO certification: Your guarantee for services according to the highest quality standards!
- myBioma analysis platform: Contains over 800 important associations between gut bacteria and diseases and over 3500 scientific publications on specific microbiome issues, as well as sound gut microbiome data from Central Europe.
- Take advantage of our network of physicians & nutritionists: If you would like a personal consultation, we will be happy to recommend a suitable person from the myBioma network!
How does myBioma handle my data?
The protection of your data is one of the most relevant requirements for us. The data is encrypted and stored on secure servers in Austria. Furthermore, no transfer of your data to insurance companies, banks or advertising institutions takes place. We assure you: We keep our mouth shut and your data is in safe hands with us!
In which countries is myBioma currently available?
We deliver all over Europe - and in the EU! If you live outside of Europe and still want to do a myBioma microbiome analysis, send us an email directly and we will find a solution!
Is it necessary to refrigerate the sample during return shipping, and how long does the sample remain stable?
No, you do not need to refrigerate your sample. The stool tube contains a solution in which your bacteria can survive the transport to our laboratory even without refrigeration. No matter if it is summer or winter - the postal shipment cannot influence your results.
The preservation liquid stabilizes the sample for several months without refrigeration. This is very important for us because we analyze the balance and distribution of intestinal bacteria.
Can I take the stool sample at home?
Yes, the myBioma analysis is a self-analysis kit for home use. You can take the stool sample easily and quickly. In your kit you will find instructions with all the necessary steps.
How do I get my analysis result?
By activating your analysis you will get the myBioma report sent to your email address.
How long do I have to wait for my results?
Immediately after your order we will send the kit to your home. After the stool collection, you drop the prepaid envelope with the tube into the mailbox and we extract the DNA and prepare the sequencing. We will then bioinformatically process the sample, which will provide you with your clear and detailed report. Our goal is to constantly shorten the analysis time. However, because the analysis is so complex, you have to expect a time of 3-4 weeks until you receive your results.
How is stool analysis different from free stool sample collection at a local clinic?
The analysis in a local clinic or at the family doctor's is performed on the basis of stool cultures. Stool analysis is particularly relevant when targeting specific pathogens. But in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the connection between intestinal bacteria, health status and the diversity of microorganisms, myBioma analysis offers a valuable opportunity for exploration.
myBioma, on the other hand, can detect over 1400 different species of bacteria using Next Generation DNA Sequencing and also gives you information about what these bacteria are responsible for Due to the complexity of Next Generation Sequencing, the analysis is very cost-intensive.
How will my stool sample be analyzed?
The analysis is based on next-generation DNA sequencing. This is the most modern method for DNA determination. We use this method to analyze the DNA of your bacteria. So we know which bacteria are in your stool and how they are related to your health.
Do medications, probiotics, or supplements affect results?
Yes, medications, supplements and probiotics have an impact on your gut microbiome. Therefore, please always indicate the medications, dietary supplements and probiotics you are taking. Only then can we include this information in the evaluation. For specific questions, please contact our customer service: email@example.com
Should I perform the analysis with or without symptoms?
Both make sense. An examination of the gut microbiome offers a snapshot that provides valuable insight into the current state of your gut health and overall well-being. Long-term unhealthy lifestyle and dietary habits can lead to problems in the digestive tract.
It's definitely advisable to have an analysis of your gut microbiome if you're already experiencing symptoms. But even if you're not experiencing any current discomfort, a comprehensive gut microbiome examination can help explore and improve your gut health.
It's important to note that the gut microbiome is subject to change every few months. Therefore, it is recommended to perform regular follow-up testing to reliably identify any changes.
Do health insurance plans cover the cost of analysis?
Certain private insurances cover parts of the costs. However, this is not yet standard. If you are privately insured, please ask the insurance company directly.
Public health insurances do not cover any costs at the moment. However, preventive measures are becoming more and more important. The statements of the myBioma analysis can also have a preventive relevance. Therefore, we assume that in the future health insurance companies will cover the costs of such an intestinal microbiome analysis.
Can I find out with myBioma if I suffer from food intolerances or allergies?
There are two different metabolisms: bacterial metabolism and body metabolism. We analyze the DNA of the intestinal bacteria and look at the bacterial metabolism. Allergies and intolerances belong to the body metabolism and are not analyzed by microbiome tests.