If you do the stool culture from home, you will be given the instructions on how to obtain the stool and also a special container to place it in. I would highly suggest that you also order a kit from www.parasitetesting.com. Not only are they experts in testing for parasites (which cause UC symptoms) but they also give you a report on good and bad bacteria levels and if you have an overgrowth of yeast. Most labs are not educated in how to look for parasites especially the parasites that have mutated. After years of my son suffering, I finally sent my son’s stool samples to www.parasitetesting.com and found out he had parasites all along. Many labs had reported he did not have them. They had not been familiar with the type he had, blastocystis hominis.
Fecal occult blood test is another stool culture that your doctor will probably do. This test can detect bleeding from almost anywhere in the digestive tract. It can also detect blood caused by aspirin or other medications that irritate the digestive tract. It is important to follow the instructions before the test. The stool collection may be done at home with a kit that is used to collect samples from 3 different bowel movements. Some tests take up to three days of sample collecting. The kit is returned to the physician or mailed to the lab for testing.