Nobody particularly enjoys having blood drawn or providing a urine or stool sample, but a laboratory test conducted on a sample collected from your body can give your healthcare provider important information that can help improve or maintain your health. A healthcare practitioner uses lab tests for a variety of reasons, including screening for and diagnosing conditions and also to guide treatment and determine prognosis.
Sometimes, undergoing an unfamiliar medical procedure can turn out to be a tense, upsetting, or even frightening experience. If undergoing medical tests makes you or someone you care for anxious, embarrassed, or even difficult to manage, read this article for some general tips on how to make the sample collection experience less stressful. Related articles in this series include:
In addition, the article Collecting Samples for Testing provides an overview of the variety of body samples that may be used for testing beyond the more common blood and urine samples, such as tissue, cerebrospinal fluid, and sputum.