Learn more about the MTHFR Test from experts.

Updated November 19, 2017 By

What does "MTHFR" in MTHFR test stand for?

MTHFR stands for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase.

Why is MTHFR important?

MTHFR is an enzyme that helps metabolize homocysteine in the body. People who have a mutated MTHFR gene often have difficulty metabolizing homocysteine in the blood.

What is the MTHFR test?

The MTHFR test is a test to determine if one has clinically significant mutations in the MTHFR gene. In particular, mutations in the C677T and A1298C gene positions are the most common.

Where can I get an MTHFR test?

If you need an MTHFR Test in the US and don't have anywhere to go, we would recommend searching online for MTHFR test.

Who are people who might benefit from the MTHFR test?

People who should consider getting an MTHFR test include anyone with a high homocysteine level, a history of cardiovascualar disease (particularly at a younger age), a family history of a genetic mutation or a condition called Factor V Leiden.

Who else should consider getting an MTHFR test?

Women who are having trouble getting pregnant should also consider getting an MTHFR test.

How does the MTHFR test work?

The MTHFR test requires a blood draw. Your blood will be tested for MTHFR genetic mutations at the points of interest.

How long does it take to get MTHFR test results?

Depending on the lab, it can take anywhere from 4 to 10 business days.

Is fasting required before an MTHFR test?

No. Fasting is not required for the MTHFR test.

How much does an MTHFR test cost?

An MTHFR test can cause thousands of dollars, particularly if your health insurance only partially covers the test.

Do I need to see a doctor or medical provider before getting an MTHFR test?

An MTHFR test requires a valid lab order from a doctor or a medical provider before testing.

Will my insurance cover an MTHFR test?

It depends on your insurance but, along with the MTHFR test cost, there are typically associated costs like co-pays.

Can you recommend any references that discuss MTHFR in more detail?

Here is a good reference to look at.

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