Genova Stool Testing

Genova Stool Testing

With the advancement of technology, our medical diagnostic capabilities have improved significantly. In the past, a stool test was the only way to diagnose certain intestinal disorders, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Today, there are a variety of stool tests that can be used to detect various intestinal abnormalities.

The Genova Stool Test by Genova Diagnostics is one of the most common stool tests used to diagnose intestinal disorders. This test is designed to detect the presence of certain enzymes and bacteria in the stool.

Only healthcare providers licensed in their state may order this laboratory testing. The results of the Genova stool test can help doctors determine the cause of a person’s intestinal problems and suggest appropriate treatment.

Winter Wellness, a Flagstaff-based health and wellness company offers a variety of treatment plans including the GI Effects Comprehensive Stool Profile to accurately diagnose your condition and help you heal naturally.

What is GI Effects Comprehensive Stool Profile?

GI Effects® and Comprehensive Stool Profile is a health and wellness treatment plan that uses the Genova stool test to detect the presence of certain enzymes and bacteria in the stool.

According to Genova Diagnostics, this stool test is “a group of advanced stool tests that provides immediate actionable clinical information for the management of gastrointestinal health.”

It utilizes top-tier stool analysis to help identify the presence of specific enzymes, bacteria, and other pathogenic or potentially pathogenic organisms that may be causing intestinal problems.

This test can help doctors determine a valuable insight into digestive function, intestinal inflammation, and the intestinal microbiome.

If you are experiencing intestinal problems, find a healthcare provider in your area who can do a Genova stool assessment. This test can help patients identify the cause of their problems and suggest appropriate treatment.

Visit Winter Wellness to learn more about the GI Effects® Comprehensive Stool Profile and how it can help you manage your gastrointestinal health.

How does Genova Diagnostics’ GI Effects Comprehensive Stool Analysis work?

Genova Stool Testing

The GI Effects® Comprehensive Stool Profile provides valuable insights into the digestive tract, intestinal inflammation, and the microbiome. It helps check gastrointestinal health by assessing the function of various enzymes and bacteria in the stool.

It can provide important information about many common issues in your gastrointestinal symptoms such as gas, bloating, stomach pain, diarrhea, and constipation. 

During the test, a small sample of your stool is collected and sent to the lab for analysis. The results of the test can help your doctor analyze the performance of your digestive system and suggest appropriate treatment.

In addition, a clinical overview is provided that includes a review of symptoms, medications, and dietary factors that may contribute to the patient’s gastrointestinal problems.

What does Genova Diagnostics’ Stool test examine for?

Genova uses live organisms (yeasts, bacteria) to test susceptibility and provide treatment options. Genova can measure metabolomics to assess the interaction of the microbiome with its host. 

The GI Effects® Comprehensive Stool Profile includes the following tests:

PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)

6 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) targets can detect protozoan parasites, such as Blastocystis spp., Cryptosporidium parvum/hominis, Cyclospora cayetanensis, Dientamoeba fragilis, Entamoeba histolytica, and Giardia. The PCR for organisms method is becoming an emerging method to detect infectious organisms.


The stool test utilizes calprotectin biomarkers to differentiate inflammatory bowel disease and inflammatory bowel syndrome. 

O&P (OVA & Parasite)

The comprehensive assessment of stool by Genova Diagnostics provides microscopic fecal specimen examination for ova and parasites (O&P) to diagnose many parasites accurately.

What Can Clinicians and Patients Expect from the GI Effects Comprehensive Stool Profile?

The GI Effects® Comprehensive Stool Profile provides actionable insights that can help clinicians design individualized treatment plans for their patients.

In addition, clinicians may order laboratory testing to help confirm the diagnosis and assist with treatment decisions. 

Patients can expect to receive a report that includes an interpretation of their results and suggestions for further testing or treatment. Symptoms, medications, and dietary factors that may contribute to the patient’s gastrointestinal problems will also be reviewed for improvement.

Benefits of GI Effects Comprehensive Stool Analysis

The GI Effects® Comprehensive Stool Profile is a non-invasive test that can provide insights into the health of the gut.

Clinically, the GI Effects® represents the best technology platform available to assess the gut microbiome, combining:

  • 16S rRNA gene polymerase chain reaction (PCR) 
  • Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) technology
  • Gold standard microscopic ova and parasite (O&P) detection
  • Real-time PCR for the identification of 6 common parasites
  • Next-Generation DNA sequencing for Blastocystis spp.

Start Your Health Journey with Winter Wellness Medical

Winter Wellness is pleased to offer the GI Effects® Comprehensive Stool Profile to our patients. This test can help provide valuable information about your gastrointestinal health and suggest appropriate treatment.

Dr. Erin Winter is a naturopathic doctor specializing in different areas of medicine, including digestive health. She is passionate about helping her patients optimize their health and prevent disease.

To learn more about the GI Effects® Comprehensive Stool Profile, schedule an appointment with Winter Wellness today!

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