Before you submit your sample you need to register your Seed kit into an Episona account using an email address that must be confirmed. The following steps will guide you through your registration process.
If you are creating an account for the first time, please click the “Register Kit” button at the top of Episona’s webpage or you may click here to register your kit. You will be prompted to a page that asks for the unique five-character code printed on your Seed kit jar’s label. Your unique 5-character code can be found on the front label of the Seed kit jar (shown below). This unique 5-character code is designed to keep your identity confidential.
After inputting your unique patient code and clicking submit, you will be prompted to the consent form. A copy of this form can be found here. Please take your time to read this form. Your registration and participation in this research study will not be completed until you click the box titled “I consent to participate in this study” and entering your full name. At the bottom of the page you will also find the optional component of this research study. Episona is asking for your permission to store your sample and data for future research endeavors. Under NO circumstances will Episona conduct future research without your PRIOR approval AND the approval of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). You may opt out at any time. Your consent on this portion will potentially make it easier and faster for Episona to publish meaningful research.
Episona needs your contact information only for communication purposes. Your information will NOT be released to 3rd parties. Please input a contact phone number, an email address that you will confirm and use to log in to view test results, and a password.
Successfully completing the contact information should prompt you to a “thank you” page and will automatically send a confirmation email to the email you used to register. Open your confirmation email and click “confirm email”. Note: Check your Junk folder if you are waiting longer than 5 minutes.
Hang in there, this is the last step! Once you confirm your email, you will be immediately directed to the questionnaire. Remember, your sample will not be processed until this questionnaire is completed. This questionnaire is one of the most important parts of the research study and we encourage you to answer honestly. Your contribution will help advance the field of reproductive medicine. All personal identifying information will be kept confidential, and will be deleted during the publication of this study. You should see 4 sections of the Questionnaire: About You, Health History, Exposures, and Well-Being. The Well-Being section is optional.
After successfully completing the questionnaire and hitting submit at the bottom of the page, you will be prompted to a confirmation thank you page. At any time you want to make changes to your questionnaire or view your profile, click on the “Log In” button at the top the webpage.
The research team at Episona truly appreciates your valuable time. Thank you for participating in our study. Your contribution to helping others in reproductive medicine is highly valued and we will be in contact with you as soon as possible.