We took a Swab Test! A CircleDNA Test

I watched a fictional show online where a tech company created an application for matchmaking based on the DNA of the users. I got curious on what these tests are and researched about it. I actually didn’t know that these test where actually available in the Philippines already, and the trusted brand is called CircleDNA. This is the brand that we wanted to try since their Circle Premium DNA Test kit (use my code: GINGERARBOLEDA) can provide more than 500 reports across 20 Categories.

Why my Husband and I opted to spend on a CircleDNA Test?

In a world where new virus and diseases are constantly popping up, the best defense against sickness and poor health is prevention. And prevention comes when you truly have information and actionable insights that you can use. This is what we like about Circle DNA. They provide not just the data, but information that you can use to achieve optimal health.

Getting sick is very expensive. We always believe that prevention is better than cure.

What does CircleDNA collect?

If you undergo this DNA test from Circle DNA, you will have to provide accurate Personal Health Information. If you are submitting this for a family member, please make sure that you get their consent before submitting the test. You will also provide a DNA sample. It’s super easy. 

How to Collect DNA sample for CircleDNA?

First, you have to download the CircleDNA app and activate your kit. You can activate it by scanning the barcode of the tube provided. Next, you need to take a saliva sample. Swipe the inner side of mouth (cheeks) 10x on the right then 10x on the left.  Place the swab side the tube, seal it and shake it 10 times. 

Swab each side of the cheek 10 times
Place inside the tube and shake the tube

Then return the sample to their lab. The CircleDNA premium comes with FREE delivery and return. Just follow the instructions in the app. After 18 business days, you will have the results. Genetic data includes information about genes and regions relevant to the ordered CircleDNA Test. Just so you know, all genetic data may be used for regulatory compliance, and de-identified for internal quality control, validation studies, and research and development purposes. The CircleDNA Premium actually comes with a free 1 on 1 consultation, too.

Let’s break down some of the reports and benefits…

So I haven’t see the my report yet as my husband and I are just prepping to get the DNA samples after I draft this. You cannot eat, drink, smoke or chew gum 30 minutes before collecting your DNA sample, so I’m writing this as I’m waiting.

Let’s go through some of the benefits. There are 36 Cancer Risk reports and 65 Disease Risk reports that can show you have an increased risk of developing certain types of hereditary disorders. And if you know these things, you and your doctor can talk about ways to prevent or detect hereditary disorders earlier and potentially catch it at a treatable stage. Because relatives share some genetic features, your results may also be informative to your biological relatives.

There are also Family Planning reports which may show you are a carrier of genetic conditions that could affect your family. The test will analyze the risk profile of 163 potential conditions based on your genes. You may be carriers of genetic conditions without knowing about it. If both of you and your partner are carriers for a certain condition, in general there is a 25% chance that your offspring could develop a condition.

Other interesting reports are the diet and fitness categories test results that will give you further understanding of your own macro- and micronutrient needs, your response to power or endurance exercise and recovery speed and sports injury risk. These insights may allow you to use your Genetic Information to explore more customized solutions to reach your fitness and nutritional goals. Of course, we all know that genes is only a part of what we need to know. A big part is still played by the lifestyle that you have.

A report that I am really interested in though, since I am allergic to a lot of things (as you may now know, I have super bad rhinitis and one time, I suddenly had terrible reaction to Ibuprofen), is the drug response categories test results. These reports may give you insights to help you select the medication(s) and dose(s) that are best suited to your condition and genetic makeup. The results will identify the right medication, the proper dosage as well as medications that may be harmful for you across more than 100 FDA-approved medications. With this information, you can discuss this again with your doctor to prevent adverse reactions to drugs. 

Who can take this DNA test from CircleDNA?

Anyone can take this test. For those below 18 years old, they need to give consent to their legal guardians or their legal guardians can get it for them. 

How much does these kits costs?

These CircleDNA Premium kits cost Php 26, 240 pesos, but if you get two kits, it will be at Php 49,200 ONLY.

There  is also another kit called VITAL with 125 reports in 14 categories. These cost Php 7888 per kit.

For more information on Circle DNA, you can visit their site: CIRCLEDNA


We’re excited to share with you our results once we get it. If you’d love to know more about yourself and if you value your health and the health of your loved ones, come and try it out with us! Prevention is still better than cure.


  1. Clarice
    April 3, 2022 / 5:23 pm

    Hi! Did you pay any customs duties tax when you bought the kit?


  2. Marianne
    October 27, 2022 / 7:18 pm

    Hi, how did you send back the kit? I tried dropping mine off in a FedEx affiliate in Megamall and they were asked me for BOQ certificate for the package.

    • November 1, 2022 / 5:51 pm

      Hi there! I had it picked up by FedEx 🙂 They picked it up naman 🙂

    • Shayne
      January 24, 2024 / 8:24 pm

      Hello! Na send back m b ung dna kit m? Without BOQ certification?
      Thanks in advance:)

      • January 25, 2024 / 9:27 am

        Hi Shayne! Yes, I got to send it back without Bureau of quarantine certification. 🙂

  3. Bicboi
    March 5, 2024 / 11:30 am

    Did you need some sort of Remote processing inquiry to have them pick up at your address when sending it back?

    • March 15, 2024 / 12:04 pm

      Yes, they picked it up from my place to deliver it to CircleDNA 🙂

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