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FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Instant Chemistry Kit work?

In brief:

The Instant Chemistry relationship kit utilizes scientific research conducted in labs and makes it accessible to the general public. The test uses both genetic and psychological assessments to give couples a deeper understanding of what makes their relationship tick and areas of strength and weakness in their relationship. Once all the testing is complete, couples receive a PDF copy of their Love Manual. This is a personalized report discussing both their individual results and their couple results. Tips and suggestions are also provided for areas that could lead to conflict in a relationship. Testing takes approximately 4-6 weeks once the sample arrives back at our lab, although turnaround times vary.

In more detail:

The test has three broad areas of compatibility; biological compatibility, neurocompatibility and psychological compatibility. It is a combination of results for these areas which gives an overall compatibility score.

The biological compatibility section is based on research that was completed back in 1995 and has been replicated around the world by academic labs. The original experiment is affectionately known as “The Sweaty T-Shirt Study”. In this study women were asked to smell T-shirts worn by men for multiple days without deodorant or colognes. The women had never met the men, but consistently ranked men with very different “HLA” genes from their own as more attractive, based on smell alone. Since then, research has shown up to 40% of physical attraction is through our genes.

There has also been research into other genes which affect personality. In the neurocompatibility section, couples are tested for these genes. The results go through how the different genes variants can interplay to create dynamics in relationships. Each different combination is given a score based on how complimentary the couples variants are, or if the variants can lead to tension between couples.

The third component is a psychological assessment. The assessment also looks at areas of personality which could lead to conflict in relationships and areas which are strengths for the couple.

For more information please visit our Relationship Compatibility page

What personal information does Instant Chemistry take from me?

To order a kit, Instant Chemistry needs your name, mailing address, email and the name and email of your partner. To use Instant Chemistry’s service you need to provide Instant Chemistry with a sample of your DNA. During the testing process, maintaining your genetic privacy is important to us. Your DNA sample is submitted in an anonymous fashion using a bar-code identifier that is provided to you with the testing kit. We call this your tubecode. This identifier allows genetic data and personal data to be stored separately. All genetic data is stored using the tubecode only. The only time the genetic results are combined with your first name is when we send you the results by email.

How will my personal information be used?

Your personal identifier information will not be used for anything except contacting you with results, or if communication with you is needed. Genetic and psychological results may be used to improve the Instant Chemistry test. Any analysis of individual results or couple results will be stripped of all personal information in advance of analysis.

Will Instant Chemistry conduct any health related analysis of my DNA?

No. The genetic tests that will be performed do not tell us anything about your health or health issues which you or your family may have.

Who owns my DNA?

You are the owner of your DNA. Instant Chemistry is the owner of findings related to research and analysis of any and all aggregate genetic and psychological data. Any analysis of individual results or couple results will be stripped of all personal information in advance of analysis.

Are there health risks to participating?

There are no known health risks involved in collecting your DNA with a saliva sample.

Where will the testing be carried out?

Analysis of your DNA will be conducted at Instant Chemistry's own private facility. Our laboratories operate under strict scientific and privacy protocols established and supervised by Instant Chemistry.

What genetic information will be collected and how will it be used?

Instant Chemistry offers couples a unique opportunity to understand how their genetics and psychology affect their relationship. To complete the test, a DNA sample is collected and analyzed. Collecting the DNA is as simple as taking a saliva sample in the privacy of your own home. The genes tested include human leukocyte antigen (HLA) genes, a serotonin transporter gene, an oxytocin receptor gene and two genes affecting dopamine function. Couples will also be provided access to a psychological assessment. In addition, to enhance its testing and analysis procedures, Instant Chemistry may obtain additional genetic information from the sample you submit. At no time is personally identifiable information connected to this genetic information. This is used only to validate and improve the scientific knowledge and protocols behind our proprietary compatibility assessment process.

Why would I take this test with my partner?

Instant Chemistry was created to help singles find high quality matches in the abundance of online dating choices. Since we started, couples have repeatedly asked us to provide a test to assess overall compatibility with their partner. That was the reason we created the Couples Kit. It is extraordinarily rare for couples to score perfect on all measures of compatibility. In fact, it’s never happened…yet. This is completely natural and all part of what makes all of our relationships unique and special. Instant Chemistry is not meant to score your relationship satisfaction. Rather, our genetic and psychological test will help you and your partner explore your relationship in a unique way. You’ll learn your strengths as a couple and areas where you might improve. Never before have you been able to combine genetics and psychology in order to explore your relationship and help it grow!

Will the Relationship Kit work for members of the LGBTQ community?

Instant Chemistry has developed a method for assessing relationship compatibility based on scientific principles – a combination of genetics and psychology. We now have a deeper understanding of what makes relationships successful and are continuing to learn more every day. This research has come from academic institutions around the world and has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals.

But there’s one thing that scientists have seemingly neglected in their research: same-sex relationships. Scientific inquiry should not discriminate based on sexual orientation. At Instant Chemistry, we are excited to better understand what makes same-sex relationships successful. Are they the same factors that make heterosexual relationships successful?

We are in the process of conducting a large study of LGBTQ couples using Instant Chemistry's Relationship Kit. Once the study is complete we will make the results public to help further our understanding of human relationships. Please contact us if you are interested in participating in this study.

How long does it take to get our results?

It usually takes 4-6 weeks to complete the testing and generate the individualized love manuals. Thank you for your patience as we process your DNA!

Is this test available in all 50 U.S. states?

This test kit is available in 46 states. Due to existing FDA restrictions our test kit is not available in the states New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Rhode Island.

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