This at-home thyroid test assesses levels of TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) in the blood. It can easily be performed without assistance from a medical professional.
Experiencing unexplained weight changes, fatigue, or mood swings? These could be symptoms of a thyroid disorder. Our Thyroid Test Kit assesses thyroid function, detecting conditions like hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. Early detection is crucial for effective management. Understand your thyroid health and maintain your well-being.
This home Thyroid Testing Kit measures levels of TSH in the blood to help you ascertain if these are elevated or not.
Thyroid stimulating hormone – which is also known as thyrotropin, thyrotrophic hormone, TSH, or hTSH – is a pituitary hormone that stimulates the thyroid gland to produce thyroxine, and then triiodothyronine, which stimulates the metabolism of almost every tissue in the body.
When levels of TSH are raised, this may indicate hypothyroidism – a condition caused by the thyroid gland not making enough thyroid hormones. Symptoms of an underactive thyroid include unexplained weight gain, tiredness, depression and loss of libido.
Knowing that your TSH levels are high can help to start discussions with your GP about a possible cause for your symptoms. At home thyroid tests can be one of the quickest ways to investigate this possibility and can be done in your own time.
Our Home Thyroid Test Kit contains everything you need to test your blood for raised levels of TSH. You will see the results in 10 minutes.
Inside the box you will find:
1 x alcohol swab
1 x lancet
1 x dropper bulb
1 x test cassette
1 x tube of diluent buffer solution
1 x set of instructions
People often have symptoms that they struggle to get a diagnosis for. While hypothyroidism is certainly not the cause in every case, it sometimes provides an answer for a multitude of symptoms.
Knowing that they have hypothyroidism can sometimes be an important step in helping people to understand why they have certain symptoms that have evaded diagnosis.
There are also a number of treatment options available, including daily hormone replacement tablets.
People with hypothyroidism sometimes find they have a dizzying array of symptoms for which their doctors are struggling to find a cause. These include muscle cramps, constipation, weight gain, sensitivity to cold, pain, numbness or tingling in the hands and fingers, depression, tiredness and more.
If a blood test reveals that TSH levels are high, it can help to open up a dialogue with your doctors about the possibility of hypothyroidism.
Gathering and testing your sample
This kit does not need to be performed by a medical professional. However, to maximise your chances of an accurate reading, please follow the instructions carefully.
Before you begin, please be aware that according to the Subclinical Thyroid Disease Consensus Panel, there is “no single level of TSH at which clinical intervention is always either indicated or contraindicated.”
However, the higher the TSH, the more compelling the argument for further tests and, if necessary, treatment. Heightened levels of TSH in the blood is considered the best initial test for hypothyroidism.
First, wash your hands with soap and rinse with clean, warm water.
Allow the test pouch to reach room temperate before opening it.
Open the foil pouch and take out the test cassette. Use the alcohol pad provided to clean the fingertip of either the ring finger or your middle finger. This is from where you will draw your blood sample.
Squeeze the end of the fingertip with your other hand and then prick it with the sterile lancet provided. The lancet pricks automatically when pressed against the skin, and the needle then retracts safely into the device.
Without squeezing the plastic dropper bulb, place it in contact with the blood. The blood will move into the tube on its own. Fill up to the indicated line, massaging your finger if necessary to draw sufficient blood. Avoid air bubbles if possible.
Next, by squeezing the dropper tube, transfer the blood collected in it to the sample well of the test cassette. Make sure it is totally dispensed in the well.
Open the bottle of buffer liquid and squeeze 2 drops into the sample well of the cassette (the same place you have just put the blood sample).
Read the results at 10 minutes. Do not read after 20 minutes.
When someone has an underactive thyroid, this is known as hypothyroidism (not to be confused with hyperthyroidism) and there are many symptoms.
Unfortunately, many of the symptoms caused by an underactive thyroid are identical to those caused by a multitude of other conditions – making diagnosis difficult.
An easy and affordable way to get a quick snapshot of your TSH levels is to take a home test. A positive result can then be taken to your doctor who may then be able to see a possible link between your test result and your symptoms.
The NHS states that there is no way of preventing an underactive thyroid – and that men and women are both affected, though it is more common in women.
With proper treatment, you can usually live a normal, healthy life.