NOTE: This test is ONLY AVAILABLE TO AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS.
The Thyroid Hormone TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone test)
Do you have an underactive or overactive thyroid?
The Thyroid Hormone TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone test) blood test is a simple test that only takes minutes and can be done at a pathology near you. The test checks the levels of key hormones produced by your thyroid such as:
- Free T4
- Free T3
- Reverse T3
- FT3:RT3 Ratio
- Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) antibodies
- Anti-Thyroglobulin (ATG) antibodies
- TSH Receptor antibodies
The Thyroid Hormone TSH Test Extensive
The Thyroid Hormone TSH test is a urine test that can be done right from your home or office. The test includes:
About the test kit:
- An authorized blood specimen order form that you take to your local accredited pathology for collection of your blood (Find a pathology near you here).
- A blood specimen test kit for the pathology to use to collect your blood sample
- Complete instructions for taking the test for you and the pathology
- Test results are sent to one of our professional health practitioners within 7 business days for evaluation. Our practitioners contact you with the results and recommendations on any findings via email, mail, or phone.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism Thyroid Hormone Imbalances (Underactive Thyroid)
- Weight gain
- Physical or mental fatigue or lethargy
- Depression or irritability
- Dry skin and or hair
- Muscle pain
- Painful periods
- Intolerance to cold or cold hands and feet
- Constipation, gas, bloating or indigestion
- Sore throat or nasal congestion
- Poor memory
Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism Thyroid Hormone Imbalances (Overactive Thyroid)
Having an overactive thyroid can lead to mania, overactivity and a fast metabolism which is less common, some symptoms of an overactive thyroid include:
- Nervousness, anxiety and irritability
- Sudden weight loss without a change in diet
- Rapid heartbeat
- Tremors in your hands and fingers
- Changes in menstrual patterns
- Increased sensitivity to heat
- Changes in bowel patterns, especially more frequent bowel movements
- An enlarged thyroid gland (goiter)
- Fatigue, muscle weakness
- Difficulty sleeping
- Skin thinning
- Fine, brittle hair
Thyroid abnormalities are one of the most common endocrine disorders affecting millions worldwide. Thyroid hormones are well known for their role in basal metabolic rate, development and growth. Therefore, it is understandable that abnormalities in the level of thyroid hormones can lead to a diverse array of symptoms involving the heart, brain, skin and reproductive systems. Chronic stress can deplete thyroid function as the stress hormone cortisol inhibits thyroid function. Autoimmune disease of the thyroid can cause both hypo and hyperthyroidism, as the antibodies can either block or stimulate the thyroid receptors.
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