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Your thyroid gland is responsible for keeping your hormones in check, helping you sleep, providing you with energy and helping you stay warm. Which is why it’s important to know that it’s functioning as it should.
For a general overview of your thyroid function, at home tests are a great option. Find out what they involve and how to use them below.
Both an underactive and overactive thyroid can cause a wide range of symptoms, affecting things like:
Both men and women can experience an issue with their thyroid function, so don’t be put off when it comes to taking a test.
Also, if you have a family history of thyroid issues, it may be worth testing to keep an eye on your thyroxine levels.
Not used a thyroid test kit before? You might be wondering what comes with it. Thankfully they’re kept pretty simple, containing just a few key things, including:
So how does it all work? As long as you follow the instructions, the process is simple.
Prep your environment so the surfaces around you are clean and dry.
Then make sure that your hands are also clean and dry.
Use the finger prick device and gently run your fingers down the finger that has been pricked so that the droplets fall into the tube.
Prep the tube and package as per the instructions and send in the prepaid envelope.
When you’ve sent your parcel, it will be processed at a lab before you receive your results.
A lot of at home thyroid tests assess your Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) and Free Thyroxine (T4) to find out if you have an underactive or overactive thyroid. Or you may find that your levels are within the normal ranges.
If you want a more in-depth look at your T3, Anti-thyroglobulin (anti-Tg) and Thyroid peroxidase (anti-TPO) antibodies, it may be worth speaking to your GP, as they’ll also provide you with medical advice on what to do next.
Convenient, quick and easy to use, doing a thyroid test at home could be the way forward if you’re trying to get a general idea of your thyroid function – without all the waiting.
The advice in this article is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP or healthcare professional before trying any supplements, treatments or remedies. Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.
Last updated: 9 January 2023
MBA, MBSS, BSc in Medical Sciences with Management
Dr Anojan's main passion is to improve access to health and wellness – either through technology or by making information more accessible and easier to understand.
As well as his clinical background which was mostly in General and Orthopaedic Surgery, he has had roles in a wide range of industries: start up experience in health tech, ecommerce and a plant based restaurant, as well as an ops role in FMCG.