Under-Active Thyroid Test to measure the TSH level in your blood to identify an underactive thyroid.
- Specimen: fingerstick whole blood
- Clinically tested accuracy > 98%
- Rapid result in 10 mins.
- Video and step-by-step instructions can be found below.
* The test kit is not able to identify an overactive thyroid.*
What is an underactive thyroid?
An underactive thyroid is when your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone (thyroxine). This condition is also known as underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism.
What are the symptoms of an underactive thyroid?
Underactive thyroid symptoms can be subtle and develop slowly, making them easy to overlook. If you suspect an underactive thyroid, watch out for the following symptoms:
- Tiredness and fatigue, lacking energy and persistent exhaustion even after getting restful sleep
- Weight gain
- Low mood (mood changes), like depression or persistent sadness. The hormonal imbalance affects brain chemistry, which leads to emotional fluctuations
- Sensitivity to cold
- Dry skin or dry hair, increased hair loss
- Muscle aches, weakness and muscle cramps
- Loss of libido (decrease in sex drive). Hormonal imbalances can affect reproductive hormones, leading to a decline in sexual drive
- Irregular or heavy periods
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (tingling, numbness and pain in the hand and fingers, usually due to the buildup of fluid in the wrist, influenced by hormonal imbalances
Always follow the instructions provided in the package with the test.
1. Wash your hands with soap and rinse with clear warm water.
2. Bring the pouch to room temperature before opening it. Open the foil pouch and get out the cassette.
3. Carefully pull off and dispose of the released cap of the lancet.
4. Use the provided alcohol pad to clean the fingertip of the middle or ring finger as the puncture site.
5. Press the lancet, on the side from where the cap was extracted; against the fingertip (Side of ring finger is advised).
The tip retracts automatically and safely after use.
6. Keeping the hand down massage the end that was pricked to obtain a blood drop.
7. Without squeezing the capillary dropper bulb, put it in contact with the blood. The blood migrates into the capillary dropper to the line indicated on the capillary dropper.
You may massage again your finger to obtain more blood if the line is not reached.
Avoid air bubbles.
8. Put the blood collected into the sample well of the cassette, by squeezing on the dropper bulb.
9. Wait for the blood to be totally dispensed in the well. Unscrew the cap of the buffer bottle and add 2 drops of buffer into the sample well of the cassette.
10. Wait for the coloured line(s) to appear.
Read results at 10 minutes. Do not interpret the result after 20 minutes.