Are you struggling with unexplained exhaustion, weight gain, irregular periods, or feeling cold?
With a LetsGetChecked at home thyroid test kit, you will be able to quickly find out if your thyroid may be causing unpleasant symptoms in your day to day life.
- Andreea’s Hypothyroidism Story
- How Common Are Thyroid Issues?
- What Are The Symptoms Of Thyroid Issues?
- At Home Thyroid Testing: The First Step To Understanding Your Thyroid
- Why Choose An At Home Thyroid Test Over Visiting Your Doctor?
- How Do Home Thyroid Test Kits Work?
- How Do LetsGetChecked Tests Compare to Other At Home Thyroid Tests?
- What Our Customers Say About Us
- Still Have Questions?
First, we would like to share Andreea Opris’ story of how she overcame her hypothyroidism after spending years suffering its side effects without knowing the cause.
Andreea’s Hypothyroidism Story
For years Andreea suffered from chronic fatigue along with other unpleasant symptoms such as abnormal hair and eyebrow loss.
“Starting about seven years ago I started to feel very fatigued without reason. The symptoms would come and go but all too often I had bouts of anxiety and tiredness.”
Over time the symptoms kept getting worse…
“Increasingly, I found myself exhausted no matter how much I slept. I could get a full night's sleep, but wake up in the morning completely exhausted and my energy sapped.”
“In truth, I felt completely out of control. I would visit my doctor, only to be told that my levels were within the normal range so there was nothing he could do. I was left to deal with my symptoms the best I could on my own.”
The worst part of this experience was that she could see in her test results that something was wrong.
“Once I got my thyroid levels tested, only to be told days later by the receptionist that my results were “normal”. However, after this round of testing, I got a copy of the actual test results. There I noticed that I had a very high antibody count and my TSH levels were slightly higher than the average limit. After seeing this I frantically started to Google what this might mean. Eventually, I realised that it these test results could suggest that I might have an underactive thyroid. My symptoms certainly matched!”
What happens next still stings to this day…
“After realising this, I rang my GP only to be told in a very stern voice that my levels are ‘normal’. This didn’t sit right with me at all. I was clearly on the borderline, but my doctor refused to even acknowledge that there was anything wrong. So I decided then and there to get a second opinion.”
“This time the new doctor told me that I am on the borderline for hypothyroidism, he also refused to treat me because I was too young (I was 28 at the time) and looked too healthy to be put on medication. Begrudgingly I accepted this rationale, as I could see his apprehension of putting an otherwise healthy person on lifelong thyroid medication if it wasn't necessary.”
However, a few months later things hit a breaking point.
“Eventually I hit rock bottom. After having more a number of blood tests, all of which came back as ‘normal’, I was now starting to lose my hair in clumps, eyebrows and eyelashes, and still feeling as tired as ever. Having just been diagnosed with alopecia areata on my scalp, bald patches basically, I decided to take drastic action...”
It was at this point that Andreea decided to see another doctor and beg for treatment.
“This time I finally got through. I was put on medication immediately and within two weeks I felt like a new woman. I was me again, I would wake up in the morning and feel refreshed and alive.”
Better still after a few months, gone was the constant tiredness and Andreea’s hair, eyebrows and lashes were back to normal.
Andreea says that now she has a great doctor who understands hypothyroidism very well. She monitors Andreea’s thyroid levels very closely, every four to six months, and makes slight adjustments to her medication to ensure her treatment is having an impact.
However, Andreea did stress that medication was only part of the solution. Diet and a healthy lifestyle have also had a huge impact.
“As a consequence of the thyroid testing, I found out that I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis, or autoimmune underactive thyroid. This means that my body sees gluten as an antibody causing a negative physical response. So cutting gluten out of my diet along with supplementing with vitamin D, selenium, fish oils and probiotics have helped me manage my symptoms much better, making a huge impact on my general well being.”
“These days I feel like a completely different woman. I feel alive and alert throughout the day, I have the energy I need to take care of my family and to build my business.”
Andreea’s recommends for those who think they might be suffering a thyroid issue…
“Always trust your gut, if you are displaying the signs of a thyroid issue then get your thyroid levels tested straightaway. Better yet, the more often you get your levels checked the better. As although your thyroid levels may be in the normal range they may be decreasing over time. If you rely on a once off blood test you won’t be able to see the trends in your levels.”
However, she stresses that it is equally important to make sure that you see your actual results so you can record them over time.
“Without me seeing my own results I would have never have found out I had a thyroid issue. Having your own results puts you in control of your health and gives you the flexibility to get a second opinion.”
Unfortunately, Dr. Rowley says that Andreea’s experience is all too common.
“Thyroid issues are very common, however, oftentimes healthcare practitioners are reluctant to treat people with borderline hypothyroidism. The patient may have abnormally low thyroid levels but be too young or otherwise healthy for them to want to treat the patients, leaving countless patients to suffer through the debilitating side effects of thyroid problems.”
How Common Are Thyroid Issues?
Thyroid problems are silent conditions that affect millions of people without them ever knowing they have an issue with their thyroid.
It is estimated that around 200 million people globally suffer from a thyroid malfunction. In the US, it is estimated that 1 in 10 Americans will develop a thyroid condition at some point in their lifetime.
The scary thing is that nearly 60% of those people are never diagnosed and are completely unaware of their condition. Resulting in them suffering the debilitating side effects of having an underactive or overactive thyroid.
What Are The Symptoms Of Thyroid Issues?
As we just saw, thyroid issues are becoming increasingly prevalent and are often undiagnosed.
So let’s look at some of the common signs and symptoms that might signal that you have an undiagnosed thyroid issue.
If you’re displaying any of the above symptoms then your thyroid gland may be producing too much or too little of the essential thyroid hormones that affect all cell functions.
Outside of the unpleasant day to day side effects of a malfunctioning thyroid, the long-term consequences of thyroid issues can be severe. If left untreated, thyroid disease puts you at much higher risk for serious conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and infertility.
So it pays to get tested and to get your symptoms checked out if you suspect that you might have an undiagnosed thyroid issue.
At Home Thyroid Testing: The First Step To Understanding Your Thyroid
If you are going on a road trip, the first step is that you must know where you are so you can plan a route to your final destination.
The same is true when trying to fix your thyroid. To be able to repair your thyroid you need to know its current condition and what may be causing your thyroid hormones to go out of sync, otherwise you will be flying blind.
This is the biggest trap most people fall into when trying to repair their thyroid. They don’t have a clear idea of their starting point and the factors that are causing their abnormal thyroids levels.
How are you supposed to be able to reverse your thyroid issues if you don’t know what is wrong in this first place?
Once you have a clear understanding of the causes of your symptoms then you and your doctor can design the best treatment to repair your thyroid.
For those of us who are too busy to visit their physician or who want to have a little more control over their healthcare, a LetsGetChecked At Home Thyroid Antibody Test Kit is a great option for you.
The LetsGetChecked At Home Thyroid Antibody Test Kit measures the very same thyroid hormones your physician would measure in a clinic, as well as associated thyroid antibodies that are indicative of thyroid damage.
Free Thyroxine (T4): Thyroxine is the biologically inactive form of thyroid hormone in your blood and is responsible for digestion, heart rate, muscle formation, brain development and healthy bones. T4 is produced by the pituitary gland, it is transformed into T3 by organs including the liver and kidneys.
Free Triiodothyronine (T3): Triiodothyronine is the biologically active form of thyroid hormone with 20% being directly produced from the pituitary gland and 80% being converted thyroxine (T4) that has been processed by the liver and kidneys. Triiodothyronine also plays a vital role in all metabolic functions in the same way that T4 does.
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH): Thyrotropes are hormones that are produced to regulate thyroid hormones. TSH is produced in the pituitary gland and stimulates the thyroid gland to produce the key players thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).
The LetsGetChecked Thyroid Antibody Test also tests for two antibodies that most physicians never test for during their lab tests:
Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TGAB): Thyroglobulin is a protein from which thyroid hormones are created. If the thyroid begins to produce thyroglobulin antibodies, it is indicative of thyroid damage and that the cells in the thyroid gland have begun to attack themselves.
Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPO/TPEX): Thyroid Peroxidase is an enzyme that is produced in the thyroid gland. If you have an under or overactive thyroid, the thyroid gland may begin to produce thyroid peroxidase antibodies. Those who suffer from a thyroid-related autoimmune condition will have an increased volume of thyroid peroxidase antibodies in the blood which is indicative of thyroid damage.
The presence of these antibodies, TGAB or TPEX, can give you a clear understanding of the history of your thyroid and identify the signs of thyroid dysfunction or damage caused by a malfunctioning thyroid.
“Measuring a patient's thyroid antibodies is a very effective way of diagnosing thyroid issues that a lot of doctors generally don't test for. The presence of thyroid antibodies can signify that the patient might have Hashimoto’s disease, Graves’ disease or goiter.” says Dr. Rowley.
Oftentimes, it is equally as useful to test for associated antibodies as they can paint a clearer picture of your thyroid health in general. In Andreea's case, it was the antibodies that illustrated that she was experiencing thyroid issues.
Abnormally high or low values of thyroid hormones often signify the presence of a thyroid issue that needs to be treated with a combination of medication and lifestyle change.
By using the LetsGetChecked Thyroid test kit you’ll learn:
The health of your thyroid, including the level of damage your thyroid has sustained.
If you have a thyroid issue that may be causing your unpleasant symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, irregular periods and other symptoms.
How to change your lifestyle to help repair your thyroid and take back control over your health.
A Thyroid Antibody Test from LetsGetChecked will give you the exact information you need to kickstart the process of repairing your thyroid and get you back to living your life to its fullest.
Why Choose An At Home Thyroid Test Over Visiting Your Doctor?
Using an at-home thyroid test kit offers you a number of advantages over visiting your physician's clinic without compromising on the accuracy of the tests themselves.
Giving You Back Control
With an at home thyroid test you are in the driver seat of your own health. As we’ve seen, all too often it can be hard to get doctors to take your concerns seriously when it comes to thyroid problems.
Using at home thyroid testing you can monitor your thyroid levels as closely as you like. You have complete control over the process. You can test when, where and as often as you like. Enabling you to track your thyroid levels over time and optimise your diet and lifestyle to combat the negative side effects of having a thyroid issue.
If after a round of testing, it appears that you might have a thyroid issue LetsGetChecked’s dedicated team of doctors and nurses will call you to discuss your test results.
Throughout this process, you’ll have direct access to your test results so you can see exactly what your thyroid levels were via our results dashboard. And of course, you are free to share your results with a medical practitioner at any time if you would like a second opinion.
Our medical team is available for a call 24/7 to discuss any concerns you might have with taking the test or the test results themselves.
Convenience To Test Wherever and Whenever You Want
One of the biggest advantages our customers always communicate is the convenience offered by at home testing versus visiting their physician's office.
With an at home thyroid test, you don’t have to disrupt your schedule to get your thyroid levels checked. No having to take time off work, or make room in an otherwise busy schedule to visit a physician's office for a quick blood test.
Simply order your test online, and you’ll receive it in the mail within a couple of days. At a time and place that suits you, you can complete the test in as little as 5 minutes making at home testing ideal for the busy individual who is tight on time.
Fast & Accurate Results
Not only are at home tests a very convenient, discreet and empowering method of getting your thyroid levels tested they are also as accurate as the tests you’d receive in your physician's office.
LetsGetChecked’s home test kits are sent to the very same labs as your physician uses to process your samples, ensuring there is no difference between the accuracy of an at home test versus one your doctor would administer.
How Do Home Thyroid Test Kits Work?
Using an at home thyroid test kit is very straightforward. To take the test you simply take a small blood sample from your finger and mail this sample to one of LetsGetChecked testing labs. Then we will send you your test result within the next 3-5 days.
Here is a quick video that walks you through how you can complete the thyroid test in as little as 5 minutes.
How Do Our Tests Compare to Other At Home Thyroid Tests?
Not only are the LetsGetChecked thyroid tests cheaper than our competitor's tests they are also more accurate (as we use capillary blood testing versus the less accurate blood spot), more trusted (have more reviews and a higher TrustScore on Trustpilot) and offer 24/7 medical support. Check out the table below to see for yourself.
All Thyroid Metrics Are Covered
LetsGetChecked not only tests for all of the same parameters as your doctor would, it also tests for thyroid antibodies that are associated with damage to offer you full overview of your thyroid health.
LetsGetChecked uses capillary testing which includes a simple prick of the finger. This painless method of blood testing is as accurate as a venous blood draw.
Our nursing team will contact you to discuss your results and are available 24/7 to answer any queries you may have.
We ship throughout the U.S, Canada, Europe and UAE.
Our tests are stocked in thousands of pharmacies ncluding CVS, Lloyds and Boots.
LetsGetChecked have a 9.6/10 Trustscore on Trustpilot.
Board Certified Physicians
LetsGetChecked have a team of board certified physicians who review all aspects of the testing process to ensure that all elements of the testing process mirror those that occur in a doctor's office.
LetsGetChecked offer the most cost effective test on the market at $119.
What Our Customers Say About Us
When it comes to healthcare we believe that it is extremely important that we are completely transparent when it comes to our products. That is why we invite all our customers to rate their experience of LetsGetChecked on Trustpilot, an independent review website. Our current Trustpilot score is 9.6/10 and here are some of the reviews our customers have left us:
"My experience with LetsGetChecked was even better than expected – they are thorough, concise, organized and most importantly, thoughtful. I loved that I received a personal phone call from a registered nurse to go over my results, and I love that I can take more control of my health now!”
“I found test quick and simple to do and the online support was very available and helpful throughout the whole process! Based on my great experience, LetsGetChecked comes highly recommended!”
“I have loved using the LetsGetChecked tests! They are super easy to order, arrive really quickly and the actual testing process is seamless."
We strongly recommend that you check out our reviews on Trustpilot so can see for yourself what our customers say about us.
Still Have Questions?
If you still have questions, below is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions we get about LetsGetChecked’s at home thyroid test kits. However, if you can’t find an answer to your questions below then please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Who is the Thyroid Test suitable for?
The home thyroid test is for anyone who has symptoms of hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, has a family history of thyroid disease, has an autoimmune disorder or takes performance-enhancing substances.
Are there any medical professionals involved in the process?
LetsGetChecked has a team of doctors who will review your order and results. Our medical team is on standby throughout the testing process and, if you test positive, you will receive a call to discuss your results and treatment options.
How is my privacy protected?
Keeping your data secure is important to us. All data is complete anonymized to ensure that your privacy is maintained throughout the process. We will not share your information with any third party. All samples are disposed of following analysis.
How accurate is the testing process?
Your samples are processed in the same labs used by primary care providers, hospitals and government schemes.
Tests kits are manufactured within our ISO 13485 accredited facility, the highest level of accreditation for medical devices.
Written by Hannah Kingston | Medically Approved by Dr. Dominic Rowley