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Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Test

$ 49.0
$49

Testing your hormones starts with a simple TSH blood test.

Your thyroid is essential to your overall health and wellbeing. Thyroid hormones influence everything from your heart rate to how quickly your body burns calories. They can also influence factors as subtle as your mood or as vital as your fertility.

This TSH blood test measures thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), which stimulates the thyroid to produce two additional hormones, T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine), both of which play a critical role in controlling the body’s metabolism. Typically, low or high TSH levels indicate potential problems related to the function of your thyroid. 

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Test
$ 49.0
$49

Test Details

Sample Type: Blood
Collection Method: In person at a Labcorp location
Age: 18+
Results: 1 day from when your sample arrives at our lab
HSA/FSA: Accepted
Test must be taken by purchaser

Preparation: If you’re taking a supplement containing biotin (also called vitamin B7 or B8, vitamin H, or coenzyme R), commonly found in products promoting nail, skin and hair health, it is recommended that you wait at least 72 hours from your last dose before sample collection.

What's Tested
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)

    Measures the levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in the blood to evaluate thyroid function. TSH is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland and stimulates the thyroid gland to produce T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine), two hormones that play critical roles in controlling the body’s metabolism.

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FAQ

  • Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), produced by the pituitary gland in the brain, signals the thyroid gland to start producing thyroid (T3 and T4) hormones. These hormones control how your body converts food into energy (i.e., your metabolism). When these thyroid hormones get out of balance, they may cause a variety of health problems ranging from irregular heartbeat to anxiety or depression.3

  • High TSH levels most often occur when the thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism).


    Low TSH levels most often result from the thyroid gland producing too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism).3

  • If you have concerns about your thyroid health, it’s important to find out if your TSH levels are within normal range. Taking our TSH test can help you know more about your body’s thyroid levels and whether you might have hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.

     

    Symptoms of hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid) may include4:

    • Fatigue
    • Sensitivity to cold
    • Dry skin
    • Weight gain
    • Depression
    • Muscle weakness, aches, tenderness or stiffness
    • Irregular menstrual cycles
    • Constipation

     

    Symptoms of hyperthyroidism (an underactive thyroid) may include5:

    • Fast or irregular heartbeat
    • Moist skin
    • Tremors in the hands or fingers
    • Increase in appetite
    • Sweating
    • Nervousness, anxiety or irritability
    • Sensitivity to heat
    • Weight loss
    • Increased frequency of bowel movements
  • According to the American Thyroid Association, you should begin screening for thyroid dysfunction at age 35, and take follow-up tests every 5 years.6

  • Your testing will be performed in a CLIA-certified clinical laboratory. Labcorp provides leading-edge medical laboratory tests and services through a national network of primary clinical laboratories and specialty testing laboratories. Our labs perform regular quality assurance testing to ensure our results are accurate.

  • Your results will be provided to you through our secure online portal to view or print. Results are also provided to PWNHealth, which provides professional healthcare provider services for OnDemand tests. If you are accessing your results through your Labcorp Patient account, all users linked to the account will have access to all OnDemand test results. Results may also be provided to a local, state, or federal health authority, but only when legally required. For example, many states require the testing laboratory and healthcare provider to report test results for certain communicable diseases, such as sexually transmitted diseases or COVID-19, to local or state health departments.  

     

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  • Visit the Labcorp OnDemand website to browse and purchase laboratory tests and create your Labcorp OnDemand account. All Labcorp OnDemand testing requires a healthcare provider order; for your convenience, Labcorp OnDemand has contracted with PWNHealth LLC and its affiliated professional entities (collectively, PWNHealth) to provide healthcare provider services. Visit a Labcorp location for sample collection; or, if using an at-home kit, collect your sample yourself. We’ll let you know when your results are ready to be accessed through your Labcorp OnDemand account or through your Labcorp Patient account.