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Testing your thyroid levels: what you need to know

The thyroid is one small gland with a huge amount of power. Thyroid function can impact everything from sleep to stress, and even fertility. Here’s how you can check in with your thyroid and what you can expect to learn from your results.

Thyroid hormone tests often measure both TSH and fT4 levels

Which thyroid hormones should be tested?

At Arva Health, we test the most comprehensive Thyroid panel which includes TSH, T3, and T3 – all equally important to understand how your Thyroid is functioning.

Your thyroid gland is a small gland in your neck that plays a vital role in your metabolism, growth, development, and overall health. It produces hormones that regulate your metabolism, heart rate, breathing, digestion, body temperature, skin and hair health, bone health, mood and energy levels, and fertility.

Luckily, thyroid problems are very commonly treatable, so checking in with your levels can help you proactively reduce any future problems.

What is considered low TSH in women?

If your test comes back with a low TSH level, it typically suggests an overactive thyroid, aka hyperthyroidism.

With hyperthyroidism, you might experience the following symptoms:

  • Unintentional or unexpected weight loss

  • Rapid heartbeat, or tachycardia

  • Irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia

  • Pounding heartbeat, or palpitations

  • Increased appetite

  • Anxiety and irritability

  • A slight tremor in the hands or fingers

  • Sweating

  • Changes in your menstrual cycle

  • Changes in bowel movements

  • An enlarged thyroid gland in your neck (or goitre)

  • Skin thinning and brittle hair

Chart of TSH levels and the low, normal and high range

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Chart of TSH levels and the low, normal and high range

What is considered a high TSH level in women?

If your test comes back with a high TSH level that might suggest an under-active thyroid — aka hypothyroidism.

With hypothyroidism, you might experience the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue

  • Increased sensitivity to cold

  • Constipation

  • Dry skin

  • Weight gain

  • A puffy face

  • Voice hoarseness

  • Muscle weakness, aches, and stiffness

  • Elevated blood cholesterol level

  • Joints pain or swelling

  • Heavier or irregular menstrual periods

  • Coarse hair and hair loss

  • Brittle nails

  • Slowed heart rate

  • Depression

  • Impaired memory

  • Enlarged thyroid gland (goitre)

Thyroid and fertility: What’s the connection?

Thyroid problems, such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, can disrupt the menstrual cycle and alter reproductive hormones, making it more difficult to get pregnant. However, with proper treatment, most women with thyroid problems are able to conceive. In one study, 76% of women with hypothyroidism were able to conceive within a year of treatment.

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Thyroid hormone levels can have a big impact on fertility

Testing your thyroid hormones is easy (and affordable) with Arva

What’s the easiest way to test your thyroid levels?

The Arva Health Fertility hormone test measures your thyroid levels as well as 11 other key biomarkers to give you the most comprehensive look at your fertility — all from the comfort of your home and at a fraction of the price. With our test, you’ll also get access to:

  • Physician-reviewed reports based on your results

  • A personalised fertility dashboard so you can understand your results and how they affect you

  • Tools to track hormone changes over time and plan your timeline for kids

  • Access to live Q&As with fertility experts

  • Round the clock care from fertility counsellors, doctors, and more.

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This site is for informational purposes only and not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you're looking for medical advice, we suggest talking with a qualified physician.

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Fertility care, reimagined for India—on your timeline.

This site is for informational purposes only and not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you're looking for medical advice, we suggest talking with a qualified physician.

55, 4th A Main, 5th Block, Koramangala, Bangalore, 560095

© 2023 Arva Health

Fertility care, reimagined for India—on your timeline.

This site is for informational purposes only and not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you're looking for medical advice, we suggest talking with a qualified physician.

55, 4th A Main, 5th Block, Koramangala, Bangalore, 560095

© 2023 Arva Health