Understand Your Test

Thyroid-stimulating Hormone (TSH)

Formal Name

 Thyroid-stimulating Hormone

Why Get Tested?

To screen for and help diagnose thyroid disorders; to monitor treatment of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.

When To Get Tested?

For screening: Newborn screening is widely recommended; however, there is no consensus within the medical community as to the age adult screening should begin or whether screening should be done.
For monitoring treatment: as directed by your healthcare provider
Otherwise: when a person has symptoms of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism and/or an enlarged thyroid.