Hypothyroidism | Diagnosis & Tests


How will my doctor know I have hypothyroidism?

If you have symptoms of an underactive thyroid, your doctor will do tests to measure the levels of thyroid hormone and thyroid-stimulating hormone in your blood.

Some doctors recommend screening older women for hypothyroidism during routine physical examinations. Some also recommend screening pregnant women and women who are thinking about becoming pregnant.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 09/07