Find a Doctor For Hypothyroidism in Women NYC
Thyroid conditions affect 12 million people. Of that total, 10 million have hypothyroidism and the majority of those patients are women between the ages of 35 and 60.
The abnormally high occurrence of thyroid conditions in women remains somewhat of a mystery in the medical field. What we do know is that if thyroid conditions like hypothyroidism run in your family, you should start getting a thyroid panel by your early thirties.
Risk Factors for Women
Family history isn’t the only factor to watch for. Women can have an increased risk for:
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Medication reactions
- Iodine deficiency
- Malfunctions in the pituitary gland
- Depleted thyroid hormone from radiation treatments
According to the Mayo Clinic, female patients should pay attention to the following cluster of symptoms:
- Rapid weight gain
- Intolerance to cold
- Hair loss
- Heavy menstrual periods
- Low sex drive
- Brittle nails
- Swelling of the hands, feet, and face
These symptoms will not occur all at once, but will progressively worsen over time. Keep a symptom journal when you start to notice changes and take it with you to your appointment with a specialist.
Taking that additional step will help them establish a diagnostic timeline and give them more information about what’s happening to your body on a daily basis.
The Most Important Factor
The day-to-day changes in your body are particularly important if you are pregnant. Hypothyroidism can develop due to pregnancy because of the increased demand for thyroid hormone during the first trimester.
At this point in the pregnancy, your baby does not have a thyroid gland. Therefore, it must rely on the hormone supply from your gland until its glandular tissue is fully developed. If you do not have enough thyroid hormone to support the baby, it can cause a miscarriage or pre-term labor.
To avoid this tragic outcome, get your thyroid levels checked routinely for the duration of the pregnancy. Talk to a specialist about the testing timetable so that you can safeguard yourself and your unborn child.
The more patients who get diagnosed and treated, the more we learn about these conditions. What we learn can be applied to improve both our understanding of, and treatment for, thyroid problems. This is good news for everyone involved as we can eventually decode the mysteries of today.
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