Treatment for hypothyroidism involves taking replacement thyroid hormone medication. The right dose of medication may take some trial and error to determine, but symptoms are reversed once it is. You should not discontinue your hypothyroidism medication despite any side effects experienced. Untreated hypothyroidism symptoms will become more severe and eventually lead to complications – causing widespread harm.
Hypothyroidism Medical Complications
Infertility – Many women suffering from hypothyroidism face fertility challenges. Hypothyroidism causes a woman’s menstrual periods to become irregular and unpredictable. Autoimmune problems result from irregular periods and cause fertility problems.
Cognitive Problems – Hypothyroidism commonly causes mental and emotional difficulties, including being in a cloud and difficulty focusing on tasks. Hypothyroidism – left untreated – can lead to depression. Treatment with thyroid hormone medication can relieve depression symptoms.
Goiter – An enlarged thyroid gland that happens when it is trying extra hard to generate thyroid hormone. A large goiter interferes with swallowing and breathing. It can cause you to be self-conscious about your appearance.
Heart Disease – Hypothyroidism makes your body retain fluid and can lead to hypertension (high blood pressure) and congestive heart failure. This is when your heart can’t pump an adequate blood supply to your heart. Hypothyroidism also increases heart disease risk by raising cholesterol and triglyceride levels (lipids). This leads to a fatty build up in the arteries.
Peripheral Neuropathy – Untreated hypothyroidism may damage your peripheral nerves carrying information from your brain and spinal cord to the body. Fluid retention puts pressure on peripheral nerves.
- Tingling in arms/legs
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of muscle control
Hypothyroidism Therapy Expertise
Don’t let your hypothyroidism go undetected and untreated. It is important to work with a fertility specialist who has the research and clinical experience to design a therapeutic treatment plan meeting your personal needs. Dr. Hugh Melnick pays close attention to the diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism – a common condition among women suffering from infertility.
Read the Doctor’s contribution to the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology about subclinical hypothyroidism and its effect on a woman’s fertility.
Your initial consultation to find out if you are a candidate for Subclinical Hypothyroidism Therapy can be conducted with the Doctor via telephone, Skype or FaceTime.
Schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Hugh Melnick at Advanced Fertility Services by calling 212.369.8700.