If you are trying to get pregnant, you must know the common causes of hypothyroidism. Many causes are obvious – due to a prior medical condition. Other signs and symptoms are subtle – going undiagnosed. Dr. Hugh Melnick – founder of Advanced Fertility Center in NYC – is one of only a handful of fertility doctors who offers comprehensive testing and treatment for hypothyroidism as part of infertility treatment.
Common Causes of Hypothyroidism
The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped mass of tissue located in your neck. This powerful little gland can have a great impact on your looks as well as your health. Despite its small size, the thyroid plays a critical role in determining how a woman’s body functions – including her fertility.
Your immune system is designed to protect your body’s cells against invading bacteria and viruses. When unknown bacteria or viruses enter your body, your immune system responds by sending out fighter cells to destroy the foreign cells.
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition and the most common cause of an underactive thyroid. This disease attacks your thyroid gland and causes chronic thyroid inflammation. The inflammation can reduce thyroid function. It’s common to find multiple family members with this same condition.
Sometimes, your body confuses normal, healthy cells for invading cells. This is called an autoimmune response. If the autoimmune response isn’t regulated or treated, your immune system can attack healthy tissues. This can cause serious medical issues, including conditions like hypothyroidism.
Surgical Removal of the Thyroid
If your entire thyroid gland is removed due to thyroid problems, you’ll develop hypothyroidism. Using thyroid medication for the rest of your life is the primary treatment.
If only a portion of the gland is removed, your thyroid may still be able to produce enough hormones on its own. Blood tests will help determine how much thyroid medication you’ll need.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer of the head or neck, lymphoma, or leukemia, you may have undergone radiation therapy. Radiation used for the treatment of these conditions may slow or halt the production of thyroid hormone. This will almost always lead to hypothyroidism.
Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
Below is a list of the common signs and symptoms indicative of a thyroid problem.
Hypothyroidism Diagnostic Testing Expertise
Dr. Hugh Melnick – founder of Advanced Fertility Services in NYC – has decades of research and clinical experience in diagnosing and treating hypothyroidism.
Your initial consultation with the Doctor can be conducted via telephone, Skype or FaceTime.
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