Symptoms Of Hypothyroidism
In Women

Dr. Tarrin P. Lupo, D.C.

symptoms of hypothyroidism in womenSymptoms of hypothyroidism in women can be exacerbated by long term use of oral contraceptives and hormone replacements

Are you looking for some of the common symptoms of hypothyroidism in women?

Most patients who have thyroid issues are actually women.

There is much debate as to why there is such an uneven shift between the sexes, but experts think it has to do with the connection between hypothyroidism and pregnancy.

  • Some female sex hormones can disrupt normal thyroid function

Women who take medications increase their risk. Of the 50 top selling medications in the USA, over half can cause side effects that disrupt normal thyroid function.

  • Long-term use of oral contraceptives and hormone replacements like Premarin can interfere with T3 uptake and cause thyroid issues 

Oral contraceptive use is so widespread in the USA that some women don't think twice about choosing to use it. Unfortunately, long term use can exacerbate hypothyroid problems.

Warning Signs & Symptoms Of Hypothyroidism In Women

symptoms of hypothyroidism in womenAre you noticing more of your hair in the shower drain?
  • Are you noticing more of your hair in the drain of your shower?
  • Do the outer edges of your eyebrows seem to be thinning?
  • Do your toes and fingers feel like ice cubes?
  • Are you gaining weight at a rapid rate?
  • Did you starting feeling worse or rapidly gaining weight after giving birth? Especially after giving birth to your second child? 
  • Have you taken birth control for a number of years?
  • Do you lose your composure quickly?
  • Are you angry and don’t know why?
  • Do you have bouts of depression?
  • Do you have emotional outbursts that you can’t control?
  • Do all diets seem to fail for you?
  • Does exercise not seem to do anything for your excess weight?
  • Have you lost interest in having sex?
  • Do you get strange and random skin rashes?
  • Do you feel like your joints are swollen?
  • Do you have muscle and joint pain?
  • Are you always exhausted and sleep does not relieve it?
  • Do you have a hard time concentrating or have a bad memory?
  • Do you have PCOS?
  • Are you growing hair on your face, chest, or back?

The Connection Between Pregnancy And Hypothyroidism

symptoms of hypothyroidism in womenIf you are planning on having a baby, be sure to manage your thyroid first, otherwise you can pass your thyroid issues to your child

Women develop hypothyroid issues for many reasons but pregnancy is definitely one of the most common.

When you get pregnant your immune system makes a shift and ramps up. This is so you can pass your immune antibodies to your baby. 

  • The problem is some women can’t turn off their excited immune system after their baby is born

This can cause postpartum depression and also autoimmune thyroid problems. The fired-up antibodies start attacking their own thyroid and the mother develops Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism.

  • If you are planning on having a baby, be sure to manage your thyroid first, otherwise you can pass your thyroid issues to your child.

Research suggests the chances of developing hypothyroid increase dramatically with the birth of a second child. Interestingly enough, a mother can pass on her ramped-up immune system and their child will inherit the antibodies that cause Hashimoto’s.

Hypothyroidism And Sugar Regulation

symptoms of hypothyroidism in womenA lifetime of eating refined carbohydrates and sugar raises your chances of developing thyroid issues

Hypothyroidism can also be caused by sugar regulation issues like hypoglycemiainsulin resistance, and diabetes. If your thyroid issues are related to a sugar issue you might also have PCOS.

A lifetime of eating meat, dairy, animal-based oils, refined carbohydrates, and sugar raises your chances of developing thyroid issues.

Stress neurotransmitters and sex hormones can raise your risk of developing a hypothyroid condition. Long term use of birth control can also cause thyroid dysfunction.


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