Reduced sex drive
You are likely to suffer emotionally as hypothyroidism can significantly reduce sex drive. The low thyroid levels also lower sex hormones testosterone (in men) and estrogen (in women), disturbing their sexual health. Sexual dysfunctions may also lead to mental problems like depression.
Therefore, when you suspect that you have the symptoms of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, get medical help, and manage the condition.
A woman with untreated Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can deliver a baby with congenital defects. The unborn baby is likely to have malformations in their kidneys, heart, and brain, which may result in developmental delays.
Hence, women who are planning a baby and pregnant women need to be more vigilant, check for any possible symptoms, and get medical aid to prevent pregnancy complications.
The low production of thyroid hormones can increase the levels of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) in the body. This increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack.
In certain cases, Hashimoto’s disease causes other cardiovascular problems like heart failure or an enlarged heart.
This condition causes enlargement of your thyroid gland. In severe cases, your neck looks as if a tennis ball is stuck in your esophagus. There are possibilities that the enlarged thyroid gland can cause swallowing and breathing problems.
Noticeable changes around the throat or symptoms related to difficulty in swallowing or talking may be related to thyroid problems. Take note of these and seek medical advice.
How to confirm if you are suffering from Hashimoto’s disease
If you note any symptoms of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, see a doctor. Your doctor will order tests depending on the symptoms of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and other health factors. Your doctor will do a thorough physical examination along with laboratory tests such as thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), Free T4 (FT4) levels, and check the presence of anti-thyroid peroxidase antibodies..
Generally, people with a medical history of thyroid problems are screened to detect the development of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or any other thyroid problems. A regular checkup for people at greater risk helps in early detection and treatment.
Follow the instructions suggested by your doctor and undergo the tests to find the issues in thyroid and possible causes. Do not use any medicines that support the thyroid unless prescribed by your doctor as the dosage should be titrated accordingly. Follow your doctor’s advice.
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