A 70 Year Old’s Thoughts on Living with Hypothyroidism

I’d like to thank the lovely Margaret for featuring in this blog. I’ve known Margaret through my online support group for thyroid patients, for about a year and a half to two years now and she’s come a long way in advocating for her health in that time. I do feel that older thyroid patients’ voices aren’t heard enough, in regards to their experience of living with the condition for so long, which I’m sure we can all learn from.

So thank you Margaret for letting me ask you some questions on living with hypothyroidism as an older member of the thyroid community.

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The Issue of Fertility with Hypothyroidism

Thyroid function and fertility are closely linked. Abnormal thyroid levels can lead to miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, anaemia, stillbirth and the baby developing congenital hypothyroidism itself, yet many doctors don’t think to check thyroid hormone levels.  Continue reading “The Issue of Fertility with Hypothyroidism”

What Happens If You Stop Taking Your Thyroid Medication

It’s a question that’s been asked many times on my Facebook group:

What happens if you stop taking your thyroid medication?

For one reason or another, you might be wondering if you can get by without it. Perhaps you don’t feel any better on it, perhaps you feel worse or it gives you some side effects. It could be expensive for you to maintain or you might not be keen on taking any pills for whatever reason.

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Pregnancy and Hypothyroidism

Pregnancy and Hypothyroidism.

How can Hypothyroidism develop during/after pregnancy?

As pregnancy is stressful on the body, it can induce hypothyroidism. For some women, this starts during pregnancy, but it’s after pregnancy that a lot are diagnosed. Some recover after a month or two, but many are left with hypothyroidism for the rest of their lives, requiring medication.

Hashimoto’s Healing explains that during pregnancy, the body goes through many hormonal changes and the immune system makes adjustments in order to preserve the fetus and not reject it as a foreign invader.

The Th-1 suppression ends after birth and this causes the immune system to surge. If it is already unstable, then this can trigger the start of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s is usually triggered.  Continue reading “Pregnancy and Hypothyroidism”

What Causes an Underactive Thyroid?

You’ve probably wondered what caused your underactive thyroid. Could it be one of the below? Continue reading “What Causes an Underactive Thyroid?”