January is Thyroid Awareness Month. This is an important time to discuss the many ways that thyroid issues can impact women’s health. At any age, thyroid issues or disease can present many complications to a woman’s well-being. For women in child-bearing years, hypothyroidism has been positively associated with sub-fertility, autoimmunity and infertility. Thyroid hormones play a role in most phases of reproduction.
Women who struggle with thyroid issues may go a long time without a diagnosis. The awareness being brought to this issue right now is important for women who are facing general health issues and issues with fertility.
Facts About Thyroid Disease
There is some useful information available about the prevalence of thyroid conditions and diseases. According to the American Thyroid Association (ATA):
Over 12% of Americans will have a thyroid condition at some point in their life
20 million people in the U.S. have a thyroid disease of some kind
As many as 60% of the people who have thyroid disease are undiagnosed or don’t realize it
One in eight women will suffer from a thyroid condition in their lifetime
The underlying cause of thyroid conditions are not well known
Untreated thyroid issues may cause infertility
Women are as much as eight times more likely to develop thyroid problems than men.