Thyroid problems can sometimes be tough to detect because they share symptoms with other conditions. However, your healthcare provider may suggest testing for a thyroid disorder if you experience some of these signs.


Symptoms of Hypothyroidism (too little hormone)

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Heavier menstrual periods
  • Forgetfulness
  • Constipation
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Goiter (enlarged thyroid)
  • Muscle and joint aches
  • Hair loss
  • Dry skin

Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism (too much hormone)

  • Nervousness and irritability
  • Weight loss
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • More frequent stools
  • Feeling too warm
  • Decreased menstrual flow

Richard H. Schwarz, MD, obstetrical consultant to the March of Dimes, is past president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; vice chairman for clinical services, Maimonides Medical Center; and professor of obstetrics and gynecology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, both in Brooklyn.

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