10 Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism (or an under active thyroid) is a condition in which the thyroid isn’t producing enough thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones are extremely important to many of your body’s essential processes including blood circulation, metabolism, and proper bone growth. The most common cause of hypothyroidism is iodine deficiency, but in more developed countries it is more commonly caused by an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s in which your immune system attacks your healthy thyroid tissue.

Unfortunately, many people suffering from both clinical and subclinical hypothyroidism go undiagnosed. In this article, we will explore many of the symptoms associated with an under active thyroid. You may experience these symptoms even if you only have subclinical hypothyroidism. If you or your child are experiencing any of the symptoms below, especially if you’re experiencing multiple symptoms, talk to your doctor about getting a thyroid test.

1. Delayed Puberty

The thyroid produces many of the important chemicals that contribute to sexual development and is very important during the process of puberty. Therefore, children with under active thyroids often experience a delay in the onset of puberty. Delayed puberty is difficult to diagnose because the age at which puberty starts varies from child to child, but it typically begins by the age of 13 for girls and by the age of 14 for boys. If you don’t see signs of puberty beginning and your child is already two or three years older than the expected age then this is a case of delayed puberty and it’s time to see a doctor. Another one of the warning signs for an under active thyroid is puberty that progresses in an irregular fashion. For example, the first sign of puberty for girls is usually an increase in breast size, and the first sign for boys is usually an increase in testicle size. If you were to see advanced development of pubic hair before seeing breast enlargement or testicular enlargement this could also be cause for concern. Any irregularity in the onset or progress of puberty is reason to see a doctor. Even if it isn’t an under active thyroid it may be another serious endocrine disorder that needs immediate attention.