Living with Chronic Conditions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about chronic conditions.

What effects can hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism have on a woman if left untreated?

Hyperthyroidism is an important condition for women to question if they have concerns that they are showing symptoms. According to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH), if left untreated, hyperthyroidism can speed osteoporosis in thinning bones and decreasing bone mass. This is specifically a problem in women and increases the chances of breaking a bone.

Hyperthyroidism also can cause problems for pregnancy women and their babies if not properly treated, according to the NIH. Issues can include:

  • Early labor and premature birth
  • Fast heart rate for the baby
  • Preeclampsia
  • Small baby
  • Stillbirth

Untreated hypothyroidism also can be concerning for pregnant women and their babies, as it can cause serious problems, according to the NIH.

Pregnant women who are not diagnosed or treated while pregnant are at increased risk, according to the NIH, for:

  • Abnormal bleeding after birth
  • Anemia
  • Brain development problems for the baby
  • Low birth weight for the baby
  • Preeclampsia

Talk to your doctor for more information about issues caused by untreated hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.

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Source content: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Timothy Drehmer, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Pamela Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care

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