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A 31-year-old member asked:

can hypothyroidism cause heavy and long periods?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Yes: Hypothyroidism slows down your metabolism and can prolong your period making it lasts longer and heavier.
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 24 years experience
Possibly: Thyroid problems can definitely throw off your periods, however, make sure that fibroids and other hormone abnormalities are not also throwing things off. Check random urine iodine to make sure you have enough iodine.
Dr. Brad Eilerman
Endocrinology 20 years experience
Hypothyroidism: Absolutely. Thyroid labs are very appropriate here.

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A 52-year-old member asked:

Can hypothyroidism be cured?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Not usually: Occasionally, hypothyroidism is caused by a temporary condition such as thyroiditis, or inflammation of the thyroid gland. Such cases usually do resolve, and the thyroid goes back to making normal amounts of thyroid hormone. Most of the time, however, the thyroid gland makes less and less thyroid hormone over time, and lifelong treatment with thyroid hormone is needed.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

How common is hypothyroidism?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Fairly common: About 3% of the general population has hypothyroidism. It is more common in women than in men, and can run in families.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How can you deal with hypothyroidism symptoms?

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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatric Endocrinology 21 years experience
You treat: With thyroxine supplementation if indeed you have genuine hypothyroidism. Remember, it takes several weeks and sometimes months to have your symptoms resolve. Regular monitoring of your thyroid levels is equally important as dose requirement can vary among individuals. Change in body weight can also affect levels.
A 27-year-old member asked:

Is hypothyroidism incurable?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
No: Hypothyroid is very curable. As long as you take the right amount of thyroid hormone replacement, you should not be hypothyroid anymore.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Are hypothyroid medications effective?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Levothyroxine: Thyroid hormone replacement with levothyroxine is the standard of care for patients with hypothyroidism.

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