Most Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism in Women

Last updated on November 4, 2022

Signs and symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) occurs when there isn't enough hormone produced by the thyroid gland. Symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland include fatigue, weight gain, depression, anxiety, hair loss, dry skin, cold intolerance, and muscle cramps.

Hypothyroidism is a condition under which the production of thyroid hormone is far less than usual. The purpose of thyroid hormone is to focus on the body's metabolism and when that is hit, it results in slow metabolism. Slow metabolism affects the growth, development, and many cellular processes which can have adverse effects on your body.

 signs of hypothyrodism

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland doesn't produce enough hormones. When the thyroid gland produces too little hormone, symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, depression, constipation, dry skin, hair loss, and menstrual irregularities may occur.

In women, hypothyroidism usually occurs when the pituitary gland fails to release sufficient amounts of TSH, the hormone that tells the thyroid gland to make thyroid hormone. As a result, the thyroid gland does not function properly.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism vary depending on the severity of the disease. Mild cases may cause only mild symptoms, but severe cases can lead to serious health problems.

Here's a look at some common symptoms of hypothyroidism in women:


Women with hypothyroidism tend to feel tired all the time. They may also have trouble concentrating and remembering things. Fatigue can last for hours after eating, and it worsens during periods.

Weight Gain

Many women with hypothyroidism put on extra pounds. Weight gain tends to happen gradually over several months.


People with hypothyroidism may feel sad, anxious, irritable, or depressed. Depression can worsen over time, so it's important to seek treatment early.


 Some people with hypothyroidism have difficulty passing stool. Constipation can become worse over time.

Dry Skin

Thyroid disorders can cause dry skin. People with hypothyroidism typically have dry hands and feet. Dry skin can be caused by low levels of sebum, the oil produced by glands in the skin.

Hair Loss

Women with hypothyroidism may lose hair in areas such as the eyebrows, and eyelashes. Hair loss can begin slowly and progress over time.

Menstrual Irregularities

Hypothyroidism can interfere with ovulation and menstruation. Menstrual irregularity can range from spotting to amenorrhea.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism in Women

What’s the connection between hypothyroidism and depression?

Having hypothyroidism can make you feel exhausted and sluggish, and it can make it difficult to concentrate, among other things—even when you’re taking levothyroxine (a type of thyroid hormone replacement therapy and the most common treatment for hypothyroidism). Some people with hypothyroidism may only experience mood difficulties.

Depression and hypothyroidism share several symptoms:


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