Thyroiditis

View the Hyperthyroidism Slideshow Pictures

Postpartum thyroiditis symptoms and signs

Like Hashimoto's thyroiditis, postpartum thyroiditis seems to be caused by a problem with the immune system. In the United States, postpartum thyroiditis occurs in about 5 to 10 percent of women. The first phase starts 1 to 4 months after giving birth. In this phase, you may get symptoms of hyperthyroidism because the damaged thyroid is leaking thyroid hormones out into the bloodstream. The second phase starts about 4 to 8 months after delivery. In this phase, you may get symptoms of hypothyroidism because, by this time, the thyroid has lost most of its hormones. Not everyone with postpartum thyroiditis goes through both phases. In most women who have postpartum thyroiditis, thyroid function returns to normal within 12 to 18 months after symptoms start.

Risk factors for postpartum thyroiditis include having:

Silent or painless thyroiditis symptoms and signs

Symptoms are the same as in postpartum thyroiditis, but they are not related to having given birth.

Thyroid Quiz: Test Your Medical IQ

Subscribe to MedicineNet's Newsletters

Get the latest health and medical information delivered direct to your inbox!

By clicking Submit, I agree to the MedicineNet's Terms & Conditions & Privacy Policy and understand that I may opt out of MedicineNet's subscriptions at any time.

VIEW PATIENT COMMENTS
  • Thyroiditis - Symptoms

    What were the signs and symptoms associated with thyroiditis in you or someone you know?

    Post View 1 Comment
  • Thyroiditis - Share Your Experience

    How did you find out you had thyroiditis? Please share your experience.

    Post View 3 Comments

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors