Located in the front of the neck the thyroid gland produces the thyroid hormone, an important hormone for almost all of your body’s functions. When the thyroid is not performing optimally, it does not produce enough thyroid hormone, resulting in a condition known as hypothyroidism.
While hypothyroidism can happen to both genders, women are five times more likely to have thyroid problems than men. And for women, the chance of a missed, or delayed, diagnosis is possible due to the fact that many of the symptoms for hypothyroidism are the same as those for menopause.
These symptoms include weight gain, insomnia, tiredness and fatigue, moodiness, depression, skin changes, constipation, cold intolerance, sweats. When women grow up seeing older women experience these things, the perspective becomes that it is normal and just part of getting older, or just part of menopause. And often, women are told by their physicians that is part of menopause, and will pass.