Many women have thyroid problems, including underactive or overactive thyroid conditions. The primary cause of low thyroid function in women is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune condition. Graves’ disease is often the cause of elevated thyroid function, and is also an autoimmune condition. Evaluating thyroid function includes screening for TSH, free T3, free T4, with testing for antithyroid antibodies if these thyroid function tests are abnormal.
Thyroid disorders become more common in women as they age, and annual assessment of thyroid function is done through an on-site reference lab. We collaborate with our patients and their primary care providers in evaluating and treating thyroid problems. This often involves treatment with medication, which requires close monitoring with lab testing. If needed, referral to an endocrinologist will be arranged.