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Women and Thyroid Nodules

by | Feb 27, 2024

Learn about the symptoms and treatment options tailored to address the specific needs of women facing this thyroid condition and discover expert care for women with thyroid nodules at our specialized clinic in Singapore. Our thyroid nodules specialist, Dr. Manish Taneja, offers personalized treatment options tailored to your unique needs, ensuring comprehensive care and support throughout your journey to thyroid health. 

 

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Thyroid health is an essential part of your overall health. Getting your thyroid checked when something is amiss is important, whether in the early stages of womanhood or navigating your golden years. According to the American Thyroid Association, one in eight women is diagnosed with a thyroid issue.

Women may face a spectrum of thyroid health concerns, including common diseases and nodules. Hypothyroidism, characterized by an underactive thyroid, often brings symptoms like fatigue and weight gain, while hyperthyroidism, the opposite, leads to weight loss and increased heart rate. Autoimmune disorders like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Graves’ Disease can result in long-term thyroid dysfunction, with potential symptoms ranging from depression to bulging eyes.

Introduction to Thyroid Nodules

For many people, thyroid nodules present themselves during a self-examination or a doctor visit. (Verywell Health has instructions on how to conduct a self-exam.) These abnormal growths may be benign or, in some cases, indicative of thyroid cancer. Larger nodules can impact thyroid function and cause voice changes or difficulty swallowing. Patients with these symptoms need careful evaluation to determine their nature.

Women should stay vigilant, recognizing symptoms and seeking professional guidance for timely diagnosis and personalized management of these thyroid health issues. Regular check-ups become crucial in maintaining thyroid wellness and promptly addressing concerns.

 

Women and Thyroid Nodules

Thyroid health plays a crucial role in your reproductive health, and thyroid disorders, particularly thyroid nodules, can impact various aspects of the reproductive process.

Thyroid nodules are lumps/growths within the thyroid gland. While most nodules are non-cancerous, they can still affect reproductive health. Your thyroid gland helps regulate the menstrual cycle and fertility. Imbalances in thyroid hormone levels, often associated with thyroid nodules, can lead to irregular periods and difficulties conceiving.

 

Pregnancy and Thyroid Health

During pregnancy, the thyroid experiences significant changes to meet the increased demand for thyroid hormones. The thyroid gland enlarges, and hormone production rises to support the growing fetus. Adequate thyroid function is essential for adequately developing the baby’s brain and nervous system.

Thyroid disorders, including hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, can pose risks to women during pregnancy. Untreated hypothyroidism may lead to issues like preeclampsia, preterm birth, or low birth weight. Hyperthyroidism, on the other hand, can increase the risk of preterm birth and other complications.

Thyroid dysfunction can also contribute to fertility problems. Irregular menstrual cycles and ovulatory dysfunction associated with thyroid disorders may make it challenging for individuals to conceive. Managing thyroid health is crucial for optimizing fertility.

 

Menstruation, Hormones, and Menopause

Thyroid hormones influence the menstrual cycle, and imbalances can lead to irregular periods. Hypothyroidism may cause heavier and more prolonged menstrual bleeding, while hyperthyroidism can result in lighter periods.

Thyroid hormones interact with reproductive hormones such as estrogen and progesterone. Disruptions in this delicate balance can affect ovulation, menstrual regularity, and fertility.

As women approach menopause, thyroid function may change. Hormonal fluctuations during this stage of life can exacerbate existing thyroid conditions or contribute to the onset of thyroid disorders.

Thyroid nodules and disorders can impact fertility, pregnancy, and menstrual cycles. It’s essential for individuals, especially those planning pregnancy, to monitor and address thyroid health to ensure a smooth reproductive journey. Regular medical check-ups and consultations with healthcare providers can help manage thyroid conditions and promote overall reproductive well-being.

 

Thyroid Nodules Treatment Options in Singapore

Understanding your thyroid health is pivotal, especially for women, and exploring non-invasive treatments can be a game-changer in your healthcare journey.

One groundbreaking option is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) for thyroid nodules. RFA is a cutting-edge, non-invasive procedure designed to address thyroid nodules without resorting to traditional surgery. This technique employs radiofrequency energy to target and shrink nodules, offering a safe and efficient alternative with minimal discomfort and recovery time.

In addition to RFA, other non-invasive treatments are available for thyroid conditions. Laser and ethanol ablation are alternatives that utilize different approaches to address thyroid nodules. These techniques aim to provide effective results while avoiding invasive surgery, allowing patients to experience relief with reduced procedural impact.

Understanding these non-invasive options can help women make informed decisions about their thyroid health.

 

Get Help With Thyroid Nodules

Are you or someone you know grappling with the concerns of thyroid nodules? Are you curious about innovative and minimally invasive solutions for thyroid issues?

Thyroid health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being, especially for women. If you have thyroid nodules, it’s essential to consider the latest treatments that can improve your quality of life.

At our world-class specialized thyroid clinic in Singapore, we understand the health concerns women face with thyroid issues. Our qualified and compassionate medical professional and thyroid specialist, Dr. Manish Taneja, provides personalized care and support tailored to your situation. You deserve access to the best medical care available, and our commitment to excellence ensures you receive the treatment and help you deserve.

Don’t let thyroid nodules overshadow your well-being and quality of life. Take an active step towards better health by contacting our medical practice. We’re here to guide you through the process, answer questions, and provide the compassionate care you need. Your journey to optimal thyroid health starts with a simple decision – get in touch with us today and let us empower you on the path to a healthier, happier life.

Thyroid Nodule Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) Treatment

Radiofrequency ablation aims to give patients a non-surgical option for treating thyroid nodules. This procedure is a minimally invasive option that a surgeon can perform, should the preliminary tests determine that you would benefit from it.
The Advantages of RFA of Thyroid Nodules
The major advantages of the technique are as below.

  1. It is done as day surgery procedure under light sedation.
  2. It takes about 45 minutes to one hour to complete the entire procedure.
  3. Patients are discharged the same day.
  4. Normal thyroid tissue adjacent to the nodule is preserved.
  5. It does not affect thyroid function.
  6. Multiple nodules can be treated at same time.
  7. The treated nodules do not regrow again.
  8. No surgical scar with needle mark on the skin.
  9. Quick recovery and back to full activity and normal lifestyle.
  10. The technique is suitable to treat even large thyroid nodules.

Find out how thyroid nodule Radiofrequency Ablation can help you in a minimally invasive way on our blog post, “Thyroid Nodule Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment: Diagnosis,  Management, and Recovery.”

Find the Right Doctor

From family and internal medicine to specialist, Dr. Manish Taneja is the best in the field. As a vascular and interventional radiology specialist, Dr Manish Taneja looks after peripheral vascular disease, aneurysms, dialysis interventions, venous diseases like deep vein thrombosis, and varicose veins/spider veins/reticular veins. He is also competent in performing newer endovascular procedures such as uterine artery embolization, prostate artery embolization, genicular artery embolization, and erectile dysfunction interventions. Dr. Manish Taneja also has extensive experience in performing all vascular interventions, non-vascular interventions and interventional oncology procedures.

Read More About Vascular Treatments on Our Blog

To dive deeper into the types of vascular treatments such as thyroid nodule radiofrequency ablation, head over to our clinic’s blog.  Read our recommended vascular treatments related blog posts to stay informed.

Thyroid Nodule Resources

How to Keep Thyroid Healthy for Optimal Well-Being

As part of the endocrine system, the thyroid hormones must be perfectly balanced at all times for the body to function normally.

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Caring For Your Thyroid Health

Have you ever experienced difficulty swallowing or breathing? You may have risk factors including a family history of thyroid nodules or iodine deficiency. Thyroid nodules are abnormal lumps (growths) within the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland located below your voice box. Even if most thyroid nodules are benign, 10-15% of nodules are cancerous. Sometimes overgrowth of normal thyroid tissue can lead to hyperthyroidism. In other cases, multiple nodules can form in the thyroid called multinodular goiter. Fluid filled thyroid cysts can be one type of thyroid nodule within the thyroid. More complex nodules may lead to thyroid cancers. Depending on the root cause and type of nodule you have, patients can monitor with regular ultrasound or even have a thyroid fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAC) if required. Surgery to remove partial or whole thyroid gland can be done but thanks to minimally invasive treatments such as Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA), this procedure can treat noncancerous and cancerous thyroid lumps.

Types of Thyroid Nodules and Cancer

Watch our video guide and find out more on our blog post, “Types of Thyroid Nodules and Cancer” with the types, causes, evaluation, biopsy, treatment options, and when to see a thyroid specialist. Find answers to questions on whether thyroid nodules are cancerous or not.

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