So, I have blogged about my own personal journey with my thyroid and have been sharing the research I have come across. Now although I have been talking from my perspective and from a female with the condition, however, having a thyroid condition is not only a female thing. This is also found within men too.
Thyroid disease in men involves many of the same symptoms as those that affect women with a thyroid disorder. Men, however, may also experience some manifestations of a thyroid issue that are unique to their sex—some of which you may not immediately associate with conditions such as low sperm count, loss of muscle mass, and erectile dysfunction.
Many men don't consider that they could have thyroid disease
, even if they present with classic symptoms. Part of the reason for that may be that women are up to 10 times more likely to have thyroid disease than men.
Some of the most common symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
- Weight gain
- Coarse, dry skin
- Feeling cold
- Joint pain
- Muscle aches or stiffness
- Memory problems
- Hair loss
- Enlarged thyroid
Men with thyroid dysfunction may have symptoms that are more specific to males. Among them:
- Balding/hair loss
- Lower sex drive
- Decreased testosterone levels
Gynecomastia, male breast enlargement (hyperthyroidism)
- Loss of muscle mass and/or strength
Interestingly, men with hyperthyroidism were found to be at greater risk of hip fractures than women.
The thyroid impacts sexual function in both males and females, though it may be more obvious in males. As such, men with thyroid disease may also experience these sexual health-related symptoms:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Delayed ejaculation (more common in hypothyroidism)
- Premature ejaculation (more common in hyperthyroidism)
Problems with sperm that can lead to infertility such as lower sperm counts, poorer sperm quality, lower semen volume, and less sperm motility
Thyroid disease diagnosis is the same no matter your sex. Unfortunately, doctors tend to overlook thyroid symptoms in men since thyroid dysfunction is not nearly as common as it is in women.
It's very important no matter your sex, if you feel you may have any signs or symptoms, to go to a medical professional and have your Thyroid levels tested, and not treating these conditions will only do your body more harm than good.