The thyroid gland is a small organ, but it has a big impact.
PPT and symptoms of an underactive thyroid
Approximately 25–45% of women who develop hypothyroid phase of PPT will experience the symptoms of an underactive thyroid.1 These include fatigue, loss of concentration, poor memory, constipation and possible depression.1
PPT and symptoms of an overactive thyroid
Between 20% and 30% of women who develop PPT experience symptoms of an overactive thyroid.1 These include fatigue, palpitations, weight loss, heat intolerance, nervousness, anxiety and irritability.1
Hyperthyroidism in PPT usually occurs in the first 6 months after the baby is born (most commonly around 3 months) and usually lasts between 1 and 2 months.1 The hypothyroidism phase of PPT usually occurs between 3 and 8 months (most commonly at 6 months) and usually last 4 to 6 months.
How is PPT treated?
PPT is generally a passing and transient condition, and treatment is not needed in all cases.
Follow-up for women with PPT
Even though a diagnosis of thyroid problems may be scary, PPT is not generally a long-term condition and the majority of women find their thyroid gland works normally by the end of the first year after the birth of their baby.1 Should you experience any of the symptoms outlined above, please consult your doctor.
Date of preparation: February 2022