International Thyroid Awareness Week 2013

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the fifth International Thyroid Awareness Week (20 – 26 May 2013) supported by this official website.

Even till this day too many thyroid related issues go unnoticed. Symptoms are overlooked or misinterpreted as pure signs of stress or depression. The aim of the initiative “International Thyroid Awareness Week” is to raise awareness on thyroid related issues and problems . By providing medical information we hope to help you to better understand the central role of the thyroid gland with respect to your health and to know the common signs and symptoms of thyroid dysfunction.

This year’s campaign is about ‘thyroid and infertility’. Many women have trouble getting pregnant. While infertility can have many and various reasons, thyroid disorder is certainly one of them – and is often looked at.

The hormones produced by the thyroid gland are in continuous interaction with other, mainly sexual hormones. To preserve a normal reproductive function in men and women, the thyroid gland has to work properly. If not, it can harm male and female fertility. Thyroid hormones, previously thought not to affect male fertility, are now being recognized as having an important role e.g. in sperm production. Since thyroid disease is a common endocrine disorder in women of childbearing age, one of the first thoughts should be the thyroid when a couple experiences trouble in procreating. The good news about the thyroid being the cause of infertility is that it is reversible by adequate treatment. As president of TFI, I want to encourage you to see your doctor when you are planning for a family.

I hope this website provides helpful advice and information.

Ashok Bhaseen

TFI President

Thyroid Federation International is a global organization which aims to work for the benefit of those affected by thyroid dysfunctions throughout the world.