Low Sex Drive and Hypothyroidism

By Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel

Thyroid disease can display a number of symptoms. However, low sex drive or loss of libido is considered as one of the most worrying problems related to thyroid disease.

There is more and more evidence indicating that the existence of physical problems, including thyroid problems – even “normal” range – usually lead to a low interest in sex.

How does thyroid dysfunction affect libido

Symptoms of hypothyroidism occur little by little. Low thyroid symptoms are not really clear and usually the same as symptoms of aging. Furthermore, low thyroid symptoms can have different effects on different parts of the body.

Most of the patients who have hypothyroidism usually report low sex drive or loss of libido. This symptom can also happen to patients with hyperthyroidism, but patients with hyperthyroidism can also go through some symptoms of increased sex drive in view of the high metabolism caused by hyperthyroidism. Metabolism, in case of hypothyroidism, is decelerated, thus making reproductive organs decelerated, too. The condition also slows down the hormones produced by the adrenal glands. These hormones have the mission to transform into sex hormones later. The reduction of estrogen and testosterone levels in women and men is both visible.

What is good here is that when thyroid hormone imbalances are treated, all of the bodily functions – of course, even libido – will become normal again. Here below are some helpful tips for regenerating your sex drive, while you experience thyroid dysfunction:

  • Ensure your thyroid drug cure to be optimal
  • Have your hormones checked
  • Lose weight
  • Carefully have your health checked so that you can notice other health conditions, apart from thyroid ones.
  • Do exercise regularly
  • Therapy should be taken into account
  • Testosterone supplementation is recommended, if needed
  • Estrogen/progesterone supplementation is recommended for women, if needed

Treating your thyroid effectively can result in a healthy libido

It is unfortunate that most of the physicians and endocrinologists can be unqualified or not confident enough to carry out a clinical assessment for a patient’s thyroid condition, or they may not have sufficient insight into the the restrictions of a standard thyroid function test. That many patients with hypothyroid get ineffective doses of thyroid replacement is the consequence of this issue.

Synthetic T4 (Levothyroxine), Synthroid, Levoxyl, which are the most widely accepted forms of thyroid replacement, are products generally used to treat hypothyroidism. This belief results from the assumption that the body is able to make things that it needs convert into the biologically active form T3. Nevertheless, for a lot of people, T4 cannot be converted into T3 in an efficacious way. The problem is because T3 is the more active form of thyroid hormone. Therefore, if the T3 levels are not balanced, despite the the fact that the T4 and TSH levels can be optimal, symptoms may still be felt.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: July 27, 2017 | Last Modified: December 4, 2019

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