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Postpartum Thyroiditis

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is postpartum thyroiditis?

Postpartum thyroiditis is a disease that causes your thyroid gland to become inflamed after you give birth. The thyroid gland is located at the front of your neck. The thyroid produces hormones that help control your body functions, such as temperature and heart rate. Postpartum thyroiditis can develop right after or within a year after delivery.

Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands

What causes postpartum thyroiditis?

Postpartum thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease. This means that your body's immune system attacks your thyroid gland. During pregnancy, the immune system slows down. After delivery, the immune system starts to work normally again. During this time, your immune system may attack and damage your thyroid gland.

What increases my risk for postpartum thyroiditis?

What are the signs and symptoms of postpartum thyroiditis?

How is postpartum thyroiditis diagnosed?

How is postpartum thyroiditis treated?

Postpartum thyroiditis usually goes away on its own. Healthcare providers may watch you for changes over time. You may need any of the following:

How can I manage my symptoms?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone call if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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