I had an interesting discussion with a friend of mine this week. Her 20-something daughter, who was diagnosed with hypothyroidism several months ago, has decided that she doesn't want to take her thyroid medication. The daughter says that since starting her treatment, her irregular, scanty periods are now more regular and somewhat heavier. Because she liked the lighter, less frequent periods, she has decided to stop her medication. She's decided that the benefits she's seen since starting treatment -- she's lost weight, stopped losing hair, and has more energy -- are not worth it.
She's not alone. I've heard from other patients who don't take their thyroid medications. Some of the common reasons I hear:
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