Constipation

A healthy thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate the body's metabolism.

Metabolism slows during hypothyroidism, which causes virtually every other organ in the body to slow down as well. The digestive tract is no exception to this rule.

Constipation Is One Of Many Thyroid Symptoms

A sluggish gut with decreased motility slows the movement of stool through the intestine. This is the link between hypothyroidism and constipation.

Talk to your doctor

If you are suffering from constipation, it may be indicative of broader thyroid symptoms and complications.

Other Thyroid Symptoms

Are you experiencing any of these other common hypothyroidism symptoms?

Other Thyroid Symptoms

Are you experiencing any of these other common hypothyroidism symptoms?

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