Across a woman’s lifespan there are significant times of hormonal interaction, involvement and development. In particular, puberty, the female reproductive cycle, fertility, pregnancy, peri-menopause and menopause, all require healthy thyroid hormone synthesis and metabolism.  

Research demonstrates that woman have a 10-fold increased risk of developing a thyroid condition, mainly in part due to these unique hormonal events throughout her lifetime.

In our upcoming Thyroid Health Masterclass, thyroid expert Tara Nelson, will take a deep dive into each of the unique stages in a woman’s life that not only require thyroid hormone adequacy but are key times for thyroid conditions to develop:

  • Puberty and the Reproductive Years
  • Fertility and Pregnancy
  • Perimenopause and Menopause

Knowing the risk factors, symptomatic picture and pathology, can help clinicians be on the forefront for identification of thyroid conditions in each stage and be adept in preventing and treating these disorders.

Our Expert Speakers

Our experienced presenters bring with them a wealth of clinical knowledge and prescribing experience.

Tara Nelson

Speaker

Garth Harris
Bsc (BioMed)

Di Strang

Host

Date Saturday 3 August 2024
Time 1.00pm (AEST) / 3.00pm (NZST) / 4.00am (BST)
Duration 3 x 60 minutes with live Q&A
Event cost From AU$39.00 (incl GST)

Synopsis and Learning Outcomes

Puberty and the Reproductive Years

During puberty, changes in thyroid functions and an increase in thyroid volume occur as an adaptation to body and sexual development. Thyroid problems during this stage can adversely affect growth and development during puberty, a crucial period of hormonal interaction, and is often overlooked. 

The thyroid is at the centre of all hormone communication between the brain, adrenal gland and the ovaries. When this communication is damaged, the interaction between sex hormones, stress hormones, brain neurotransmitters and energy metabolism falls apart. Symptoms that seem related to problems with estrogen and progesterone, are often caused by thyroid hormone imbalance.

Key learning outcomes:

  • Understand how hormonal changes can impact thyroid function and hormone regulation.
  • Identify risk factors and symptoms in tweens and teens to rule out or confirm a thyroid dysfunction diagnosis, and how to support this sub-set.
  • Understand how symptoms of thyroid dysfunction overlap with normal pubertal changes, making diagnosis and management challenging.
  • Learn how female sex hormones are influenced by both hypo- and hyperthyroidism.
  • Identify common hormonal presentations and dysregulations that can occur in thyroid dysfunction.
  • Understand the association between autoimmune thyroid disorders and infertility, including impacts on ovarian function and fertility outcomes.
  • Learn strategies to optimize thyroid function for improved fertility outcomes.

Fertility and Pregnancy

Thyroid hormones are vital for the proper functioning of the female reproductive system, since they modulate the metabolism and development of ovarian, uterine, and placental tissues. Therefore, hypo- and hyperthyroidism may result in subfertility or infertility in women.

The thyroid also plays an important role in conception and maintenance of a healthy pregnancy. Pregnancy may affect the course of thyroid disorders and, conversely, thyroid diseases may affect the course of pregnancy. Moreover, thyroid disorders (and their management) may affect both the pregnant woman and the developing foetus.

 Key learning outcomes:

  • Explore the impact of thyroid disorders on reproductive health and fertility in women.
  • Discuss how thyroid dysfunction can affect female reproductive health.
  • Understand the association between autoimmune thyroid disorders and infertility.
  • Learn strategies to optimise thyroid function for improved fertility outcomes.
  • Understand the dynamic changes in thyroid hormone levels and function during pregnancy.
  • Explore the potential effects of thyroid disorders on pregnancy outcomes.
  • Discuss the potential for thyroid dysfunction postpartum and implications for breastfeeding and maternal health.
  • Learn to safely prescribe to support patients with thyroid diseases during gestation and beyond.

 Perimenopause and Menopause

The thyroid plays a crucial role in regulating various physiological processes, including metabolism, energy production, and hormone regulation. During perimenopause and menopause, significant hormonal changes occur, primarily involving declining levels of estrogen and progesterone. These hormonal fluctuations can impact thyroid function and vice versa, potentially influencing the experience of perimenopause and menopause.

Key learning outcomes:

  • Understand how the fluctuations in oestrogen and progesterone can impact thyroid function
  • Explore the potential effects of thyroid disorders on common symptoms
  • Learn how the shared symptoms of perimenopause/menopause and thyroid disorders can exacerbate each other
  • Learn strategies to optimise thyroid health during themenopausal transition
  • Understand the importance of addressing cardiovascular complications commonly associated with thyroid dysfunction in menopausal women

Event pricing

EARLY BIRD STANDARD PRACTITIONER  STANDARD STUDENT
AU$39.00 inc GST AU$59.00 inc GST AU$39.00 inc GST
(ends midnight Sunday 30 June 2024) (closes midnight Thursday 1 August 2024) (closes midnight Thursday 1 August 2024)

 

Your investment includes:

  • Live and ongoing on-demand access to all 3 sessions
  • Premier access to clinical resources and tools
  • 3 CPE Points

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