Thyroid Problems and Women's Health
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Are you struggling to get through the day-to-day? Do you feel fatigued and deal with brain fog on a daily basis? Have you recently noticed an increase in hair loss, weight gain, chills, anxiety, and other problems? Your thyroid may be to blame. The thyroid gland is a small butterfly-shaped gland in the neck and is considered the “regulator” of the body, and when it has problems, things will go awry.
How do Thyroid Problems Impact You?
1 in 8 Women Will Develop Thyroid Problems
Thyroid hormones control metabolism by regulating the rate at which cells function and facilitate the conversion of oxygen and calories into energy. Problems with the thyroid will cause too little or too much of the hormone to be produced and released within the body. Women are prone to thyroid problems more than men, especially following pregnancy or menopause.
Signs of a poor functioning thyroid include:
- Decreased libido
- Hair loss
- Cold intolerance
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Inability to lose weight
Treatments for Thyroid Wellness
Depending upon your particular condition, we will determine the best treatment method for thyroid health. Our treatment methods for thyroid wellness include:
- Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
Patients will undergo thyroid wellness testing, health screenings, and examinations to determine the root cause of thyroid dysfunction. Every woman has unique health challenges and needs, and our experts focus on personalized patient treatments. What works for one person may not work for another, which is why we approach thyroid health from a functional medicine perspective. We want to get to the root problem and avoid masking the symptoms that you are experiencing.
Understanding Thyroid Dysfunction
The thyroid produces several hormones that control your metabolism including thyroxine, triiodothyronine, and calcitonin. While the thyroid is generally linked to women’s reproductive health, there are several other areas the thyroid has been found to impact. Regeneration Health uses a functional medicine approach to identify problems with the thyroid and other hormonal and nutritional imbalances. We go beyond the symptoms to look for the root cause of problems and provide patients with effective treatments that offer results.
My doctor performed a thyroid test and said I was fine?
The majority of clinics and hospitals will test for TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) with a lab screening test. While TSH testing can identify thyroid problems, it is only one element in a complete thyroid health screening. We do a complete thyroid panel to identify hormone levels that include:
- Free T3
- Free T4
- Reverse T3
- Thyroid antibodies
When we are able to identify where the thyroid is lacking, we can use the correct treatments to start driving your body’s metabolism.
What is causing thyroid dysfunction?
Following our initial thyroid screening, our experts will create a personalized patient treatment program to help the thyroid function properly. What most people do not realize is how the thyroid is linked to other areas of the body and the underlying problems could be caused by gut health, inflammation, adrenal fatigue, nutrient deficiencies, stress, and lack of sleep.
What are the risk factors for thyroid problems?
Women are five to eight times more likely to experience thyroid problems than men. Immune system changes, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause are all related to the development of thyroid problems. Age is another factor that increases the risk of developing thyroid problems.
How can I keep my thyroid healthy?
While we recommend visiting our office to undergo a thyroid health screening, there are additional things you can do to improve the health of your thyroid. Daily exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and limited stress can help the thyroid. Iodine consumption is another factor that can impact the function of the thyroid. We recommend increasing the amount of fish and healthy fats, eggs, and dairy products to improve thyroid health.
If you have been struggling with any of the above symptoms, or you are concerned about your thyroid health, contact our Ogden health clinic today. At Regeneration Health, we treat your body as a whole. Let us help you improve your day-to-day life with natural, effective, and safe treatments for thyroid wellness.