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Thyroid Hormone Imbalance in Women: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Friday, February 3rd 2023 2:00pm 4 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck that produces hormones that regulate metabolism. Thyroid hormones, such as triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), play a crucial role in controlling the body’s metabolism, heart rate, and body temperature. Women are more likely to develop thyroid problems than men, and thyroid hormone imbalances are a common health issue for women of all ages.

Symptoms of thyroid hormone imbalance

Thyroid hormone imbalances can manifest as either hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid) or hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid). The symptoms of hypothyroidism can include:

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Weight gain
  • Cold intolerance
  • Dry skin and hair
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Infertility

On the other hand, the symptoms of hyperthyroidism can include:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Weight loss
  • Nervousness and anxiety
  • Sweating and heat intolerance
  • Diarrhea
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Tremors
  • Insomnia

It is important to note that these symptoms can also be caused by other health conditions, so it is always best to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis.

Causes of thyroid hormone imbalance

There are several causes of thyroid hormone imbalances in women, including:

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