Over the past several years, women have sought out the Happy Hormone Cottage to have their hormones checked and then balanced. Their focus has for the most part has been on balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Part of our strategy is to educate our women on the 3 major hormones of the body: Insulin, cortisol, and thyroid. Up until now, we have been successful with testing cortisol and discussing insulin resistance and control.
Thyroid has always been a challenge. We are limited by using current blood testing of TSH, T3, and T4. Most women have “had” their thyroid checked by blood and have often been told that they are “normal”. Worse than that, women are often diagnosed with hypothyroidism, but are then inadequately treated. Relying on these same tests to determine dose has left most women undertreated and left with not feeling any improvement when taking medication. Symptoms of low thyroid include: cold body temperature, fatigue, hair loss, tendency to gain weight, dry skin, low sex drive, brain fog, and poor sleep. Chronic hypothyroidism disease can lead to heart disease, insulin resistance, arthritis and inflammation, and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Symptoms of a Thyroid Condition
There are many different causes of a thyroid condition, all of which must be taken seriously. For example, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease that directly can affect your hormone production. Other conditions include thyroid surgery, radiation, medication, etc. It is always important to stay on top of your health condition. One way is to report any symptoms you may be feeling to one of our doctors. These symptoms include:
- Dry skin
- Weight gain
- Hoarse voice
- Hair loss or hair that is thinning
- Painful joints
- Memory loss
Relaying your symptoms and going to a provider who can accurately test and treat a condition can greatly enhance the effectiveness of treatment. Our team at Happy Hormone Cottage is here to assist you with our expertise.