Hypothyroidism and The Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

Hypothyroidism, also known as under-active thyroid, is when the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone regulates metabolism and plays an important role in growth, development, and many bodily functions. When thyroid hormone levels are low, it can cause a variety of symptoms. Fortunately, bioidentical hormone therapy can help restore thyroid hormone levels and relieve symptoms.

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What Causes Hypothyroidism?

There are several potential causes:

  • Hashimoto’s Disease (an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks and damages the thyroid, the most common cause of hypothyroidism)
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Certain medications
  • Congenital
  • Iodine deficiency
  • Pituitary disorder

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

The symptoms of hypothyroidism develop gradually over time and can include:

  • Fatigue and sluggishness
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin and hair
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Heavier menstrual periods
  • Impaired memory and concentration
  • Depression
  • Increased cholesterol levels (which increases risk of heart disease)

The severity of symptoms can vary from person to person. Mild cases may go undiagnosed for years. Infants born with congenital hypothyroidism can have severe cognitive and developmental problems if not treated promptly after birth.

How to Get Tested

If you suspect you may have hypothyroidism based on symptoms, it’s important to see your doctor. A simple blood test will determine if your thyroid hormone levels are low. Based on test results and a physical exam, your doctor can diagnose hypothyroidism and discuss treatment options with you.

You can also take our hypothyroidism self-assessment test!

Treating Hypothyroidism with Hormone Therapy

For some people, synthetic thyroid medication like Levothyroxine causes undesirable side effects or doesn’t provide sufficient symptom relief. In these cases, bioidentical hormone therapy is an effective alternative and what we employ here at Your Wellness Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Bioidentical hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones produced naturally by your body. These are most commonly administered through pellets.

The advantages of bioidentical hormone therapy:

  • Made from natural plant sources.
  • Molecularly identical to the T3 your body produces.
  • Fewer side effects.
  • Can be customized for your needs and precisely dosed.
  • May improve thyroid function for people not responding fully to synthetic T4.

Always work with a knowledgeable practitioner if considering bioidentical hormone therapy. Testing is required to determine the right type and dosage of bioidentical hormone to use. Hormone levels will need periodic monitoring to ensure proper balance is maintained.

Relieving the Symptoms

Hypothyroidism can lead to obesity, joint pain, infertility, heart disease, and worsened depression. With proper treatment, however, most symptoms can be relieved allowing you to feel like yourself again.

If you feel extremely fatigued, are having unexplained weight gain, or notice other concerning symptoms, schedule a consultation with one of our providers. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may provide the necessary boost your body needs.

Learn more about how we treat hypothyroidism here!

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