Women and the Thyroid

Although thyroid disorders do not discriminate on whom they choose to take down, women more than men are more likely to be affected by a thyroid disorder. Most disorders if not all, can be completely prevented. A person’s life style and level of cholesterol can be the very things that trigger the disorder.

The thyroid is a gland that’s located in the throat right before hitting the voice box. Women are five to eight times more likely to have a disorder. The symptoms can easily be confused with other conditions so they are over looked many times. Following childbirth, women are at high risk of developing a thyroid disorder. Post-partum depression has the same symptoms as a thyroid disease and can often be confused. Feelings like fatigue and depression are common.

The gland at the base of your neck before the voice box is the thyroid. It is butterfly shaped and you can feel it easily with you hand. The thyroid produces the thyroid hormone, also known as the metabolic hormone. It’s responsible for regulating tissue growth, maintains blood pressure and develops tissue for the skeletal and nervous system. The reproductive system also depends on the thyroid for development. Hypo-thyroidism is a condition known as an under-active thyroid. The gland releases too little of the hormone. The second condition is known as hyperthyroidism where the thyroid produces too much of the hormone.

Hypothyroidism can show symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, slow heart rate, poor memory, dry skin, puffy fingers and face, lack of smell or taste, and trouble concentrating. Hyperthyroidism can show symptoms of irritability, shorter menstrual period, frequent bowel movements, weakness, trembling, and enlarged thyroid gland. Some of these enlarged glands can be cancerous so it’s important to keep an eye on it and to have a doctor check it out. Nodules can vary in size and they’re not always cancerous. They do though show signs of some kind of thyroid complication. Most nodules show no signs or symptoms of a disorder. They also go undetected. Other nodules however can cause difficulty swallowing and coughing. They can also cause the thyroid to become overactive that is causing hyperthyroidism.

Exercise, eating well and resting can balance your body and align it so that all of your glands and organs work as they should. Some herbs can help along with a healthy lifestyle. Ginger is said to be a great anti-inflammatory. Any herb or root that detoxifies is great to take. Dandelion is known as a blood purifier and will be sure to clean any impurities that may be causing some congestion with you glands. Research and see which one is best for you and your needs.