Thyroid Issues and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Burke Virginia Thyroid Specialist, Amy Kossoff, M.D., works with bioidentical hormone therapy, armour thyroid, and natural therapies for women’s health and endocrine support for patients in Fairfax County Virginia. Dr. Kossoff can provide optimal care for menopause, osteoporosis, uterine fibroids, fatigue/insomnia & endocrine imbalance, diabetes & metabolic syndrome, interstitial cystitis, urinary tract infections, and endometriosis.
Bioidentical Hormones and the Endocrine System
The endocrine system is a complex web of hormones and the glands that produce them. An essential part of that system is the thyroid, a butterfly shaped gland located in the lower front of the neck. When this little gland does its job well, you’d never even think of it. However, when normal thyroid function is disrupted, it can cause a host of unpleasant symptoms in your body.
If you believe you are suffering from overproduction or insufficient thyroid hormone production, Burke Virginia Thyroid Specialist, Amy Kossoff, M.D., can help review your symptoms and hormone profile and create a wellness plan that brings your thyroid back into balance with the rest of your body.
The Role of The Thyroid Hormones in the Body
The thyroid’s primary job is to create thyroid hormones from iodine that you receive in your body. These hormones secrete into the bloodstream where they travel to every part of the body. The primary functions of thyroid hormones are to help the body use energy as effectively as possible to keep your body warm and ensure regular and proper function of your muscles, brain, heart and other organs.
The two hormones produced by the thyroid are called Thyroxine (T4) and Triiodothyronine (T3), and they are responsible for regulating several vital bodily functions.
- Systems and Processes Regulated by Thyroid Hormones
- Body Temperature
- Heart Rate
- Nervous System
- Muscle Strength
- Menstrual Cycles
- Cholesterol Levels
Because the thyroid hormone controls so many different systems and processes in your body, when it isn’t functioning correctly the resulting symptoms can be severe and widespread. Thyroid disorders come in two forms. When your thyroid does not produce enough T3 and T4 for healthy function, the resulting condition is call hypothyroidism. When the thyroid produces too much T3 and T4, the resulting condition is called hyperthyroidism.
- Hypothyroidism or Underactive Thyroid
Also called an underactive thyroid, hypothyroidism is a relatively common disorder. A condition called “Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis” is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. This is an autoimmune disorder in which the body produces antibodies that attack the thyroid gland.
Other causes of hypothyroidism include radiation therapy, too little iodine, pregnancy, thyroid problems at birth, pituitary gland damage and disorder of the hypothalamus.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
- Decreased Libido
- Dry Skin
- Greater Sensitivity To Cold
- Hair Loss
- Joint and Muscle Pain
- Menstrual Cycle Fluctuations
- Swelling Of The Thyroid (Goiter)
- Unexplained Weight Gain or Difficulty Losing Weight
- Hyperthyroidism or Overactive Thyroid
An overactive thyroid produces too much of the thyroid hormones, which results in your metabolism significantly speeding up and other unpleasant symptoms. The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is Graves’ disease, which is an autoimmune disorder in which the body produces antibodies called thyroid stimulating immunoglobulin. Graves’ disease is often hereditary and is more common in women than in men.
Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism
- Changes in Menstrual Cycle
- Enlarged Thyroid (Goiter)
- Fast or Irregular Heart Beat or Palpitations
- Frequent Bowel Movements
- Mood Swings
- Nervousness or Anxiety
- Sensitivity to Heat
- Shaking in Hands and Fingers (tremors)
- Sleep Problems
- Sudden Weight Loss
Thyroid and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
One way to treat thyroid disorders is through receiving BHRT or Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) can be used to supply your body with additional estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
As part of the endocrine system, your thyroid may be affected by any number of other hormone-related conditions. Whatever is the cause of your imbalance, Dr. Amy Kossoff can help by prescribing bioidentical hormones, armour thyroid, and natural therapies for women’s health and endocrine support.
Burke Virginia Thyroid Specialist, Amy Kossoff, M.D., provides optimal care for menopause, osteoporosis, uterine fibroids, fatigue/insomnia & endocrine imbalance, diabetes & metabolic syndrome, interstitial cystitis, urinary tract infections, and endometriosis.
Contact Amy Kossoff, M.D., Thyroid Hormone Specialist in Burke Virginia
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms of a thyroid disorder, contact Amy Kossoff, M.D., your local Burke Virginia Thyroid Specialist today. Dr. Kossoff will review your complete hormone profile, as well as your symptoms and medical history. Together, the two of you will form a treatment plan to bring your body back into balance and heal your thyroid. Burke Virginia Thyroid Specialist, Amy Kossoff, M.D., treats patients in the Arlington, NOVA, Northern Virginia, Burke, Springfield and Falls Church Virginia areas.