Thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland of the endocrine system, responsible for hormones to be secreted in the blood stream, regulating iodine supply to the body and regulating the metabolic rate of the body.
One in every ten people is said to be suffering from a thyroid disorder, be it hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, across the nation.
When your thyroid gland under produces and it hampers their proper functioning it is called hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism slows your metabolism causing weight gain. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease, is the leading cause of hypothyroidism in which the gland stops producing hormones the way it should, causing hypothyroidism.
When the thyroid gland is overactive and it produces excess hormones, you are said to be suffering from hyperthyroidism. When you experience a rapid heartbeat, increased appetite, anxiety, sensitivity to heat, or sudden weight loss, you might want to get yourself tested for hyperthyroidism, because these are the indications of its presence in your body.
Three ways in which hyperthyroidism shows up,
- Thyroiditis or inflammation of the thyroid
- Thyroid nodule that produces too much T4 hormone
- Graves’ disease- Autoimmune disease
There are tests to rule out the condition and treatments involve medication to regulate proper secretion levels of hormones. Thyroidism is a chronic condition which needs constant monitoring through regular check ups.
The underproduction or overproduction of hormones is one of the leading causes of sexual disorders and dysfunctions, which means suffering from thyroid disorders can affect your physical intimacy with your partner and cause troubles in the relationship.
Dr Srinivas Madhavaram is one of the most trusted doctors in Hyderabad, specialising in Sexology. It is advisable to visit a specialist to rule out the condition before it worsens. You can book an appointment or visit him at his sexual health clinic.