What Is the Thyroid?

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that regulates many different metabolic processes throughout the body. The thyroid is just below the Adam’s apple and wraps around the trachea. Thyroid disorders affect the structure and function of the gland and can create thyroid symptoms. These disorders can be acute or chronic.

What Are the Kinds of Thyroid Disorders?

There are several kinds of thyroid disorders, including are hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, goiter, and thyroid nodules. The most common thyroid condition is hypothyroidism, which is when the thyroid produces an insufficient amount of thyroid hormone. It can arise from issues within any part of the thyroid feedback loop, including the thyroid gland, pituitary gland, or hypothalamus. Hypothyroidism symptoms can include fatigue, poor concentration, dry skin, constipation, feeling cold, fluid retention, muscle aches, and low mood.

What Is BHRT?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, is the practice of using bioidentical hormones to supplement low hormone levels or balance high hormone levels in the body. Certified BioTE providers offer hormone replacement therapy to those experiencing thyroid symptoms to help them regain emotional and physical balance.