An unsettled thyroid gland can lead to unpleasant sexual problems. Not surprising, because the thyroid gland plays a very important role in the body through the hormonal system. But it is not just about sexual drive and libido, because the disruptions in the body continue. Nevertheless, thyroid problems are not always seen as guilty, because the symptoms are sometimes vague. Read about the symptoms, complaints and solutions for a too slow or overactive thyroid gland, Hashimoto’s disease, Graves and Plummer. Additional problems are now with Thyrax, this could come through the package.
Place of the thyroid gland in the body
The thyroid is located in the neck between the larynx and the sternum. This butterfly-shaped organ has two oval lobes, on either side of the trachea. At the back of the thyroid gland there are four small parathyroid glands that monitor the amount of calcium in your body. Apart from location and name, the parathyroid glands do not have a functional relationship with the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is under control of the pituitary gland.
Role of the thyroid gland
The thyroid gland, through its hormone production, makes a very important mark on the entire body. Think of body temperature, energy consumption, heart rhythm and blood pressure, nervous system, mental well-being, digestive tract, libido, menstrual cycle, growth, genitals, thickness and elasticity of the skin, hair, nails and so on. further. This also means that it closely monitors how much hormone is produced by the thyroid gland.
Thyroid problems are very common
And that goes wrong regularly. Approximately 1 million Dutch people have to do with a thyroid gland, which is not entirely aligned. As a result, too much or too little hormone thyroxine is secreted from the body. The result is a too fast thyroid gland, or a too slow thyroid gland.
Blood tests for the amount of thyroxine T4 in the body should show whether there are problems with hormone production. A T4 value between 60 – 140 nmol / l is considered normal by the Thyroid Foundation Netherlands. If the T4 value is lower, you have to deal with a too slow thyroid, or hypothyroidism. In overproduction, the thyroid gland is too fast, or hyperthyroidism. If the T4 value is insufficiently conclusive, but there is still a suspicion of problems with the thyroid gland, further research will be done. Said T4 values correspond to an FT4 value, free T4, between 8 – 26 pmol / l.
Symptoms Hyperthyroidism, too fast thyroid gland and overactive thyroid gland
Hyperthyroidism, too fast, we often see as characteristics:
Weight loss, despite a very good appetite.
A fast heartbeat and / or palpitations.
Heat intolerance, which means you quickly get too hot.
A disorganized menstrual cycle.
A reduced libido and other sexual problems.
A constantly agitated feeling and nervousness.
Muscle problems and muscle relaxation.
A moist and thinner skin.
Goiter, swollen gland in the neck.
In Graves’ disease, bulging eyes, exophthalmic.