Your thyroid is a gland in your neck that controls the way your body uses energy and also factors into how it responds to hormones. Both roles are critical for the metabolic activity of your cells, which means if your thyroid isn’t working properly you might experience one or more of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Weight gain or loss
  • Irregular bowel habits
  • Sleep issues
  • Dry brittle hair or fingernails
  • High blood pressure
  • Always feeling hot or cold
  • Exhaustion
  • Hair loss
  • Water retention
  • Infertility
  • Depression
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Muscle and joint pain

Thyroid issues tend to affect women more often than men and usually run in the family. So if your mom or grandma is having trouble with her thyroid, it wouldn’t hurt for you to sign up for a free consultation to find out whether you might have an overactive or underactive thyroid gland.

It may sound scary or overwhelming–maybe you’ve even heard of thyroid lumps or cancer–but it doesn’t need to be. In fact, if you don’t know what to think or where to start, why don’t you just drop a note to Julie Schnieders, WHNP, who works with at St. Vincent Women’s Services. Getting answers from Julie is totally free and confidential.