Hypothyroidism in Houston, TX
Having an underactive thyroid is known as “hypothyroidism.” The condition can affect children, teenagers, and adults. At North Cypress Women’s Center, board-certified (gynecological) surgeon Dr. Farhina Imtiaz offers natural hormone replacement therapy for hypothyroidism. The treatment is available for patients of all ages who live in Houston and surrounding areas of Texas, including Cypress, Sugarland, and Katy.
What is Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism describes a condition in which your thyroid is underactive. The thyroid is responsible for regulating many processes in the body that are critical for staying healthy. The thyroid is a small gland near the Adam’s apple that works by releasing:
- Triiodothyronine, or T3
- Thyroxine, or T4
The pituitary gland monitors hormone levels in the blood. When the levels are too low, the pituitary gland stimulates the thyroid to release hormones. If the thyroid is underactive, it will not release adequate levels of hormones. Over time, the pituitary gland becomes fatigued due to continuously stimulating the thyroid.
Hypothyroidism Treatment Benefits
Treatment for hypothyroidism will reduce symptoms that are caused by abnormal levels of T3 and T4, such as:
- Muscle tenderness, stiffness, and aches
- Weight gain
- Dry skin
- Problems with memory
- Sensitivity to cold
- Hair loss
- Decreased heart rate
What Causes Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism may be caused by:
- Autoimmune conditions
- Abnormalities of the thyroid
- Iodine deficiency
- Disorders of the pituitary gland
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, also known as Hashimoto’s disease, occurs when the immune system attacks the thyroid. The condition causes inflammation that interferes with proper thyroid function. Most cases of hypothyroidism in the United States are caused by Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
Underactive thyroids can be treated by:
- Supplementing thyroid hormones via medications
- Treating conditions that affect the thyroid or pituitary gland
You may need to change your medication as you get older because the body will naturally reduce levels of other hormones.
How is Hypothyroidism Treated?
Treatment for hypothyroidism typically requires medications that contain thyroid hormone. Dr. Imtiaz will monitor your T3, T4 and TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) levels to determine if your hypothyroid therapy needs to be adjusted.
Hypothyroidism Treatment Preparation
Noting any symptoms that you have will help Dr. Imtiaz determine if your thyroid is underactive. She will also order blood work to measure the amount of T3, T4, and TSH in your blood.
Hypothyroidism Treatment Recovery
Hypothyroidism can be successfully managed, but you will need to be patient with your body when you first start the medications. Dr. Imtiaz will schedule a follow-up appointment six to eight weeks after you start or change your thyroid hormone medication. Once your hormone levels are stabilized, she may recheck your blood every six to 12 months.
How Much Does Hypothyroidism Treatment Cost in Houston?
Hypothyroid therapy is covered by your prescription insurance. The appointments and blood work should be covered by your medical insurance. For any portion that you are required to pay, we accept cash, major credit card and CareCredit®.
Is Hypothyroidism Treatment Right for Me?
An underactive thyroid can cause mild to severe symptoms and lead to medical complications. If you notice any symptoms of hypothyroidism in you or your child, you should meet with Dr. Imtiaz for a consultation.
Thyroid hormone therapy is a safe and effective way to manage your underactive thyroid. Dr. Imtiaz will explain your condition and treatment options. Contact us to schedule a consultation.
Having an underactive thyroid can cause symptoms that reduce your quality of life, ability to perform at work and ability to enjoy your favorite activities. Appropriate diagnosis and treatment is available at North Cypress Women’s Center. Our board-certified (gynecological) surgeon, Dr. Farhina Imtiaz, specializes in therapies for hypothyroidism for adult men and women in Houston and surrounding areas of Texas, including Cypress, Sugarland, and Katy.