What is a Thyroid?
Your thyroid gland is located at the base of your neck. This butterfly-shaped organ is along your windpipes and sits below your Adam’s apple.
What Does My Thyroid Do?
The thyroid is responsible for hormone regulation. Hormones that are released to control your metabolism and other functions such as:
- Heart rate
- Menstrual cycle
- Body temperature
There are a variety of conditions that could occur to the thyroid including:
- Thyroid cancer: The surgeons at UofL Physicians – Endocrine Surgery and UofL Physicians – Endocrine Surgery Associates also partner with the multidisciplinary oncology team at UofL Health – Brown Cancer Center for the treatment of thyroid cancer
- Thyroid nodules: Growths that are large enough to be felt that form on or in your thyroid gland
- Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid that doesn’t produce enough needed hormones
Symptoms of thyroid complications can include:
- Weight gain
- Heavy or irregular menstruation
- Enlarged thyroid
- Irregular heart rate
If you have any questions or concerns about your thyroid, reach out to your primary care provider. If they determine complications, you will work together with an endocrinologist to set a care plan. Visit UofLHealth.org for more information.