Are you one of those women who scan magazines at the check out counter, reading the headlines about thyroid? Do you wonder if the headline is the reason you might be gaining weight (or unable to lose it)?
Or are you sure it’s just perimenopause?
Every day at my clinic I see more and more women are wondering: is it my thyroid?
Many of my patients at Women to Women come to me with symptoms such as depression, mood swings, irregular heart beats, weight gain, hair loss, fuzzy thinking/memory challenges, declining libido and fatigue. It’s no surprise because these are all common symptoms of the hormonal imbalances that can occur as a woman reaches perimenopause.
But these also happen to be the exact same symptoms a woman might experience with hypothyroidism or low thyroid function. It is estimated that one in eight women will experience thyroid symptoms — how can you tell what is really going on? Let’s learn about the unexplained thyroid and menopause connection.
The Thyroid and Menopause Connection
I see it so often: if a woman is in her 40s-50s, many physicians simply assume perimenopause. Even if they do test the thyroid, they often use basic TSH testing that fails to identify thyroid concerns. It’s so tricky because the two conditions are interrelated.
Did you know that your hormones and your thyroid could trigger each other?
In the early stages of perimenopause, progesterone levels can drop and that can result in (relatively, because it’s all about balance!) higher estrogen levels. If excess estrogen isn’t offset by progesterone, it can impact the thyroid hormone function causing hypothyroidism.
But when your thyroid is not functioning properly, it can lead to lower progesterone levels, creating the same imbalance that could occur during perimenopause.
Which came first: the chicken or the egg, the thyroid or the hormonal imbalance? The reality is that the only way to know for sure what is going on is to undergo testing.
Testing for Thyroid Function
To assess your thyroid function, we recommend a full thyroid workup including all of the following tests:
- Free T3 and Free T4
- Reverse T3
- Total T3
- Micronutrient analysis (intracellular)
- Basal Body Temperature
If your thyroid is not functioning properly, it is important to provide it the nutrition and lifestyle support it requires for optimal function. A stressed, overworked, or sluggish thyroid will require additional nutritional support to repair and rebalance beyond what can typically be found in today’s food supply.
You will need added support and our Thyroid Program is designed to provide you with everything you need to ensure good thyroid health.
Final Thoughts on the Thyroid and Menopause Connection
If your thyroid is healthy, then your symptoms are probably a result of the hormonal imbalances that can occur as we approach menopause. In order to restore and rebalance your hormones, you will need nutritional and lifestyle support such what we offer in our Menopause Program. As I so often share with you, you simply cannot get the nutritional support you need from today’s food supply.
I have had great success helping to restore optimal thyroid health and rebalance hormones in patients with my proven programs. Thousands of women have experienced symptom relief, hormonal balance and renewed thyroid health with my products and support.