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Hashimotos and Menopause- HELP

By August 28, 2009 - 12:07pm
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I have had Hashimotos for 11 yrs now, since age 40. I am in menopause, not having a period for 10 months now. I am confused by my reduced need for synthroid (from .137 now down to .100). I had been taking .137 for many years with steady TSH numbers. Since entering menopause my TSH continues to drop too low (.05 now.03) and my synthroid dosage continues to be reduced. I thought menopause normally caused an INCREASED need of synthroid and caused higher TSH numbers. I think my body is reacting opposite the norm??? Has anyone entered menopause and needed to decrease their synthroid dosage like me? SCB

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I'm looking for help for Hashimoto's in menopause. Anyone with Hashi's knows it's almost impossible to find a doc to help. Now add the problem of your ovaries drying up, and the adrenals are really faced with an overwhelming challenge to make sex hormones, adrenal hormones and not be thrown off by a messed up thyroid.
The few docs who claim to know anything about BHRT say...use as little as possible to treat symptoms or they are of the opposite mindset and want to prescribe the "Wylie" protocol as an anti aging measure. My uterus is gone so most docs think I don't need progesterone but I understand progesterone is necessary for thyroid hormone conversion. Not to mention do I need DHEA to support adrenals? How do I lower SHBG? Any docs or articles to address these issues? Please don't refer me to Shames articles...he doesn't know squat about BHRT.

August 31, 2014 - 1:30pm

Haven't heard of that. Thanks for forwarding, hope to learn something.

August 29, 2009 - 11:01am

this article also supports the OPPOSITE of whats happening to me. My TSH is getting LOWER, requiring LESS synthroid not more during my menopause. My hypothyroid condition is Hashimotos Thyroiditis, so how can it be producing any TSH on it's own? After 11 years it should be destroyed completely by the autoimmune disease.

August 28, 2009 - 2:48pm
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