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Menopause or Low Thyroid? How to Find Out What's Really Going on

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Are you a woman in your forties who is feeling irritated, with no energy, and with changeable periods in the last several months?

When you look at those symptoms, do you automatically assume that you are going into menopause? It would make sense because menopause is the transition from menstruating to the cessation of menstruation.

Perhaps it's menopause, but you could also be having a thyroid problem that you are unaware of instead. The symptoms for the two diseases are similar.

Let’s take a look.

Here some very common symptoms that are part of the menopause transition:

• Fatigue or loss of energy

• Irregular periods

• Sleeplessness or insomnia

• Unexplained weight gain

• Forgetfulness or fuzzy thinking

• Mood changes or irritability

• Hair thinning or hair loss

• Loss of sexual appetite or low libido

• Vaginal dryness

• Food cravings

• Digestive problems including constipation

• Anxiety or a feeling of overwhelm

• Decreased memory

• Depression symptoms

During the perimenopausal and menopausal process, women may experience more than half of the symptoms listed above.

If you have more than five of these symptoms, you may be experiencing hormonal imbalance. What's surprising is that the hormonal imbalance could also be a low thyroid or hypothyroid condition.

Here are the symptoms of low thyroid or hypothyroid problems:

• Feeling constantly tired

• Fatigued or weak

• Not able to tolerate cold weather or feel cold inside

• Memory or concentration problems

• Constipation

• Heavy bleeding or long menstrual periods

• Pale or dry skin or thinning hair

The thyroid gland is responsible for growth of bone, skin, hair and nails. It regulates metabolism, muscle function, respiratory rates, heart rates, as well as our moods.

According to holistic medicine practitioner Dr. Raphael Kellman, “Low thyroid function leads to decreased levels of progesterone. This will have the same result creating an imbalance in hormones with higher levels of estrogen.

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.


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