Oh the thyroid.
Tons of women ask me all the time about this lovely little butterfly-shaped gland and how they can make sure she is in top-top shape.
Our thyroids play a huge role in regulating not only our energy and metabolism but also our reproductive health. When a woman goes to her doctor about menstrual/hormonal/fertility issues, the thyroid is not often checked – but it should be! This is because there is a special conversation happening between the hypothalamus & pituitary and the endocrine glands – the adrenals, the thyroid and the ovaries.
They all work in a series of axes – the HPA Axis (Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal Axis), the OAT (Ovarian Adrenal Thyroid Axis) and the HPO (Hypothalamic Pituitary Ovarian Axis) – which means that when one gland isn’t functioning the way it’s supposed to, the other glands will feel the heat.
Over time this leads to a domino-effect breakdown in overall endocrine function – adrenals, thyroid and ovaries! Think of it as the hormone superhighway – if there’s traffic or an accident, things slow down on the highway, and eventually everything comes to a screeching halt. Ideally, we want 70mph all day every day!
Hypothyroid vs Hyperthyroid
Hypo means too little, whereas hyper means too much. Basically, if you’re hypothyroid, you’re not making enough (of either or both) T3 and T4. When you’re hyperthyroid, you’re making too much thyroid hormone.
Symptoms of Hypothyroid:
- Unexplained weight gain
- Low sex drive
- Excessive menstrual bleeding
- Aches and pains
- Chronic colds and illnesses
- Hair loss and brittle hair
- Dry skin
Symptoms of Hyperthyroid:
- Nervousness and anxiety
- Weight loss even if you’re eating the same or more food
- Heart racing and irregular heartbeat
- Mood swings and irritability
- Heat intolerance or increased perspiration,
- Development of a goiter (an enlarged, swollen thyroid gland)
- Proptosis (bulging eyes)
- Difficulty sleeping
- Thinning of the skin
- Fine brittle hair
- A lighter menstrual flow
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Amenorrhea (no menstrual cycle).
If you’re suffering from any of the above symptoms then you should definitely get your thyroid tested.
The Best Testing For Your Thyroid
This test from Lets Get Checked will give you a complete picture of what’s going on in thyroid land. TSH and T4 alone are not sufficient enough to determine thyroid issues so you want to get a complete test like this one.
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