Thyroid & Perimenopause

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One of my first symptoms was hair loss.  Two months after the birth of my daughter, I started experiencing this.  At first I thought how strange that this was happening two months after birth & thought that it must be just related to this, but as time went on it did not stop.

I had long hair & I always had to tie it back as I was shedding like a cat!.  This went on for a good 8 months or so & I did not really know what the cause was.  After when I started looking into all my symptoms & I got properly diagnosed, I was told I had Reverse T3.  In other words I was hypothyroid.

I went to my GP to get more information on this & as usual shot me down & said “I have never heard such a thing”.  Tried to make me feel like it was all in my head & nothing wrong with me.  I started looking up what reverse T3 was so I could get a better understanding of it.

Even though I did the standard “TSH” (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) test it showed that my thyroid function was normal.  I soon realised that this test is quite redundant & does not pick up if you have a thyroid problem.  You have to do a full thyroid blood test, not just TSH but T3, T4 & reverse T3 dominance.  This then shows a more accurate result if you have a thyroid problem.

In my readings there is also a relationship between Thyroid issues & Perimenopause.  As below from “The Wisdom of Menopause” by Dr Northrup:

“Thyroid problems are intimately intertwined with perimenopause & menopause.  When oestrogen is not properly counterbalanced with progesterone, it can block the action of thyroid hormone.  Even though the thyroid is producing normal levels of the hormone, it is rendered ineffective & they symptoms of hypothyroidism appear”.

The best way to describe Reverse T3 dominance is below, I have included a link as it is quite technical & descriptive:

Reverse T3 (RT3) when normal thyroid treatment isn’t working

Some of the symptoms of Hypothyroidism are:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
  • Coarse, dry hair
  • Dry, rough pale skin
  • Hair loss
  • Cold intolerance (you can’t tolerate cold temperatures like those around you)
  • Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Memory loss
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles
  • Decreased libido

 

I am currently on slow release T3 which I get compounded & I have my thyroid checked every 8 months.  I can say that is has now improved but I am still on medication for this, but at least my hair is not falling out as much as it did a few years back.  Always a plus!

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