I am a Gynaecologist Obstetrician ( MD, DNB OBGYN) with an emphasis on INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE.
Are you feeling tired, sluggish, getting irregular periods, and convinced that you're aging faster than a banana left out in the sun? Before you start stockpiling anti-wrinkle creams and energy drinks, take a closer look at your thyroid gland. You might need thyroid irregular periods treatment.
This tiny butterfly-shaped organ might be small, but boy, does it pack a punch when it comes to your health. This gland controls your body's metabolism, which means it regulates everything from your heart rate to your energy levels. However, when the thyroid gland goes haywire, it can wreak havoc on a woman’s life, causing a lot of unpleasant symptoms that can leave her feeling exhausted, anxious, and even depressed. Henceforth, it is really important that women must start with thyroid irregular periods treatment before it gives birth to other problems.
Let me tell you women also face other issues like – excess weight gain, hair loss, cold intolerance, digestive issues, brain fog, fertility challenges and more. Often these symptoms are eventually diagnosed as a thyroid condition. This isn’t surprising given the statistic that 1 in 8 women will have some form of thyroid dysfunction throughout their lifetime. Yeah! It’s true!
But that’s not the end of the story, you need to know about the two essential companions of the THYROID gland. They are – thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) which regulate your metabolism. When your thyroid gland doesn’t function properly, it can produce too much or too little of these hormones, leading to a range of symptoms.
Many glands throughout the body create and release substances that help the body do a specific task. The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck, wrapped around the windpipe (trachea). As mentioned before, it is shaped like a butterfly, as it has two wings that extend around the side of your throat.
Now, the question arises why we say in our general language “She has a thyroid”, the fact is that it is there in everyone’s body. The concern is when this ‘thyroid’ becomes a ‘thyroid disease.’
A thyroid disease, also known as thyroid disorder is a tricky troublemaker that is quite common in women. It arises when something goes wrong with your thyroid, it can throw your whole system out of whack.
When your thyroid works properly, it constantly makes hormones, releases them and then makes new hormones to replace what’s been used. This helps keep your metabolism functioning and keep all of your body’s systems in check. The number of thyroid hormones in the bloodstream is controlled by the pituitary gland, which is located in the center of the skull below the brain. When the pituitary gland senses either a lack of thyroid hormone or too much, it adjusts its hormone (thyroid stimulating hormone, or TSH) and sends it to the thyroid to balance out the amounts. When the number of thyroid hormones is too high (hyperthyroidism) or too low (hypothyroidism), the entire body is impacted.
This is an intense topic, and I would love to show light on this as I want all the women out there to dig deep into this. So, here we go:
1. Hypothyroidism: When your body produces low levels of thyroid hormone, it is known as having an underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism.
2. Hyperthyroidism: When your body produces high levels of thyroid hormone, it is known as having an overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism.
Though, hypothyroidism can affect people of all ages, genders and ethnicities, it is particularly common among women over 60 years of age. Women who are pregnant or going through the phase of menopause are also likely to develop hyperthyroidism.
The most common cause of hypothyroidism is an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s disease, also known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. In Hashimoto’s disease, our body’s immune system gets attacked, leading to inflammation and damage. Once, the gland becomes enlarged, the problem of goiter arises. This prevents the thyroid from making and releasing enough thyroid hormone. Women with hypothyroidism may also experience thyroid irregular periods, which can be managed with appropriate thyroid irregular periods treatment.
Secondary causes behind hypothyroidism include environmental and lifestyle factors. Genetics can also play a role, where mutations in genes are involved in the development and function of the thyroid gland, as well as genes involved in the production and regulation of thyroid hormones.
I also would like to address all the pregnant ladies that if you are suffering from hypothyroidism, blame Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. During this phase, the immune system produces antibodies that mistakenly attack thyroid gland cells.
If you are facing the following symptoms during pregnancy, it’s a red alert signal and get your thyroid tested, so that you can receive the medication timely.
*Difficulty in concentrating
*Sensitivity to cold temperatures
Now, the question arises does hypothyroidism affect fetus development? The answer is yes, as it entirely depends on the mother for thyroid hormones for normal growth and brain development, and appropriate thyroid irregular periods treatment may be necessary to maintain healthy hormone levels during pregnancy.
During the first few months of pregnancy, the baby relies on the mother for thyroid hormones. These hormones are vital for normal brain development and growth of the baby. Hypothyroidism in the mother can have long-lasting effects on the baby. An untreated hypothyroidism during pregnancy can lead to pre-term labour or miscarriage.
There are several menstrual problems associated with thyroid disorders that impact menstruation, including:
*Heavy menstrual bleeding: Bleeding that lasts more than seven days, menstrual flow with blood clots as big as a quarter, need to wear more than one pad at a time to control menstrual flow, bleeding that soaks through one or more pads every one or two hours.
*Frequent menstrual cycle: Menstrual periods stay longer than usual or they occur more than once in a month.
*Infrequent/Absent menstrual cycle: This situation arises when high TRG levels trigger the pituitary gland (a pea-size organ located at the base of the brain) to release prolactin. Too much prolactin interferes with the ability to produce estrogen. This disturbs the menstrual cycle.
*Infertility: Since a lack of thyroid hormone prevents ovulation, it makes it difficult for women to get pregnant. It also causes early menopause that occurs before or around the age of 40.
*Miscarriage: Your body needs a certain level of thyroid hormone to support a developing fetus as well as your expanded metabolic needs. Women with untreated hypothyroidism are more likely to have a miscarriage in the first trimester.
Graves' disease, is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack the thyroid gland. That prompts the thyroid to produce enough thyroid hormone. Graves' disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism.
Secondary causes include a family history of thyroid disease, and a personal history of certain chronic illnesses, including pernicious anemia and primary adrenal insufficiency.
Thyroid irregular periods treatment may involve medications to regulate the thyroid hormone levels and may include hormone therapy to balance estrogen and progesterone levels.
It’s quite the same as Hypothyroidism, but let’s check out them again and know the additional as well:
*Losing weight without trying
*Fast heartbeat, irregular heartbeat
*Nervousness, anxiety and irritability
*Increased sensitivity to heat
*Changes in bowel patterns
*Tiredness and muscle weakness
*Pressure or pain in the eyes
*Goiter (Enlarged Thyroid Gland)
Hyperthyroidism, which is an overactive thyroid gland, can affect menstruation in several ways. The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate metabolism, and when it is overactive, it can cause a variety of symptoms, including changes in menstrual cycles. Here are some ways that hyperthyroidism can affect menstruation:
1. Irregular periods: Hyperthyroidism can cause irregular menstrual cycles, which means that periods may be longer or shorter than usual or may occur more or less frequently.
2. Heavy bleeding: Women with hyperthyroidism may experience heavier bleeding during their periods.
3. Amenorrhea: In some cases, hyperthyroidism can cause amenorrhea, the absence of menstrual periods for several months.
4. Shortened luteal phase: The luteal phase is the second half of the menstrual cycle, which occurs after ovulation. Hyperthyroidism can cause a shortened luteal phase, which can lead to infertility.
5. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS): Women with hyperthyroidism may experience more severe PMS symptoms, including mood swings, bloating, and breast tenderness.
6. Endometriosis: This condition arises due to hyperthyroidism in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside of it, causing painful periods and infertility.
It is important to note that other factors, such as stress or certain medications, can also affect menstrual cycles. If you have concerns about your menstrual cycles or other symptoms related to hyperthyroidism, you should talk to your healthcare provider for further evaluation and thyroid irregular periods treatment.
Most women must know about the TSH test that helps measure this hormone. But, along with that, I recommend a few more tests to keep a check on your hormonal levels, so that in case there are some issues, you can start with thyroid irregular periods treatment timely.
Here are the tests’ recommendations:
*Your body’s current inflammatory state
*How your immune system is doing
*If you are at risk for blood sugar or insulin levels
*If your hormones are balanced and supporting a healthier
*If you’re supporting your body’s heart, bone, brain and breast health.
You can get these for minimal cost and health for a lifetime. As soon as, you will be updated about your condition, you can consult your doctor about thyroid irregular periods treatment.
When to Talk to Your Doctor about Your Periods
The thyroid is the culprit behind your irregular period cycle. Thyroid irregular periods treatment is often required for women with hypothyroidism. To get your menstruation cycle on track, you must book an appointment with your healthcare provider.
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Originally published April 24, 2023