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Menstrual Problems and Thyroid Disease

The Effects of Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism on Menstruation

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Updated April 10, 2014

Menstrual symptoms just might indicate a need for a thyroid evaluation. Some menstrual symptoms should lead you to your physician, and there are a variety of key steps in controlling menstrual symptoms of hyperthyroid or hypothyroid conditions.

What kind of symptoms should make you suspicious?

If you notice any significant changes in your period, particularly regarding length of cycle, degree of bleeding, or frequency of cycle, you should contact your physician for a thyroid work up.

What are some key steps to take to manage menstrual symptoms...
  • Verify that already diagnosed thyroid conditions are under optimal treatment. Even small changes in existing treatment plans can ameliorate menstrual symptoms related to the thyroid condition.
  • Ensure that you are maintaining adequate nutrition, with special attention to minerals such as calcium.
  • Investigate certain vitamin, mineral, and herb supplements for relief -- you must be careful when using dietary supplements, but there are a variety out there that can provide significant relief to some patients.
Detailed information regarding links between menstrual issues and thyroid conditions, as well as detailed information regarding alternatives for alleviating symptom is available online.

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