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Old 04-30-2005, 09:08 PM   #1
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Question does thyroid affect periods?

I have been on synthroid 50mcg for about 6 weeks now and am starting to feel a bit better. Does thyroid disorder affect your periods? I have been having irregular periods for about a year now. It moves by a week or two constantly or I have it every two weeks. I thought I was premenapousal before I found out my thyroid was low but my dr says I cant be because I have a period consistently. I have severe night sweats and heat flashes. I go through about 5 shirts a night! My doctor said it was because of my thyroid and the meds should help.

Do the hormones that effect your period interact with the thyroid? I don't know if that makes sense. I was just thinking maybe they go hand in hand sometimes. I am 36 so the drs say there is no way and as long as I am having a period, no matter how irregular, I can't be going through the change yet.

Maybe I should go to the board that talks about menapause?

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Old 04-30-2005, 10:39 PM   #2
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Re: does thyroid affect periods?

Personally, I agree with your doctor. Low thyroid can do it periods are long, but not heavy...I got night sweats like crazy that all stopped with the kick in of T4. If they are continuing, it is possible you made need an increase of meds. Since the thyroid is a problem you know you have, I would start there first before I start worrying about something else...that's what I do anyway! Hope this helps.

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Old 05-01-2005, 06:46 AM   #3
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Re: does thyroid affect periods?

We just had a bit post on this. Yes, they are very related. Generally, when you're hypo, you have heavier periods. When you're hyper they can disappear all together. The Pituitary gland controls TSH which reacts to your thryoid function as well controls other reproductive hormones. Look up Endocrine system to learn about how the Hypothalumus, Pituitary, Thryoid and reproductive system all relate to one another. You'll be amazed and it will probably turn on a few lightbulbs for you. There's some easy to read pages on kidshealth dot org in the teen pages.

Old 05-01-2005, 04:24 PM   #4
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Re: does thyroid affect periods?

Yes, look up a previous post about periods and thyroid. It definitely affects my period. Longer and MUCH heavier than it's ever been.

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