What to Know About Menopause if You Have Hypothyroidism


If you’re living with hypothyroidism, you’re likely already familiar with the common symptoms, which can include fatigue and weight gain. But if you’re a woman around the age of menopause — which can range from 40 to 58, with the average onset at age 51 — you may also experience identical issues, according to the Menopause Society. So if you’re in middle age, it can be hard to know what’s really going on, and how to get relief.

Read on for what you should know about your menopausal years if you have hypothyroidism.

What Causes Menopause?

Menopause is a natural transition that women experience, and it’s the permanent end of menstruation. After a woman has had her final period and doesn’t menstruate for 12 consecutive months, she’s been through menopause.

During perimenopause — the time leading up to menopause — and menopause, hormonal fluctuations are common. This can even be when hypothyroidism develops in some women. “One theory is that fluctuation in estrogen levels may increase inflammation, creating the ideal environment for development of autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which may lead to hypothyroidism,” says Cheryl R. Rosenfeld, DO, the senior managing partner at North Jersey Endocrine Consultants in Parsippany, New Jersey, and an assistant professor of medicine at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York. The drop in estrogen is what causes menopausal symptoms.


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