Updated: Dec 19, 2019
Low thyroid function and sex hormones - is there a connection?
There most definitely is!
If you suffering from hypothyroid symptoms and struggling to get your thyroid health back on track, you might want to consider how balanced your sex hormones are.
If you are in an oestrogen dominant state i.e you have more oestrogen circulating in your body than you need, this can contribute to low thyroid function.
How do i know if i’m experiencing oestrogen dominance? I hear you say …
Well if you suffer from any of the following symptoms, this may well be the case. Severe PMS, heavy/clotting periods, headaches/migraines, anxiety, increased belly fat, tender breasts/and/or infertility.
High levels of oestrogen can increase a protein called thyroid binding globulin, which prevents thyroid hormone from being able to enter your cells, where it is needed to perform all the great actions that thyroid hormone does.
If your thyroid test results show normal thyroid hormone levels yet you are still feeling rubbish with hypothyroid symptoms like constipation, fatigue and weight gain, it could be that oestrogen dominance be at the root of your health issues.
When it comes to hormones, it's always best to test, not guess. The Dutch (Dried Urine Test For Comprehensive Hormones) is an excellent test for assessing hormone balance. For more information see https://dutchtest.com/
Just another example of how interconnected all our body systems are. To correct thyroid function, in most cases we have to look beyond the thyroid.
If your struggling with hypothyroidism or hormonal imbalance issues...get in touch and let's get you back to feeling your best.
Reference - www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3113168/