Peri-menopause is a common time to be diagnosed with a thyroid condition. It is, in short, the opposite of puberty. In puberty, your ovaries are waking up to start your reproductive years. In peri-menopause, the brain-ovary relationship is starting to shut down.
Even though both estrogen and progesterone are declining in peri-menopause, progesterone declines more dramatically in this stage. This leads to a condition called ‘ estrogen dominance’. Too much estrogen can prevent the thyroid hormone from getting to where it needs to go and can prevent it from converting to its active form. For some women, their thyroid symptoms are simply a result of this high estrogen interfering with thyroid hormone activity.
In this article on HypothyroidMom.com by Bridgit Danner, LAc, FDNP she explains how peri-menopause has an effect on your thyroid. I totally agree with her because my doctor started me on progesterone due to the fact my estrogen and progesterone ratios were way off. Way too much estrogen! It has made an amazing difference in how I sleep. I no longer toss and turn for two or three hours a night and I don’t get up several times a night, maybe once if that. So awesome!!
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