Hypothyroidism And Menopause - How Can They Be Relieved Written By: Diane Carter – More Articles On Health Treatments at www.TreatmentForHealth.com
In the United States diagnosed more than 20% of women in menopause have hypothyroidism - a sluggish thyroid. Women need to understand the consequences of menopause on the thyroid, as with the increase in age, more women are affected by hypothyroidism. Menopause and hypothyroidism have common symptoms such as depressed mood, decreased energy and decreased memory, among other. Often these symptoms are taken to be due to menopause, leading to delayed diagnosis of hypothyroidism. Hormones in womens bodies are finely balanced and there is a hormonal imbalance during pregnancy, peri-menopause and menopause. In the time leading up to menopause, the clockwork menstrual cycles may begin to become erratic. This could be because of the high and low estrogen and progesterone. Hypothyroidism, which is seven times more often associated with women than with men, also occurs because of hormonal imbalance. Some doctors believe that the dominance of estrogen - low to much estrogen in combination with progesterone - usually occurs in the early peri-menopause. They feel restricting estrogen dominance prevents complications in peri-menopause, including hypothyroidism. In fact, estrogen is necessary to avoid progesterone compensated hypothyroidism. Treatment Options of Hypothyroidism – Hypothyroidism is the under-active thyroid is primarily due to the underproduction of the thyroid's main hormone - Thyroxine (T4). This hormone is the active thyroid converted - triiodothyronine (T3) by liver. Then only it can be effectively utilized by the body. Many doctors have their way of dealing with hypothyroidism. Treatment For Health – Copyright © 2011
Most prescribe Synthroid, Levoxyl or Levothyroxine - the synthetic T4 – for hypothyroidism. This is fine if women are able to convert this into T3 T4. For others, who are poor converters, Cytomel - a synthetic T3 - is prescribed to covert their low T3. Many women do not believe in treating their problems with synthetic hormones, but instead to alleviate the symptoms of hypothyroidism and with nutrition, exercise and stressrelieving techniques such as natural treatments. Rich nutrition is the basis of hormonal balance. A diet should consist of a multivitamins and minerals. The essential fatty acids and calcium or magnesium are essential nutrients when you complete a plan for a healthy diet. They support the endocrine system which secretes a type of hormone into the bloodstream to regulate the body. Some doctors recommend using a progesterone cream for treatment of hypothyroidism. Progesterone, which is essential for the construction of many of the most important hormones in the body, also is critical for clearing estrogen dominance, which is a condition most common in perimenopause and hypothyroidism. Application of progesterone cream gives an immediate relief to the symptoms of hypothyroidism. Women in menopause or peri-menopausal women are steadfast to use a half teaspoon of progesterone cream in ther hands and body massage. It is advisable to use twice daily for 21 days, then discontinue for 7 days, and repeat the procedure. The cream should be rubbed on the thighs, abdomen, arms and buttocks. It is recommended that you increase your water intake to avoid dehydration. Many doctors don’t advise prolonged use of progesterone cream for menopause. Short-term use is recommended after menopause, especially when weaning off Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Treatment For Health – Copyright © 2011
Published on Mar 1, 2011
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