Thyroid and Menstrual Issues

March 8, 2018

by Dr. Cassone



Painful cycles, abnormal bleeding, and threatened miscarriage may all be signs that a patient has thyroid dysfunction.


Thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) is produced by the hypothalamus to regulate thyroid function through the anterior pituitary gland. It has a direct effect on ovarian function. This means that thyroid problems may start in the thyroid or they may actually start in the brain causing a cascade of hormonal imbalances. 


Changes in thyroid function may also negatively affect other important hormones that help to regulate the menstrual cycle:

➤ sex hormone-binding globulin

➤ gonadotrophin-releasing hormone

➤ prolactin

➤ gonadotropin-releasing hormone


Signs of thyroid dysfunction:

➤ weight gain/loss

➤ dry skin

➤ brittle hair or hair loss

➤ feeling cold

➤ elevated cholesterol  

➤ depressed feeling or anxious

➤ shaky  


If you are experiencing difficulty with regulating your menstrual cycle then it's important to investigate the cause of the problem. When a doctor simply puts a patient on the birth control pill, without exploring the cause of the problem, then they are only treating the symptom which is a negligent approach at best.



Holistic Medicine

Dr. Cassone


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