Many women who have hypothyroidism have moderate to severe PMS symptoms. Some of the more common symptoms include headaches, cramping, fatigue, and there are numerous other symptoms one can have. Most women who experience severe PMS symptoms figure these symptoms are normal, and as a result they just need to learn to live with the discomfort. Even though many women have moderate to severe PMS symptoms, by no means is this normal. And most people who have hypothyroidism and experience these symptoms can have them dramatically reduced.
The Reason Why Many Women Experience Severe PMS Symptoms
The reason why many women experience moderate to severe PMS symptoms usually has to do with an imbalance in the hormones estrogen and progesterone. In the first half of a woman’s cycle, estrogen should be the dominant hormone. In the second half of the cycle the opposite should be true, as the progesterone should be the dominant hormone. At the end of the cycle the levels of these hormones should decrease, which in turn causes menstruation to occur, and the cycle begins again.
This of course is a basic explanation as to what happens with a woman’s cycle. But when it comes to PMS symptoms, it’s the second half of the cycle which is usually responsible for this. When there is an imbalance in the hormones estrogen or progesterone and they don’t decline in the correct ratios, then this hormone imbalance is usually what causes the PMS symptoms. So the obvious goal would be to correct this common hormone imbalance, which in turn should also greatly help with the PMS symptoms.
Taking The Pill To “Regulate” Your Cycle
This is why many women decide to take oral contraceptives, as they are told it can regulate their cycle and will also help with their PMS symptoms. While taking “The Pill” might help with a woman’s PMS symptoms, it actually disrupts the endocrine system. So while taking oral contraceptives might manage the symptoms, it doesn’t actually fix the cause of the problem, and can lead to numerous health issues in the future. This can also cause or contribute to a hypothyroid condition. So correcting the hormone imbalance isn’t only important to help with the PMS symptoms, but for the hypothyroid condition as well.
Correcting The Root Cause Of The Problem
In order to correct the problem and thereby minimize the severity of the PMS symptoms, one obviously needs to correct the hormone imbalance. Being a holistic doctor, when a woman presents with moderate to severe PMS symptoms, one of the first things I’ll recommend is for them to obtain a female hormone panel. I use the company Diagnos-Techs, and the test I recommend is a multi-sample saliva test which measures the hormone levels at different days throughout the cycle. Most medical doctors who measure the hormones just do one-sample testing, which doesn’t tell the complete story. For example, they will order a single sample of estrogen and progesterone. But you need to understand that these hormones fluctuate throughout a woman’s cycle, and so obtaining a one-sample test won’t give a true picture of what’s happening.
Once it’s determined that someone has a hormone imbalance, the obvious goal is to correct it. Frequently a purification program will help with this. This is especially true if someone has an excess of estrogen, as following a purification program under the guidance of a holistic doctor can help with this. But usually this can also help with a progesterone deficiency, although not always. If it’s determined that someone has a deficiency in progesterone, then the goal is to find out what is causing the progesterone deficiency. Frequently this problem is due to improper signaling from the hypothalamus, which is why it’s also a good idea to evaluate the pituitary hormones, FSH and LH. In any case, once the actual cause of the progesterone deficiency is determined, the person will be put on a specific natural treatment protocol to correct this.
Using Natural Progesterone To Help With PMS Symptoms
Some medical doctors recommend natural progesterone to help with PMS symptoms which are caused by a progesterone deficiency. Although natural progesterone can help with a progesterone deficiency, it doesn’t do anything to fix the actual cause of the hormone imbalance. So while I sometimes recommend for my patients to take natural progesterone to address a severe deficiency, the truth is that most cycling women don’t need to take natural progesterone, and even if some do, this won’t fix the cause of the problem.
Addressing The Hypothyroid Condition
In addition to helping with the PMS symptoms, following a natural treatment protocol can frequently restore the health of someone who has hypothyroidism. It of course depends on the actual cause of the hypothyroid condition, as someone who had a complete thyroidectomy of course won’t be able to have their thyroid health restored back to normal. However, even though just about everyone who has a hypothyroid condition is told to take synthetic or thyroid hormone, addressing the actual cause of the thyroid condition can frequently correct the problem. So if you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and have been told to take thyroid hormone on a permanent basis, you might want to consult with a natural endocrine doctor.
In summary, women with hypothyroidism who also have moderate to severe PMS symptoms can usually benefit from following a natural treatment protocol. With regards to the PMS symptoms, this is usually due to a hormone imbalance, which most of the time is fairly easy to correct, although it will take some commitment on the part of the patient. As for the hypothyroid condition, while it isn’t always possible to restore a person’s health back to normal, many people can greatly benefit from following a natural treatment protocol. In either case, it’s a good idea to consult with a competent holistic doctor, rather than try to self-treat your condition.