Enjoy Your Menopause!

December 16, 2008

Hot Flashes not be Menopause-Related

I had an appointment this morning with my gynecologist, Dr. Katrina Avery.  I was telling her how my hot flashes felt like they were intensifying and she told me something I didn’t know.

She said your hot flashes aren’t always related to menopause.  A thyroid disorder can also trigger them.  I suffer from Hypothyroidism in addition to being in full-blown menopause.  

According to information from the New York Thyroid Center, Hypothyroidism occurs most frequently in women entering menopause, which typically occurs in their late 40s and early 50s. However, women with hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism may have an earlier onset, or premature, menopause (occurring before age 40) with infrequent or absent periods. Often symptoms of hyperthyroidism, such as irregular or absent menses, heat intolerance, “hot flashes,” insomnia, and mood swings may overlap with and be confused with symptoms of menopause.

If you suffer from hot flashes and you’re too young to be in menopause, it’s best to get your thyroid checked and then discuss with your doctor the best course of treatment.    But remember this, if hot flashes don’t interfere with your life, you don’t need treatment. If you choose to take medication or a supplement to help ease your symptoms, periodically re-evaluate your need for continuing it. For most women, hot flashes fade gradually and require no treatment.

You know what? I have a very smart doctor who takes really good care of me.



  1. thanks for the tips. I’ve had my thyroid checked, and the hot flashes are not too bad.

    Comment by Yvonne Perry — December 16, 2008 @ 5:28 pm | Reply

  2. Fascinating information. I had no idea! Thank goodness I’m in full-blown menopause and most of those nasty hot-spells have disappeared. If they reappear, I now know why.

    Thanks, Beverly!

    Comment by Eileen Williams — December 20, 2008 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

  3. Interesting — count me among those who never knew there was a connection! After a little digging around, I’ve found this article from women to women dot com to be pretty helpful in understanding the thyroid (and yes, I’ll admit it. It was Oprah’s weight gain that got me more interested in learning about underactive thyroid): http://www.womentowomen.com/hypothyroidism/hormonalimbalance.aspx

    Comment by jacquelinenh — December 29, 2008 @ 4:19 am | Reply

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