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Symptoms of Menopause: Could Your Thyroid Be the Cause?
There is a great deal of overlap between the symptoms of hypothyroidism and those of initial phase of menopause (perimenopause, which can last several years). Similar symptoms include:
- Dry skin
- Weight changes
The symptoms of hypothyroidism may become more pronounced due to the hormonal changes occurring during perimenopause. Here are
of the other symptoms you may experience with hypothyroidism:
- Intolerance to cold
Is Treating Hypothyroidism Important?
The Bottom Line
American Medical Women’s Association http://www.amwa-doc.org
Hormone Health Network—Endocrine Society http://www.hormone.org
Canadian Institute for Health http://www.cihi.ca
Thyroid Foundation of Canada http://www.thyroid.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 10/2014
- Update Date: 10/24/2014