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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). Similar symptoms include:
- Dry skin
- Weight changes
Perimenopause and hypothyroidism often occur in women of very similar age ranges:
- Perimenopause may begin as early as age 35 or 40 years. Symptoms can last up until menopause at age 45-50.
- Hypothyroidism affects 1 out of 8 women aged 35-65 years old, and one 1 out of 5 women over the age of 65.
- The symptoms of hypothyroidism may become more pronounced due to the hormonal changes occurring during perimenopause. Here are some of the other symptoms you may experience with hypothyroidism:
- Intolerance to cold
Is Treating Hypothyroidism Important?
The Bottom Line
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists http://www.aace.com/
American Medical Women’s Association http://www.amwa-doc.org/
Canadian Institute for Health http://www.cihi.ca/
Thyroid Foundation of Canada http://www.thyroid.ca/
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 11/2010
- Update Date: 11/17/2010