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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
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: 11/2012
- Update Date: 11/21/2012