Real Talk # 4 - Understanding Hyperthyroidism
Another month, another highly requested Womooi post!
If you’re new here, welcome to Real Talk!
This is the series where we delve into some of the most common yet least talked about or understood conditions affecting women.
More specifically, we’re here to talk about female reproductive health- and today, we’re discussing overactive thyroid glands (also known as hyperthyroidism).
If you have some concerns about your cycle, or know someone else with similar concerns, this educational post is definitely for you.
First off- let’s clarify what hyperthyroidism actually is.
What is Hyperthyroidism?
Caused by many conditions including graves’ disease and thyroid nodules, hyperthyroidism is a term used to describe an overactive thyroid, which is simply a thyroid gland that produces too many thyroid hormones.
The main thyroid hormones (thyroxine/T4 and triiodothyronine/T3) are necessary for a healthy-functioning body, but higher levels of these hormones can cause a number of unwanted symptoms.
But what does all of this have to do with menstrual health?
Let’s find out.
What are the Symptoms of hyperthyroidism?
Some of the most common symptoms include:
. mood swings, irritability, or anxiety
. a difficulty staying still for lengthy periods of time
. difficulty sleeping
. continuous thirst
. a heightened sensitivity to heat
. feeling tired/ having tired muscles
Additionally, hyperthyroidism can be responsible for sudden changes in your menstrual cycle.
This can mean anything from having heavier-than-usual periods or a change in the timing of your cycle.
What to Do if You Have Symptoms:
Because of the wide array of symptoms that hyperthyroidism can cause, it can be difficult to say whether hyperthyroidism is the condition causing them.
In fact, the symptoms of hyperthyroidism can be anywhere from mild to severe and may develop rapidly or slowly.
As you can probably imagine, this makes it even harder to deduce whether hyperthyroidism is the cause!
The solution? Visit your doctor!
We’ve spoken a lot in the past about the importance of keeping a diary to document any symptoms you might experience- for hyperthyroidism, this is a great way to help your doctor see clearly whether you are suffering with the condition.
For now, that concludes our guide to understanding hyperthyroidism. We hope we have helped you to understand the condition (and how it effects women) a little better!
Do you have any Real Talk questions for us? Let us know.
As always, we wish you a wonderful period and a fantastic day!