If you are dealing with common hormonal symptoms like hair loss, weight gain, and fatigue, you may find yourself wondering whether you are dealing with normal female hormonal issues or thyroid problems. Common thyroid hormones like TSH, Free T3, Free T4, and Reverse T3 can mimic the effects of an imbalance in female hormones. Figuring out the difference is important if you are going to maximize your health and use bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) effectively.
Thyroid Problems Hide Easily
One of the difficulties in tracking thyroid problems is how easily the symptoms hide or appear to be something else. Thyroid health is essential to your overall health, because the thyroid and its hormones affect so many different areas and functions of the body. Yet the symptoms caused by thyroid hormones are very similar to those caused by the natural aging process and imbalances in female hormones. Symptoms of thyroid disorders may include:
- Weight gain
- Weight loss
- Memory and focus problems
- Hair loss
Diagnosing thyroid problems is challenging because of the way these problems mimic female hormone imbalances. The University of San Diego Health Center indicates that women are five to eight times more likely to develop thyroid problems, and since they are also the ones who experience imbalances with estrogen and other female hormones, the problems are difficult to distinguish from each other.
If you are experiencing these symptoms and considering BHRT to help balance your female hormones, make sure you have the necessary checks to confirm that your thyroid health is where it should be first.
Check Thyroid Health Before BHRT
If you approach your doctor with questions about your thyroid health, you will need to ensure that a thorough check is done. Not only do you need to check the T3 and T4 levels, but you should also ask for checks of TSH and Reverse T3. All of these hormones work together to help your body to be as healthy as possible.
If your thyroid panels come out where they should be, then the problems are likely due to a hormonal imbalance. BHRT can help balance those hormones naturally to avoid further problems and future problems with the thyroid.
Before starting BHRT, you must rule out thyroid health issues. If you have questions or concerns about how to best manage your hormonal health, a Regenerative Therapy Video Conference can help you figure out what the best course of treatment for your hormone health may be. Schedule one today.