February 8, 2023

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Hyperthyroidism, Menopause, and Natural Treatment Methods

Many menopausal women who have hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease have symptoms which they assume to be normal, but usually can be controlled by following a natural treatment protocol. Some of the common symptoms which these women experience include fatigue, night sweats, hot flashes, mood swings, and many other symptoms. Once again, these symptoms usually can be reduced, and in some cases completely eliminated by following a natural treatment protocol under the guidance of a competent holistic doctor.

The question you may have is “if these symptoms aren’t normal in menopausal women, then why are they so common?” There are numerous reasons why women who are in menopause experience these symptoms. One of the primary reasons is due to a hormone imbalance, specifically involving the hormones estrogen and progesterone.

There is a great book about the benefits of natural progesterone which was written by Dr. John R. Lee. The title of the book is “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause”. This book discusses many different conditions in menopausal women which can be helped through natural progesterone. And the reason why natural progesterone is so effective is because many women have a progesterone deficiency.

Should Natural Progesterone Be Given For All Menopausal Symptoms?

Even though natural progesterone can help many menopausal women, I don’t agree that everyone with menopausal symptoms should be given this. The first thing which obviously should be done is to confirm that the person has a progesterone deficiency. This can easily be determined through proper hormone testing. I personally use a company called Diagnos-Techs to conduct hormone testing on my patients, but there are other companies out there as well.

When it is determined that someone has a progesterone deficiency, natural progesterone is usually necessary under two situations. The first situation is if the woman had a complete hysterectomy. In this case the woman will most likely need to take natural progesterone for the rest of her life. The second case would be a woman who has a severe progesterone deficiency. In this situation it is frequently necessary for a woman to take bioidentical progesterone, although it should only be on a temporary basis.

Can Natural Progesterone Help With Hyperthyroidism?

Taking natural progesterone alone won’t cure a hyperthyroid condition. However, many people with hyperthyroidism have a progesterone deficiency. In this case, taking natural progesterone is necessary to correct the hormone balance, which in turn is probably necessary to cure the hyperthyroid condition. On the other hand, there are other factors which cause a hyperthyroid condition to develop, so anyone with hyperthyroidism or Graves’ Disease looking to restore their health back to normal will need to address these other factors as well.

There Are Risks With Taking Natural Progesterone

While taking natural progesterone is sometimes necessary, one needs to keep in mind that there are always risks involved with bioidentical hormones. Many people think that just because they are natural they are harmless. But it’s easy to overdose on bioidentical hormones, and this is why it’s a good idea to consult with a competent natural endocrine doctor, rather than try to self-treat your condition.

A competent holistic doctor will determine whether or not you have a progesterone deficiency, and if so, whether or not taking natural progesterone is necessary. If it is necessary they will be able to tell you what dosage you should take, and for how long you should take it. For your hyperthyroid condition they will also be able to put you on an individualized treatment protocol to help restore your health back to normal.

In summary, some menopausal women with hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease can benefit from taking natural progesterone to help manage their symptoms. However, most of these women don’t need to take any bioidentical hormones, as many can have these hormone imbalances corrected naturally. The wise thing to do is to consult with a competent natural endocrine doctor, who will put you on a natural treatment protocol to not only correct your hormone imbalance, but it can potentially restore your thyroid health back to normal as well.