Anhyone here who is up on female hormones and thyroid hormones? Getting conflicting info when I try to read up on it!

I am under the impression that oestrogen gets in the way of thyriod hormones getting to cellular level because oestrogen causes more thyroid binding globulin which stops the thyroid hormone getting to the receptors.

In that case shouldn't thyroid function (Ie thyroid hormone get through to the receptors more easily) improve as a women becomes menopausal because eostorgen diminishes? I do know that fat cells make oestrogen, so individuals may vary.

Sooo is there a case for every women having their female hormones tested to make sure oestrogen isn't getting in the way??

And what if levels are high??

Anyone have a doctor looking at this for them??

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  • I think the ratio of oestrogen to progesterone is quite important too. I think oestrogen dominance is quite a problem as women get into their late 30's because progesterone drops off much more quickly than oestrogen. It's not until oestrogen has dropped to its final level that the balance is restored, so I believe.

    I don't think many doctors check oestrogen levels unfortunately. I think this is probably a big problem for a lot of women :(

  • GP's seem to assume that oestrogen is needed during the menopause and prescribe HRT.

    I use a good progesterone cream and feel much better.

  • sorry - wish I new the answer. I've also seen the same info. on the net (can't remember where). I think I've had hypothyroidism for at least 12 years (intolerant to the cold, yellow hands and feet, eyes becoming dryer, anxcious etc - but no aches and pains and anything else major). I felt my health get worse at about the same time as my abdomen shape looked like I was 4 months pregnant (I was losing a little weight - size 10/12). This has been over the last 4 years. Well, 10 months ago I found out I had a huge fibroid (apparently these can be caused by high estrogen (I'm 46-just). I also found out that I had sub-clinical autoimmune hypothyroidism. I tried drinking dandelion tea to cut out false estrogen in the hope to shrink the fibroid - no luck. The gynecologist and endocrinologist have not tested my sex hormones even though I've asked. The gynecologist will only do it if I had hot flashes (that would be nice as I usually feel cold). I had a partial hysterectomy. If think there might be a possible connection to high estrogen feeding/causing fibroids and worsening Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism. I may still have high estrogen untreated. If I find any answers or get this tested on myself I'll post it here. Please let us know if you find an answer. Lots of love and prayers to everyone xxx

  • awarenessmag.com/janfeb2/JF...

    this makes interesting reading - we don't account for oestrogen in the environment...

    comments on TSH being way behind symptoms makes complete sense...

  • Hi, just noticed this as I'm researching my latest phase in trying to get better.

    I've just got to a point of balancing my Thyroid levels and was tested for Oestrogen (only because the GP wanted me to take HRT instead of raising my Levo from 50mcg! - but I refused until my Thyroid levels were balanced).

    Still feel rubbish and not sure what to do. NO hot flushes or sweats etc... still having monthly cycle. ??

  • Hi, just noticed this as I'm researching my latest phase in trying to get better.

    I've just got to a point of balancing my Thyroid levels and was tested for Oestrogen (only because the GP wanted me to take HRT instead of raising my Levo from 50mcg! - but I refused until my Thyroid levels were balanced).

    Still feel rubbish and not sure what to do. NO hot flushes or sweats etc... still having monthly cycle. ??

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