FAQ About Low Thyroid
If you have questions or are confused by all of the information out there about low thyroid, Dr. John C. Thomas has the answer!
There is a lot of information out there about low thyroid. Some of it is good and helpful, some of it is just confusing and wrong. To give you the information you need to make the best decision for your health and treatment, here are a few answers to common questions about low thyroid...
What is TSH and how does it relate to low thyroid?
One of the most common questions patients suffering with thyroid problems have is, “What is TSH?” If you’re being treated for low thyroid, you’re probably aware that TSH is what’s being checked in your blood work. Your doctor examines TSH when diagnosing low thyroid and also when trying to determine whether or not your medication is “working.” But what exactly is TSH, and what do TSH blood work results mean?
Do birth control pills or hormone replacement therapies affect thyroid function?
Are you being treated for low thyroid symptoms, and are you also on birth control pills or undergoing hormone replacement therapy? If so, it’s very important to ask your physician about the possible affects birth control pills or HRT might have on your symptoms. Ironically, hormone replacement therapy and birth control pills are often prescribed to alleviate hormonal complaints associated with menopause or menstruation problems, including hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances and excessive or irregular periods. Although many of these symptoms are hallmark traits of menopause, they are also symptoms that may be caused by or related to a low thyroid condition.