So is the term thyroid menopause really appropriate given that problems with the thyroid and menopause are really two separate issues?

There's been an increase in awareness of thyroid issues in people, particularly women, in recent times. In fact, women are 8-10 times more likely to experience them than men and should really make an attempt to understand what it is.

It's easy to "bury your head in the sand" and assume you are just experiencing perimenopause symptoms but you need to understand thyroid problems and menopause can virtually mask each others symptoms.

The term thyroid menopause mainly relates to the time of life a women could experience both. With hypothyroidism, it's not uncommon to present itself to a woman as early as her thirties.

Similar Symptoms

It's long list of symptoms also mirrors that of other conditions and not just menopause. It displays symptoms associated with some mental health disorders such as panic attack.

Here's a short list of symptoms:

- mood swings and depression
- weight gain and weight loss
- irregular periods
- low energy levels and unusual sleep patterns

Do some of the above resonate with you if you are experiencing the early stages of menopause?

The Issue Of Weight Gain

One of the most recognizable symptoms associated with thyroid issues is unusual weight gain. The added problem is this weight is almost impossible to shed.

This is accompanied by an increase in appetite and unless you are aware that the thyroid is closely connected to regulating the metabolic rate, then you'll more than likely fight a losing battle trying to get rid of the weight. This in itself is a sign you need to check for correct thyroid function.

Other issues associated with thyroid problems include swelling in the legs and arms as well as neck pain, loss of hair and unusual heart rhythms. These are other signs which are not associated with menopause and the "green light" that thyroid issues may be the culprit.

So if you think you have thyroid menopause, think again. Each is it's own separate subject and the connection lies in the similar symptoms associated with both. If you suspect hypothyroidism may be an issue with you then the safest course of action to take is to see your doctor.

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