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A 45-year-old female asked:

since perimenopausal symptoms mimic hypothyroidism and testing for both are unpredictable, how do you ever know which one to treat?

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Dr. Alan Feldman
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Not true: Testing for thyroid disorders is very predictable and precise. There is a lot of misinformation out there that would have you believe that you can have hypo or hyperthyroidism with normal thyroid levels. This is simply not true. Hormone levels related to menopause can fluctuate, as do symptoms, but testing done at the correct time is usually helpful.
Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 29 years experience
Agree, there us no medical controversy regarding thyroid testing.
Jun 14, 2013

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A 45-year-old female asked:

I know that perimenopause and hypothyroid symptoms overlap. Outside of bloowork, is there a way to know the difference between the two?

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Dr. Adam Levy
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Bloodwork best opt: There is no really good tool aside from bloodwork to make a definative (certain) diagnosis. Due to the serious nature of hypothyroidism, please see your doctor and get the appropriate tests done. Its worth it for your future good health.

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