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Are my heavy period and low thyroid problems related?

Are my heavy period and low thyroid problems related?

Yes: Hypothyroidism can cause heavy period. The only way to know is to confirm the low thyroid on a blood test, determine why it's low and treat it appropriately.If the thyroid tests are ok or treated correctly but heavy period remains, then look for another cause. ...Read more

Dr. Terri Washington
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Thyroid Diseases (Definition)

You can have problems with they thyroid making too much or too little thyroid hormone. You can also have problems with it being too large (goiter) of having nodules or cysts in it. There are also occasional thyroid cancers. Most thyroid problems can be easily diagnosed and treated ...Read more


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Are my heavy periods contributing to my low iron?

Are my heavy periods contributing to my low iron?

Quite possibly: Low iron, which is associated with anemia, is commonly caused by chronic blood loss. Heavy menstrual bleeding and/or prolonged bleeding can lead to iron deficiency and anemia. Fatigue and exercise intolerance are common symptoms. ...Read more

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Can caffeine cause fatigue and low libido. Bloods are fine, I am on thyroxine but levels are normal, could there be another reason?

Can caffeine cause fatigue and low libido. Bloods are fine, I am on thyroxine but levels are normal, could there be another reason?

Typically not: Caffeine is a stimulant. You may need to adjust your thyroid hormone levels or you may have another hormonal problem. Have your other hormone levels been checked, including testosterone? They may be contributing to the problem or you may have something completely different going on. Have you been evaluated for depression? Ask your doctor to look harder to discover the cause. ...Read more

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Can lack of exercise and constant stress cause high bp? All other tests for heart problems, kidney problems and blood problems have come back normal?

Can lack of exercise and constant stress cause high bp? All other tests for heart problems, kidney problems and blood problems have come back normal?

Genes and kidneys: Your genetic background and your kidney health are far more likely culprits. Your profile says you're 20-if that's correct, you need a good evaluation for possible causes as essential hypertension, which is the cause in 90% of people, doesn't usually start so early in life. Serious obesity, if present, is an important risk factor. ...Read more

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What could cause my low estradiol (4 pg/ml), painful heavy periods and painful bowel movements; fatigue, and episodes of low bp. Taking femiane for bc?

What could cause my low estradiol (4 pg/ml), painful heavy periods and painful bowel movements; fatigue, and episodes of low bp. Taking femiane for bc?

Pain: When you are taking the birth control pill, it will affect your own body's production of hormones. Pain with your periods could be a sign of endometriosis. Painful bm's could be constipation, ibs, or endometriosis. A gynecologist or urogyn can help. ...Read more

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What could cause very irregular periods and heavy bleeding? My periods typically are short (2-3days) but are extremely heavy. I am young and healthy

What could cause very irregular periods and heavy bleeding? My periods typically are short (2-3days) but are extremely heavy. I am young and healthy

Varies: For some women, it is can be due to polycystic ovarian syndrome which causes hormone imbalances, and lack of ovulation; for others it can be due to being overweight, also: thyroid dysfunction, and endometriosis are possible causes. In some women precancerous changes, polyps, fibroids or ovarian cysts can disrupt normal menstrual functioning. Some lab testing, and sonogram can usually help identif. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism, hashimotos. My recent bloodwork shows I have low iron, high uibc and tibc and heavy periods. What could be the cause?

Heavy periods: Hashimoto is an autoimmune inflammatory process in thyroid gland. It is separate problem to the low iron. If you have low ferritin and high tibc- that means you have iron deficiency. This iron deficiency is likely due to /related to your heavy period. You should take some iron replacement. Heavy periods can be related to your hypothyroidism. See you md and d/w your md more detail. ...Read more

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Can fibroid cysts and heavy periods cause dizziness, lightheadedness and loss of balance ekg, tilt table.Thyroid, and stress test all good?

Can fibroid cysts and heavy periods cause dizziness, lightheadedness and loss of balance ekg, tilt table.Thyroid, and stress test all good?

Bleeding, anemia: Fibroids, also called leiomyomas are benign uterine tumors (not cysts) that can cause pain and heavy bleeding with your periods. If they are causing very heavy periods, this can lead to anemia and the dizziness, lightheadedness, etc you described. They are easily diagnosed with an ultrasound. See your ob/gyn for this. ...Read more

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Mom with menopause had periods of heavy bleeding due to which she is put on hrt. endo biopsy negative. Are these episodes of heavy bleeding normal?

Mom with menopause had periods of heavy bleeding due to which she is put on hrt. endo biopsy negative. Are these episodes of heavy bleeding normal?

No, not really: Heavy post menopausal bleeding is never normal, as it can be a sign of uterine cancer. She's had a negative endometrial biopsy though. She might have benign uterine fibroids (uterine nodules) or polyps. They can cause bleeding. Hopefully she's had a CT scan or pelvic ultrasound scan. If the med treatments don't work, then she could consider a hysterectomy or a uterine ablation procedure. ...Read more

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I recently had a hysterectomy. On HRT and now thyroid levels are low. Can my hormones cause my thyroid to be mistaken for hyperthyroid?

I recently had a hysterectomy. On HRT and now thyroid levels are low. Can my hormones cause my thyroid to be mistaken for hyperthyroid?

Not really: Hormones can raise your total T4 but not your free T4 which is more accurate. If your total T4 is a bit high but your TSH is normal you are not hyperthyroid. Would help to see actual test resutsl ...Read more

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Can low blood count cause light periods? I started to get lighter and lighter periods irregular, already im low on iron and now im low on folic acid

Can low blood count cause light periods? I started to get lighter and lighter periods irregular, already im low on iron and now im low on folic acid

Yes.: Low blood count, leading to light, irregular periods results from an inadequate diet ; other risk factors. Foods rich in folic acid: liver, egg yolk, dried beans, lentils, spinach, beetroot, broccoli, bananas, oranges to be eaten raw as possible, to preserve folic acid. Iron from mollusks, liver, squash pumpkin seeds, nuts, beef, whole grains, lamb, beans, tofu, cocoa. Supplements of fe ; folic acid. ...Read more

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I have hashimoto and taking euthyrox. My tests are normal but still feel the symptoms: fatigue, low energy, weight gain.What could be the cause?

I have hashimoto and taking euthyrox. My tests are normal but still feel the symptoms: fatigue, low energy, weight gain.What could be the cause?

Depression: If your TSH and free T4 levels are normal, depression would be the likely answer especially if you wake up feeling tired. A sleep disorder such as sleep apnea may also cause similar symptoms. See you doctor and talk over these things with him/her. ...Read more

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What could cause 2 years of amenorrhea, fatigue, weakness and weight gain? My doctor ruled out pcos and thyroid. Now getting severe headaches...

What could cause 2 years of amenorrhea, fatigue, weakness and weight gain? My doctor ruled out pcos and thyroid. Now getting severe headaches...

Pituitary enlargemen: One possible explanation is an enlargement of the pituitary gland and the cells that make a hormone called prolactin. This hormone is normally increased in pregnancy and breastfeeding. If elevated at other times, the symptoms you describe along with a decrease in the range of vision, especially laterally, can also be noted. You should seek medical care immediately to have the proper testing pe. ...Read more

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Are irregular periods and high testosterone related?

Are irregular periods and high testosterone related?

Yes at times: Irregular menses causes are numerous. Elevated T levels as PCOS also cause oligomenorrhea. Rapid weight loss, prolactin, poor eating habits as well as others. ...Read more

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I'm having hypothyroid problems but all my labs are normal. Fatigue, weight gain, headaches, dry skin, etc. Where do I go from here?

I'm having hypothyroid problems but all my labs are normal. Fatigue, weight gain, headaches, dry skin, etc. Where do I go from here?

Labs are reliable: You can trust them. If your T4, T3 (liothyronine) and TSH are in the reference range, look for some other cause of your symptoms. You'd be doing yourself a disservice to self-diagnose hypothyroidism in the fact of normal labs. ...Read more

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I have secondary amenorrhea and have very low estrogen. Can such low levels of estrogen cause extreme dizziness? Would taking a BCP help?

I have secondary amenorrhea and have very low estrogen. Can such low levels of estrogen cause extreme dizziness? Would taking a BCP help?

Low estrogen: Low estrogen will not cause dizziness, and the oral contraceptive is an Rx that is also very low estrogen and will inhibit natural estrogen production. A MD needs to assess why the estrogen levels are low and causing the amenorrhea as there is almost always a remedial cause. ...Read more

Hypermenorrhea (Definition)

Hypermenorrhea is menstrual flow that is heavy. About 1 in 20 women have heavy flow. If you need to change a pad or tampon every 2 hours or more or have gushing or soak into your clothes frequently you have hypermenorrhea. See a doctor. ...Read more


Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

When the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more