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How does thyroid meds affect estrogen levels? How does thyroid meds affect estrogen levels?

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Unread 08-19-2008, 03:17 PM
How does thyroid meds affect estrogen levels?

does anyone know how thyroid meds may affect your estrogen? Does it increase your estrogen, or decrease it or does it help the estrogen therapy work better?
Reason why I ask is that I was doing well on estratest and recently started having insomnia. This is number one problem for me when my estrogen is too low. I have also gained 10 pounds. My doctor says that although my thyroid levels are in the normal range, they are in the low normal range and wants to start me with low dose thyroid medicine.
Any experiences or knowledge in this area?
Thanks lucy
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Unread 08-19-2008, 06:31 PM
How does thyroid meds affect estrogen levels?

my doc put me on low dosage of thyroid as i was in the low normal range and i believe it has helped my insomnia and energy. as i kinda understand it, the thyroid produces hormones that regulate estrogen production and many other hormones. if your ovaries are gone, then you have to get a balance between the thyroid and exogenous estrogen (estrogen not produced internally).
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Unread 08-19-2008, 09:31 PM
How does thyroid meds affect estrogen levels?

Hi bestsy bee:
May I ask what dosage of thyroid med you are on?
Thanks
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Unread 08-20-2008, 10:15 AM
How does thyroid meds affect estrogen levels?

I take cytomel 5 mcg every day and 2 tablets (10 mcg) every 5th day plus synthroid 75 mcg daily and 1.5 tabs every 5th day. My doc is trying to fine tune the dose. I have to use a calendar to keep my patches and thyroid medication on track!!
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Unread 08-20-2008, 10:47 AM
How does thyroid meds affect estrogen levels?

estrogen binds to the thyroid making it appear low --and not accessible for your body to utilize the thyroid --

so if you are taking a supplement -- it is hiding the thyroid that your body is looking for.
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Unread 08-20-2008, 10:51 AM
How does thyroid meds affect estrogen levels?

Here's an interesting article about the binding: http://www.thyroid-info.com/articles...-menopause.htm
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Unread 08-20-2008, 03:00 PM
How does thyroid meds affect estrogen levels?

Thanks so much for the article. I will look into my thyroid some more. I was also taken off of progesterone by my current doctor. I will ask to be put back on it. It makes me too drowsy even at 100mg so will see if I can get a lower dose by compounding pharmacy.
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Unread 08-20-2008, 03:02 PM
How does thyroid meds affect estrogen levels?

i am very sensitive to progesterone, too, but the cream doesn't make me sleepy at all
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