Symptoms and Signs of Thyroid Symptoms vs. Menopause

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Medically Reviewed on 6/3/2019

Doctor's Notes on Thyroid Symptoms vs. Menopause

Thyroid disease can be an overproduction of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) or underproduction (hypothyroidism). Menopause is the time when a woman stops having menstrual periods due to changing hormone levels. Signs and symptoms of menopause include vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, mood swings, weight gain, and in some women, a loss of interest in sex. Hypothyroidism symptoms include weight gain, depression, fatigue, mental cloudiness, muscle aches, menstrual changes, constipation, thinning hair, fluid retention, and a slow pulse rate. Hyperthyroid symptoms and signs may include weight loss, irregular or rapid heartbeat, weakness, prominent eyes, increased sweating and hot flashes, irregular menstrual cycles, high blood pressure, hair loss, irritability, difficulty sleeping, and nausea and/or vomiting.

The cause for hyperthyroidism is increased production of thyroid hormones from the thyroid gland while the cause of hypothyroidism is decreased production of thyroid hormones in the thyroid. The cause of menopause is the normal cessation of periods due to decreased production of estrogen and progesterone that usually occur in women as part of the normal aging process (average age of menopause is 51 years in the U.S.).

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Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.