The endocrine system is a complex interconnection of hormonal signals and active hormones that trigger each other. In a past article, we referred to the endocrine system as the conductor of an orchestra, who directs musicians to play louder or softer in order to make beautiful music. The endocrine system uses hormones to signal organs to work efficiently together. But instead of making music, the endocrine system coordinates mood, energy level, metabolism, and more.
When women have low thyroid hormone, it often impacts the hormones related to their ovarian cycle, causing infertility or irregular periods. A recent study from India confirmed the relationship between the thyroid and reproductive hormones. The researchers tested the full range of hormone levels in a group of women who were diagnosed with hypothyroidism as compared to healthy women with normal thyroid levels. In the low thyroid group, women tended to have lower testosterone levels, lower estrogen levels and lower related signaling hormones as compared to the healthy women. The group with the abnormal hormone pattern tended to experience oligomenorrhea (light or less frequent periods) and possible difficulty becoming pregnant.
The good news is that when the hypothyroid women were treated with thyroid hormone and successfully restored normal levels, the other hormones also normalized.
If you are experiencing abnormal ovarian cycles or infertility, and have hypothyroid symptoms despite normal thyroid tests, there may be hope for an easy solution to fix everything. First check your body temperature to see if you have Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome (WTS). For instructions on how to do this correctly, see See “How are body temperatures measured” on our website.
If you do have consistently low temperatures, you may have WTS, which could be described as an undiagnosed hypothyroidism that wasn’t detected through common thyroid tests. Treating Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome symptoms with T3 may help resolve low estrogen and testosterone hormone levels and potentially resolve infertility problems as a beneficial side effect. Discovering and treating Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome has brought relief to many people over the past few decades who almost gave up hope.
Indian J Endocrinol Metab. 2016 Jan-Feb; 20(1): 108–113