The connection between thyroid and PMS (premenstrual syndrome) is low body temperature.
Low thyroid function results in low body temperatures which result in many classic symptoms as listed on the right side of this page.
Many of the symptoms of low temperatures such as irritability, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, depression, fluid retention, and headaches are typical of PMS as well.
The thyroid system is critical in maintaining normal body temperatures, and female hormones affect body temperatures as well (that’s why women measure their temperatures when they’re trying to get pregnant).
The thyroid system exerts a more constant influence over body temperature patterns while the female hormone influence varies on a monthly cycle.
When people’s body temperatures are already running low, in general, then the monthly temperature dips due to the female hormones can really contribute to severe symptoms.
The good news (great news) is that raising generally low temperatures can result in the complete disappearance of PMS symptoms in many people.
People can have low body temperatures due to low thyroid gland function, however, more commonly, people have low temperatures that contribute to PMS symptoms even though their thyroid systems appear normal by way of normal thyroid blood tests. This condition of having low temperatures even though thyroid blood tests are normal is known as Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome (WTS).
Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome tends to come on or worsen after major physical, mental, or emotional stress such as childbirth, divorce, or job or family stress.
Some patients can get their temperatures back up on their own with stress reduction, healthy, diet, exercise, and rest. Others may require treatment with a special thyroid hormone protocol.
PMS is one of our favorite symptoms to address since it can be so debilitating, yet it can respond so beautifully to the approaches we recommend.
In September 1989, I was referred by my own GYN to an endocrinologist for thyroid testing. I complained of debilitating fatigue, headaches, depression, and rather frightening episodes of monthly PMS. Actually these symptoms had been present for at least 3 to 4 years, and I had previously had thyroid testing (at least 3 times that I recall) and I was told that the results were in the “normal” range.
The fatigue and headaches were at a level that made daily functioning extremely difficult.
I was astounded that the profile for Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome seemed to be tailored to me personally. Then when I went, I subsequently began charting my temperature and found it was always well below 97.4 and I began to hope that I had finally come to the right doctor. When I began taking the liothyronine (T3), I literally felt better immediately and within a few days felt better than I had ever felt in my life. The fatigue was gone, the headaches were gone, and the depression was gone.
Perhaps even more phenomenal, was that days prior to my first menstrual cycle after beginning the medication, I, for the first time in as long as I could remember, experienced no discomfort whatsoever – no mood swings, no cravings, no depression, no irrational behavior, and no cramping. Needless to say I was ecstatic and was almost non-believing that I could feel so generally good.
I feel well physically and mentally. It feels almost miraculous. I can only, in understatement, say thank you for giving me my life back.
Even though the body temperature is the connection between thyroid and PMS, the body temperature is probably the most important reading doctors rarely check!
Of course body temperature is important! Of course people are going to tend to feel better when their temperatures are normal. Why wouldn’t they? Many times people say, “Something’s got to be wrong, but what?” For many, it’s the temperature. One day, low body temperatures will be the first thing doctors think of instead of the last.
The first thing you can do is to start checking your body temperatures by clicking here: How to measure body temperatures. You can have low body temperatures even if you feel hot all of the time. The best way to check is with a thermometer.
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