Yay, I got my period….. said no woman ever…. unless they have PCOS 🙂
So what is the relationship between PCOS + Hashimotos Disease?
Studies show us that here is a high prevalence of Hashimotos thyroiditis in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome aka PCOS. While much of the research focuses on an imbalance between oestrogen and progesterone as the cause, a major reason that often gets overlooked are inadequate levels of T3 hormone.
T3 is a thyroid hormone that is required for ovulation to take place. Low levels of T3 are common in Hashimotos and prevent ovulation from occurring …no ovulation results in no period.. which is common problem in PCOS.
In women with coexisting PCOS and HD, correcting thyroid function and making sure there is enough T3 may be the missing piece the puzzle in ensuring ovulation and a menstrual bleed occurs.