01 Feb Thyroid and Irregular Periods
The thyroid is the master controller of many things, periods included! I want to teach you how the thyroid and irregular periods are connected. If you’re suffering from irregular cycles, I know you are eager to unpeel all the layers back and truly understand what is going on in the body. But, before you rush around the internet + get stressed out, take a big deep breath and understand an irregular cycle is your body shouting SOS.
While that SOS message can be annoying and unwanted, it’s important to take time to relax, listen, and trust your body. As crazy it may seem right now, it’s working FOR you and just responding to the signals that it’s getting from the external environment.
Thyroid and Irregular Periods
Since your thyroid is master controller of metabolism + body processes, if the thyroid is not functioning optimally, then everything else in the body is going to function more slowly too. Periods included! Sluggish thyroid = constipation. Sluggish thyroid = sluggish energy (hellooo fatigue!) Sluggish thyroid = you guessed it – sluggish period due to sluggish ovulation.
Have you ever read sluggish that many times? 😉
When you are having low thyroid hormones, it will signal to your brain – HEYYY! WE NEED MORE THYROID HORMONES. LET’S CHAT!
- Your hypothalamus in your brain will release thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) to tell the pituitary (another cool part of your brain) to release thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). TSH is what knocks on thyroid’s door to make more thyroid hormone.
- In addition to TSH that pituitary will put out, it will also put out prolactin. If your brain is constantly demanding TRH + TSH, more and more prolactin will be secreted.
- Higher prolactin levels will suppress gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). GnRH is NECESSARY for your hormones FSH and LH, which are some reproductive hormones that develop and grow an egg in the ovaries and release the egg from the ovary for fertilization (bow-chicka-wow-wow).
- Lower GnRH = lower FSH LH = ovulation doesn’t occur/irregular
Obviously, if you’re having issues ovulating – this will throw off your entire cycle. Your entire menstrual cycle works for THIS = creating a strong egg, releasing it, fertilizing it as end goal. Do you understand the connection between why your thyroid health could be impacting irregular cycles and infertility?
Are you ready to put some action toward your thyroid and irregular periods?
The next step you need to do is book a call with our team. This free 15 minute call will help us get to know you + make sure we’re a fit for what you’re looking for + create a game-plan on how we will work together to get the root cause of your irregular cycles + creating a badass environment for your thyroid to be it’s BEST SELF!