Do You Have A Thyroid Problem Aggravating Your PCOS?

I’m often asked questions about thyroid function. It’s not surprising really, given that hypothyroidism and thyroid autoimmune dis-ease are more commonly found in women with PCOS.

And according to Evanthia Diamanti-Kandarakis ? co-author of Insulin Resistance and PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome: Pathogenesis, Evaluation, and Treatment, p325, “decreased SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globule) and increased free testosterone levels and altered estradiol (an estrogen) metabolism have been described in hypothyroid patients, whereas PCO (Polycystic Ovaries) has been detected in 36.5% of hypothyroid patients”.

The authors of this study believe that when you have poor thyroid function, this changes how your genes are expressed. That the genes which get expressed bring about the changes seen in a woman with PCOS.

How Do You Know If You Have A Thyroid Problem?

Some Signs & Symptoms of Hypothyroidism (an under-active thyroid) include:

Fatigue, lethargy

Muscle weakness, pain & cramps

Cold intolerance, cold hands/feet

Goiter (swelling over the thyroid)

Weight gain

Frequent infections


Puffiness around the eyes

Menstrual irregularities and infertility

High cholesterol

’Brain fog’ and indecisiveness

Dry skin and hair

Hair loss from scalp and eyebrows

Slowed heartbeat / pulse

Hoarse voice

Dizziness or vertigo

Poor memory, poor concentration

Chronic constipation


Throat pain, or a tender feeling

Slow reflexes

Fluid retention

What tests should you have?

I recommend a full panel of TSH, T4, T3, reverse T3 and thyroid antibodies, but most practitioners only refer for TSH – at least to start. The problem is, the range usually given on the path lab results are FAR to broad. Take a look at your own results, your TSH should ideally sit between 1 to 2-2.5IU/L.

What Can You Do To Help Your Thyroid Function Better?

The leading cause of hypothyroidism world wide is insufficient iodine intake. How can you increase your intake of this important nutrient? Iodine: sushi, oysters, scallops, kelp, fish paste, and if you’re feeling adventurous sea vegetables, along with foods such as radishes, onions, cocoa powder and watercress

You also need sufficient levels of other nutrients like Zinc, Selenium, Omega 3 fatty acids.

Natural PCOS treatments, and natural thyroid treatments are very effective.

If you would like more detail, I discuss the thyroid particularly as it related to PCOS in depth in my book ‘Conquer Your PCOS Naturally’. Click here now to discover more…

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Until next time…

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