For many women, their lady parts could be negatively affected due to their thyroid gland deficiencies. And because the thyroid gland is the master endocrine gland, an under-active thyroid could influence various hormones such as progesterone, estrogen and testosterone. Also, the hormone receptor sites in the vagina, vulva, clitoris, uterus, urethra and bladder are all affected by hormonal decline. Clinical research has linked thyroid disease with diminished libido. When hypothyroidism is treated, sexual desire and satisfaction can become normalized.
Conventional thyroid medications themselves can cause symptoms of vaginal dryness, as can birth control pills, especially with an underling thyroid condition. Oral contraceptives suppress natural estrogen and progesterone production, and even prevent ovulation. The imbalance of progesterone to estrogen is referred to as estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance is influenced by age. From mid to late thirties onward the level of progesterone declines and the imbalance causes symptoms of painful PMS, migraines, menorrhagia (painful and heavy menstrual periods), uterine fibroids, and hypothyroidism, originating from an imbalance of the thyroid gland. Antibiotics can also impact vaginal pH and increase the risks for infections. Many prescription medications list vaginal dryness and decreased sex drive as side effects. Discuss the matter with your health care practitioner and before being medicated make sure that you understand all the risks.
A staggering 200 million people have problems with their thyroid glands; and equally as worrying up to 60% remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. According to the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER), the overall incidence rate of thyroid cancer is on the rise, which can partially explain why the #1 drug in the US is Levothyroxine – Synthroid® with 123 million prescriptions written in 2016. In fact, according to the SEER report, the number of thyroid cancer cases has been increasing 5.5% per year in the US over the last 10 years, and have tripled since 1975.
Not all benefit from taking Levothyroxine – Synthroid® medication – as many as 15% of patients have a genetic flaw. Symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, weight gain, cramps, irritability and often memory loss persist, even among patients who are taking this medicine regularly. The Journal of Clinical Investigation revealed how a single dysfunctional protein can disrupt the efficacy of medication, caused by an inherited mutation in a critical enzyme that puts nearly one out of five patients at risk for not being able to experience the established benefits of Levothyroxine. Antonio Bianco, MD, PhD, professor of medicine at the University of Chicago and senior author of the study states that “even though they take their medications, many hypothyroid patients continue to have problems” and “they lack energy, they feel unfocused and they have trouble losing weight. They are properly taking thyroid hormone but their problems aren’t going away. They get frustrated when they see little change, only limited improvement. Many change physicians multiple times, sometimes more than 10 times.”
It is the writer’s point of view that since Synthroid® is a synthetic thyroxine, the body’s thyroid receptor sites of those with a genetic flaw do not recognize the unnatural synthetic form. This rejection is happening more frequently, a perfect example is synthetic folic acid where 40% of the public have a MHTF gene mutation.
With all medicines, if the diagnosis is not correct, the treatment will be ineffective, and because all drugs come with side effects, the wrong medication could even cause serious harm. It should be noted that misdiagnosis of thyroid disorders is common. It happens quite regularly that lab tests come back as normal even though borderline with hypothyroidism and patients are sent home with an antidepressant since it must all be in the head.
Conventional medicine is almost exclusively oriented toward “disease management”: to operate or suppress symptoms. Thyroid treatment must be holistic; almost every cell in the body has thyroid hormone receptors, impacting all major systems from the brain, GI tract, cardiovascular, gallbladder and liver, steroid hormones, glucose, cholesterol and body temperature.
Nature has a better way. With hypothyroidism, the thyroid gland cannot produce enough hormones naturally, recognizing the fact that the imbalance could have originated from environmental toxins. Your thyroid is too crucial to neglect, and your sexual health is important to your physical, mental and spiritual health, as with life all things need balance, happiness and love.
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 University of Chicago Medical Center. (2018) Genetic flaw causes problems for many with hypothyroidism.