At age 43 I suddenly developed a serious hair loss problem. The hair on the sides of my head, temples, and at the front were noticeably thinning.
With a fierce determination to get back my hair, I spent over one year researching the causes of hair loss. As I wrote in my article 10 Things That Stopped My Thyroid Hair Loss, my sex hormones turned out to be a major part of the problem.
I remember the day I saw this video by the Hotze Health & Wellness Center. I felt like they were describing me. Despite all my symptoms, no doctor ever thought to test my thyroid until I landed in the emergency room with painful kidney stones after my first son was born in 2006.
Written by Dr. Steven Hotze, Founder of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center in Houston, Texas
When your car runs out of gas, you have to fill up the tank or it simply won’t run. The same is true for women. Usually in their mid-thirties, women’s progesterone levels begin to fall more quickly than their estrogen levels, creating what we call “estrogen dominance”. If left uncorrected, this imbalance of progesterone and estrogen progressively worsens over time and many undesirable side effects can appear including premenstrual headaches, often migraine in nature, fluid retention, fibrocystic breast disease, uterine fibroids, menorrhagia (heavy, painful menstrual periods), endometriosis and functional hypothyroidism. Additionally, the incidence of breast cancer increases when women become estrogen dominant.
Estrogen dominance causes the liver to produce high levels of a protein called “thyroid binding globulin”, which, as its name suggests, binds the thyroid hormone and decreases the amount of thyroid hormone that can be assimilated into and utilized by the cells.
What does this lead to? Low thyroid function and all of the negative side effects that come along with it.
Ladies, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you should “fill up your tank” by replenishing with natural progesterone in order to maintain optimal health, wellness and thyroid function! Even if you are already taking a natural thyroid hormone, you may not be resolving an underlying cause of low thyroid function – estrogen dominance. By taking bio-identical progesterone along with natural desiccated thyroid, you can eliminate estrogen dominance, which will help promote proper assimilation and utilization of thyroid hormone. Given the intricate connection between thyroid and sex hormones, your sex hormones should be tested to determine if estrogen dominance is an issue for you.
In addition to dessicated thyroid and natural progesterone, speak to your doctor about these two supplements that are essential for optimal thyroid function and overall health:
Selenium – Selenium helps convert T4, the inactive form of thyroid, to T3, the active form of thyroid.
Vitamin D – Vitamin D is foundational for overall health, supporting the heart, immune system, bones, and moods.
About Dr. Steven Hotze
Steven F. Hotze, M.D., is the founder and CEO of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center in Houston, Texas. In his book Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness: The Riddle of Illness Revealed, Dr. Hotze reveals how commonly hypothyroidism is overlooked, misdiagnosed, and mistreated in women and men.
Dr. Hotze’s book Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness is included in Hypothyroid Mom’s Favorite Thyroid Books.