So which is it -- menopause, hypothyroidism, or both?!
If untreated, poor thyroid function can result in thyroid cancer, increased cholesterol, and potentially heart attack or stroke thus catching it and managing it early is crucial. If you're experiencing the symptoms of menopause, finding the symptoms hard to manage or suspect that you may have low thyroid hormone, consider meeting with an endocrinologist and expert in women's health and wellness such as an OB/GYN. In addition to evaluating your symptoms, blood tests can be done to test for markers of hypothyroidism such as high TSH levels.
Managing hypothyroidism and improving thyroid health during menopause can be tricky. For instance, overtreating with thyroid hormone may increase one's risk of osteoporosis. Additionally, hormone replacement therapy used to treat low estrogen may result in or exacerbate the symptoms of hypothyroidism.