These three organs are intimately co-dependent hormonally on each other for optimal function. If the adrenal glands are weak, there is often concurrent thyroid malfunction and menstrual cycle irregularity. Similarly, an under-active thyroid often makes adrenal fatigue worse off. Lastly, those who suffer from ovarian hormonal imbalance such as estrogen dominance often exacerbate any pre-existing sub-clinical hypothyroidism.
Ovarian problem can manifest itself in extreme states as estrogen related type of cancer. Now, what happens if a person has these systems in the body that is not quite at the diseased state but yet is still bothersome, in other words, they are in a subclinical state symptomatically they are very, very, in trouble, but clinically they don't fit the diagnosis criteria of conventional medicine. This subclinical state of dysfunction needs to be addressed. Let's look closely first at the adrenal system. For a person who is exposed to physical stress, emotional stress, the subclinical state is called Adrenal Fatigue. This is a person that does not fit into the diagnosis of Addison's disease, but is symptomatic, they are quite mild relative to Addison's disease. Causes can be physical or emotional stress, toxic relationships, infections, over-exercise, high sugar diet, lack of sleep, or over work. What are the symptoms? They include fatigue, anxiety, weight gain, salt craving, hypoglycemia, insomnia, joint pain, palpitations, and adrenaline rushes.
Ovarian dysfunction can be caused by stress, can be caused by environmental factors, taking hormone replacement medically, sugar, obesity, this causes imbalance of estrogen versus progesterone. We need to remember in the ovaries, is not only the absolute value of the estrogen level, but it's the balance between estrogen and progesterone that's important. When the body, and particularly the ovaries, are under stress, usually the end result is high estrogen relative to progesterone. Because progesterone tends to neutralize estrogen and when the neutralization effects not there, then even though the estrogen level in absolute terms is not high, in relative term it becomes dominant and the subclinical state of what we see is called estrogen dominance. The symptoms include PMS, foggy thinking, irregular menses, breast tenderness, PCOS, no spark in life, and in extreme cases, fibroid, endometriosis, as well as cancer, especially breast cancer of estrogen origin. Now, let's look at the thyroid. The thyroid gland usually is responsible for the metabolic functions of the body and those people who have primary hypothyroid or hypothyroid caused by other issues, such as infections or autoimmune diseases, can have symptoms such as low body temperature, sluggishness, weight gain, hair loss, constipation, high cholesterol, and dry skin. If you give thyroid medication, these symptoms should go away, except probably low body temperature. If the low body temperature remains low over a consistent period of time and the symptoms does not seem to go away and require more medication, then we have to start thinking that maybe the hypothyroidism is caused by something else, or what we all secondary hypothyroidism. Now, in the case of Adrenal Fatigue and ovarian axis, we're dealing with three clinical subclinical states, starting with adrenal, which is Adrenal Fatigue. The ovaries, which is estrogen dominance, and in hypothyroid, it'd be subclinical hypothyroid. The presentation is convoluted because the symptoms are so overwhelming.
This entire article can be available to you, free, at no charge, if you go to my website, Dr. Lam, that's www.DrLam.com, and look for the article called, "OAT Axis Imbalance: Ovarian, Adrenal, Thyroid Axis Imbalance."