Keeping it regular
Q: I’m 23 years old, and I’ve never had a regular menstrual period. Doctors say everything is fine, and that birth control pills could help. I don’t need to be on the pill right now, so I’d rather not take it. Is there anything else I can do?
Dr. Wright: There’s no point in taking a synthetic hormone you don’t need or have a use for, so you’re smart to want to avoid taking birth control pills right now.
Actually, a small amount of whole, natural thyroid (1/2 grain to 1 grain) taken daily with two or three kelp tablets usually regulates periods within two to four months for otherwise healthy young women. After a few months, the thyroid supplement can usually be discontinued. Even though this treatment works in the overwhelming majority of cases, the results of thyroid blood tests (when done) are almost always normal.
Higher dose thyroid supplementation usually requires a prescription, but there is a low dose supplement called Thyroplex (for Women) available containing 1/4 grain thyroid. Two of these daily are safe on a temporary basis for nearly all younger women and usually do the job. Thyroplex is available through through Life Enhancement Inc. (tel. 800-5433873, www.life-enhancement.com).