Special note for menstruating women;

Your temperature naturally fluctuates through out your cycle. In order to get accurate reading for this assessment, start taking your temperature the day after you start your period.

What should I be looking for?

According to many experts, “A healthy resting temperature ranges between 97.8 to 98.2 degrees Fahrenheit or 36.6 to 36.8 degrees Celsius.” In other words, “If your temperature is consistently lower than the range indicated above for at least three days, this may be an indication of [possible] hypothyroidism. Conversely, temperatures consistently higher than this may indicate hyperthyroidism but can also suggest a possible infection.”
On the other hand, some doctors consider any temperature below 98 degrees to be suggestive of possible hypothyroidism. Remember, this test is considered to be helpful in identifying possible thyroid dysfunction, but it should not be used as a sole piece of diagnostic criteria.

Factors that can affect your waking temperature

As Michelle points out in the comments, certain conditions unrelated to thyroid function can cause you to have an elevated waking temperature: Drinking alcohol the night before, extreme stress and hormonal birth control could cause elevated temperatures. On the flipside, recently discontinuing birth control could cause lower temperatures.


Some doctors, such as Dr. Brownstein, rely on patient history, clinical symptoms, and blood work to determine how well an individuals thyroid is functioning. Before the TSH test was available, doctors went by a clinical diagnosis alone.
Here are a few things I’m looking forward to learning:
  • How to deal with the fatigue, brain fog, and endless juggling act of motherhood
  • The gluten-containing medication that can make your thyroid worse!
  • What your eyebrows, lashes, and ļ¬ngernails can tell you about your thyroid
  • Why you might have thyroid problems even when your tests come back normal
  • How to lose weight when your thyroid is off…or has been removed altogether
  • Why thyroid cancer is becoming more common — especially in women
  • The “healing” foods might make Hashimoto’s worse
  • What to do if your thyroid is OVER active
Disclaimer: This post is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any condition. Previous Page

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