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Research Article

Reduced serum free thyroxine concentration in postmenopausal women receiving oestrogen treatment.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984; 288 doi: (Published 10 March 1984) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984;288:754
  1. H I Abdalla,
  2. D M Hart,
  3. G H Beastall


    Thyroid hormone state was assessed in a group of postmenopausal women who had received long term treatment with oestrogen. Serum concentrations of total thyroxine, triiodothyronine, and thyroxine binding globulin were raised compared with those in a control group given placebo; serum concentrations of thyroid stimulating hormone did not differ between the groups. Oestrogen treatment resulted in a significant decrease in the serum free thyroxine concentration and in the ratio of thyroxine to thyroxine binding globulin, which supports the view that oestrogen is the causative factor of the physiological reduction in free thyroid hormone during pregnancy.