Our expert says:
Mary, not menstruating may be a symptom of thyroid problems, but it isn’t the most common symptoms. Thyroid problems are also not the most common reason for not menstruating.
Simplified, you menstruate when you’re on the pill because you don’t take any active pills. If you stop menstruating it’s usually due to an excess of a hormone. From this you can work out that taking the pill will not mask a problem like that.
I answered the tongue question before, but it looks like it got lost in the mail. :-) Here’s what I replied: “Mary, the term “strawberry tongue” (blood red tongue with white dots) is usually used to describe the typical appearance of the tongue in someone suffering from scarlet fever. It’s also seen in Kawasaki syndrome, but I doubt that you suffer from either of these diseases. It’s more likely that your doctor meant to say that it looks like a strawberry tongue, but not that it actually is one. Be that as it may, it’s difficult to say what the problem is without examining you first. The best I can do is to send you a copy of an article I wrote a while ago and then you can try to work out what the problem is. If you’re interested in a copy, please mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck.”
Taking Daktarin® and Inteflora® will help if the tongue changes are due to a Candida infection of the tongue/mouth. Good luck.
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