My husband and I have been trying to conceive for years now and the doctors keep saying its because of my thyroid. If i was to ask for the T3 drug aswell this could help our chances... can anyone help?
Here's a good explanation of how your thyroid levels and fertility affect one another:
Source: http://www.babycenter.com/404_i-have-a-thyroid-problem-do-i-need-to-know-anything-special_7080.bc (written by an MD)
"Yes. If you have a thyroid problem, talk with your doctor about your plans for pregnancy. It's important to control the condition with medication (or with surgery, if necessary) before you get pregnant.
In fact, if you have a thyroid condition that's not properly taken care of, you may have difficulty conceiving.
About 3 percent of women in the United States have hypothyroidism, in which the thyroid gland doesn't produce enough thyroid hormone. If you're pregnant and the condition isn't treated adequately, you may be at greater risk for complications such as miscarriage, preeclampsia, and preterm delivery. Some studies show that children whose mother didn't have enough thyroid hormone during pregnancy have lower IQs.
Levothyroxine, a synthetic form of thyroid hormone that's safe for your baby, is the most common treatment for hypothyroidism. If you're taking levothyroxine, see your doctor before conceiving to make sure you're taking the correct dose.
Notify your doctor as soon as you get pregnant, too, because most women need to take a higher dose during pregnancy.
Learn more about taking thyroid medication for hypothyroidism during pregnancy.
Hyperthyroidism – meaning the thyroid is overactive rather than underactive – is much less common. It occurs in only about 0.5 percent of women. The most common cause is Graves' disease, an autoimmune condition in which the body produces an antibody that makes the thyroid gland release too much hormone.
Like hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism is treated with medication. Untreated, it can lead to miscarriage, maternal heart failure, preeclampsia, premature delivery, and stillbirth. If you have hyperthyroidism, your doctor will carefully monitor your treatment during your pregnancy."
Another source for when you become pregnant:
Source - http://endocrine.niddk.nih.gov/pubs/pregnancy/
"How does pregnancy normally affect thyroid function?
Two pregnancy-related hormones-human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and estrogen-cause increased thyroid hormone levels in the blood. Made by the placenta, hCG is similar to TSH and mildly stimulates the thyroid to produce more thyroid hormone. Increased estrogen produces higher levels of thyroid-binding globulin, a protein that transports thyroid hormone in the blood. These normal hormonal changes can sometimes make thyroid function tests during pregnancy difficult to interpret.
Thyroid hormone is critical to normal development of the baby's brain and nervous system. During the first trimester, the fetus depends on the mother's supply of thyroid hormone, which it gets through the placenta. At 10 to 12 weeks, the baby's thyroid begins to function on its own. The baby gets its supply of iodine, which the thyroid gland uses to make thyroid hormone, through the mother's diet.
Women need more iodine when they are pregnant-about 250 micrograms (µg) a day. In the United States, about 7 percent of pregnant women may not get enough iodine in their diet or through prenatal vitamins.1 Choosing iodized salt-salt supplemented with iodine-over plain salt is one way to ensure adequate intake.
The thyroid gland enlarges slightly in healthy women during pregnancy, but not enough to be detected by a physical exam. A noticeably enlarged gland can be a sign of thyroid disease and should be evaluated. Higher levels of thyroid hormone in the blood, increased thyroid size, and other symptoms common to both pregnancy and thyroid disorders-such as fatigue-can make thyroid problems hard to diagnose in pregnancy.
1Pearce EN. National trends in iodine nutrition: Is everyone getting enough? Thyroid. 2007;17(9):823–827."
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