Thyroid abnormalities?

Can an imbalance in the thyroid hormones cause it to be more difficult to conceive? Thanks!

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  • Elle Bee

    Yes. The thyroid affects many bodily systems, including the reproductive system. If your thyroid hormones are not in balance, that can impact your other hormones, including those involved in getting and staying pregnant.

    Also, many people with thyroid problems have an autoimmune condition, such as Graves disease or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (which I have). These conditions produce antibodies. You are more likely to have a larger amount of antibodies in your system when your levels are out of whack. Getting the thyroid under control is very important for the success of a pregnancy.

    When trying to conceive, many reproductive endocrinologists recommend keeping the TSH level between 1.0 and 2.0 (the regular normal range is .3-3.0). Both times I have become pregnant, my TSH was approximately 1.1. During pregnancy, thyroid problems should be carefully monitored, and TSH should be tested on a monthly basis.

    See http://thyroid.about.com/library/weekly/aa050199.htm

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