Post # 1
So yesterday, Fi and I decided that we want to start TTC in around Sept 2013.
My Thyroid has me afraid though… I have Hashimotos Disease and have been taking synthroid (enough to support my thyroid if it were to stop working completely)… I have no signs or symptoms of any thyroid problems other than my blood tests. I have read in a lot of places that with thyroid disease, it may be difficult to concieve, carry to term or even have higher risk of miscarriage.
Have any of you ladies had problems and should I see a Dr about my concerns? And if I should see a Dr., when do you ladies suggest I should do this?
Post # 3
Do you have any follow ups schedule with the doctor who is giving you the medicine? If so, i would talk to them about if there will be problems with TTC and what they suggest. I would think they should be monitoring you every so often to make sure that you are getting the right level of hormones.
Post # 4
I stopped seeing my specialist because I wasnt a fan of him, but my family dr. does perscribe my synthroid, but i have enough to get by till early 2013 and Im not sure if that would be too long to wait.
Post # 5
You might want to know in advance if you would possibly need to change your hormone levels in order to carry a baby to term.
Post # 6
Would you think that maybe doing this over a year before TTC would be best?
Post # 7
I don’t know too much about it, but I would THINK that 6+ months out would be fine? One thing I DO know is your thyroid levels can get crazy while you are pregnant and many doctors will up your Synthroid dose as soon as you get pregnant, instead of waiting and testing the levels, since it takes some time for the increase in medicine to be effective. My sister didn’t know this (although her PCP and OB knew she was on Synthroid and pregnant) and she was so, so, so tired for the first few months. She thought it was just because she was pregnant, but when they tested her the levels were way down.
Don’t know about about trouble conceiving related to it, but I think it is important that you are under care for that before you get pregnant.
Post # 8
There is nothing wrong with having an ongoing discussion with your doctor to let her know you intend to try for a baby. Tell your OB the same thing. I feel like if you have to ask whether you should see your doctor, it’s a pretty good indication that the answer is YES! I have a thyroid issue too. I know that when one is pregnant, there are more demands put upon the thyroid because your body needs more hormones to support the other human you’re making. Your pre-pregnancy levels will not be enough, so it’s good to keep your doctors advised of your intentions so they can drum up a good course of action for you.
Post # 9
Having a thyroid issue may be a problem when trying to conceive IF the thyroid issue is untreated. The fact that you’re being treated so your body actually thinks it has a functioning thyroid mitigates that problem.
I have hypothyroidism, and when I first met with my endo, she said she wanted to get it under control because untreated thyroid disease could cause fertility issues. Now that it’s under control, she has no concerns. My mom and sister both succesfully conceived quickly multiple times while being treated for thyroid disease (one hypo, one hyper).
Post # 10
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I would definitely be seeing your doctor about it, even just as part of a pre-TTC check up. You may need some things adjusted or monitored while you try.