Post # 1
I am 26 next month and Fi and I are set to get married this January. Fi and I have decided that we would like to “stop preventing” a pregnancy come the wedding and we plan on letting nature take its course.
A little info about us… Were both going to be 26, I am 5’3 and 115lbs. I have Hashimoto Disease (extremely low Thyroid) and I take a full dose of Synthroid every day (essentially its enough synthetic hormone that if my thyroid stopped working completely then I wouldn’t notice)… I am also seeing a specialist for arthritis (i am taking Voltaren for the pain and inflammation) however he is not able to diagnose me because my tests are practically normal everytime even though i’m in constant pain… He’s tested me for Lupus but its come back negative and he briefly mentioned fibromialgia but never really went with it… Along with these, I have stomach problems and have never been diagnosed with anything at all (been battling this since i was born).
Fi is pretty much good, he only had an “embarrassing accident” when he was younger and he (pardon my bluntness) split his nutsack open and had to get stitches and now one of his testicles have little feeling.
What should we do to help put the odds in our favour? I know we should have a doctors appoitment and I have already come off of BC for a few months now.
Post # 3
I guess this isnt really quite “letting nature take its course” but we’ve been together for a really long time and we’re anxious to move into the next step after marriage
Post # 4
One thing you could do, if you aren’t already, is to start taking prenatal vitamins.
The thyroid issue could affect your TTC and pregnancy chances. Definitely make an appointment with your PCP or OBGyn and bring up the health issues you have in the context of TTC. Your doctor might want to review any medication you are taking.
Try to eat right, exercise, and generally live as healthy as you can.
I don’t know if your FI’s accident could have had any impact on his fertility. He could maybe get his sperm count and motility checked?
Post # 5
In general, taking pre-natal vitamins and visiting a dentist to make sure you don’t have gum disease are good things! Have you talked to the doctor who treats you for your thyroid condition about TTC?
Post # 6
I’ll echo a PP and say that you should talk to your endocrinologist about your thyroid condition. I have Graves’ Disease in remission (opposite of you in that my thyroid overfunctions) and I know that this can cause fertility issues. I once had amenorrhea for six months while my Graves’ was untreated. Maybe Hashimoto’s doesn’t cause that but I think it’s always a good idea to talk to a professional about it. I asked my endocrinologist about TTC a couple months ago and he assured me that if my levels are under control then I should be fine but I should be monitored after we conceive so that we can ensure that the Graves’ doesn’t come back. He gave me an open ended blood draw order so that when I find out I’m pregnant, I can get my levels checked right away.
Post # 7
I have subclinical hypothyroidism and take 75 mcg of Synthyroid per day. I talked to my endo about TTC and he said to just keep taking my meds as usual (Synthyroid is safe to take during pregnancy and actually must be taken because thyroid hormone is critical to the baby). My Endo just said to call him as soon as I have a positive pregnancy test and they will check my levels to see if my dosage needs increased (as you go through your pregnancy, many women often need a higher dosage). They will probably check levels once a month or so throughout preg to make sure all is ok. Good luck ttc!
Post # 8
I would read Taking Charge of Your Fertility, and start charting your cycles. That way you can make sure you are ovulating, identify possible problems sooner, and make sure you’re having sex at the right time of the month.
Post # 9
Thank you Ladies, I plan on making a DR appintment and a Dentist appointment soon. Fis excited 🙂