Post # 1
I was just diagnosed with Hypotyroidism a few days ago. Honestly, it’s something I’ve been expecting, it runs in my family and seeing as I have had every symptom on the list, I’m not surprised.
As the diagnosis is new, we’re still working out the medication part and getting things where they need to be. I’ve been told this can take months.
When I was at my doctor’s office I didn’t think to ask how this could affect TTC and pregnancy. (i know I should ask my doctor, but I forgot and I won’t be back at her office again for 7 weeks)
I know it can cause complications, but I’m just wondering what experiences others have had. My Synthroid dosage (for now) is super low and the variance in my levels isn’t super huge (or something like that).
Darling Husband and I we talking about TTC in the next month or 2, but now I’m wondering if it’s better to wait until this is sorted out. I’m almost 34 so waiting makes me nervous already.
Post # 2
MsGinkgo : Let them know as soon as you can that you’re TTC. Ideally, they want your TSH levels between 1 and 2 when you’re TTC. Being diagnosed hypothyroid can be really frustrating at the beginning because it’s a slow process to find a dosage that works for you.
On the plus side, just try to keep in mind that the optimal TSH range is 1-2, but it doesn’t mean you can’t get pregnant outside of that window…it’s just what RE’s recommend since it’s a variable that they can influence when a patient is otherwise diagnosed with “unexplained infertility”.
If your levels are higher than that and you do get pregnant naturally, it’s very likely that your doctor will automatically increase your dose to ensure that your body is producing the right amoung of hormones to support the pregnancy.
All the best 🙂
Post # 3
BeeBlake : When she showed my blood test results it said 4.59 with the top of the ‘accepted range’ being 4.5. Based on my googling 2.5 is considered ‘optimal’.
I guess i really need to ask my doctor more questions. The dose of synthroid she has me on now is the 2nd lowest available.
I hate that this is so hard to correct.
I know that my mom’s dosages have changed multiple times and her mediation is 1 tablet one day and then 1 plus .5 of another dosage every other day. It’s crazy it can be so specific. I really hope it doesn’t take too long to get this figured out for me. Even if we weren’t TTC, I would just really like to go back to not being cold and tired all the time and have my skin and air go back to normal.
Post # 4
MsGinkgo : I got pregnant with elevated TSH. They caught my elevated levels when I had my first prenatal appointment blood work done. It was at 4.88 the doctor told me her acceptable numbers were between 0 and 4.0 so it was a slight case; however, the optimal range was between 1 and 2 for pregnancy. She put me on 25mics of synthroid daily. After four weeks, my levels dropped to 2.59 and after eight weeks, they had dropped to 1.3 or so and have been stable ever since. If I were you, I would TTC and see what happens.
Post # 5
following to hear stories. I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and have been treated for about a year and a half.
Post # 6
I have hypothyroidism (diagnosed in 2003) and got pregnant on my second month trying.
Post # 7
lynnwall23 : thanks! Also glad to hear that it doesn’t always take too long to get things figured out. They have me on the 50mcg daily, so hopefully things regulate for me as nicely as they did for you!
morganc8 : Congrats!
It’s nice to hear that while it can be a problem it’s not always a problem. It’s so easy to freak yourself out these days, the internet is a scary place!
Post # 8
MsGinkgo : So glad they didn’t start you off on the 25mcg. I started there and it took me flat out saying that we were TTC and having no luck for my doctor (at the time) to up me to 50mcg. I’m now at 75 and my levels seem to be stable. Although it’s hard to tell how someone’s body will react, you weren’t hugely outside of the “normal” range, so hopefully a small dose will work.
And like I and others have said, it’s not impossible to get pregnant with an elevated TSH 🙂
Post # 9
BeeBlake : it might be in my head, but even after just a few days I’m feeling better. It might be coincidental, I know that my mood etc flucturates monthly regardless, but I’ve notcied I’m not feeling nearly as tired and sluggish as I had been and even though it’s getting colder out, my hands and feet aren’t ice cubes all the time anymore.
I’m hoping that I might be lucky and the dose is right from the get go, if my tests in a few weeks come back borderline I will tell her we’re TTC and see what she says.