Post # 1
I’ll hopefully be able to find a GP and get tests rolling to figure out if hereditary hypothryoidism has indeed kicked in (which could account for my suddenly absent menstrual cycle for sure) which would be a nice relief and it kicking in would actually explain everything about the state of my health recently, but I have my concerns if it is true.
I’ve heard/read that having thyroid conditions affects fertility. Can anyone tell me from personal experience just how much it would affect it? Would it be solved by being on medication for a hypothryoid? DH has agreed to start trying earlier than we were planning if I will have fertility issues, as we do want a few kids and don’t want to miss the chance. It looks like pregnancy is harder with hypothyroidism as well?
I am coming off the pill this week in an attempt to get my cycle back to normal regardless of any other medical conditions. In the off chance anyone would know the answer, I take xanax as needed for anxiety/panic attacks and hope that it wouldn’t adversely affect a thyroid condition or subsequent thyroid treatment?
Any insight or advice is greatly appreciated!!
We’re not quite where we want to be before we start TTC but we would be alright if we needed to start now if it’s going to be a bumpy road.
For a little background, I inherited my father’s allergies and his metabolism, which has led to dotors checking my thyroid regularly from an early age, but I haven’t been checked in a long time, that’s why it, combined with the symptoms that come with it, seems like the most likely candidate for what’s been up with my body lately.
Post # 3
I’m sorry that you’re having to worry about this!!! I was diagnosed with hypothyroid issues a little over a month ago. We’ve been TTC since last June and I’ve had 2 miscarriages in that time.
We believe that the hypothyroid issue was contributing to a progesterone deficiency (the hormone that you need to sustain a pregnancy at the beginning). I started hypothyroid meds as soon as we found out and so far it looks like my levels have evened out and that it is in fact helping. I haven’t had any issues getting pregnant, it’s just the staying pregnant that has been my problem. Hopefully the thyroid is the missing piece of the puzzle for me 🙂
The good news is that once you start medication they should be able to balance your thyroid levels (if that’s even your issue) and monitor it so it won’t have as much of an effect on your TTC efforts.
Feel free to PM me if you have any questions! Good luck!
Post # 4
I’m sorry to hear that. It is unbelievable how many women have thyroid issues but no one seems to talk about it much. I wish more women proactively got tested so kudos to you! Thyroid issues can be managed very successfully but please get yourself a good Endocrinologist! Since you are planning on getting pregnant they will monitor your levels more closely. You absolutely can have a wonderful pregnancy! Best wishes!
Post # 5
I was just diagnosed yesterday and I’m kind of freaking out!
I too have experienced a very messed up cycle since going off the pill about 8 months ago, so I went to the ob/gyn to discuss it. The bloodwork shows hypothyroidism!
What the hell? I have no symptoms at all! In fact I’ve lost about 25 pounds since January (through exercise and dieting).
I’m very surprised and a bit scared about how this may impact my ability go have a healthy pregnancy.
Post # 6
I have this since I was born… almost 22 years ago. I can tell you that there are foods you should stay away from and others that can help. Also if you choose the drug route (more on that in a minute) note that you do not want to become dependent on the drug (i was on synthroid) as it actually slowly kills your thyroid all together thus making you dependent on the drug. I would suggest going to a diet plan after the pregnancy but sometimes the pill is better during for the child’s sake. The good news is that this is a common condition and with the help of your doctor can allow for a healthy pregnancy and birth.
Now As for my experiance: child remembers to take their pill and college students are worse. I was on a daily dosage and after seeing my doctor and year after year the blood tests coming back normal I realized something, I didn’t need the pill. My thyriod is eptopic that means it is in the base of my tongue instead of my throat (well for me but eptopic means basically not where it should be). I took about 10 pills over the last 2 years instead of the 730 I should have… Yet normal levels. Just don’t let your doctor push you into something you dont need (mine didn’t she thought I was taking the pill and she is a family friend also (though now retiring this summer she was one of the top in this field) So she helped me come up with foods that are good and bad and I can be monitered with out the drug.
Bottom line don’t get scared, look at all your options and I wouldn’t worry to much. With the help of a doctor there is no need to worry. like I said I have had this for my entire life and when I TTC. give birth I am still going to be able to do it at home naturally. This is common, PM for support or any questions 🙂