(Closed) hypothyroidism + TTC .. how long did it take you?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It’s been a year and a half since I got down to 1.5. Nothing yet. 

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

teacherbee01 :  Yes, we are technically “unexplained infertility.” We did four rounds of failed IUIs. We are currently in the middle of our first IVF cycle.

Post # 5
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It took us a year of TTC and two CP’s to fall pregnant. I had routine early pregnancy blood tests done and had a TSH of 3.5 (higher than the recommended guidelines for the first trimester). Well, I had a miscarriage at 7 weeks (blighted ovum), and saw the endocrinologist 2 days later – and was put on synthyroid. 2 weeks later, I fell pregnant again (very unexpected!) and am now 19 weeks with a healthy bean! Consensus seems to be that we were dealing with a combination of bad luck and thyroid issues (all our other tests came back fine). Even mild hypothyroidism can mess with your cycles (making them longer, and your uterus more hostile, and potentially even affecting egg quality), and is non ideal for cell and embryo/fetal development. So, getting your TSH down to 1.5 could be a very positive step!  

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I have had thyroid issues since childhood. Not sure if they explained it to you but you def need to stay on the med. The reason you felt better was because of it. So when you stop it you go back to a low functioning thyroid. It generally takes a bit to find your right dosage. And it’s not that your body gets addicted to it. It helps replace what your thyroid isn’t able to do on its own. I suggest going to an Endocrinologist, they can see if maybe you are lacking something else. The thyroid plays a very important role. Some people will get normal level readings but their body isn’t converting the synthetic hormone properly. That being said, I have a very low functioning thyroid and take 150 synthriod and 10 liothyroxine. It took 3 months from coming off birth control to get pregnant (naturally). There’s definitely hope! Especially if you are ovulating on your own! Try seeing an endocrinologist. And side note, when You do get pregnant… make sure your dr watches your levels closely. Many women need to up their dosage during pregnancy. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

We got pregnant the first full month that my TSH was below 2.5 (which was also our 13th cycle TTC). Up until I had my TSH tested, I was having problems with late ovulation and a short luteal phase. When first tested, it was 6.19. OB said it was unlikely (although not impossible) that I would have gotten or stayed pregnant with a level that high. During my first full cycle with it corrected (down to 2.15 or so), I ovulated on CD15 and got my faint BFP at 9DPO. My level went up again after I got pregnant (back over 4) and my dose was increased, and my dr has already checked it again (I’m now 12w1d), and she said we will likely check at least 2-3 more times during the pregnancy. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

teacherbee01 :  For a positive story, I’ve had hypothyroidism for 6 years, but it’s always been pretty well controlled (I went through the same “I don’t want to be on meds for the rest of my life!” phase as you, until I couldn’t even get out of bed). We got pregnant the second month I went off birth control, without any issues.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

With baby #1, we TTC for 1 year until I started Synthroid.  My TSH was 5.5 before Synthroid and around 1 after.  It took us another 6 months and 3 IUIs until we got pregnant.

With baby #2, we got pregnant first try.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Yeah, I feel like most GP Dr’s don’t really know how to treat Hypo (totally a generalization, no offense to any Dr’s) I have dealt with it for countless years and finally started feeling better after seeing an endo and they added meds. Can you check with your insurance to see if you can go without the referral? That’s a bummer that he wouldnt do it. I found an endo on my own without my dr (but my insurance covers specialist). There’s so much more testing that can be looked at besides the TSH. 

But, dont be discouraged – many many women get pregnant and have healthy pregnancy with hypo. At my Dr’s office there is a 8 month prego who had her thyroid completely removed and only relies on the medication.  There’s hope! 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have hypothryoidism as well, though we’re not TTC yet.

From what I understand, the only point at which your thyroid will effect you in your TTC efforts are if it’s out of balance below .5 or above 3 TSH score. So, if your doctor put you on synthroid and you get your TSH score to between .5 and 3… your thyroid shouldn’t be causing problems getting pregnant. Every month, a healthy couple with no fertility problems only has a 20% chance of conceiving if you time the BD right, so 4 months isn’t something to worry about.

Definitely keep taking your synthroid, both for yourself personally and for any future pregnancy plans. It is not a medication you get addicted to – it is a needed supplement to give your body the hormones that you don’t produce! 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

teacherbee01 :  I know this thread is a couple weeks old but.. I urge you to try to see an endo or go to a different Dr. I’ve had hypothyroidism for at least 6 years and finally found a Dr. who would treat me about 4 years ago.

It took us 8 cycles to get pregnant, all of my thyroid levels (FT4, FT3, and TSH) had been optimal for almost a year before we started TTC.

Depending on how long your thyroid levels were un-balanced, the rest of your hormones could still be leveling back out. The thyroid can cause issues down the ladder to un-balanced progesterone and estrogen levels, it can cause elevated prolactin levels which can cause anovulation or low progesterone levels, and it can cause luteal phase defects.

Don’t get discouraged, you can get pregnant, but please be proactive for yourself and your future pregnancy and child! 🙂

 

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