Your thyroid affects your fertility more than you might think. The fact is, the thyroid affects our reproductive system in a big way. There are as many as 1 in 10 women suffering from thyroid disorders. On top of that, as many as 60% are not even aware that their thyroid is causing the problem.
Research supports this thyroid-fertility connection quite clearly: One study found that 76% of infertile women with hypothyroidism were able to conceive within six weeks to a year of receiving treatment for their thyroid condition.
Yet with the current infertility care plan, doctors typically only treat hypothyroidism when the hormones are extremely off, not in the early stages when it could still affect your ability to conceive or maintain a healthy pregnancy. And many doctors only test TSH. They don’t do the full thyroid panel which includes TSH, free T4, free T3, reverse T3, and two types of thyroid antibody levels called anti-TPO and anti-thyroglobulin.
In the following article by Chloe Godwin-Gorga, M.D., she shares the information you need to know about testing and supporting your thyroid when trying to conceive or if you have problems with miscarriage.
Also this week, I ran across this video by Caroline Nguyen, MD, where she shares recent changes in American Thyroid Association guidelines for managing hypothyroidism in pregnant women.
Have a great week!
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