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Old Jan 6th, 2011, 15:35 PM   1
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TSH Thyroid Levels


Hi there,

Just got back from the FS. Apparently my thyroid level is within the 'normal' range for a person not TTC, but high for someone with recurrent miscarriages. My level was at 4.6 and should be around 2.0.

Has anyone elses doctor said this to them? How does it affect the baby? They want me to sit out the next couple of cycles to see if I can get it down. I'm not sure if I want miss a couple of months of trying for this. No other doctor has ever suggested this is a problem and from what I've read it only causes a problem when your levels are very high.



 
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Old Jan 7th, 2011, 12:48 PM   2
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hi i dont think ill be much help , but i could have wrote this myself when i went to the fs my tsh was 6.7 and i never got treatment said i was borderline , but iv had 2 mc in the last 5 months and wondering if this is the cause ill be keeping a eye on this post to see what answers you get



 
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Old Jan 7th, 2011, 13:34 PM   3
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Thanks for the reply. I'm suprised more people haven't got any info to add. It seems to be a pretty controversial issue amoung doctors. Some say less than 5 is good, some say 3 and some say for TTC purposes is must be between 1 and 2.

I'm really suprised your doctor hasn't suggested drugs for you. Everywhere I've read has said 5.5 is the very highest it should be at anytime.

I have read about some natural herbal remedies that work the same as the drugs. I think it's called maca root??



 
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Old Jan 7th, 2011, 13:50 PM   4
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Hi, my FS didnt tell me numbers or anything but said I have borderline under active thyroid. She said it is normal for someone not ttc too but not for ttc. And she put me on meds for it as well and wants to redo bloodwork in 6 weeks. I would want meds for it if I were you, I believe anything can only help!



 
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Old Jan 7th, 2011, 14:03 PM   5
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It's definitely an issue and can cause trouble with sustaining a pregnancy. 4.6 isn't 'bad' per say, but it's not helping either. The medication to fix it isn't a big deal either, it's completely safe.

I think the new school of thought is that is should be below 3. I agree with it, but I'm not a doctor or anything. You'll probably really notice a difference if you start medication, you'll start feeling really good and possibly losing weight (if you're overweight to begin with).



 
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Old Jan 7th, 2011, 14:08 PM   6
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Ya, I started the drugs last night. I'll do anything to help me have a successful pregnancy. I'm just not sure if this will really increase my odds that much. If it was something that would definately work, then I'm sure more doctors would know about it.



 
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Old Jan 7th, 2011, 14:13 PM   7
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Is this your first time seeing a fertility specialist? It's very likely that your regular OB didn't think it was an issue. Most OB's are still of the thought that 'anything under 5' is ok for pregnancy.

You're right though, it might not be the problem, but it's a small price to pay. Have they mentioned progesterone after ovulation?



 
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Old Jan 7th, 2011, 14:15 PM   8
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I am not sure if it will either Round2! My doc says that nothing will be for sure with having a baby! There are too many factors. I have been on the meds for just a few weeks now and have already lost 8 pounds. But I wasn't over weight to begin with...I also have been diagnosed for insulin resistance so I have changed my diet and am on meds for that too.... this ttc business is insane!



 
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Old Jan 7th, 2011, 22:25 PM   9
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Hi ladies. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism pre puberty and have been taking varied dosages of synthroid since. I have also had 2 mmc last year. My levels were up to 14 during the first mmc @ 16 weeks and around 6 during the second mmc @ 6 weeks. My doc has advised me not to ttc unless im in normal range, he cant say for sure that thyroid hormone levels caused the mmc's but wants to eliminate it as a risk. I go in for a tsh test about every 3 mos and if im in doubt i get one at the start of my cycle if im gonna ttc that month.



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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 08:05 AM   10
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Hi there,

I have had underactive thyroid since a teenager. In a previous relationship I under went IVF for male factor IF. THe RE said that my TSH had to be between 1-2 to get pregnant and to stay that way. I kept that way for the last 10 years. Got pg straight away with 1st with it like this with new partner. I had an early MC last month, TSH read 3.5.

I believe this was related. Dr has upped my meds by.25mg every other day. And will test in 10 days to see if its dropped.

If you do some research it does say that underactive thyroid can cause you not to Ov and to MC.

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