hypothyroidsm-can medicine help me get pregnant?

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  1. Amber3

    Amber3 Well-Known Member

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    Hi there
    So I have endometriosis and used to have hormonal problems. Well after being on NaProTechnology for a while now my cycles have gotten a lot better and my hormones are quite perfect, but I haven't gotten pregnant :sad1: And then I recently suddenly found out that I have high TSH. I was told by my doctor that the thyroid function is really important for optimal fertility and he thought it likely that I could finally conceive when I get on thyroid medicine. I am trying not to get my hopes up. But anyways...

    do any of you know any case where Thyroid medicine helped someone to finally conceive???
    Thank you :coffee:
    Amber
     
  2. Mother Hen

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    Yes, it can. OH and I had been trying to conceive for 5 years. My GP kept saying my thyroid levels were fine. I have been on thyroxin for 10 over years. When I went to the GP and explained that I was trying to conceive, he sent me to an Endocrinologist. Even though my levels were within the 'normal' range, they were nowhere near where they needed to be for fertility. It took about a year of adjusting the medicine and re-testing to get me to the level the consultant wanted. When he increased my medicine the final time, my level was 1.2. He wanted it to be exactly 1, so I had another 25mg increase of levothyroxin. Within 4 months, I was pregnant. It takes about 2-3 months for it to get into your system, so that is quite a result. We had been charting and ovulation testing for 5 years and I never got pregnant, so I can't help but credit the correct thryroxin levels.
     
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    Dear Mother Hen
    THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing your story. We have also been ttc for almost 5 years so your happy ending gives me loads of hope. Do you know if there is a diffence in thyroid medicines; I read on the internet that some fertility specialists don't think that T4 medicine alone can help infertility. Is your medicine with just T4? Did you experience that medication helped other thyroid problems? I am always cold and also don't have so much energy... it would be amazing if the thyroid medicine could help with those issues.
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  4. Mother Hen

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    I do feel much better. It happened gradually as he increased my medicine. I only take levothyroxin. My hands and feet used to be cold all the time, but it's much better now. I used to have to sleep with a heating pad on my feet, but I haven't done that in about a year. I do have more energy too. I just generally feel better in all aspects. It's a shame that my GP never listened to me when I told him I still didn't feel right, but he finally referred me to a specialist.

    I think he only treated my TSH levels, but he may have looked at my T4 levels too but it must not have been a problem because it was never mentioned. My TSH level started out around 4, which is in the normal range. He was adamant it needed to be 1 exactly, no more, no less.

    Good luck on your journey. I hope you have the same results as me! I still have a ways to go to get to full-term, but everything has gone smoothly. They are testing my TSH levels every 3 months and I'm getting extra scans to make sure the baby is growing. So far, so good.

    Don't let your doctors fob you off. You know if you aren't feeling right! I let it slide for over 5 years. I wish I had been more assertive.
     
  5. Amber3

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    Hi again
    Hmm, I just came home with test results from another lab and now suddenly everything looks normal. My TSH is 1,72 ... I am almost a bit dissapointed. Do you think it would still make sense to try to get it down to 1?
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    PS I really have a low body temp and several of the other signs of hypothyroid.
    ...what would you recommend?
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    My doctor wasn't happy with 1.2, so I still think you'd benefit from bringing that level down. Talk to your doctor. I hope you have one that will listen. Don't give up!:hugs:
     

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