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How can I get pregnant with Hyperthyroid?

How can I get pregnant with Hyperthyroid?
I've been trying to get pregnant for two years. I knew I had a thyroid problem, but I was still trying. I've been having thyroid problems since 2002, and I was taking medicine for about 4 months, but I was very young and still in high school. So I didn't know how serious this condition was until now, when I'm trying to have a family.
I had the radiation pill in 2003, but never really stuck to the medicine. I've just started going to the doctor and he had the nerve to tell me that if after he does the blood work and it shows that I have Hyperthyroid I will not be able to have a child... like ever... I was devastated when he told me this.
I just want to say: This is not acceptable... I'm a good person and I would make an outstanding mother.
I need help... so I'm asking if anyone have something I can use to understand what I can do please let me know...

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hi!  i have hypothyroid as well and i'm trying to get pregnant as well.  my husband and i started TTC in the spring of 2008.  at that point i didn't know i was hypothyroid.  it took a few months but we feel pregnant around the beginning of august.  unfortunately we lost the baby at around 4 weeks.  in the meantime, i tested myself for thyroid disfunction (i'm a lab technician!) due to increasing bouts of unexplainable fatigue. the results came back positive for hypothyroid.  my GP wasn't convinced that the results were true (despite having a thyroid antibody level of well over 500!!  normal is less than 75!) so she said to retest in 3 months.
thinking the miscarriage was a fluke, my husband and i tried again.   i retested the thyroid in november and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism.  at that point i was already a few weeks pregnant.  i had done major research after the lab results came back on hypothyroid and pregnancy.  i found that there is no reason why we can't conceive, but that maintaining the pregnancy becomes the problem unless we are properly medicated (increase in risk of miscarriage is 4 times as high as normal women!).  I expressed this concern to my GP but was told not to worry.  so i had started my Synthroid (50mcg) about 2-3 weeks into my pregnancy.  evidently this was not enough because we lost the 2nd baby at 7.5 weeks and i had to undergo an operation to remove the fetal tissues.  it was awful.  i don't want to scare you, but i want to let you know that it would be so much better for you if you got your condition under control and saw an endocrinologist before trying to conceive.  many women have NO PROBLEMS AT ALL, but there are a few of us who suffer unfortunately.  
don't give up!! :)  
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I am hyperthyroid as well, but the doctors & everyone else I have spoken to said it can be dangerous to be pregnant while your thyroid is out of whack & it is not treated. But you said that you had Radioactive Iodine (RAI), so they should have put you on replacement hormone after that. After RAI, you become HYPOthyroid & need replacement hormone (synthroid/levothyroxine) for your body to function properly. If you don't have the replacement hormone it can be difficult to get PG or carry a pregnancy to term. If you are still HYPER then the RAI may not have worked. You need to talk to your doctor & have a blood test to determine if your thyroid is working right. The doctor will be able to determine the best course of treatment in order to get your thyroid issues corrected, and then it will be safe to TTC. All doctors have told me that as long as your thyroid problem is treated & hormone levels are correct then you should have no problem with pregnancy, as long as there are no other health issues to be concerned with. I feel your pain, as I was diagnosed hyperthyroid in Dec 2007 & really wanted to start a family at that time. I am having surgery on Jan 20th to have my thyroid removed & hope to TTC after my levels are corrected after surgery. Best wishes to you!
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Hi, I also have Hyperthyroid and will be having surgery next month.  We found out about my thryroid because I was having problems getting pregnant.  I only have to have my right side removed and the left side will hopefully correct my hyperthryroid problem and I will have normal levels again.  My doctors of course want me to take care of my thyroid condition before getting pregnant whick I agree, but I am worried about if it will be more dificult to get pregnant afterwards or will I go back to being normal and be able to get preganant easlily like before.  My questions is now that you have had your surgery are you back to normal?  Did or do you think you may have to take something like clomid to start ovulating again?  I know I will have to wait and see how I am after surgery but I don't like waiting.

Thanks for any info on getting pregnant after a thyroid condition is corrected.
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I am hypothyroid too but now my levels are in the lower side of normal that is 0.22 i have been ttcing since apr 08 with no luck.. my doctor wont decrease my medication because of the cancer... so just dont know what do to do...
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Have you talked to your OBGYN about taking any kind of fertility meds?
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The ob gyn wont see me until we try for a yr and it would be a yr in apr 09
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I wish you good luck!!!  I will have my sugery next month and then once my levels are okay we are going to start trying again.  That is how we found out about my thyroid problem we had been trying for a while and my OB did blood work on my thyroid to see it that was the problem.  So I know how you feel, even though we couldn't try will I have been taking care of my thyroid it has been over a year that we have been wanting to.  Hopefully this spring will be good for both of us.
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Is it impossible for women with graves diease to concieve (conceive)??
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I have post surgical hypothyroidism from Graves Disease, have had two thyroidectomies and am hoping to start attempting to conceive next year.  I found this to be a helpful website  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2941407/  (LT4 is any hormone replacement, Synthroid, etc) Here is a quote from it "For women on LT4, the LT4 dose often needs to be increased by 4–6-week gestation and may require a 30%–50% increase (1,8). However, our previous work has revealed that 76% of obstetric care providers initially see patients after the optimal window for dose adjustment (18). The rate of miscarriage is high before 6 weeks of gestation (19), and many obstetric care providers schedule the initial prenatal visit close to 10 weeks of gestation when fetal heart beat can be confirmed. Although this is a logical and appropriate time to schedule prenatal visits for most patients, this missed window for LT4 dose adjustment is one explanation for why 49% of women on LT4 have thyroid-stimulating hormone levels outside goal range during the first trimester"  This in my opinion is also the reason for the higher miscarriage rate and seems to be avoided when the replacement hormone is increased prior to attempted conception.  Best of luck to you all!
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hi im dignozed with hyperthyroidism since 2007 and i had a problem getting pregnant before because of that and my thyroid levels are always high so i decided to take mesication like ptu, methamizole but not radiation because i never lose hope of getting pregnant again. By the way , i have an 8 yrs old daughter and she is perfectly fine, i found out about the graves disease after she was born.... and after 2 yrs i also found out that i have an endometriosis which and lost my right ovary due to a 12cm cysts that grows on ny right ovary and got that surgically removed last 2010 and my endocrinologist said that i have no chance of getting pregnant anymore because of this graves disease and endometriosis, it feels like the world crash on me by that time because dr found out i have another cysts growing in my left ovary( the only ovary i have) and have to go another surgery but me and my dr decided to go for another treatment while my graves disease was being monitored too. and luckily during my husbands vacation last june 2012 i got pregnant :) and my cysts didnt continue to grow and suddenly my thyroid levels became normal it was really a big surprised to me and my husband, i am so blessed to have this baby after that i went through.Now im on 30 weeks and its a baby boy !!! So to all the women out there please dont lose hope, take it from me you can still get pregnant just monitor your ft4 and tsh level and trust me you will get pregnant:) we can fight this diease if we really want to. Good luch to all the girls here and never lose hope:)
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i was wondering once i start taking my meds im i gonna get prognant right away
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hi there i to had my thyriod totally removed back in early 2008 and i am still desperatelly trying to have a baby again i also have the issue that i am now 35 years old and time is running out, so beleive me i know how you feel i hope you fall soon as i wish i will soon as well, all the doctors say we need to get your levels right first thats what has been said for the last 4 years i dont want to hear those words again i am going to the doctors tomorrow hopefully my levels have plattoed hope all goes well for you
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what tests are they doing to try and regulate your thyroid levels?
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i advise for anyone with a thyroid condition to seek help from an endocrinologist. i am 20 years old and was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism at the age of 7. a year after i was diagnosed my doctors began telling me that i had very little chance of ever having children; to make myself believe that i did not want them. I was on medicine for a little over ten years. when i became pregnant. i had a horrible pregnancy but the danger was directed to myself, not my baby. he is three years old now and perfectly healthy.

please visit an endocrinologist and get yourself healthy and worry free. it is then that you will have your blessing. good luck and god bless!
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hi, i saw this post  of yours  just now. you wrote this last january 2013 and you said that you are already 30 weeks pregnant that time.just wanna know, how is your baby now? did you have a hard time giving birth? i am 22 years old and am planning to get married after 2 years but we are worried if ever i can conceive a baby because of  my hyperthyroidism..your post gave me hope though, but just wanna make sure, how are you and the baby now? thanks!
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