Hi, My husband and I have been trying to conceive since October 2006.We had a miscarriage in August 2006 (I was about 2 months along).I had been using the Clear Blue Easy Fertility Monitor, which was not giving me peak readings for most months.I went to my doctor,who ordered blood work. I found out last month that I am hypothyroid.My levels were at 38.She started me on 50mg and now I am on 100s.I have been on the meds for about 5.5 weeks.I am on cycle day 43 and no period and I'm thinking I have not ovulated either.I am wondering how long it will take for the meds to regulate my ovulation and menstural cycles.I really want to get back on track and most importantly get pregnant!!! Thanks!!
I'm really sorry to read about your miscarriage and the trouble you've been having getting pregnant.I don't know the exact answer to your question but I have a couple of ideas that may help work out roughly how long that peice of string is...
I believe (have read something to the effect) that conception is most favourable (when you have a thyroid problem) when your TSH is around 1. I will have to be mindful to do the same when we decide to try for kids as I have been rendered permanently hypothyroid from a total thyroidectomy - but I'm not ready yet.
TSH is the chemical messenger from the brain that signals to the thyroid gland - the higher the TSH the higher the volume of the message, With a TSH of 38 your body was screaming out for more thyroid hormone.
Waiting for our medication to take effect after each dosage adjustment is the bane of thyroid patients lives!!! It is a slow acting hormone which takes anywhere between 4 - 12 weeks to get into your system and take the full effect on TSH. That is why blood test are usually done on a 6 week intervals when making dosage adjustments and trying to get optimal therapy.
So my question for you is this; when was the last time you had a blood test for thyroid function? AND then what was your TSH at?
If you aren't already - you would probably benefit from seeing an endocrinologist (hormone specialist) who specialises in thyroids - many specialise mainly in diabetes. It is important to work out the cause of your hypothyroidism... do you have a family history of thyroid problems? Autoimmune thyroid problems such as Hashimoto's have a familial pattern - you could have a blood test for autoimmune thyroid antibodies.
I don't know if you will conceive as soon as your TSH is at optimum - your body has to heal and get well from what has been an ordeal for it. And that's what you want right? To be healthy to carry a baby to term and give that baby the best start in life you can - I'm sure...
I reccommend getting photocopies of your blood test results and continuing to educate yourself about your health. Remember Knowledge is Power!!!
Wishing you health, wellness and a darling baby!!!
Also - your doc's should tell you this BUT I'll tell you too just in case...
When you do conceive - you'll need to get to a doctor straight away and talk about increasing your dose of thyroid hormone. Requirements for thyroid hormone are increased anywhere between 50% to 100% during pregnancy to support the growing baby's development and it's thyroid. So your medication could be increased by half or even double!
Also - ask about having a urine test to see if you are iodine deficient. Iodine deficiency is becoming more and more dominant even in western countries - studies here in Australia have shown up to two thirds of pregnant women are deficient in iodine. Iodine deficiency can result in a low IQ in babies (mild) or severe mental and physical retardation such as cretansim (severe).
Recommendations for pregnancy, 220 mcg; lactation, 290 mcg iodine per day.
(Normally 150mcg per day)
For more information on all things Iodine;
But don't go out and start supplementing with iodine just yet - read this first (an excerpt from the above web address)
"People with a tendency towards so-called autoimmune thyroid diseases, such as Graves' disease or Hashimoto's thyroiditis, or who have family members with these problems, may be more sensitive to iodine. In fact, high iodine intakes in a population are associated with an increased incidence of these autoimmune thyroid diseases."
So first you should have a blood test to look for those thyroid antibodies we were talking about. See why an endocrinologist is such a good idea? Most general practitioners may have no idea about these things.
Sorry - a bit of a typo before - I meant to say that TSH stands for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone = and that is just what it does, stimulates the thyroid gland to release hormone.
Best wishes... I'd love to hear how you go...
No, no. You have not upset me at all. I also agree that it is better to be fully aware and have ALL information. I have not gone again to get my bloodwork done. They have ordered it for middle of June and then every 3 months after. I also think that they should be testing before this. However, they did start me on 50mcg for the first month and just this week changed it to 100mcg. No major differences noted yet. Thanks for your insight. It was very helpful. Take care!
Hi, I was just doing some research myself and came across these postings. I was diagnosed back in May with Hypothyroidism (TSH- 30) and am in a similar situation with my husband and I wanting to get pregnant. The only real addition I have to the conversation is that my endocrinologist told me of some new research that has linked hypothyroidism to developmental delays. More of an effect on development of the brain than on the baby's thyroid. She has highly recommended that I get this well under control before becoming pregnant. Maybe you could use this concern to have them re-test you every 6 weeks instead of 3 months. Hope you're doing well.....
Just going to go ahead and put my 2 cents in. First of I all agree that the hypothyroidism needs to well under control before you attempt to get pregnant. I've never been hypo until having TT this year but my periods have always been irregular and going 3 months without one is nothing new for me so we also had a difficult time concieving. IF your cycle doesn't regulate once your tsh is within normal limits, then what we used was a med called Clomid which basically makes you ovulate. We had great success with it as have a few of my friends. It does often result in twins but not any more babies than that. If you have done any infertility research you have probably read about it. That said get the thyroid fixed first, you want to be as healthy as possible to have a healthy baby.
Ironically enough it took us 2 years, 2 miscarriages and clomid to get my daughter but then when she was 3 months old AND I was on the pill, I got pregnant with my son. God works in mysterious ways. Good Luck to you.....
Hi - I am just learning about all this thyroid stuff, so bear with me - but one thing I learned in the many tests and discussions with doctors about my hypothyroidism, is something that probably has nothing to do with thyroid but may be worth looking into for your pregnancy? I have heard that aspartame (mostly in diet soda drinks, Diet Coke, etc.), can be one of the causes of not getting pregnant. (I do not have kids but drank 2 Diet Cokes per day and had headaches so frequently, but never identified that connection). I stopped drinking soda with aspartame the day the doctor told me to, and my headaches are now menstrual and down to 1x/month, if at all. It's a great thing. Might be worth reading up on. Good luck,
hi,i think i need some advice,its about me and my husb.want to meke a baby,am 41 years old and for the last two months i made a blod test about the tsh =4.9 and again i made the test today tsh=5.5 ,but my doctor told me to go for clomid 50 mg,and with this reselts of the tsh he said u can do the test again ,but after i finish the 5 days they will do the jop about getting me pregnant. is this ok so far or should the clomid increased the tsh ??? is the baby so far gona be healthy?thanku
I recently had my left thyroid lobe removed do to lymph node growing rapidly. My endocrinologist notified me that I was hypothoid and started me on Synthroid. Prior to this, I was receiving fertility treatment for the last 16 months due to having irregular periods and not ovulating. After my last unsuccessful treatment in April, I decided to stop treatment for a while. In May I had no period, but June my period came and stopped on its own with out any progesterone assistants. I tracked my ovulation with the ovu sticks which showed positive response. From reading previous comments, I am wondering if my problem with ovulating all this time could have been do to hypothyroid.
I am praying and hoping to have conceived this month!
I have low thyroid. and i have been having a hard time with all of this. A friend of mind found this site for me. I went off birth control in dec 07. my husband and i decided we were going to try to have a baby. well i wasnt getting my period so in march i decided to go to an obgyn. they did some blood test and said i had low thyroid. she put me on levothyroxin 100mcg. 8 weeks later i went back and she changed my meds to levothyroxin 88mcg. i go back in 4 weeks to get tested. but i still really havent gotten a period...i had some light spotting in july but thats it. i asked the doctor how long i have to wait before they try other things to help me get pregnant... they are going to get my throid under control,if i still dont get pregnant...she is going to give me until july before they try any kind of infertility ....we have now stopped trying to get pregnant until my thyroid is under control. which is really hard because i feel like everyone around me is getting pregnant...anyway my question is...i know everyone is different, but how long did it take some of you before you thyroid was under control? or when you started to get your period??
I am in the same boat. I am on levoxyl and my levels are getting better. but I still do not have my periods. My recent test the TSH was 2 and T4 was well within the higher normal range. this time she increased the dose and i see spotting almost everyday. but I have not ovulated. Can someone please tell me how long does it take to get normal periods. We are also trying to make babies. But stopped because of thyroid. I wonder when will i get my periods.
I have irregular periods, 14-21 days long and difficulty getting pregnant. After taking progesterone to increase length of period and the dye through the uterus test I got pregnant. Ended up with pre-eclampsia and 36 wk emergany induction. Luckily my son was fine and no problems. I was probably hypothyroid the whole time! Found out I had Hashimoto's 2 yrs after birth. I really recommend getting the thyroid under control before getting pregnant. It will help you get & remain pregnant and help prevent complications. I was on Armour and Nature Throid (dessicated) and when I was switched to Synthroid I didn't have a period for 3 months. 12 days after restarting Nature Throid I had a period again and have been regular since. It might be that you are undermedicated.
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