Experience with hypothyroidism?

Experience with hypothyroidism?

Joined: July 5th, 2008, 3:35 am

June 18th, 2010, 9:13 pm #1

RE just called to say my thyroid results were a little elevated - apparently my TSH was 5.2, normal to them tops out at 4.2 (although some web sites still list normal as high as 6) but they want to see it down to 2.5 before initiating a pregnancy. I have never been told I had any issue with this before, I have been reading on the net and see that sometimes hypothyroidism can develop as a result of a previous pregnancy and that it usually resolves on its own. But I don't have time to "wait and see" if I am going for another pregnancy. However I dread dread dread the idea of starting on a synthetic hormone treatment, especially since everything I have read mentions that I would be on it for the rest of my life. I am extremely anti-drugs, as most anything I have ever taken has always caused adverse side effects. I also fear the cascade effect of one medical treatment creating another problem which requires further treatment and so on and so forth.

Anybody have any experience with this?
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Joined: November 23rd, 2007, 9:46 pm

June 19th, 2010, 4:58 am #2

Armour is a "natural" treatment that includes T3 and T4. Some doctors balk at it, but mine RE was ok after I insisted.

Your numbers are way off and I would think treatment would help a lot with getting PG.

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Joined: June 1st, 2010, 1:43 pm

June 19th, 2010, 1:37 pm #3

RE just called to say my thyroid results were a little elevated - apparently my TSH was 5.2, normal to them tops out at 4.2 (although some web sites still list normal as high as 6) but they want to see it down to 2.5 before initiating a pregnancy. I have never been told I had any issue with this before, I have been reading on the net and see that sometimes hypothyroidism can develop as a result of a previous pregnancy and that it usually resolves on its own. But I don't have time to "wait and see" if I am going for another pregnancy. However I dread dread dread the idea of starting on a synthetic hormone treatment, especially since everything I have read mentions that I would be on it for the rest of my life. I am extremely anti-drugs, as most anything I have ever taken has always caused adverse side effects. I also fear the cascade effect of one medical treatment creating another problem which requires further treatment and so on and so forth.

Anybody have any experience with this?
Your doctor is correct.your TSH needs to be under 2 for a pregnancy. When my TSH was found to be slow, my internist sent me to an endocronologist who specializes in women going through IF. She tested me for thyroid disease (immune), which I did have. You don't want to mess around with this issue. It caused me many miscarriages, having elevated levels. Another thing that you do need to know, is that when you take estrogen, it elevates the TSH even more. I increased my dose of thyroid meds before my cycle to accomodate for that. About the Armour, it did not work for me and totally messed up my numbers. It delayed my cycling. I personally would not even bother to cycle if my TSH was over 2. My RE believed that anything normal was OK. But over and over again, I would not get pregnant or I would miscarry when my numbers were elevated.
For this last pg, my endo insisted that we speed up the thyroid before the cycle to accomodate for the estrogen..that worked, I got pg and carried to term.
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Joined: December 23rd, 2009, 3:57 am

June 20th, 2010, 1:57 am #4

RE just called to say my thyroid results were a little elevated - apparently my TSH was 5.2, normal to them tops out at 4.2 (although some web sites still list normal as high as 6) but they want to see it down to 2.5 before initiating a pregnancy. I have never been told I had any issue with this before, I have been reading on the net and see that sometimes hypothyroidism can develop as a result of a previous pregnancy and that it usually resolves on its own. But I don't have time to "wait and see" if I am going for another pregnancy. However I dread dread dread the idea of starting on a synthetic hormone treatment, especially since everything I have read mentions that I would be on it for the rest of my life. I am extremely anti-drugs, as most anything I have ever taken has always caused adverse side effects. I also fear the cascade effect of one medical treatment creating another problem which requires further treatment and so on and so forth.

Anybody have any experience with this?
I have been a long time thyroid patient, (even though the other kind, hyperthyroidism) to know that the healthy level of TSH is between 1 and 2.5 - regardless of what books and well-recycled info on the Net says. If fact my TSH level is very hyperthyroid, less than 0.001 but since I don't have a thyroid, I dose my Synthroid by FT3 and FT4. Feel absolutely fine, but don't know how my TSH will play into my ability to get pg.
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Joined: June 1st, 2010, 1:43 pm

June 21st, 2010, 12:40 am #5

My sister has Graves..not sure you have that (it's hyperthyroid)..and her doc had a difficult time getting her ready for a pregnancy (she had her thyroid removed before)..he managed to do it but took awhile to get it in the normal range for conception and she was monitored weekly for any changes..she gave birth to a healthy boy!
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June 21st, 2010, 8:10 pm #6

RE just called to say my thyroid results were a little elevated - apparently my TSH was 5.2, normal to them tops out at 4.2 (although some web sites still list normal as high as 6) but they want to see it down to 2.5 before initiating a pregnancy. I have never been told I had any issue with this before, I have been reading on the net and see that sometimes hypothyroidism can develop as a result of a previous pregnancy and that it usually resolves on its own. But I don't have time to "wait and see" if I am going for another pregnancy. However I dread dread dread the idea of starting on a synthetic hormone treatment, especially since everything I have read mentions that I would be on it for the rest of my life. I am extremely anti-drugs, as most anything I have ever taken has always caused adverse side effects. I also fear the cascade effect of one medical treatment creating another problem which requires further treatment and so on and so forth.

Anybody have any experience with this?
Hypothyroidism is an often undiagnosed cause of infertility.  Many endocrinologists who don't deal with infertility patients are happy to see TSH levels of 4-6, but that's just not good enough for infertility treatment (I know, the old-fashioned endocrinologist I got sent to by my GP didn't have a clue.  My RE had to call him and explain to him what levels he wanted before the old f*** would give me enough meds).



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Joined: December 23rd, 2009, 3:57 am

June 22nd, 2010, 2:57 am #7

My sister has Graves..not sure you have that (it's hyperthyroid)..and her doc had a difficult time getting her ready for a pregnancy (she had her thyroid removed before)..he managed to do it but took awhile to get it in the normal range for conception and she was monitored weekly for any changes..she gave birth to a healthy boy!
Well, if my TSH is going to be a problem for pg, we'll deal with it. I don't like the idea of lowering my Synthroid as I know where I feel the best. Even when lowering from my current 100 mcg to 88 mcg makes me feel sluggish and tired, (hypothyroid), not helping my TSH much. I do have Graves. I am mostly likely sure they would want to lift my TSH. Ugh.

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Joined: May 18th, 2006, 3:27 pm

June 22nd, 2010, 3:35 am #8

RE just called to say my thyroid results were a little elevated - apparently my TSH was 5.2, normal to them tops out at 4.2 (although some web sites still list normal as high as 6) but they want to see it down to 2.5 before initiating a pregnancy. I have never been told I had any issue with this before, I have been reading on the net and see that sometimes hypothyroidism can develop as a result of a previous pregnancy and that it usually resolves on its own. But I don't have time to "wait and see" if I am going for another pregnancy. However I dread dread dread the idea of starting on a synthetic hormone treatment, especially since everything I have read mentions that I would be on it for the rest of my life. I am extremely anti-drugs, as most anything I have ever taken has always caused adverse side effects. I also fear the cascade effect of one medical treatment creating another problem which requires further treatment and so on and so forth.

Anybody have any experience with this?
I have been hypothyroid since I was 19. This never came up in all my ivf's. I just looked at my BW from a few weeks ago, and mine was 1.5, so that's probably why. My last GP, now retired, was really good at this, and got me down to 5 of the pills a week, and I'm in really good shape now. I've never tried anything other than synthroid.
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Joined: August 22nd, 2008, 3:29 pm

June 22nd, 2010, 11:47 pm #9

RE just called to say my thyroid results were a little elevated - apparently my TSH was 5.2, normal to them tops out at 4.2 (although some web sites still list normal as high as 6) but they want to see it down to 2.5 before initiating a pregnancy. I have never been told I had any issue with this before, I have been reading on the net and see that sometimes hypothyroidism can develop as a result of a previous pregnancy and that it usually resolves on its own. But I don't have time to "wait and see" if I am going for another pregnancy. However I dread dread dread the idea of starting on a synthetic hormone treatment, especially since everything I have read mentions that I would be on it for the rest of my life. I am extremely anti-drugs, as most anything I have ever taken has always caused adverse side effects. I also fear the cascade effect of one medical treatment creating another problem which requires further treatment and so on and so forth.

Anybody have any experience with this?
one thing with drugs can often cause other issues and everything cascades. I hope your next TSH reveals a better number...if it were me I would talk to a naturopath to see if there is anything they would recommend to balance your thyroid with homeopathic therapy.

Thinking of you on your path to your next baby.

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