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#1 of 10 Old 04-28-2012, 07:57 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hey everyone.  I am 37 and have been TTC for 6 years and have yet to get pregnant. I've done timed intercourse, IUI (3 times) and have been trying to do IVF but I am a low responder to the drugs and keep getting cancelled.  I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's 6 years ago my levels are now normal (TSH around 1.5).  I can't help but wonder if me fertility problems are still somehow related to my thyroid and perhaps taking Synthroid.  I have never fully felt back to normal since starting Synthroid.  Fatigue, hair loss, wight gain, swelling/puffiness.  I am wondering if anyone has had similar problems and had any success adding T3 or switching to Armour Thyroid? 

 

 

 

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Welcome Mocha! Sorry you haven't gotten any responses. Admittedly, I know little about hypothyroidism but I do have an interesting resource to refer you to. http://www.1-thyroid.com/dosage.htm It was just recommended to me for infertility by my NaPro doctor and when I was browsing today I saw it is recommended with medicated women as well. The reason your body may not be responding well to the Synthroid if your body is deficient in iodine.

 

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Hi,

 

I second that a deficiency in iodine can affect thyroid issues. I've never had any issues (my infertility issues are unexplained:( but my sister does suffer from hypothyroidism and my own Naturopathic Doctor talked about her talking Dessicated Thyroid and iodine. GL!

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Hi Mocha44,

 

I am in your same situation. I am 38 and have been trying to have a baby for almost 6 years, no luck thus far. I have been on .88 mcg of Synthroid since January 2010, of course my TSH and T4 labs look great and are considered normal, T4 is 1.4 and TSH is 1.22. I feel that I still have an underlying thyroid problem that is hindering me from becoming pregnant. I have spoke to my Endo many times about Armour Thyroid, he is not into it at all, and he has never given me any other blood tests besides TSH and T4. After many negative pregnancy tests, I decided to see a RE to discuss infertilty. I will say that I ovulate every month right on time( I use OPK's), periods are normal and I chart my BBT, everything is perfect!!! For some reason, I just cant get pregnant! My husband and I had all of the neccessary diagnostic testing done at the fertilty clinic and we have a clean bill of health. The only thing the Dr. told me was that I had an elevated FSH which was a 9 and that shows him a decrease in ovarian reserve. This did not make me panic at all, tons of women with these same results have gotten pregnant on their own! The RE started to really push IUI and IVF, he said that is the only way I will ever have a baby. I just wasnt feeling it in my gut or my heart! That was back in Dec, I am not pregnant yet and I have not given up. I spoke with someone recently who said that my thyroid, which is hypo is the only thing in my way! Everytime I call the fertilty clinic to discuss having more blood work done on my thyroid, all they ask is if I want to have a consultation to discuss IUI and IVF? That makes me feel like they only care about the revenue and not the patient. I started to do a ton of research about how the thyroid and being hypo can hinder pregnancy, it all comes down to either just being on a T4 synthetic medicine or an iodine deficiency. I have found a new Dr that I will see this month, I am going to ask him about Armour Thyroid, a natural medicine that is T3 and T4, this could make all the difference! I know I will have to undergo a ton of new thyroid blood tests and thats fine because I have never had them. I am so curious to see what is really going on??? I will say that I am dissapointed in the RE Dr., I was hoping that he would want to figure out was could really be wrong with me before he pushed his treatments. After further research, I have found out that if the thyroid disease really isnt under control, IUI and IVF might not work... Thus causing more heartache and huge out of pocket expenses.. Unless you have fabulous insurance!!! I have noticed that the 2+ years I have been on Synthroid, I am just not the person I used to be! I dont even look like myself, my face is puffy, I have gain a little bit of weight.. Im moody, no sex drive, etc. Sorry to ramble, but you are the first blog that I have seen that is similar to mine. I say, if you can switch to Armour or any natural medicine that is T3 and T4, do it! I am so looking forward to the changes ahead, all I can do is stay positive and keep doing my research!!! Please keep me posted if you switch to Armour, I would love to hear how you feel and if you get pregnant!!! Take care,

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It's such a relief to read other people's experiences here. I don't have hypothyroid but I did have half of mine removed due to cancer and have been taking synthroid as a suppressent (125mcg) for the last 5 years. I too have been unable to get pregnant. Then during a busy time, I didnt have time to refill my prescription and lapsed for almost 2 weeks. At the end of fhat time I did feel pretty sluggish so I went back on it. But then i found out that during that 2 week gap i had gotten pregnant!! I self-modified my dose after that (because my endo denied any correlation) first going on 70mcg, than 100. However at 11 weeks i miscarried. I dont know what to do next or whether the drugs played any part in the baby dying. I am also considering consulting with a naturopathic doctor. It's amazing that so many personal experiences can be ignored by the medical establishment. I think doctors feel that since it is at least possible to get pregnant on synthroid, that there can't be a correlation. But has anybody actually done a study?
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It's such a relief to read other people's experiences here. I don't have hypothyroid but I did have half of mine removed due to cancer and have been taking synthroid as a suppressent (125mcg) for the last 5 years. I too have been unable to get pregnant. Then during a busy time, I didnt have time to refill my prescription and lapsed for almost 2 weeks. At the end of fhat time I did feel pretty sluggish so I went back on it. But then i found out that during that 2 week gap i had gotten pregnant!! I self-modified my dose after that (because my endo denied any correlation) first going on 70mcg, than 100. However at 11 weeks i miscarried. I dont know what to do next or whether the drugs played any part in the baby dying. I am also considering consulting with a naturopathic doctor. It's amazing that so many personal experiences can be ignored by the medical establishment. I think doctors feel that since it is at least possible to get pregnant on synthroid, that there can't be a correlation. But has anybody actually done a study?
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Kidnred, the studies I've read show a positive correlation between hypothyroid women taking synthroid and becoming pregnant and carrying to term.

Mocha, but that's without Hashimoto's, which causes thyroid antibodies to be prevalent throughout your body even when your TSH labs come back normal. Hashimoto's is essentially an autoimmune disorder. If you're not responding well to Synthroid, and it sounds like you aren't, by all means ask about switching to Armour. But you might also want to go see an immunologist.

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I have hypothyroidism and I recently tried a failed cycle of IVF and am currently trying again. I am wondering if there is a link with hypothyroidism, as I was able to get pregnant before I developed hypothyroidism. I am on 125 of synthroid. And I am wondering if its bad to have too low a TSH when its the result of synthroid… I have also wondered about using benydryl to contract the immune response which is part of hypothyroidism...
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I know this is an old thread, but I think that there is absolutely a relationship between thyroid hormones (and regulating them with medication) and getting/staying pregnant. I have been fighting this IF battle for so long I really forget sources, but have read that it may be necessary to up thyroid medication doses while pregnant to support the baby. I had my entire thyroid removed in 2012 (I think - my memory sucks!) and they found cancer in the nodules at that time. So I went through the whole post-cancer testing and went through 3 doctors because the first wasn't willing to put me on a higher dose of synthroid and wanted to diagnose me with fibro-myalgia or chronic fatigue because I was still so symptomatic. Then the 2nd upped that dose so that I felt functional, but refused to prescribe Armour once everything evened out and I'd passed the cancer milestones. I now have a family practitioner who herself ttc for 6+ years and is serious about doing what I want as long as my numbers support it. Needless to say I am beyond advanced maternal age now and gained 40lbs while the first 2 doctors were screwing around. On Armour, I have considerably fewer hypo symptoms and enough energy to exercise for the first time in years.

@SplashingPuddle : Idk about benadryl - but a former RE of mine did put both dh and I on anti-biotics before we started any cycles to deaden the affects of any viruses we might be carrying. He was really into the theory that Epstein-Barr and other childhood viruses were dormant in the body until pregnancy and then they attacked the baby, causing miscarriages. Idk if that's still a big theory among RE's or not.

I absolutely believe that my 3 miscarriages were due to thyroid and hormonal issues causing a luteal phase defect. Anyway, that's my $.02 and my experience thus far.

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