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Old 01-19-2009, 09:27 AM   #1
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infertility?

is everyone with thyroid problems infertile?

and also, is this infertility forever?

 
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Old 01-20-2009, 12:44 AM   #2
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Re: infertility?

There has been a link to thyroid issues and infertility, but certainly not everyone w/ thyroid problems is infertile. I do not know if fertility issues go away, but I hope so. We have had significant fertility issues for YEARS, and I have also been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome. I was diagnosed with stage 3 thyroid cancer in June, and I now believe that my PCOS and thyroid problems are related in some way. My hope is that, after my radiation treatments are done, my hubby and I can try to have miracle #2. I think once my thyroid levels are regulated, it will help my PCOS and other health problems. We shall see.

 
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:26 PM   #3
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Re: infertility?

I had Hashimoto's back in 2000, but was told by the Endo that i was 'fine'. His theory was that if the TSH was not ultra high then meds were not required. I was only diagnosed one year ago when i was seeing a Trichologist about my abnormal hair shedding.

From 1996 to 2000 we had tried to have children to no avail. After numerous tests they said nothing could be found to prevent me from falling pregnant and my husband was also in the clear. I think the issue was messed up hormones courtesy of my thyroid and adrenals.

I think the infertility/thyroid issue doesn't affect everybody, just like certain thyroid sufferers will have certain symptoms eg: feeling cold all the time, yet i've never had that symptom and always feel warm. I think it affects each of us individually. I do wish my Hashimoto's had been picked up earlier and it might have saved some sanity!!

 
Old 01-22-2009, 03:29 AM   #4
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Re: infertility?

I had/have Hashimotos (no longer have a thyroid) and was able to fall pregnant easily - but miscarried 6 times.

My endo and specialised GP has indicated to me that there is a link between hashimotos and recurrent miscarriage...more due to the fact that if you have one autoimmune disease, you're more likely to have others which effect fertility.
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:33 AM   #5
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Re: infertility?

I have had problems and have been TTC since 2003. I got pregnant after 6 months and had tubal because of scar tissue from appendix removal when I was a child. I had a lap a year later to remove scar tissue and tried and no luck. I do know my hormones are very off and I thought I was going through menopause but my doc sya that my thyrois is going through menopause with this nodule I have. My Endo is suggesting RAI over surgery and I'm just wandering if that will harm my chances of fertility in future. Sorry I wasn't much help but also learning as well.


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Old 01-23-2009, 09:41 PM   #6
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I had RAI 131, radioactive iodine, after a total thyroidectomy for stage 3 cancer. They say not to TTC for 1 year, but there really aren't any complications after that...at least, that's what I've been told. We had fertility issues for 5 years and finally conceived Miracle Daughter. We REALLY want to try for another miracle, so this weight heavily on my mind when opting for RAI. I didn't really have a choice, however, because of the cancer. Any reason your endo wants RAI instead of surgery?

 
Old 01-24-2009, 03:22 PM   #7
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I had RAI 131, radioactive iodine, after a total thyroidectomy for stage 3 cancer. They say not to TTC for 1 year, but there really aren't any complications after that...at least, that's what I've been told. We had fertility issues for 5 years and finally conceived Miracle Daughter. We REALLY want to try for another miracle, so this weight heavily on my mind when opting for RAI. I didn't really have a choice, however, because of the cancer. Any reason your endo wants RAI instead of surgery?
Congratulations on Conceiving!

Well I've been hypo since 2001. Levels were off and on for a couple of years but then I started taking these liquid vitamins instead of synthroid and they worked. Dr was shocked at my results but refused to say it was the vitamins. He said I still needed to stay on meds just the lowest dose. So I stayed on meds and stopped vitamins because cost quit a bit. Then 1 yr later I got this nodule and the nodue is causing me to be hyper.

My ENT says I have thyroditis, Hashi antibodies and nodule is hyper. ENT wants to remove partial thyroid ASAP. I saw ENT before ENDO. One surgeon didn't think I should have surgery because hyper levels too hyper some blood tests questionable. White cells bad then good. So then I was referred to ENDO.

Endo seems to think that I could do RAI to kill non cancerous nodule instaed of surgery. Endo believes that I was misdiagnosed with hypo because of my tests results and thinks that I will be normal after RAI. My TSH is 0 but all other T3 &T4 are normal. Have you ever heard of any of this? Says that 95%b of their patients only used one dose to kill nodule.

My husband and I took the buyout from GM because our plant was in trouble of closing and had wonderful ben.efits but now we only use VA. VA has pretty good Dr.s but our jobs now don't have medical. So no, I haven't had second opinion, can't afford right now and running out of time.


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Re: infertility?

If and when you get ALL your thyroid level tested and optimal that should make a huge difference.
(That means an optimal FREE T3, optimal FREE T4 & optimal TSH).

PLUS, low ferritin can cause infertility (even with out hypothyroidism).
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If and when you get ALL your thyroid level tested and optimal that should make a huge difference.
(That means an optimal FREE T3, optimal FREE T4 & optimal TSH).

PLUS, low ferritin can cause infertility (even with out hypothyroidism).
Great advise! What is ferritin anyway?

 
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Ferritin = iron stores and is not the same as any other iron test.


You can have a fine hemoglobin and still have a very low ferritin.

Optimal ferritin is between 70-90 (though the lab reports will call as low as 10 'normal', THATS WAY too low!)

Wait until you get all your thyroid hormones optimal (and those vits and minerals) before you try to get pregnant.
That will be best for you and baby.
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Old 01-24-2009, 06:36 PM   #11
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I, too, had RAI done. It took us forever to get pregnant. I thought it was my thyroid causing our issues, but I was literally pregnant 6 days after I quit smoking! Now I believe it was the fact I smoked that kept us from getting pregnant easily. I had also recently lost 50 pounds. Unfortunately, we had a miscarriage, but got pregnant immediately after the miscarriage. He's a healthy, 3 year old now.

 
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Re: infertility?

Grats Zekat! Always love to hear another fertility success story. My Miracle Daughter's 3 now, too!

GCC, thanks for the info on the ferritin. I've never had this tested and will talk to my Dr. about possibly getting this done. We want to try for Miracle #2 as soon as possible, which will be August if I don't have to have any other RAI treatments.

Ncruse, I'm sorry this is all happening so fast for you. Honestly, I'm not sure what the best answer is for you. I've heard a lot on here that RAI alone often isn't enough to fix thyroid problems, but that doesn't mean it won't work for you. Because of your situation, it might be worth trying the RAI before you go full into surgery. Have you had a biopsy to tell you it's not cancer?

 
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Re: infertility?

I agree, get things like your ferretin, Vit D, B12 and iodine checked out. Lack of various things can also affect your chances of conceiving. A lot of thyroid sufferers tend to have similar issues, particularly the ferretin and Vit D issues. They should both be at the higher end of the lab range.

 
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Re: infertility?

I have premature ovarian failure. I never went through normal puberty and at 19 my parents sent me to Toronto (I was living in a small, northern Ontario town at the time, up in the 'boonies') to get to the bottom of it. They did several tests like brain x-rays to check for tumors, and exploratory surgery of my abdomen to check out my reproductive organs....that's when they saw I had no ovaries...except for a small amount of tissue where they should have been...and no eggs . That's when i knew i would never be able to have children the 'normal' way. Years later my endo advised me that, given my condition (ovarian dysgenesis or primary ovarian failure), i may lose the function of my adrenals and thyroid.
So, that's my infertility story.
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Old 01-26-2009, 06:08 AM   #15
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I wasn't diagnosed with Hashis until after I had my children, but I had symptoms long before. I had no problem getting pregnant though. I did have two miscarriages, but they were blighted ova, not related to thyroid.

 
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