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Old 08-12-2003, 10:14 AM   #1
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Does anyone know if the depo provera birth control injection has any affect on your thyroid labs? I had my labs to include a TSH done in Dec 2002 and my Tsh was 2.something and last week it was 5.something. I've been feeling tired and having no energy. Thing is, I felt that way in December too but my labs showed normal. I know "normal" is to be loosely used but I didn't noticed a drastic change in how I felt from December to July even though my TSH went up. I was on the Depo shot up until about 2 months ago when I switched back to the birth control pill. I'm just curious as to what affect, if any, these birth control methods would have on my lab results.

Also, if anyone knows of a good doctor in the NC area (Charlotte, Concord, etc) PLEASE email me and let me know...I cannot find one that "listens". They said my labs were normal in December and didn't listen to how I was feeling. And NONE will consider Armour. I had one tell me it was a "California thing" and very "vogue" out there. It's in the New England Journal of Medicine for crying out loud. Help would be appreciated.

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Old 08-12-2003, 11:28 AM   #2
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I just checked my thyroid books, written by MD's, and they say that birth control can suppress the thyroid.

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So, does that mean suppress it as in there being a problem but not showing up? Also, the depo is progestin only and my BCP have estrogen so I'm not sure what difference that would make. I'm just at a loss as to figure out what is going on.

 
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Suppress means to slow it down so you would be tired, etc.... Birth control does that to our thyroid according my books on the subject written by MD's. Wish I knew the why's, but I don't take birth control, so never needed to pursue it. You can usually do a search on the net and find answers. Use the keywords, "thyroid , birth control, side affects, or is it effects?"

Your TSH should be around 1.0 That's ideal for a female.

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