Re: when can i have a baby?/hyperthyroid
Basketgirl, what is the CAUSE of your hyperthyrodism? Is it Graves disease? Do you have any eye involvement/problems?
You do know that there are 3 treatment options to treat hyperthyroidism. It should be YOUR choice which one of these to try.
Radioactive iodine is not reversible. There are anti-thyroid medications that you can try, which will bring your thyroid levels down to normal so that you can think clearly. Once your thyroid levels are normal, you can research the 3 treatment options and decide which one is best for you.
It is recommended that a person wait one year after RAI to try to concieve. The reasons are two-fold....first some of the radioactive iodine may damage some eggs in your ovaries, so they want you to shed a few eggs before trying to concieve. Secondly, HYPOthyroidism (which is the result of Radioactive Iodine) takes a while to stabilize. Both HYPO and HYPER cause fertility problems. HYPO is known to cause mental retardation in the babies born, so you will want to make sure that you have NORMAL thyroid levels before trying to concieve.
I highly recommend the book "Thyroid for Dummies" by Dr. Alan Rubin. We all should understand our condition and the anticipated outcome of each of the treatment options before we agree to any treatment.
Dx Graves 4/99, tx w/Tapazole & Atenolol - Remission 7/03; Relapse 1/06, back on Tapazole, remission & off meds again 11/06.