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Old 08-16-2004, 08:41 AM   #1
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Can low thyroid levels cause infertility?

Please tell me that this isn't the case! Goiter be gone!

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Old 08-16-2004, 10:34 AM   #2
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Re: Can low thyroid levels cause infertility?

Everyone is different, but infertility is in fact one of the symptoms of hypothyroidism. It took me 2 years to conceive my son...1 1/2 years into it I started with the fertility tests. Everything came back normal except my thyroid (My TSH was 31 and I had no noticable symptoms). I started on synthroid and a few months later, after a dosage increase, my TSH was around 1 and I conceived 2 weeks later. Coincidence? I think not...

It's very important that your levels are optimized before you get pregnant, otherwise you risk miscarriage or developmental problems in the baby.

I had an easy pregnancy with no problems whatsoever.

Now postpartum is a different deal for me - my thyroid went haywire after the birth and I'm still trying to get straightened out 9 months later. I'm getting close though.

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Old 08-16-2004, 12:07 PM   #3
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Re: Can low thyroid levels cause infertility?

Originally Posted by carouselambra76
Please tell me that this isn't the case! Goiter be gone!
You didn't specify whether you are male or female. In either case, the answer is YES.

Female: There are thyroid hormone receptors on your ovaries. If these receptors don't see enough thyroid hormone (or see too much), they signal the ovaries to alter hormone levels that may disrupt your menstrual cycles, and/or make you stop ovulating.

Male: Low thyroid levels cause testosterone levels to drop, which can lead to several problems, including inability to get or maintain an erection at times as well as possibly lowering sperm count.

I am not a doctor, nor have I ever played one on TV...

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