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Old 09-27-2004, 05:40 PM   #1
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when can i have a baby?/hyperthyroid

I had my ultrasound, uptake, and scan. I am hyperthyroid. I have an enlarged thyroid. My iodine treatment is in a few days. What should I expect? They said it would be a one time treatment. I am also "infertile." The doctor is suspecting hyper is the cause. I had previously been to an infertility specialist. I am 33 and would like to start trying as soon as it is safe. Let me know, thanks.

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Old 09-27-2004, 07:10 PM   #2
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Re: when can i have a baby?/hyperthyroid

Let me tell ya a little story.....My co-worker has tried all her adult life to have a baby and then finally gave up that idea. The doctors told her she would never be able to conceive because of gyn probs. She had a large growth on her thyroid. Had the scan, biopsy and all. No cancer found. A year later the growth got bigger. The did surgery to remove the growth and the biopsy came back malignant. They removed her thyroid and she had the radioactive iodine treatment (just one). She had not been taking any meds (on bcp for gyn prob) during all this. She is 40 yrs old and just gave birth to a healthy baby boy about two months ago and she wasn't even trying to get pregnant.

Thyroid problems create fertility problems. It regulates all the hormones in your body therefore also affects fertility. Once your thyroid is removed and is then regulated with medication, you should have a better chance at conceiving. However, I would wait at least a year to make sure that all the radioactive iodine is out of your system. Your physician should tell you the same thing.

Good luck with everything!

Old 09-28-2004, 03:32 AM   #3
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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.

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