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Fertility and High Thyroid

by Jessie
(Denver, Colorado)

My husband and I have a 3 year old son. We have decided to start trying for another one. I saw my ob/gyn and got a clean bill of health. In July we conceived. In September (at 8 weeks), I miscarried.


I went in to the doctor once a week for almost two months for blood work, waiting for my hormone levels to regulate. By Thanksgiving they were back to normal levels. My cycles (which, on or off of birth control, has always been like clockwork) became hard to predict.

My cycle length from the miscarriage to now have decrease in length every month - 41 days, 36 days, 29, 27, and 23 days. I have also had mid-cycle spotting. In the last two months, I have not been feeling well and have made 3 appointments with my ob/gyn.

My blood work has come back fine, except for a low blood sugar count two weeks ago. I went in last week and asked them to do more in depth tests because I was experiencing a lot of dizziness.

I found out yesterday that my Thyroid level was high (4.860). With all of the background, here's my question... We have been trying to conceive since the miscarriage. I have been charting my cycle for over a year and even though it has been irregular, I am confident that we have been trying in line with when I am ovulating.

We have had no luck. Is the thyroid problem causing my fertility problems? Is it strange that my levels came back at 4.86 when 6 months ago they were normal? Could the miscarriage have caused all of this? What are my chances of getting pregnant with high thyroid? I am very confused. I feel like I don't know my own body anymore (and, it may be out to get me).

Answer:

Hi Jessie,

Thyroid imbalance does cause miscarriage and can affect your hormonal balance during the menstrual cycle and early pregnancy. Please, make sure to work closely with your health care practitioner to bring balance in your body before attempting to conceive again.

You want to make sure that you ovulate each month, so keep charting your cycle. The miscarriage, even if only at 8 weeks is like a pregnancy and many women do experience hormonal imbalance after pregnancy or loss of pregnancy.

Ovulation and Luteal Phase

How long is your luteal phase? Go back to your charting and calculate your luteal phase. If it is getting shorter and it is less than 10 days long, you have poor progesterone production associated with your thyroid hormone been high. Which, it is high for fertility purposes, but not abnormally high otherwise.

Some women with low progesterone production may need natural progesterone cream.
Ask your doctor to perform an saliva hormonal test to see if your are progesterone deficient.
You can learn more about saliva testing on this site.

This alone can balance the thyroid, while in other cases they need natural thyroid remedies.

Your Diet

If this is the case, I would recommend a thyroid diet based on balancing your thyroid hormone from within.

I would recommend reading thenatural thyroid diet e-book.

The foods that you eat can be affecting the functioning of your thyroid gland and your blood sugar. By learning what food you should eat and which one you should avoid in order to balance and support your thyroid gland you will feel better and get pregnant. It is quite simple, if you know how to do it. The natural thyroid diet e-book is a good way to start, of course always follow your doctor's advice.

Cervical Mucus

If your luteal phase is normal and you are certain that you ovulate, the other problem that imbalance thyroid can cause is poor cervical mucus. Do you have lots of egg white-like cervical mucus around ovulation? If you do not, that's why you have not been able to conceive.
There are things that you can do to improve this situation, which are very easy. Read my article on fertile mucus.

Stress Levels

It is not uncommon to feel stress after losing pregnancy and try to get pregnant again. This stress is often connected with your adrenal glands and cortisol levels. Any imbalance in this area can also affect your thyroid. So, try to find ways to stay relaxed. Read more about stress and fertility.

Please, keep working with your doctor and keep your thyroid under monitoring as this is very important.

Fertility Blessings!

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