Thyroid Function Is Important for Fertility
Proper thyroid function is important for fertility and for having a successful pregnancy. Undiagnosed thyroid disease can make it difficult to conceive and can cause problems during pregnancy.
What Should My Thyroid Levels Be to Get Pregnant?
The simplest, most cost-efficient method of diagnosing a thyroid disorder is by a blood test called thyroid stimulating hormone or TSH. Studies suggest that TSH should be no higher than 2.5 if attempting pregnancy and 3.0 during pregnancy.
What Is a Normal TSH Level?
Thyroid disorders involve either over active thyroid called hyperthyroidism or under active thyroid called hypothyroidism. A high TSH is indicative of hypothyroidism because the TSH hormone stimulates the thyroid to make thyroid hormone. So if the thyroid is having trouble making thyroid hormone, TSH levels increase in an attempt to make the thyroid produce more thyroid hormone. Similarly a very low TSH is demonstrative of hyperthyroidism because too much thyroid hormone is being produced causing less TSH secretion. Thyroid problems often run in families but are relatively straight forward to treat once they have been diagnosed.
Pregnancy and Fertility in Thyroid Disorders
Thyroid dysfunction is associated with irregular periods, very heavy periods, and implantation problems. Should pregnancy occur undiagnosed thyroid disease can lead to miscarriage, growth restriction of the baby and other problems. Successful pregnancy of a healthy baby is more likely to occur once the over or under thyroid disorder is corrected and properly managed with your doctor.
The thyroid gland plays an essential role in the development of an early pregnancy. A healthy pregnancy is still possible for someone with thyroid problems. If you have more questions on why thyroid function is important for fertility or are having difficulty getting pregnant, please contact us for a free initial consultation. We are here to help.