It is a sad fact that many women (and men) suffer needlessly for many years from undetected thyroid imbalance.
Did you know?
Underactive & overactive thyroid conditions can cause infertility and affect pregnancy outcomes.
Infertility issues can make you feel depressed when you are unable to become pregnant. Thyroid imbalance worsens depression and the inability to cope with the stress taxes the thyroid even more. Even minimal hypothyroidism can cause infertility 1, 4.
Symptoms of Thyroid Imbalance are many and vary depending on whether the imbalance is hypothyroid or hyperthyroid.
Learning about thyroid imbalance and seeing a doctor who listens to you as you explain what you are experiencing, who asks about your health and family history and who will run a complete set of thyroid laboratory tests is a vital early step in infertility treatment and may save much suffering 1, 3
Be aware of the functional levels of the TSH test range from 1.8 to 3 mU/L, a narrower range than most doctors recognise 5. Other necessary blood tests include Free T3 and Free T4, Reverse T3 and Thyroid antibodies (Thyroglobulin - (Anti-Tg) and Thyroid Peroxidase antibodies (Anti-TPO) 2, 3, 5, 6.
Men who have sperm infertility issues should also have thyroid tests as a thyroid imbalance can impact this 3.
Infertility can create stress, anxiety, and suffering. Couples may feel a wide range of emotions and feelings from guilt, inadequacy, sadness, shame, vulnerability, and isolation, to failure and low self-esteem. The huge costs, multiple doctor appointments, effects on employment, monthly hopes and expectations, the feeling of no control over one's life, can lead to depression and marital problems 1.
Mind-body brain connectionHashimoto's Thyroiditis - A New Path of Learning and Discovery" 7, part 2, part 3, part 4 will guide you in the steps towards improving your health and vitality. Although this explores Hashimoto's, the information provided is relevant for many health concerns. Working with a health coach, especially one who understands the thyroid and the mind-body brain connection, experienced guiding you through the process to find and resolve the root cause of your infertility, may be invaluable to you.