How to Get Pregnant With Thyroid Problems

Do you think your thyroid is affecting your fertility and stopping you conceiving? Diagnosing thyroid problems before conceiving can be tricky. The thyroid is an important gland for fertility and can cause unsuccessful IVF cycles. Hormones can trigger thyroid problems (both over and underactive). Knowing how thyroid problems cause infertility is important as it will cause unexplained infertility, miscarriage and lowered success rates in IVF cycles. Before we explore how different ways thyroid problems affect your fertility, letís look at how the thyroid functions.

Is your thyroid causing infertility?

Over the years, I've had many women ask me - "Is my thyroid making me infertile?" For many women, the answer is "yes" but the connection isn't simple. Thyroid function is intricately connected with your fertility hormones.  This greatly affects your attempts to conceive naturally or with IVF.

A healthy thyroid also depends on other body mechanisms, including other fertility hormones and this is why a tailored natural fertility program is needed to treat the causes of your thyroid problem.

Most thyroid problems associated with fertility don't reveal themselves until a broader pattern of hormonal imbalance develops - which is one of the reasons why you need a thorough assessment.  Once the cause and type of thyroid problem is established, a natural fertility program can be tailored to re establish healthy hormone balance and dramatically increase your odds of falling pregnant naturally in your 20's, 30's 40's or NOW!

What is the Thyroid?

The thyroid is a small butterfly shaped gland in the lower neck controlled by the pituitary gland. It is a major gland involved in metabolic functioning, growth, development and repair of the body including the central nervous system. It utilizes iodine derived from the foods we eat and converts it to thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). The thyroid combines iodine and the amino acid tyrosine to make T4 and T3. T4 and T3 control our metabolism. There are several thryoid diseases such as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE or Lupus) and Hashimoto's thyroiditis that influence fertility.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE or Lupus) causes lowered fertility

Lupus is a thyroid imbalance caused by a autoimmune disease in which a person's immune system malfunctions, triggering the body to attack its own tissues and the thyroid gland is affected making falling pregnant difficult. This can be caused by:

Genetics, Lupus and fertility: Most researchers agree that genetics is at least one factor in determining a person propensity for developing lupus.

Environment, Lupus and fertility: Smoking and exposure to smoking, stress, and exposure to toxins such as trichloroethylene in well water and silica dust can be lupus triggers.

Hormones, Lupus and fertility: Previous Pregnancies can be a trigger to lupus. Research also suggests that hormonal factors are linked to autoimmune disease. Some studies have found a correlation between an increased risk of lupus and high levels of oestrogen.

Viruses, bacteria, Lupus and fertility: viruses like cytomegalovirus, parvovirus and hepatitis C may cause lupus. And the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is linked to lupus.

Medications, Lupus and fertility: It has been established that some medications are suspected triggers of lupus.

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis makes falling pregnant difficult

Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism affecting fertility. It is 5-10 times more common in women than in men. It is an autoimmune disease, where the body attacks the thyroid gland - as if it was foreign tissue making it difficult for you to fall pregnant naturally or with IVF.

This is why a ordinary fertility program won't work - it doesn't address hormones!

Thyroiditis causes lowered fertility

Postpartum thyroiditis is a temporary, painless inflammation of the thyroid gland that occurs within a year after 5% to 10% of all pregnancies causing unexplained fertility problems making falling pregnant naturally difficult.

This is why it is important to have a natural fertility program specifically designed for this condition.

Researchers don't know exactly what causes the thyroid gland to become inflamed after child birth; however, they do know that antithyroid antibodies (Thyroperoxidase antibodies or TPOab) are present in the bloodstream of women with postpartum thyroiditis. This indicates the possibility that postpartum thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease and can lower your fertility making it difficult to fall pregnant naturally or with IVF.

Symptoms of Thyroid imbalance

  • Slow Weight Loss
  • Slow Metabolism
  • Depression
  • Foggy Thinking
  • Fluid Retention
  • Tummy Fat
  • Hair Loss
  • Constipation

Thyroid imbalance, oestrogen and fertility

Excess oestrogen levels associated with PCOS, Endometriosis, Fibroids, Cysts and early menopause is a key factor in decreased thyroid function due to its impact on lowering levels of T3 (a thyroid hormone) in the blood. This affects your fertility. Treating your thyroid naturally will dramatically improve your odds of falling pregnant in your 20', 20's, 40's and Now!

Thyroid imbalance, stress and fertility

There is a connection between stress, thyroid hormones and fertility due to the affect of the hormone cortisol. Stress stimulates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA), and causes elevated cortisol levels. We know high cortisol (hypercortisolism) in the bloodstream can affect thyroid function by directly inhibiting the production of TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) and also inhibiting the conversion of T4 to T3. This affect influences your fertility and dramatically reduces your odds of falling pregnant naturally.

Thyroid hormones, Insulin and fertility

Other hormonal imbalances may be causing your body to not metabolise carbohydrates as well, which can lead to an increased storage of fats and higher levels of blood sugar. Excess blood sugar can cause insulin resistance and is directly linked to thyroid imbalance and lowered fertility. The good news is BUMP® may provide the solution.

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