Common Specialities
{{speciality.keyWord}}
Common Issues
{{issue.keyWord}}
Common Treatments
{{treatment.keyWord}}

Thyroid Disorders Health Feed

Is Poor Thyroid Function Impacting Your Fertility?

Dr. Haritha Yalamanchili 89% (29 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology, MRCOG
Gynaecologist, Hyderabad
Is Poor Thyroid Function Impacting Your Fertility?

The human body works as directed by the various hormones released by the endocrine system. These hormones are essential for coordination of various body functions. From the height a person achieves to the metabolic reactions in the body to the reproductive cycle to the stress levels a person can handle, all are hormone controlled.

Pregnancy is another critical, complicated phase that a woman goes through. It is one of the most awaited phases in a woman’s life; however, it is not very simple either. The above-noted hormones play a major role in this pregnancy, as the baby is dependent on the mother for its initial supply of hormones until it can start producing its own hormones. If the baby does not receive the require amounts, there could be various detrimental effects during development and post birth.

Hypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid is extremely common in women and there are multiple theories about how hypothyroidism can affect a woman’s chances of getting pregnant. While the correlation between hypothyroidism and pregnancy are quite well researched, a strong connection stating hypothyroid women being not able to be pregnant is yet to be proven.

The following are some correlations between hypothyroidism and pregnancy.

Increased chance of miscarriage: Women with reduced thyroid functions have double the chances of having a miscarriage. Women suffering from thyroid are at a risk of recurrent miscarriages during the first trimester. The chances of miscarriages during the second trimester are also about 40% higher in hypothyroid women. These women are also at a risk of:

  1. Premature labour
  2. Low birth weight
  3. Increased chances of stillbirth
  4. Maternal anemia
  5. Postpartum hemorrhage
  6. Developmental defects and/or delays in the newborn
  7. Placental abruption
  8. High blood pressure

One of the reasons identified for infertility in women is hypothyroidism. This range varies from 1% to 40% and so remains to be proven still. In addition, the hypothyroid mother will have a set of symptoms to live through, which may be further complicated given the pregnancy. Thyroid replacement should be religiously done and monitored to ensure TSH levels are at the optimal required levels (2.5 to 3 mIU/L) during the entire duration of pregnancy.

If you have the following, be sure to go through a comprehensive thyroid screening before and during pregnancy.

  1. Family history of thyroid
  2. History of thyroid dysfunction or goitre or thyroid antibodies
  3. Clinical signs and symptoms suggestive of hypothyroidism
  4. History of repeated miscarriages
  5. History of head and neck radiation
  6. Family/personal history of autoimmune disorders

While it still remains to be proven that hypothyroidism per se can stop a woman from being pregnant, there are definitely effects of hypothyroidism on the developing child and the mother. A comprehensive screening and close monitoring through pregnancy are extremely essential. 

Hypothyroidism - Factors That Can Trigger It!

Dr. Abhyudaya Verma 91% (140 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Medicine, DNB - Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism
Endocrinologist, Indore
Hypothyroidism - Factors That Can Trigger It!

Do you have an extremely low reading of thyroxine or T4, it means that you are suffering from an under active thyroid disease called hypothyroidism. With this condition, your thyroid glands fail to make sufficient thyroid hormones. The thyroid gland releases hormones, which travel all over your bloodstream and affect all parts of the body. Thyroid controls how the cells of the body use energy from food via the metabolism process, which in turn affects the body’s temperature, heartbeat and burning of calories. Lack of thyroid hormones slows down the body’s functions, reduces your energy and the metabolism is disrupted.

Causes of hypothyroidism
The primary cause of this condition is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Thyroiditis refers to an inflammation of your thyroid gland. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder in which extra antibodies are produced which destroy the thyroid gland. Viral infections may also lead to thyroiditis.

Other causes of the condition are as follows:

  1. Radiation therapy to the neck region for the treatment of several cancers like lymphoma may damage the cells present in the thyroid gland. Hence, the gland cannot secrete hormones properly.
  2. Radioactive iodine treatment is undertaken by people having an overactive thyroid gland. Radiation destroys the thyroid gland cells and leads to hypothyroidism.
  3. Certain medicines used to treat heart problems, cancer and psychiatric diseases may affect the thyroid gland and lead to hypothyroidism.
  4. Surgeries undertaken for removing the thyroid also lead to hypothyroidism.
  5. Iodine is required by the thyroid gland to produce hormones. A low amount of iodine in your diet and body may lead to hypothyroidism.

Risks factors of hypothyroidism

Usually women, especially older women are more likely to get hypothyroidism than men. The factors which determine if you are at a risk of acquiring the condition are as follows:

 

  1. Race
  2. Age
  3. Premature graying of hair
  4. Autoimmune disorders like type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, vitiligo, celiac disease, Addison’s disease and many more.
  5. Bipolar disorder
  6. Turner’s syndrome
  7. Down’s syndrome

The symptoms of hypothyroidism are as follows:

  1. Changes in menstrual cycle
  2. Constipation
  3. Hair loss and dry hair
  4. Fatigue and tiredness
  5. A slow heart rate
  6. Depression
  7. An increased sensitivity towards cold
  8. Swelling of the thyroid gland or goiter
  9. Gaining weight unusually or great difficulty in losing weight
  10. Carpal tunnel syndrome

If you observe the symptoms of hypothyroidism, you should consult a doctor who will prescribe several blood tests, such as the thyroid stimulating hormone test and the T4 or thyroxine test. Based on the results, a treatment method is adopted.

type diabetes

Hi everyone. I have 2 Months old baby. I had thyroid problem during pregnancy. It was 5.6. I am taking thyronorm 37.5 mg. Now I had checked TSH level is 0.5. So I should continue my tablet or can I stop that.

Dr. Pramod Kumar Sharma 92% (4646 ratings)
MBBS, MD
Endocrinologist, Delhi
Hi everyone. I have 2 Months old baby. I had thyroid problem during pregnancy. It was 5.6. I am taking thyronorm 37.5...
It should not be stopped suddenly bur gradually reduce the dose guided by TSH level at interval of one and half month.
Submit FeedbackFeedback

Thyroid Treatment Of Type!

Dr. Swarup Kumar Ghosh 92% (82 ratings)
MD - Bio-Chemistry, MF Homeo (London), DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery), BHMS
Homeopath, Kolkata
Thyroid Treatment  Of Type!

Thyroid Treatment  Of Type!

How to remove the white tongue and dry mouth I have thyroid what is the cause of dry mouth and white tongue how to overcome this. Tsh level is 12.

Dr. Prabhakar Laxman Jathar 95% (14659 ratings)
MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology, Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, Cetificate Course In Thyroid Disorders Management (CCMTD)
Endocrinologist, Dharwad
Mr. lybrate-user, Thanks for the query. First and foremost is to control TSH level so that it remains between 3 to 4 mU/L. At that almost all the symptoms of hypothyroidism are in complete check. TSH at 12mU/L, means the dosage of levothyroxine being taken is not adequate. Once you control hypothyroidism all other issues will be relieved. If you have any questions please do come back. Thanks.
Submit FeedbackFeedback

Mujhe thyroid ka problem hai kya me pregnant ho Sakti hu waise mera thyroid control me hai kya me pregnant ho Sakti hu.

Dr. Shashidhar 91% (6396 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Hyderabad
Mujhe thyroid ka problem hai kya me pregnant ho Sakti hu waise mera thyroid control me hai kya me pregnant ho Sakti hu.
Yes, kindly go for a thorough check-up with your doctor and let the doctor advise you. It needs proper management of the Thyroid condition and taking care of all the other aspects of health so that you can be well prepared for pregnancy. You can also learn from the internet about all the important things about preparation for pregnancy (check up for both the partners is essential so as to avoid any problems later.
Submit FeedbackFeedback

My mom having thyroid problem and she is using medication also but recently I have been tested my mom thyroid checkup. I got report like thyroid stimulating hormones value is 15.61 ml so can you please let me know what's the problem exactly my mom having. Please suggest me what I have to do.

Dr. Prabhakar Laxman Jathar 95% (14659 ratings)
MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology, Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, Cetificate Course In Thyroid Disorders Management (CCMTD)
Endocrinologist, Dharwad
Hello, Thanks for the query. She has hypothyroidism, which needs to be treated effectively with appropriate dosage of Levothyroxine. Thanks.
1 person found this helpful
Submit FeedbackFeedback

Hi, good morning please provide me the effect of hypothyroid on young post c-section women (feeding mom) please provide the detail of treatment and medicine.

Dr. Prabhakar Laxman Jathar 95% (14659 ratings)
MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology, Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, Cetificate Course In Thyroid Disorders Management (CCMTD)
Endocrinologist, Dharwad
Hi, good morning please provide me the effect of hypothyroid on young post c-section women (feeding mom) please provi...
Hello, Thanks for the query. Most important is to achieve a good control of TSH level, it should be around 3 to 4 mU/L if on treatment. There is no effect on either the lady or the baby. Only thing is to see that baby does not have low thyroxine levels. Thanks.
Submit FeedbackFeedback

Sir I'm 34 years old. I'm suffering with thyroid and asthma. My legs and arms are swelling a lot with pains. I am using thyronorm 100 mg and montek lc tablets. I am having hypothyroidism. Kindly suggest me a solution for swelling .Thank you sir.

Dr. Prabhakar Laxman Jathar 95% (14659 ratings)
MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology, Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, Cetificate Course In Thyroid Disorders Management (CCMTD)
Endocrinologist, Dharwad
Sir I'm 34 years old. I'm suffering with thyroid and asthma. My legs and arms are swelling a lot with pains. I am usi...
lybrate-user ji, Thanks for the query. When hypothyroidism is not well controlled, there is a possibility of developing swelling or edema of face and lower limbs. What is TSH level, because in well controlled situation TSH is around 3 to 4 mU/L At that level all the symptoms are in check. Thanks.
Submit FeedbackFeedback

My age is 29 years, and weight is 74 kg, besides height is 5.2.i am suffering from thyroid. Please suggest me diet chart with veg items. I have no sugar or bp.

Dr. Kriti Mathur 91% (277 ratings)
BHMS, PGDCBM, MD(AM)
Homeopath, Gurgaon
Start your day with warm water and nuts. Meals should be small and regular, about 6meals in a day. Avoid all kinds of processed foods, sweets, fried foods. Take fresh home-cooked roti/rice/Dalia with green veg, dal. Salad can be taken before meals. Take seasonal fruit /roasted namkeen to satisfy small hunger pangs instead of taking biscuits, matthi etc. Take your dinner early and avoid taking any more carbohydrates after 8 pm. Also exercise regularly because that is what will actually help you burn the stubborn fat.
1 person found this helpful
Submit FeedbackFeedback
Icon

Book appointment with top doctors for Thyroid Disorders treatment

View fees, clinic timings and reviews