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Hi Ladies,

I just wondered if anyone had had any experience of fertiltiy problems caused by an underactive throid? The doctor is going to do a blood test on me next week to check my thyroid function and in the mean time I've done some research in to the symptoms......I know, I know I really shouldn't self diagnose but many of the symptoms do seem to fit.

I have long cycles and periods that last up to 10 days
I am generally a sluggish person and can feel tired even after a good night's sleep
I have very dry and cracked skin on my heels
My nails are quite brittle and break easily
At work I sometimes find it difficult to concentrate and think things through

:-\ I know it's best to wait for my tests but I am just desperate to find out what's going on with me and would appreciate any thoughts you may have.

 

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Hi Poddington Pea

I have an underactive thyroid and you seem to have all the usual symptoms, but naughty girl for reading up  ^police^ ;D
My 1st things were tiredness and overweight issues and then bloating/puffiness of face/hands. It took a change of Dr to finally get it diagnosed (old Dr said all OK but new Dr looked at his notes and he never tested for it  :mad:) The trouble is the symptoms are the same for a few medical things (like my pcos was diag after the thyroid levels was sorted, as some things felt better but others didn't) so it really is best if you wait for your results to come back  ^hugme^

If you have any questions please feel free to ask

Shelley Xxx
 

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HI
I know that thyroid function does play a part in fertility. The normal thyroid stimmulating hormone level is 2-5 but i know that my specialist consultant who specialises in recurrent implantation failure likes your TSH to be below 2.
Its best to get it checked out??
Good luck
Emma xxxx
 

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mind if they say you are "in the range", thats what ive been told, even though im right at the bottom of it and have all the symptoms as well as pcos.  there is a history of underactive on my mums side and she suffers badly from it. you can still be low for what your body needs even if you are in the range.  under active can cause m/c so best to get it sorted if you can.  saying that though i am 12+3 after icsi so fingers crossed.........

good luck hun.

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Hi Poddington Pea

Firstly what a great username, I like that it made me smile! :)

I don't want to gatecrash your thread but I'm sure this is what's up with me! ;D  I'm truly not trying to trivialise this as I know how serious/important it is, but all the symptoms you've all mentioned I've got!!!

I am so tired, if I sit still I nod off, literally! Dh says it's a good job I don't have to go anywhere on a bus or I'd be asleep before I got to my stop!  I am struggling to lose weight (I've always been a chubby chops but it used to come off quicker!) I have cracked heals (I also have sore knees as I fell over today! :-[ ) and my fingers and hands are really puffy as are my feet at the moment.

I've had my thyroid checked before but if I ask my GP for my result it should be under 2 for fertility is that right?

I'm so grateful you've brought this up PP thanks hun! Let's hope we both get sorted out! ;)  Also I know this will sound a stoopid question but in what way does an underactive thyroid affect your fertility?  ie implantation or stimms response?

Sorry again to gatecrash your thread hun! :-[

Axxxxx
 

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i dont want to gatecrash either but im sure ive got the same problem.

constantly tired even after 12 hours sleep.
always cold esp hands and feet.
weight gain/hard to lose weight.
weak nails
dry cracked skin

they always tell me everything ok, but im going back to my endocrinologist on the 8th of may so im going to ask.

good luck everyone. xxxx

 

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I'm just busy searching net for further information, then gonna see GP this week and see what he has to say for himself!

Axxxx
 

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Mandy - when my thyroid was checked when I was first started on thyroxine, my levels were just within the lowest acceptable range for being normal but my gp still started me on treatment for it and I am now on 100mg a day and my levels are spot on.

When you have your blood test for it and ask if the levels were ok then also ask what the levels actually are as the receptionist will say all is normal but it might only just be.
Does that make sense? ;D

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mine was due to one of my best friends who has it and i was telling her how id been feeling and she said i had all the signs she did.
lets hope we all get somewhere.
 

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Yeah lets hope we do Rachel.

Suzie that does make sense hun yes, I've had it checked probably not that long ago (maybe as much as 9-12 months) so I think I'll start by telling him to root out those results and see what they are!  It's v important (which is what I shall tell him!) cos I start tx again in August and so if there is an issue he needs to get it sorted.

So do I want a level below 2 Suzie or below 5?

Axxx
 

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Hello all

It seems quite tricky to get levels right and be perfoming at optimal levels.
I had half my thyroid gland removed and have never felt totally OK since. I don't take thyroxine though as my blood levels are always within 'the theraputic range' - although sometimes they go very low on that range :(. I have them checked once or twice a year. Last year my GP agreed to me taking a dose of thyroxine to see how I did. Within a few days I felt just dreadful and clearly then had some signs of overactivity :eek: that was awful.

So now I'm back to taking nothing and always feeling slightly under par.

Hope you all feel better soon

Emma xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
 

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Thanks for all the replies, it will be interesting to see what comes back from my blood test.  Hee hee don't mind anybody hijacking my thread  ;) it's good to get discussion going and see that I am not the only one with similar symptoms.

Not exactly sure how thyroid affects fertility Mandy, I've read that it can interefer with ovulation.......but then my last blood test showed that I had OV'd  ^idiot^....

Thanks again all

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I also have underactive thyroid and it was one of the first things diagnosed when I had my initial tests. Not actually sure how it affects fertility except that it does as it's all to do with your hormones and metabolism. Before being diagnosed I would sleep for England but still be permanently tired which I just put down to working shifts - daft really as it wouldn't be anything unusual for me to finish work at 2pm on a Wednesday and go straight home to bed, surface for dinner then back to bed until Thursday lunch time. Another symptom I had was that I was always very pale.

What I've always found best is to ask for a print out of my results as it has the T4 and TSH level on there as well as the range that it should be. Depending on which receptionist I get, I have been told in the past that they are not medically trained therefore don't know what they are looking at (pretty bloomin' obvious to me!!).

It will only cause miscarriage if undiagnosed - once diagnosed and treated you are the same as anyone else. However, I have always made sure mine has been tested each time I've had a BFP and in all my pregnancies the consultant has upped the dose by 50mg at 12/13 weeks as a matter of course.

I remember the doctor telling me that I'd notice a difference about a month after starting thyroxine but I didn't believe her as I didn't feel ill...................blimey did I notice a difference though!

Chux xx
 

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so what does the level need to be to in the normal range if you dont mind me asking.

i think ive had mine tested on all my bloods is it TFT'S?

ive got endocrinologist appt 8th may so im going to get her to have a look at my results and if not test me again...

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thankyou chux xxx
 

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Thanks Chux that's all very helpful.  The things that are most noticeable for me are the extreme tiredness I'm asleep everynight by the second Corrie! ;D  And just recently have started going back to bed in a morning when DH goes to work for an hour.  My skin is also really really dry I always make a joke of it and say that I have legs like a crocodile handbag!! ;D ;D And water retention in my hands, it's appalling.

Well I'm off to see my Doc tomorrow and gonna ask what the levels were or get them checked again.

Axxx
 

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Amanda - I would ask to get them checked again if it has been a while since you had it done. The tiredness was awful and I remember feeling permanently exhausted and sluggish, even after a really good (and long) nights sleep.

Definitely worth stamping your feet over even if just to rule it out. Can you ask for a full blood count while you're at it and your iron levels?

Good luck!

Chux xx
 

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Yeah hun, I'm gonna insist! ;D  Cos I'm starting tx again in August so I want to know so it can be treated if needs be.

Think we should all report back here when we've seen our docs! ;)

Axxx
 
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