Hypothyroidism and Infertility

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Hypothyroidism, a deficiency in thyroid hormone production, is known to prevent conception and can cause abnormalities in fetal development that lead to miscarriage or problems during birth. The proper treatment of hypothyroidism is often a major factor in achieving a successful pregnancy and giving birth to a healthy baby.

Understanding the Thyroid Gland

The thyroid gland produces thyroxin, an important hormone in many physiological processes. Thyroid deficiency can cause several symptoms, including fatigue, skin dryness, weight gain, hair loss, heavy menstrual periods and loss of sex drive.

How Hypothyroidism Affects Fertility

Your thyroid influences cell energy and growth, therefore abnormalities in thyroid function have a direct effect before, during and after conception. Insufficient thyroid hormone can inhibit ovulation, affect your endometrial lining and cause problems with implantation of the fertilized embryo. In addition, hypothyroidism is linked to miscarriage, problems with fetal growth and premature births.

Low thyroid levels in men can cause poor sperm motility, reduced sperm production and problems with sexual function. The management of thyroid conditions in both males and females can help support conception and improve the likelihood of a healthy pregnancy and birth.

Diagnosing Thyroid Problems

Most conventional physicians use a blood test of your thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) to determine how your thyroid is functioning. However, the TSH is not an accurate assessment of your thyroid function because it is not a thyroid hormone.  The best evaluation is to assess your symptoms and signs, such as taking your average daytime body temperature. A missed diagnosis can be crucial to your success in having a healthy child, therfore appropriate diagnostic measures should not be disregarded.

Treatments For Hypothyroidism

The treatment of hypothyroidism with conventional medicine, consists of an oral medication to replace the thyroid hormone you are not producing naturally. Natural treatments provide benefits for patients with hypothyroidism through ~

  • dietary changes, such as reducing the amount of soy consumed each day and ensuring you get sufficient amounts of iodine in your diet, can help boost your thyroid.
  • moderate exercise helps increase blood circulation to your thyroid gland and throughout your body, to improve gland function and reduce stress.
  • supplements that can help balance your immune function. Vitamin B, C, D and fish oil helps boost your endocrine system.
  • traditional Chinese medicine to support your thyroid and provide relief from autoimmune problems that cause hypothyroidism.
  • acupuncture and naturopathic treatment to improve your thyroid gland function.

If you are experiencing infertility or reoccurring miscarriages, have your thyroid function thoroughly investigated. If an evaluation indicates that you may have hypothyroidism, find a natural healthcare provider or Chinese medicine doctor in Vancouver BC who specializes in endocrine function.  They can provide the appropriate treatment to help you conceive and deliver a healthy baby.

Dr. Jeda Boughton is a doctor of Chinese medicine in Vancouver BC, Canada, and the founder of the Natural Thyroid Health Program. She teaches women who suffer from thyroid disorders how to heal naturally through alternative medicine.

Jeda Boughton – who has written posts on Hypothyroid Treatment Vancouver BC – Natural Thyroid Treatment Doctor.