Thyroid Question

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jjlo6479 - June 12

Hi everyone, glad to see all the BFPs!!!! Thats so exciting. Well DH and I have been ttc #1 for about 7months now with no luck. I found out about 4wks ago that I have an underactive thyroid. My Dr. told me that has probably been the problem b/c it is virtually impossible to get pg and not mc with a low thyroid. Well so I have been taking meds for about 4 wks now and was supposed to start af yesterday (6/11) nothing. I haven't really had any symptoms except extreme "wetness" and some bloating. I am wondering, could this just be my body adjusting to the meds or could I be pg?

 

Nell4Him - June 12

I also have underactive thyroid. Wetness is not a side effect of the medications, but since the Thyroid glad does help to maintain hormones, it could be your body's reaction to the Thyroid being more functional. Bloating could be a side effect of the med. Which med are you on? Did your doctor explain the possible pregnancy saftey issues with your pill, what category it is, etc? I would take a pregnancy test! Good luck.

 

jessieb - June 12

hello, since you both have some experience with thyroid and pregnancy, i was wondering if I could bend you ear.... my sister & my aunt have had their thyroids removed due to cancer. my sister was unsure of her thyroid function (over or under) before it was removed.... anyway... I have had two pregnancies and two miscarriages now. I had my thryoid checked before i got pregnant the second time. it came back normal. No reason to investigate further she said (after I had the second miscarriage). I just know how much a thryroid can affect your pregnancy, I am going to see a new doctor when I am pregnant again. I was wondering if you had any advice? how was your hyper or hypu thyroidism diagnosed? Is there any possibility that I could test normal but still be hyper or hypo? thanks for your help!!

 

jjlo6479 - June 12

Hi Nell4Him, thanks for responding. I am on 1.0 Thyroxine. My Dr only told me that it would be difficult for me to get/maintain a pg without the meds and also that it was safe to take while pg they would just monitor me closer. What are the safety issues? What do you mean by category? I came off of BC in Oct 05 and dh and I have been ttc since then. My cycles have always been 32 days. Last month was only 28days. So this month we bd around the O time for 28 and 32 days. If a 28 day cycle I should have started af on 6/7, 32 day cycle af should have come on 6/11. Still nothing today. I took an hpt yesterday and it was neg.

 

jjlo6479 - June 12

Hi Jessieb, I have Hypothyroidism, which means underactive. I was tested in Oct 05 (normal physical) and also again in March. Both came back normal. Then I started having these severe muscle cramps, extreme fatique, dry skin etc. I thought for sure it was thryroid related and my dr said no everything was normal at the last test. Dr thought I had some muscle disease and ran me through all these tests. I basically had to force my dr to test me again. She tested for TSH and T3/T4. This time came back abnormal. I have heard that a TSH test can come back normal, but the T3/T4 levels can be abnormal. I would ask your dr to do more specific tests.

 

jessieb - June 12

thank you so much.. jjlo. i thought the same thing. i have done some reading and think that it would be safer to test the t3 & t4 now, why not? my TSH was 1.3 (i think) it has just been looming in the back of my mind, i keep thinking thyroid.... thyroid... what about this family thyroid thing. my sister's friend had an under active one as well. she was unable to get pregnant (about 9 months) till her and her doc got the thyroid under control. she has a 6 month old now!i don't want to see my doc anymore, she made me feel so ashamed and dismissed my miscarriages. I found two new options. I don't have an appointment with either of them yet. I was just tyring to lay low and get thru my loss. I guess I should make an appt and have a new doctor run the T3&T4 test on me and TSH again. might as well.

 

Lin - June 12

One of the best indicators of thyroid disorders is your basal temperature. Most women have a follicular phase temp between 97.3-98.0 and a luteal phase temp between 98.2-98.8. Hypothyroidism causes lower than average temps, and hyperthyroidism causes higher than average temps. If, for example, your follicular phase temps are around 96.9, then that could indicate hypothyroidism. If in doubt, check your temps.

 

jjlo6479 - June 12

Thanks Lin for your input. I don't temp because I won't remember. Its hard enough to remember to take my thyroid medicine each morning. Do you think this could have affected my cycle and thats why I'm late?

 

Nell4Him - June 12

What I meant by categories is the categories for prescriptions and pregnancy. Category A is safe throughout, Category B is safe after first Trimester, and Category C is untested??? I don't think I have that quite right, lemme look it up, and I will let you know.

 

Nell4Him - June 12

Okay... go here http://www.drspock.com/article/0,1510,5472,00.html

 

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