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Can I Get Pregnant With Thyroid?

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Can I Get Pregnant With Thyroid?

Two crucial thyroid hormones – Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4) are responsible for the proper functioning of the human body. A slight imbalance in these hormones can cause weight gain, weight loss, depression, tiredness, and even infertility! Thyroid is an increasing health issue in males & females aged between 20 to 40 which is also considered as peak reproductive phase. Therefore, getting your thyroid levels checked is important if you are planning for pregnancy.

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What Is Thyroid?

Thyroid is a butterfly- shaped endocrine gland located at the front of the neck, below Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland produces two hormones – Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4). These hormones are important for proper functioning of our body in every phase of life.


Childhood Phase

In our growing years we need thyroid hormones for-

1. Brain development

2. Muscle & bone development

3. Skin development

4. Regulating metabolic rate of the body


Adolescence Phase

If there is imbalance in thyroid hormones during adolescence phase, then it causes-

1. Delayed puberty

2. Water retention in body

3. Weight gain

4. Weight loss

5. Hair fall

6. Memory disturbances


Adulthood / Reproductive Phase

If there is imbalance in thyroid hormones during reproductive phase, then it causes-

1. Irregular menstrual cycles

2. Heavy bleeding or low bleeding

3. Problems in conception

Now-a-days thyroid problems are also common in middle aged male & women. (45 to 60 years age)


Types of Thyroids

The imbalance of thyroid hormones results in two types of health condition.


1. Hypothyroidism

When your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of thyroid hormones to meet your body’s needs, this condition is called Hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid or low thyroid.


Symptoms of hypothyroidism

  • Over Weight
  • Fatigue
  • Dry Skin
  • Constipation
  • Thinning of hair
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Enlarged thyroid gland
  • Depression
  • Joint pain
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Infertility
  • Sensitivity to cold


2. Hyperthyroidism

When your thyroid gland produces too much of the thyroxine hormone, this condition is called Hyperthyroidism or over active thyroid.


Symptoms of hyperthyroidism

  • Sudden weight loss
  • Rapid heartrate
  • Trembling of hands and fingers
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Thinning of hair
  • Difficulty in sleeping


Importance Of Thyroid Test Before Planning Pregnancy

If your planning pregnancy then your thyroid hormones need to be checked because any disturbances in thyroid values can cause delayed pregnancy. Mainly because the thyroid hormone – Thyroxine (T4) is important for quality of egg formation & oocytes in women and sperm quality & sperm motility in men. Hence its equally important for men & women to get their test done to avoid post pregnancy issues.


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Can I Get Pregnant With Thyroid?

The answer is, YES!

But get it treated before conception

If you are suffering from hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism then conception becomes difficult because in both the condition women complain of irregular periods which directly affect women’s fertility health. Also, pregnancy with thyroid might put your baby at increased risk of some health complications like-

1. Low birth weight

2. Fast heart rate that might result in heart failure

3. Early closing of the soft spot in the baby’s skull

4. Poor weight gain

5. Irritability

6. Low IQ

7. Slow body developments


Hence, it is strongly recommended to first control the imbalanced thyroid hormones and then plan pregnancy. Once the over or under active thyroid hormone returns to normal functioning, you can have successful pregnancy and a healthy baby.



Frequently Asked Questions

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Dr. Sumina Reddy (Mira Fertility, Hyderabad)

Dear Doston, don’t let thyroid scare you. Its fairly easy to diagnose thyroid related issues if you have little bit of awareness on the same. Thyroid is curable and its treatment is comparatively simple. Proper medication, Diet, Yoga and acupressure can do wonders in treating your thyroid imbalances.

If you are struggling with thyroid and trying to get pregnant then what difficulties have you faced till now? and what helped you sail through thyroid issues. Share your experience with us in the comment box.

Also, if you want us to help you in a holistic way then book your first free consultation with us and cure your thyroid issues at the earliest.


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