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A 46-year-old member asked:

my thyroid stimulating hormone shows tsh 16.264. do i need to increase or decrease the medicine dose?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 43 years experience
Thyroid meds: If you are on levothyroxine, then you should increase your dose. Talk to your doc about how much to increase.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Where is the thyroid-stimulating hormone produced?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Pituitary Gland: Tsh (thyroid stimulating hormone) is made in the pituitary gland, which lies just below the brain. The brain and pituitary monitor circulating levels of thyroid hormone. If thyroid levels are low, the pituitary releases higher levels of TSH to get the thyroid gland to make more thyroid hormone. If thyroid levels are high, lower levels of TSH provide less stimulation to the thyroid.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

How does thyroid stimulating hormone affect sexual reproduction?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Traub
Fertility Medicine 19 years experience
Many Ways: Thyroid hormone can have many effects on reproduction. When the thyroid is too high or too low you may not ovulate. Even if you do ovulate the quality of ovulation may be impaired. Thyroid hormone can affect your milk hormone (prolactin) and cause that to be too high which can have similar effects.
Dr. Julian Escobar
Specializes in Fertility Medicine
There are also TSH receptors in the ovary and the fetus needs maternal thyroid hormone for neural development
Mar 28, 2012
A 32-year-old member asked:

What is thyroid stimulating hormone?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Melissa Young
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Thyroid regulator : It's the hormone from the pituitary gland that makes the thyroid work harder.
Dr. Robert Lang
Dr. Robert Lang commented
Endocrinology 52 years experience
It is the most sensitive test for diagnosing hypothyroidism
Apr 15, 2013
Dr. William Schroeder
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Thyroid stimulating hormone is part of a complex feedback loop that attempts to maintain thyroid function in a range that is beneficial to the person but avoids the adverse consequences of hypo- or hyperthyroidism. A TSH that is out of average range signals a thyroid problem
Jul 27, 2015
A 38-year-old member asked:

Thyroid stimulating hormone? What does it tell you about thyroid state?

1 doctor answer8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Thyroid function: It's a hormone from the pituitary (brain) and it tells you whether or not the current thyroid hormone level is normal/acceptable.
Dr. Robert Lang
Dr. Robert Lang commented
Endocrinology 52 years experience
Because it is reported on a log scale, it is the most sensitive blood test for thyroid function. Most people feel best when it is the lower part of the 'normal' range. Many of us believe that the best test is how a patient feels and the TSH should be used to ensure that the patient is safe with their treatment.
Apr 16, 2012
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Provided original answer
Agreed!
Apr 16, 2012
Dr. Yash Khanna
Dr. Yash Khanna commented
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone is produced by Pitutary gland and it controls the production of Thyroxin which is produced by Throid gland.If thyroid is not producing appropriate level of Thyroxine pitutary start producing more TSH,And if Thyroid is producing too much then it reduces the production of TSH.The meaurement of TSH is very valuable to diagnose Hypo and Hyperthyroidism.
Apr 16, 2012
A 42-year-old member asked:

What happens when thyroid stimulating hormone goes up?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
TSH increase: Thyroid stimulation hormone (TSH) is released by the pituitary gland in response to the amount of thyroid hormone sensed in the blood. If the blood level of thyroid hormone is low then the pituitary increases the amount of TSH into the blood in order to get the thyroid to release more thyroid hormone. Therefore a rising or increasing TSH may indicated a failing or under functioning thyroid.

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