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Can birth control pills cause hypothyroidism?

Can birth control pills cause hypothyroidism?

NO: Birth control pills do cause some changes in the results of thyroid tests for women taking birth control pills, but they do not cause hypothyroidism. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


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Could birth control cause you levels to suggest you have hypothyroidism when actually you do not?

Could birth control cause you levels to suggest you have hypothyroidism when actually you do not?

No: The estrogen in birth control pills increase the levels of thyroid hormone binding proteins in the blood. This requires your thyroid to make more hormone to fill up the binding sites. If the thyroid is not working well, it will result in lower blood levels of thyroid hormone and a rise in tsh, the test used to determine hypothyroidism. A rise in TSH with birth control pills means hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Can long term use of birth control pills with estrogen cause high TSH levels / hypothyroid?

Can long term use of birth control pills with estrogen cause high TSH levels / hypothyroid?

From what I can: Gather in the literature, OC's can affect the thyroid, but I'm not sure it can cause frank hypothyroidism. I would talk to an Endocrinologist about this. ...Read more

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Dx hypothyroid in April, been on synthroid (thyroxine) 0.025mg x 3 months, but TSH went higher (~13) w/ normal ft4. Could viorele birth control cause high TSH?

Dx hypothyroid in April, been on synthroid (thyroxine) 0.025mg x 3 months, but TSH went higher (~13) w/ normal ft4. Could viorele birth control cause high TSH?

What's the next dose: Don't think so. More likely it is because 0.025mg is the smallest Synthroid (thyroxine) pill. Synthroid (thyroxine) comes in about 12 sizes, from 0.025mg to 0.300mg. If one's doctor started her on 0.025mg and there is no drop in the TSH, one can ask at her follow-up visit (there is always a lot of follow-up until the proper dose is found and the TSH is normal) what the next dose is. ...Read more

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Can a side effect to birth control be hypothyroidism?

Can a side effect to birth control be hypothyroidism?

Not usually.: Birth control medications can cause false findings when thyroid is blood tested. But they don't impact thyroid function, just the test results. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism and I was wondering if the tablets im taking for this, will effect my birth control pills?

I have hypothyroidism and I was wondering if the tablets im taking for this, will effect my birth control pills?

No problem: Taking levothyroxine should not affect your birth control pill or its efficacy. However, people on oral contraceptives typically need a higher dose of thyroid hormone to keep the thyroid level normal, compared to when off the medication. ...Read more

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Will birth control pills damage my thyroid even more than it is? I already have hypothyroidism and taking levothyroxine.

Will birth control pills damage my thyroid even more than it is? I already have hypothyroidism and taking levothyroxine.

Birth Control: Doesn't damage your thyroid. The estrogen in the birth control pill will stimulate an increase in the amount of thyroid binding globulin (TBG) your body makes, so you may require a slightly higher dose of levothyroxine to compensate for the increased tbg. A similar phenomenon occurs during pregnancy. ...Read more

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I have been spotting off and on for around 2 weeks. I have hypothyroidism and have nexplanon implant for birth control. Should I be concerned?

I have been spotting off and on for around 2 weeks. I have hypothyroidism and have nexplanon implant for birth control. Should I be concerned?

Not yet: Both condition take time if they just been recently diagnosed and started. You can check with your GYN if keep persisting for a good peace of mind. ...Read more

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Have hypothyroidism. Also gave buffalo hump, on thyroid meds and birth control. Can pituitary tumor b causing thyroid probs and hump?

Have hypothyroidism. Also gave buffalo hump, on thyroid meds and birth control. Can pituitary tumor b causing thyroid probs and hump?

Cushings?: Have you been screened for cushing's? Here is a reference. You should talk to your doctor: http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/cushings-syndrome/ds00470. ...Read more

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Is it really safe to take the birth control pill everyday to prevent periods? #nqlu I am a 30 year old, relatively healthy woman. I have low (healthy range) blood pressure, I am 5'8" and 140 lbs. My only health issues are hypothyroidism (controlled wit

Is it really safe to take the birth control pill everyday to prevent periods? #nqlu I am a 30 year old, relatively healthy woman. I have low (healthy range) blood pressure, I am 5'8" and 140 lbs. My only health issues are hypothyroidism (controlled wit

My: My opinion is that a woman should have a period at least once every 3 months. The reason being is to prevent a build up of the uterine lining which over time could predispose a woman to uterine cancer. You can take three packs straight obviously skipping the placebo and only taking the active pills, after the third pack take the placebo and you should get your period that week, then you can repeat another 3 cycles etc., or you can try seasonique which is formulated to have your period every 3 months.
Take care. ...Read more

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If a hypothyroid woman is on birth control pills alone (no levothyroxine), would it improve some of her symptoms like acne or hair loss?

If a hypothyroid woman is on birth control pills alone (no levothyroxine), would it improve some of her symptoms like acne or hair loss?

Odd question: If she has low thyroid she will clearly benefit from thyroid therapy. Why not??? The specific type of birth control is significant. Some hormones reduce acne and improve hair problems. Some hormones (androgenic progesterones) aggravate acne and cause loss of scalp hair. All 3 of your meds reduce acne and reduce loss of scalp hair. For polycystic ovary, weight loss and perhaps metformin are useful. ...Read more

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I'm hypothyroid. When on birth control alone, I noticed dat my acne &hair loss improved little. Is dis pos? Iv heard dat bcps worsen thyroid problems?

I'm hypothyroid. When on birth control alone, I noticed dat my acne &hair loss improved little. Is dis pos? Iv heard dat bcps worsen thyroid problems?

BCP and thyroid: BCP do not worsen thyroid problems. Presumably you are taking levothyroxine for your hypothyroidism. BCP increases the amount of thyroid binding protein in the blood. In some of the older blood tests, this altered some of the values, but if a TSH or FT4 is measured, there is no problem with interpretation of lab values. ...Read more

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Stopped birth control, in 5mths I have had 1 two day period. Also confirmed hypothyriodism recently, will my periods return? Would like a family.

Stopped birth control, in 5mths I have had 1 two day period. Also confirmed hypothyriodism recently, will my periods return? Would like a family.

The thyroid gland: Is the body's thermostat. When the function is low many functions are off. It is highly likely your cycles will normalize as your thyroid gets regulated. ...Read more

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I have been bleeding for 4 months and no birth control is helping to stop it. I have hypothyriodism disease so could that be y even if my TSH #'s r ok?

I have been bleeding for 4 months and no birth control is helping to stop it. I have hypothyriodism disease so could that be y even if my TSH #'s r ok?

No: If your thyroid hormone levels are normal, there should be no impact on your periods. If you have not done so yet, you need to see your gyn for an exam. You might need a d&c. ...Read more

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M suffering 4m general hyperhydrosis since birth...2 days before my blood test comes wid 23.92 miu/ml n T3 95.58ng/dl and T4 6.60micro gram/dl. Wht suppsd I hav to do....Can hypothyroid can cause hyperhydrosis? Can dis b treated? Plz reply my lyf so misera

M suffering 4m general hyperhydrosis since birth...2 days before my blood test comes wid 23.92 miu/ml n T3 95.58ng/dl and T4 6.60micro gram/dl. Wht suppsd I hav to do....Can hypothyroid can cause hyperhydrosis? Can dis b treated? Plz reply my lyf so misera

There is help/Rx.: This can be congenital with apparently autosomal dominant trait, or acquired due to conditions like gout, diabetes, or even thyroid disorders. There are many effective treatments like antiperspirants (aluminum chloride), anticholinergics, botulinum toxin, and even surgical sweat gland removal, and heat destruction by thermolysis. Your thyroid levels are normal (t3 (liothyronine) 70-190ng/dl, T4 5-12 ug/dl). ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more


Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

When the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more