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Can Hyperthyroidism Affect Fertility
Hyperthyroid/fertile: Hyperthyroidism can be associated with anovulation and menstrual irregularities in some cases, preventing fertility, but not always. You should consult your endocrinologist and obstetrician to see if your ability to conceive might be optimized by tighter control of your hyperthyroidism. ...Read more
Weight loss: The 1st treatment for PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) in overweight/obese women is weight loss, which must be a total lifestyle change in eating&exercise habits. In some cases, appetite suppressants (eg phentermine) can be helpful as a short-term aid; as weight comes off & appetite signals start working properly, it is no longer needed. Without permanent lifestyle change, phentermine = failure. ...Read more
Many ways: It depends on the type of thyroid problem. Hypothyroid women may need more thyroid in each trimester. By delivery many patients are taking half again more thyroid replacement. Hyperthyroidism is more complicated due to the different causes of hyperthyroidism. Any hyperthyroid woman should be followed by an endocrinologist or high risk obstetrical team to determine the best type and amount of meds. ...Read more
Yes: Alcohol use in men may have negative effects on sperm (decreased semen volume, movement, shape, and count), with inflammation and increased white blood cells in the semen. Alcohol intake is associated with lower levels of fuel (gonadotropins) from the brain and direct effects on the testes leading to lower testosterone. Interestingly, a specific component of red wine, myricetin may affect sperm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many types: Some medicines can make your menstrual periods irregular. Sometimes too much of a medicine (for instance too much thyroid medicine) can affect your cycles. Sometimes taking too much Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen) around the time of ovulation can decrease fertility. But the vast majority of medicine do not affect fertility at all. ...Read more
Maybe: There is no definite answer to that question. The fda lists it as 'category c' which means that there either were no animal or human studies, or that animal studies showed effects on the fetus, but there have been no controlled human studies. You and your doctors should weigh the potential risks against the benefits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: But cause a lot of bothersome itching and are very contagious if you scratch and do not wash hands and scrub under nails. They come out at night and deposit eggs. When you scratch and dont have good hygeine the touch something eggs ate deposited. Someone else touches it the puts hands in mouth and the get the pin worms. The cycle continues. There are prescription medications to cure them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thyroid & pregnancy: The most common cause of hyperthyroidism in pregnancy is grave's disease. Most women and babies will not experience any significant problems if the graves' is mild. Treatment is with a drug to lower the thyroid production. Risk of hyperthyroidism in pregnancy: hypertension with protein in urine (increase risk of pre-eclampsia), infection, iron def anemia. Baby might have hyperthyroidism as well. ...Read more
Slows metabolism: The thyroid hormone is essential for proper functioning of most if not all organs in the body. Low thyroid levels can lead to slowing and/or weakness of the heart muscle because of poor utilization of the energy supply to the heart in the setting of low thyroid hormone levels. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Reduced fertility: Being obese has been shown to be a factor to reduced your chances of getting pregnant. Since being overweight also decreases your health, one should lose as much weight as they can, get healthy, and then get pregnant. You'll have the best chance of getting a healthy baby that way, and less chance of having complications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Correct hypothyroid: When women have hypothyroidism, a common problem is increase of another hormone called prolactin. Causes less release of lh, and a loss of Progesterone receptor site sensitivity, and a loss in sensitivity to fsh in the follicle. All of these losses lead to problems with ovulation, and they also mess with the communication to the pituitary gland. If hypothyroidism under control conception occurrs. ...Read more
My husband has hyperthyroidism. Can this affect his fertility since we are trying to have a baby? He has been off the treatment for about 1 -2 month
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