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How Hypothyroidism Affects Pregnancy

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Thyroid hormones regulate the body’s metabolism and affect nearly every organ in the body. When the body produces too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) it causes many functions is the body to speed up too much. When the body produces too little thyroid hormone it causes many of our body functions to slow down (hypothyroidism).

It’s well-known in the medical community that the thyroid plays a critical role in the development of a healthy baby as well as maintaining the health of the mother. Women with hypothyroidism can have a healthy pregnancy by being aware of how their pregnancy affects the

Hypothyroidism can cause infertility in men too

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In the past, we’ve talked about how low thyroid hormone levels can cause infertility for women and that it’s not just a rare occurrence. In fact, it’s so common that it’s standard practice to test Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) levels to check thyroid function for women having difficulty getting pregnant.

I’ve also found that women can have fertility challenges due to consistently low temperatures and hypothyroid symptoms, as seen in Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome, even when they have ”normal” TSH. Fortunately, once body temperatures are normalized it’s common for women to successfully become pregnant.

But what about the effects

Five ways for thyroid support

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Standard clinical guidelines suggest that once people require thyroid hormone replacement, they will need to stay on it for life. That is not my experience, or the experience of the doctors you can locate on our website. Some people can indeed recover with proper support- here’s what I suggest.

1) Get stress under control.
High levels of stress hormones interfere with your body’s ability to use thyroid hormones properly and can damage the thyroid gland itself. Every person is unique in how they reduce stress. Some make more time for exercise, while others meditate or find ways to cut back

Can low thyroid prevent pregnancy?

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Normal thyroid function is important for normal ovulation. Doctors know enough about this connection to screen for thyroid problems with Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) if a woman is having trouble getting pregnant. Being treated for hypothyroidism increases the likelihood of becoming pregnant, both naturally and with assistance, as with in vitro fertilization. Treatment also cuts down on problems during pregnancy, including miscarriage and preterm birth. (Pregnancy can also cause thyroid problems- read more here)

However, I believe that the usual screening methods for hypothyroidism, such as the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test, miss many women who have low

Why do you need selenium?

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Most people probably don’t think much about their trace mineral status. We only need tiny amounts of these micronutrients, so aren’t we getting enough from our diet? Maybe not. There is one trace mineral you should be paying attention to if you have thyroid problems, especially autoimmune thyroiditis, such as Hashimoto’s. It’s selenium.

Selenium concentration is higher in the thyroid gland than in any other organ in the body, and, like iodine, selenium has super-important functions in thyroid hormone production and balance throughout the body. Selenium-dependent enzymes are needed to convert T4, the inactive form of thyroid hormone, to

Are You Getting Enough of the Sunshine Vitamin to Protect Your Thyroid?

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If you have any kind of thyroid condition, even cancer, you should get your blood level of vitamin D checked promptly, and keep tabs on it over time.

Why? Research links low vitamin-D levels with a number of autoimmune diseases, including the most common autoimmune thyroid disease, Hashimoto’s. Low levels of vitamin D have been associated with antithyroid antibody presence, abnormal thyroid function, increased thyroid volume, increased Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) levels and adverse pregnancy outcomes in women with autoimmune thyroid disease. The lower the vitamin D level, the more severe the symptoms. People who improve their vitamin D status often

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Don’t forget to do this if you have chronic fatigue syndrome

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Everyone with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is familiar with the frustration of getting a proper diagnosis and treatment. You also know that at times, you have to take your health into your own hands. That’s why I recommend that anyone with a diagnosis of CFS do one vitally important thing: check your body temperature.

The details on how to do this correctly are on my website, under How are body temperatures measured? If your body temperature is consistently low (below 98.5 F., or 36.94 C. but typically lower than 97.8 F, or 36.56 C) it means that your metabolism is

What’s so special about a thermometer?

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Do you have the proper thermometer to track your body temp?

I recommend liquid metal thermometers because digital thermometers are less accurate when the battery is low, without telling you that they’re inaccurate (because the battery is low!). Also, they can become inaccurate when they are dropped from a height of 4 to 6 inches (What if that happened in shipping?).

The thermometers we recommend are individually tested and marked for accuracy at the factory. You might be able to find this same thermometer in your local pharmacy or large retailer.

I recommend that you check your

Can thyroid disorders lead to addictions?

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Well no, thyroid disorder does not directly cause addiction. But it can cause vague mental symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, cognitive problems, nervousness, irritability, and fatigue that can drive a person to self-medicate with legal or illegal drugs, including alcohol, in order to feel better. Ongoing drug or alcohol use can, in turn, affect thyroid hormone levels. Drug or alcohol use appear to inhibit the liver’s ability to make the proteins that help convert T4 to T3, for instance. It can also lead to a build-up of inactive forms of thyroid hormone. And it’s speculated that low thyroid hormone activity

Bones and Your Thyroid

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Thyroid hormones are essential for normal bone strength. Bones aren’t static, like rocks. Throughout our lives, the cells in bones break down and regrow, a process known as remodeling. A proper balance of breaking down and rebuilding bone tissue is needed for bones to stay strong during our lifetimes.  As we age, bone tends to break down more quickly and rebuild more slowly. For women, the first 5-10 years after menopause are a period of accelerated bone breakdown. It’s especially important to try to minimize bone breakdown during this time to maximize healthy bones for a long time.

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