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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

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