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Hello! I'm Aya. My boyfriend and I are trying to conceive a baby for a month now. I have hyperthyroidism. I took a pregnancy test worth 2 dollars and it shows two line but the other one is faint. This week is my period. I have a spotting on the first day the next day was heavy flow then third to fifth day brown discharge. I took pregnancy test again a week before my expected period, and it shows negative i bought 1 dollar pregnancy test. Hope you lovely people can help me! Thank you xoxo
If you continue to face trouble conceiving for longer, make sure you got the whole problem (except your hyperthyroidism) nailed. You may have a general physical exam, including a regular gynecological exam. Specific fertility tests may include: A blood test which measures hormone levels to determine whether you're ovulating. Hysterosalpingography which evaluates the condition of your uterus and fallopian tubes. It also looks for blockages or other problems. Ovarian reserve testing helps determine the quality and quantity of the eggs available for ovulation. This approach often begins with hormone testing early in the menstrual cycle. Other hormone tests check levels of ovulatory hormones. As well as pituitary hormones that control reproductive processes. Pelvic ultrasound looks for uterine or fallopian tube disease.
Depending on your situation, rarely your testing may include:
Hysteroscopy. Based on your symptoms, your doctor may request a hysteroscopy to look for uterine or fallopian tube disease. During hysteroscopy, your doctor inserts a thin, lighted device through your cervix into your uterus to view any potential abnormalities. Laparoscopy. This minimally invasive surgery involves making a small incision beneath your navel and inserting a thin viewing device to examine your fallopian tubes, ovaries and uterus. A laparoscopy may identify endometriosis, scarring, blockages or irregularities of the fallopian tubes, and problems with the ovaries and uterus. Genetic testing. Genetic testing helps determine whether there's a genetic defect causing infertility.
Not everyone needs to have all, or even many, of these tests before the cause of infertility is found. You and your doctor will decide which tests you will have and when. I hope you'll get the problem nailed and find the best solution for you. All the very best.
Oh I just realized this is far too late post of mine. But has recently come across some similar post. A lady then updated this was an early mc for her (she investigated with her dr). I suppose this might have happened to you too. See, all those bleedings following your fain bfp..and brown clots makes me feel like possible mc. Anyway, dr will answer the best. Take care.
Sorry to break it to you, but it is sometimes very hard to conceive in this condition. Even if you do, it could be quite risky for the baby. I hope you do get pregnant. But it might affect your baby's health. It could be risky for you too. The best to do here would be a different way to have a baby. You can consider other options for yourself. It would prevent you from all the risks. This is just something you can think about.
Why does the thyroid matter in fertility?

The thyroid is an endocrine gland which produces hormones that regulate the growth and function of other bodily systems. It is crucial for regulating metabolism, energy production, oxygen utilisation and hormone levels.

Thyroid hormones are produced by everybody, and play an important part in growth. As such they are critical in pregnancy. If the thyroid is over or underactive, this can affect ovulation regulation and reduce fertility. Many women suffer from thyroid dysfunction; around 25% of women in their lifetime, which is around 4x more women than men. Graves disease is the most common thyroid dysfunction, affecting 1% of the population. These conditions are important in fertility, because thyroid hormones are important in regulating ovulation, preventing miscarriage and aiding foetal brain development.

Thyroid hormone levels

Thyroid hormone levels can be measured by a simple thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) blood test. It is important that TSH is at an optimal level, as it affects ovulation; up to 5% of women struggling to conceive have abnormal thyroid hormone levels. Thyroid hormone levels are also important in the development of the foetus, as they are crucial in growth. It has been found that children have higher IQs when expectant mothers are screened for thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels, as potential thyroid dysfunctions are picked up and treated. The best way to assess thyroid levels is to ask for a blood test. Conventional wisdom suggests that 4.2 should be the upper limit for TSH. However, recent studies have suggested that TSH should be no higher than 2.5 when trying to conceive and 3.0 during pregnancy. Thyroid hormones are synthesised from iodine, so it is also important that iodine levels are optimal. If TSH or iodine levels prove to be too high/low, this can be easily rectified with supplementary medication.

Hyperthyroidism: Hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid is overactive and produces excess amounts of thyroid hormones. Graves disease and other autoimmune diseases are the most common manifestations of this. The presence of hyperthyroidism can be measured by performing a TSH blood test. Hyperthyroidism can cause infrequent periods in women and low sperm counts in men. Once hyperthyroidism has been diagnosed it can be treated with medication, radioactive iodine or surgery, after which hormone levels generally return to normal.

Hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid is underactive and does not produce enough thyroid hormones. This is often caused by a lack of iodine in the diet, or by autoimmune diseases such as Hasimoto’s thyroiditis. It is associated with reduced fertility, an increased risk of miscarriage, lower infant intelligence, pre-eclampsia, premature birth and infant death. Hypothyroidism can again be diagnosed with a simple blood test. Treatment is usually supplementation with iodine or a synthetic form of thyroid hormone, thyroxine.

Thyroid antibodies

As well as levels of thyroid hormones, thyroid antibodies are another factor which has an impact on fertility. These are produced if the thyroid is being mistakenly attacked by the immune system as part of an auto-immune disease, and they are present in between 8 and 30% of infertile women. The presence of thyroid antibodies increases the risk of pregnancy loss, making it about 4x more likely. The mechanism of this is not yet clear; it could affect implantation or interact with other antibodies. Again, the best way to pick up on this is to undergo a blood test, so that appropriate treatment can be arranged if necessary.

Preventative measures

Apart from diagnosis and medication, there are some lifestyle choices that can be taken to ensure that the thyroid functions properly. Reducing stress is important, as high cortisol (a stress hormone) levels inhibit thyroid hormone production. Increasing exercise is also helpful, as it promotes the production of thyroid hormones and increases the sensitivity of the tissues to these hormones. Modern diets also play a large part in thyroid dysfunction, in particular refined grains, sugars, soy products, peanuts and caffeine. Eating a healthy diet and avoiding smoking and alcohol consumption are therefore recommended.

Best wishes, World Center of Baby

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