Here, at Fertility Cloud, we are experts in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology. One of the important factors that we assess is your Thyroid gland function.
Whether you are actively trying to get pregnant or just keep your weight under control, normal thyroid function is essential. Thyroid hormones are crucial for normal development of the pregnancy and normal physiologic functioning. In pregnancy there is increased demand on the thyroid gland, so normal functioning is most essential.
Increased levels of TSH have been found in women with infertility diagnosis. Thyroid dysfunction and increased time to pregnancy.
Your thyroid has an important job to do within your body — releasing and controlling thyroid hormones that control metabolism. Metabolism is a process where the food you take into your body is transformed into energy. Think of your metabolism as a generator. It takes in raw energy and uses it to power the various organs and body functions.
The function of the thyroid gland is screened by checking levels of the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). For the purposes of getting pregnant and staying pregnant, a level of <2.5 ng/dL is desirable. A TSH level above 2.5 ng/dL can be considered subclinical hypothyroidism in some cases
- Patients are always started on the lowest dose and the TSH levels are screened regularly to ensure that the dosage is titrated appropriately.
- It is taken once a day on an empty stomach, about 30 min-1 hour before breakfast.
- We will repeat your TSH testing approximately every 6 to 8 weeks.
- To help improve the thyroid gland function, your doctor is recommending that you take a medication called Levothyroxine (brand name Synthroid, Levoxyl, L Thyroxine).
- Levothyroxine may come in capsules or tablets. Tablets may occasionally need to be cut for the appropriate dose.
- Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
- If you take calcium carbonate (Tums) or ferrous sulfate (iron supplement), take it at least 4 hours before or 4 hours after you take levothyroxine.
- Take it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.