Hypothyroidism And Infertility – How Thyroid Problems Can Affect You
The issue of hypothyroidism and infertility is a very real one and one of the more common reasons for fertility issues however, it is quite often overlooked.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism often confuse women into thinking they may be in a pre-menopausal stage however, many times this is not the case. In this article, we’ll look at some of the symptoms to watch out for which may indicate you could be experiencing thyroid issues.
Thyroid issues can be quickly detected through a simple test conducted by your doctor. If you suspect infertility could be an issue for you, before you start thinking the worst, at least explore the possibility that hypothyroidism may be affecting you.
In a nutshell, hypothyroidism is still not completely understand in relation to infertility but there is enough evidence that there is a connection. It affects the internal secretion of hormones causing high Prolactin levels which in turn can impact ovulation.
The fertilization of the egg is severely hampered during this time as well as the role of the sperm. Your doctor can quickly determine if there is an issue by performing a test which simply stimulates the thyroid.
Symptoms Of Hypothyroidism
It’s easy to understand why the symptoms of hypothyroidism can confuse women into thinking they are in the early stages of menopause. For example, if the thyroid isn’t producing it’s optimal amounts of hormones then menopause-like symptoms can occur.
Let’s take a look at some of the symptoms to be aware of if you concerned about fertility issues:
– unusual weight gain despite the fact you watch what you eat and exercise
– fluid forming under the eye
– lack of regular appetite yet you still experience an increase in weight
– dry skin and hair which are also symptoms evident during menopause
– lack of energy and feeling tired all the time
– lack of sleep and irritability
The above are just a few of the symptoms you may be experiencing if hypothyroidism and infertility are at play in your life. Instead of making your own judgments, let your doctor decide and help you get back on track.
by DEAN CAPORELLA
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