We’ve all heard of an under- or overactive thyroid but how does the thyroid affect fertility?
Questions about the thyroid and fertility crop up frequently in our Fertility Help Hub community (download the free app here). So earlier this month, Founder of FHH, Eloise, spoke with Medical Director at San Francisco’s Laurel Fertility Care, Dr. Smikle, to answer your questions about how the thyroid gland can affect fertility, optimal TSH levels and more.
Laurel Fertility Care (view their profile here) provide personalised, expert care to their patients. To speak with one of LFC’s fertility experts from the comfort of your own home, book an introductory call via their website (here).
As we find out from Dr. Smikle, understanding the impact the thyroid has on fertility and making subsequent lifestyle changes, can help on your TTC journey. So if you missed the IG Live, read on to have your questions about thyroid and fertility answered.
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How can my thyroid affect my fertility?
The thyroid is a small gland located in the neck that releases hormones vital to controlling the body’s metabolism. When functioning properly, it produces and regulates hormones in the bloodstream. Hormone imbalances caused by an overactive (hyperthyroidism) or underactive (hypothyroidism) thyroid gland can affect energy levels, weight and mood, but they can also affect your fertility.
What are the causes of my under- or overactive thyroid? Is it hereditary?
There are times when it can be hereditary. For example, some people have Graves’ Disease, where you have what we’d call a hyperactive thyroid gland. In this case, the body starts making antibodies against the thyroid gland that lowers TSH levels that can cause some people to feel bouncy and energetic.