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Thyroid issues can be linked to infertility but many women may be unaware that they are experiencing thyroid-related fertility problems.
Are you at risk?
If you are concerned about infertility, make an effort to get your thyroid checked out. To start the thyroid test process, make an appointment with an endocrinologist. An endocrinologist is a doctor specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect your glands, like the thyroid. If you choose to work with an endocrinologist, ask him or her to communicate with your fertility specialist or OB/GYN regarding your diagnosis and treatment.
For those taking thyroid medication, check out this handy guide How to Take Your Thyroid Medication from Dr. Carmelo Sgarlata at the Reproductive Science Center of the San Francisco Bay Area.
When pregnancy occurs
If you become pregnant, and have a thyroid condition, enjoy your pregnancy, but stay safe. Make sure that your doctor monitors you closely, even in early pregnancy. If you have hypothyroidism you may have a higher risk of miscarrying. If you have hyperthyroidism, you may be at risk of having a low birth weight baby or problems with pre-term labor. Women with thyroid conditions need to see a doctor regularly to ensure a healthy pregnancy.