Causes - Thyroid - Symptoms
Wondering if thyroid issues are to blame for your fertility problems? If you are struggling with infertility, ask your doctor to check your thyroid hormone levels. Abnormal thyroid hormone levels can cause fertility problems and might even increase your risk of miscarriage.
Thyroid and fertility explained
Thyroid-related fertility problems can include:
- Ovulation disorders
- Irregular periods
- Trouble getting pregnant or carrying a baby to term
Unfortunately, signs of thyroid problems are not always easy to spot. If you are having trouble conceiving, check out the following two categories, and the related thyroid symptoms.
Category A (Hypothyroid):
- Weight loss is difficult for me.
- I am often constipated.
- I frequently feel tired or low.
- Aches are common for me.
- I hate winter and often feel cold, even when others don't.
Category B (Hyperthyroid):
- I can't keep weight on or I lose weight easily.
- I have trouble sleeping.
- I often feel moody, nervous, or irritable.
- My heart beats quickly or irregularly.
- I dread summer because I always feel so hot.
If you fit into one of these categories, and are having trouble getting pregnant, make an appointment with your doctor to see if your thyroid is affecting your fertility. Even if you don't have the symptoms listed above, a thyroid test may help your doctor identify or rule out possible causes of your infertility.
Have your thyroid checked
Some people with thyroid disorders may have only a few symptoms, if any at all. On the other hand, many women have symptoms similar to those listed above and do not have thyroid problems. To learn more, visit your doctor and ask for a thyroid test.