Could Your Thyroid Be To Blame For Infertility?

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Experiencing difficulties when trying to conceive can be a frustrating experience, but trying to pinpoint the exact reason for your problems with conception can be downright unbearable. Before you go through the poking and prodding at your local fertility clinic, or before you undergo anymore poking and prodding, perhaps it’s time you checked your thyroid. It’s not always the first thing that is checked when discussing conception, but it plays a big role in fertility, and as such should be included in a conversation with your doctor.

 

What is Your Thyroid?

The thyroid is a gland located along the front of the neck, right below your Adam’s apple. The thyroid is best known for its butterfly shape because a narrow bridge between the two larger sides of the thyroid runs over the front of the windpipe, while the right and left side go upwards and downwards along the windpipe area.

 

The thyroid is important because, although it is fairly small, it plays a pretty large role in the body. The thyroid is responsible for secreting hormones that regulate other body functions like growth, metabolism, development, and body temperature.

How Can Thyroid Function Impact Fertility?

Although we often think of metabolism only in terms of fitness, it really impacts nearly every function of the body, and because the thyroid plays an integral role in keeping the metabolism in good health, thyroid issues can be extremely detrimental. A properly functioning thyroid produces the ideal amount of thyroid hormone, thus maintaining optimal conditions for fertility and conception. However, when the thyroid is not functioning properly, a woman’s menstrual cycle is impacted, making her ovulation calendar irregular and unreliable. Failure to ovulate regularly, as is natural for the body, creates a big issue for those seeking to get pregnant because conditions in the body aren’t just unideal, their downright nearly impossible.

 

Another reason that it is vital to check your thyroid health if you are trying to conceive is that high TSH levels (hypothyroidism) in early pregnancy can increase your risk of miscarriage.

 

Improving Fertility

 

It is so important to have a check up with your health professional if you feel that underactive thyroid may be hindering your fertility. There is medication available that will ensure that both you and baby stay healthly during your pregnancy. This needs to be monitored closely throughout your preconception, pregnancy and months after birth.

 

At the same time it is also important to look to diet, lifestyle and supplements to provide a boost to thyroid health that will help you to improve your chances of fertility and wellness.

 

Some basic changes that have been shown to assist include:

-Ensuring healthy estrogen balance

-Optimal liver and gut detoxification

-Losing 5-10% Body fat

-Reducing adrenal fatigue

 

Some of the best changes for the regulation of your thyroid is to integrate exercise into your diet regularly, stop eating processed foods, consume healthy fats (such as virgin coconut oil and virgin olive oil), consume moderate high quality proteins, eat more fruits and vegetables (especially those high in antioxidants), take a regular vitamin supplement (especially folate, selenium, Vitamin D, zinc, and Vitamin E), de-stress, and get more sleep.