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September 16th, 2010, 07:54 AM
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Hi girls! I just wanted to introduce myself over here. I was just diagnosed as hypothyroid. I have had 2 blood draws so far. One was TSH=5.8, the other was TSH=3.6. Free T's were in the normal range, with no antibodies. My RE thinks I'll have the best chances to conceive if I am less than 2, so they started me on Synthroid.

Any tips for TTC with hypothyroidism?
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September 16th, 2010, 12:46 PM
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welcome!
The only advice I was given about TTC with Hypo is to make sure your levels are where they should be BEFORE TTC. I have been waiting for 2.5yrs (3.5 if you count before my thyroid was removed for hyperthryoidism).
Its scary what hypo can do if your levels are not where they should be. I have read too many articles and personal stories of miscarriages and stillbirths due to thyroid levels being off.

When you get pregnant normally you require more synthyroid so you would want to make sure that you test early and get in to see your doc for a blood draw asap after you find out you are pg so that they can up your dose if needed.

I think its wonderful that you are seeing a RE already because they should really know what they are doing in terms of pregnancy and thyroid conditions. I hope your levels get stable quickly and you are able to get pg soon.
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September 16th, 2010, 03:12 PM
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My RE said it's best betwen 1-2. Your free's should always be at the high end of normal. I took Synthroid for about 4yrs and hated it! It did nothing for me. I've been on Armour for about 3yrs now and love it! Most people will require more than just T4 (Synthroid) supplementation and need T3. You may want to either take a T3 with Synthroid or get on a combo pill like Armour or Naturethroid.
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September 16th, 2010, 06:45 PM
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My RE said it's best betwen 1-2. Your free's should always be at the high end of normal. I took Synthroid for about 4yrs and hated it! It did nothing for me. I've been on Armour for about 3yrs now and love it! Most people will require more than just T4 (Synthroid) supplementation and need T3. You may want to either take a T3 with Synthroid or get on a combo pill like Armour or Naturethroid.
I agree with this as well. I was on synthyroid for 2 years and it did nothing but make me worse, ive been on natural thyroid (Erfa brand from Canada, similar to Armour) for 6 months and its really been working great, not quite where I should be yet but MUCH better than synthyroid.
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September 17th, 2010, 08:53 PM
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How often are you getting your levels checked? I've been TTC for the last year, and i'm hypo (no thyroid), and my doctor is having me get my levels checked every 6 weeks (every 4 weeks while pregnant)...Also, right when you become pregnant go get your blood tested right away, because i know for me my levels changed all the time, even newly pregnant...My medication usually went up too...I wouldn't worry about having any miscarriages or stillbirths...If your thyroid levels are good, your chances of having any pregnancy losses are pretty slim (my endo told me this, along with my OB)...I think that usually happens to people with untreated thyroid problems. (My pregnancy losses were not related to my thyroid levels, I had them tested before and right after each loss)...The best advice I have is just keep a close eye on them, while TTC and while pregnant...GL
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September 18th, 2010, 09:36 AM
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Thanks, girls

I will definitely talk with my RE about alternative medications at my next appointment.

I am getting my levels checked again in 6 weeks.
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