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Thyroid Issues and Their Effect on Fertility

Most women are unaware that their thyroid gland is preventing them from getting pregnant or causing recurrent miscarriages. The thyroid is a powerful gland located in the neck. Although it is a small gland, it plays a critical role in regulating the body’s health. Certain thyroid blood test – not routinely performed by fertility specialists – are mandatory for women who have experienced recurrent miscarriages.


Thyroid and Fertility

When anti-thyroid antibody testing – anti-TPO and anti-TG – are positive, a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is made. This is an autoimmune condition adversely affecting they thyroid gland’s normal functioning and can be totally asymptomatic, however, many unrecognized symptoms exist – such as infertility and miscarriage. The thyroid hormone controls the body’s cell metabolism and ensures proper biological functioning – including a woman’s ability to conceive and maintain a pregnancy.

Thyroid and Effect on Fertility

Today’s fertility doctors cannot rely on a standard regimen of blood tests to diagnose hypothyroidism, according to Dr. Hugh D. Melnick, a reproductive endocrinologist treating patients with hormonal and fertility problems since 1976. The Doctor has accumulated over four decade of experience in subclinical hypothyroidism and infertility.

Although it is not precisely known how hypothyroidism contributes to infertility and miscarriage, it has been scientifically proven that the detrimental effect of inadequate amounts of thyroid hormone in the cells of the body can be corrected by adequate thyroid hormone treatment. This will result in increasing a woman’s chances of successfully conceiving and carrying a pregnancy to full term.

Thyroid Issues and Male Fertility

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is also a fairly common condition – genetic in origin – adversely affecting the thyroid gland in men, as well as women. All men should undergo thyroid testing when their sperm is suspected as the cause of a couple’s infertility. Dr. Melnick has observed numerous cases where pregnancy has been achieved after the male partner has been diagnosed and treated for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis with proper hormonal medication.

Subclinical Hypothyroidism and Infertility Specialist

For more information about subclinical hypothyroidism and infertility, read The Thyroid – authored by Dr. Hugh. Schedule your Skype Consultation with MyThyroidMD – Dr. Hugh D. Melnick – today. Click below and enter your information – or, call direct – 212.369.8700.