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Is hypothyroidism affecting my fertility?

Answered by: Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli

Last Updated: September 8, 2020 5:26 AM

prinklin96 20 months

I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism for 2 years now. So far my thyroid hormones are under control and my period are getting normal. But I am still unable to get pregnant eventhough my husband and I have been trying for quite awhile now. Is my condition going to affect my chances of getting pregnant forever? What can I do? Please advise. Thank you.

Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli 20 months
General Practitioner

Greetings! Thank you for your question.

I understand your concerns about difficulty conceiving since a child is important in building a family. Women with hypothyroidism are still able to conceive.However, the issue that affects fertility is the problems in ovulating. This is also the cause of your irregular period. With uncertain ovulation phase, one has difficulty in targeting the most fertile phase. The best time to conceive is when the thyroid hormone is at its optimal level. Since you mentioned that your thyroid hormones are now maintained at a normal level, it is highly recommended that you continue trying. It is found that those on thyroid hormone drugs will improve their chances of getting pregnant dramatically once the thyroid hormone levels are normal. To increase your chances of getting pregnant:

  • Do have sexual intercourse at least 3 times per week.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight for your age and height
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet
  • Exercise moderately
  • Take prenatal vitamins
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol excessively

Make sure your body is ready for a healthy pregnancy with the right care.

It is still best to discuss with your current attending doctor regarding this matter so that a better plan can be devised specifically to cater to your situation. You may get online consultations with our doctors here for medical advice and treatments. We assure you that our conversations are kept in confidentiality unless additional consultation needed with other medical parties. Thank you.

Family planning is vital to maintain the well-being of your family. Talk to a specialist to discuss what’s best for you.

Last Updated: Tue Sep 08 2020 05:26:52 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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