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    Default not ovulating / thyroid antibodies / iron&vit d deficiency - please read

    Hi everyone,


    Im a long time lurker, first time poster my DH & i have been TTC # 1 since February 2012.A few years ago i had graves disease (hyper thyroid) which went into remission so the first thing we did before TTC was organise a pre-conception check up blood test at GP to check for graves, rubella, etc.The tests all came back clear...


    At the start of cycle 7 we went back to the GP when we knew something was wrong and found out that i have a few issues that could be getting in the way...the blood test showed thyroid antibodies, low iron levels (she said my level was 19) and a vitamin D deficiency. From everything i have googled, i realise that any one of this issues could be why we haven't conceived yet..i've started on ferro-grad 5 (for the iron problem) and ostelin (for vitamin D) and i'm also taking folic acid (megafol 5).


    My GP has referred us straight to a OBGYN who specialises in auto immune diseases (for the thyroid). We have just been to the OBGYN who reviewed my blood work and prescribed OROXINE 50mgs (one tablet a day) for an underactive thyroid but never actual confirmed that the underactive thyroid was the issue causing us to not conceive (she didn't mention my actual levels). She wasn't very friendly so when i attempted to ask questions she made me feel like i was just wasting her time (needless to say, she will not be my 1st choice for delivering our future baby lol)


    She did an internal ultrasound and checked my ovaries etc..she then told me i was NOT menopausal but i was not ovulating (this was on CD21) BTW, I didn't expect to be ovulating on this day??.... I have cycles that are 36-38 days long with only 3 day light periods so not the perfect 28 day cycle. She told me that i need clomid to help stimulate ovulation. She then referred me onto a FS as she said she couldn't prescribe it..


    What i don't understand and didn't get to ask her is, is it possible i just haven't regained ovulation due to being on the pill for 13 years?...A came off the pill (Microgyn 50) at the start of February (my OBGYN didn't bother to ask me this) and during my 1st cycle i had an ovary cyst burst. The internal ultrasound at the hospital confirmed that i had infact ovulated (the person performing the ultrasound said there was fluid in the pouch of douglas, sorry if TMI) but she is saying im not ovulating at all. i believe the first 5 cycles i did ovulate but it's stopped now possible due to the under active thyroid. Has anyone been given this explanation as to why they aren't ovulating?


    As we were walking out, she told us that 1st step was clomid and then after that IVF! she freaked my DH out quite abit as we think it's too early to be suggesting IVF. She *thinks* clomid will help but wasn't very reassuring..


    Also, Because of my previous thyroid problem, i was told i can not take a multivitamin unless it has no iodine in it (which strangely enough i can not find on the market) does anyone know if there is something on the market i could take? my OBYGN told me this is not true but when i was diagnosed with graves disease, my GP suggested my thyroid could have been overactive due to a multivitamin??



    sorry it is so long winded, thank you for reading if you got this far


    Any advice would be really appreciated I have always thought i would have problems TTC and so having all my fears become an actual reality is really scary at the moment..i had CIN 3 and a LEPTZ laser surgery of my cervix about 5 years ago so i guess that's where my fears stem from


    Thanks again

    Mel

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    Default not ovulating / thyroid antibodies / iron&vit d deficiency - please read

    I was diagnosed low vit d and underactive thyroid in October last year, had tests done re no period etc (I thought it was cos I had just come off depo shot even tho I was only on it 6 months) and results came back that hormone levels were ok, but only just. My endocrinologist referred me to obgyn and after u/s of ovaries, was found they were fine, she prescribed me provera to induce period then to come in for bloods 2 weeks after period started. Blood test showed no sign of ovulation happening soon so waited another 2 weeks, another round of provera and then start on clomid. I did 3 months of clomid an was ovulating but didn't conceive.

    We decided to stop clomid and relax a bit, and I started taking soy isoflavones (apparently natures clomid!) in may, 2nd cycle on it and bfp!

    Feel free to pm me if u wanna chat about it more, I know what it's like and how frustrating it can be, I was lucky I had really supportive and proactive docs on my journey

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    Thank you for your quick reply and congratulations on your BFP I've been having periods every month which is why i thought i was ovulating normally. i'm sort of hoping that the OBGYN is jumping the gun slightly by suggesting i start clomid as i've just read the under active thyroid can make you stop ovulating? I'm interested to find out if the specialist wants me to wait a few more months for my levels to stabilize or if she just prescribes clomid??

    how do you relax? lol... my sister just had a baby (1st month of trying) and so it's in my face constantly that everyone around me is getting pregnant easily and i'm not some days are very low and i've only been TTC for 7 months so i can only imagine how hard it is for people who have been TTC longer (you are all very amazing and strong BTW)

    luckily, the specialist i have been referred to (not sure if i can mention names on here) is very proactive too and sounds fantastic. she works at Monash IVF and Hawthorn hospital.

    I will definitely look into the soy isoflavones


    thanks again

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    Just wondering how you went? I have a 3 yo (after 15 months of TTC and fell with first round of Clomid) and have been TTC for over 1 year now with no2. I fell last June and was told to start taking thyroxine because my levels were slightly up. I miscarried at 5 weeks and 2 days. I continued to take the thyroxine til oct, then we went on holidays and I stopped. I was on clomid all this time and also had a laparoscopy, D&C etc which was all clear. I fell again in January this year, TSH was up again slightly so was advised to go back on thyroxine. I miscarried again, well had a D&C at 10 weeks as an ultrasound showed a sac and yolk but nothing else. I went back to my fertility specialist, who wasn't receiving any of my results along the way, and he decided to test for thyroid antibodies, which I have. When I got the results the receptionist had been informed to tell me to continue with the thyroxine. I don't really know what the antibodies mean and have been googling but there is so much thyroid info and it's all so different and confusing. From what I have read I'm assuming this could be a big part of having trouble TTC and possibly why I am miscarrying. Any ideas?

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    Hi thought I would wade in here.... I too have thyroid antibodies (Hashimoto's), but so far I have normal thyroid function so do not take thyroxine. A couple of months back I went to see a naturopath as I has read that antibodies can increase your risk of miscarriage (apparently the antibodies can attack the growing foetus as they recognise it as foreign). My reason for visiting the naturopath were due to having seen an endocrinologist previously who basically fobbed me off. The naturopath has given me some rhemannia to take as well as something for thyroid support and has told me to follow a wheat free diet to try to naturally decrease my antibody levels as apparently people with autoimmune thyroid issues are often gluten intolerant to some level also.

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    Hi, I have been TTC for over 2 years. I had one mc 4 months in and have had no luck since. I have had one failed round of IVF. I have a low AMH, Rheumatoid arthritis and Antithyroid antibodies which apparently prevent the egg from attaching to the lining and causes miscarriage. I have been reading stuff on the internet that recommend a small dose of thyroxine, prednisone and aspirin even if you do have a normal functioning thyroid as it is still being attacked by these antibodies. I wish anyone would shed some light on this topic...

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    Hi there,
    I recently was diagnosed with Graves disease after a miscarriage, however after a few months my bloods showed an underactive thyroid. The endo is still investigating this, however I too am currently on oroxine 50mg.
    I too was told to steer clear of iodine. I found a folate tablet without it called Megafol 0.5 by alphapharm that my chemist ordered in. Its nice to know there are others in the same boat - im nervous about falling again..


 

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