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    Default Anyone starting IVF with Antithyroid Antibodies (ATA's)?

    Hi Everyone, Ive just had my first failed IVF and I have antithyroid antibodies. Is there anyone out there with this and have had successful pregnancies and is there any medications you can go on to help lower it. I have a fully functioning thyroid also...

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    Hi Shloz,

    Sorry that your first cycle was unsuccessful.

    I have extremely high ATA's (hashimotos disease) yet normal functioning thyroid. My endocrinologist has told me that eventually my thyroid will start failing (TSH will rise) and I'll have to rely on Thyroxine to keep within the normal range. In the meantime it has been frustrating because so many doctors think 'normal TSH= no problem'.

    I recommend you read the book "Is your body baby friendly" by Dr Alan Beer.

    Unfortunately there is no magic solution to lower your anti-bodies. I have heard some people have success with grain-free diets and naturopath herbs. I tried both, neither made a difference for me. You have nothing to lose by trying those out and seeing if they'll work for you.

    I had 2 failed IVF cycles before finding out about my ATA's. After that I researched for hours on end and found this article: http://www.rbej.com/content/7/1/137

    Basically, it says that if you take Thyroxine, aspirin and prednisone (or prednisolone) in conjunction with IVF treatment, the pregnancy outcomes are improved. I had to change clinics to find a FS who would let me try this treatment protocol. Unfortunately, still no BFP for me. But again, it might be something that would work for you, and there is no harm in trying.

    I ended up seeing a Reproductive Immunologist because I was at my wits end after 6 failed IVF cycles. My RI ran some more tests and found another problem, so with my next IVF I will be on a very aggressive protocol to stop my body rejecting the embryos. There is a separate section of the forum for Reproductive Immunology here: http://www.bubhub.com.au/community/f...ive-Immunology

    Sorry if that is a lot of info to digest. I wish I had a success story for you, but I'm still looking for my own answers on how to combat my ATA's. Don't lose hope, there are treatment options available and if you do a forum search, you will find ladies with Hashi's who have had successful pregnancies.

    Best of luck

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    Wow! Thanks for that SimpsonDesert! How high are your ATA's? The norm is apparently 50 and I'm in the 70's. does that mean I too have Hashimoto's? I'm just really scared ill never have kids. but I will certainly be taking all this info in to my fs and I have booked an appointment with my rheumatologist and an endocrinologist who is supposed to be the best in Adelaide!!!!

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    Hi there, I too have Hashimotos antibodies... Im doing my first cycle so cant say Ive been successful yet, but I found a great endocronolgist who treated me despite a "normal" thyroid, with at first thyroxine and when that didn't work, Tertroxin, and my antibodies came right down to normal (and I lost a lot of unnecessary weight I was carrying).... Ive got two embies on board, so fingers crossed ....

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    Shloz, the reference range I was given as "normal" for thyroid peroxidase (TPO) was 0-35 and for thyroglobulin was 0-40. My latest results are >1300 and 59 respectively.

    IBelieve, wonderful to hear that you've had success bringing down the ATAs. Good luck with your cycle!

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    Oh SimpsonDesert, I am unfamiliar with thyroid peroxidase (TPO) and thyroglobulin so your result of >1300 and 59 are somewhat confusing to me? I'm not sure exactly what mine is all I know is I have 71 ATA's?? I'm even more confused

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    Sorry to confuse you. I assumed you knew there are two different ATAs. It doesn't matter which one is high, you have an auto-immune issue regardless. I hope all your specialists can agree on a treatment plan for you. Let me know how you go!

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    Ahhhhhh ok SimpsonDesert, Thank you for that! No I wasn't aware that there were 2 antithyroid antibodies but I am glad you told me. Does it make a difference as to which one you have? Cheers.

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    No it doesn't matter which ATA you have, either one indicates a thyroid auto-immune disease.Both of them should have been tested though.

    Your endocrinologist will assess the results in conjunction with your symptoms & work out whether you have Hashimotos, Graves, or some other thyroid disorder.

    Then again, maybe you were told the total of the 2 ATAs, and separately they are both within their limits (as per my previous post). Have you actually seen the report yourself?

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    Hi SimpsonDesert

    From your signature I can guess you have had a lot of struggles before getting the much deserved BFP.
    I wanted to ask which protocol did your RE finally try to get that BFP?
    Any thing you specially did for the ATA?
    My TPO antibody count is 280 as of Aug 2013 and I have failed three IVF's in total.. no implantation at all.


 

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