Thyroid Disease and Infertility: What You Need to Know

Issues conceiving are more common than you think: 12.7% of women seek help for infertility. A variety of factors can lead to fertility problems, and the root issue lies with male partners just as often as with women. However, if your infertility is caused by a medical issue like thyroid disease, a fertility specialist can help to improve your chances of conceiving. 

Our team of reproductive specialists at University Reproductive Associates has helped couples throughout New Jersey and the greater New York City metro area who are experiencing a range of fertility problems. Infertility after thyroid disease is one of them, and it can be overcome.

Understanding thyroid disease

Your thyroid is responsible for controlling your metabolism, such as how fast your heart beats and how quickly you burn calories. It also controls your menstrual cycle and ovulation, which leads some women to experience irregular periods, infertility, and even early menopause.  

Women are more likely to experience issues with their thyroid than men, especially after pregnancy or menopause. One in eight women will develop thyroid disease in their lifetime, and this can complicate their ability to get pregnant and maintain their pregnancy. 

Thyroid disease and infertility 

An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) can lead to low fertility. Because your thyroid gland is responsible for your ovulation cycle, low levels of thyroid hormone can interfere with the ovaries. If an egg is not released, or your ovulation cycle is irregular, it can make fertilization difficult. 

Getting your thyroid issues under control is the first step to improving fertility. Once you do manage to get pregnant, you must continue monitoring your thyroid levels to prevent birth defects and miscarriage. 

Our team of fertility experts have experience with thyroid and hormone imbalances and have helped many women have successful pregnancies and healthy babies. 

How a fertility specialist can help you safely conceive

Endocrinologists are specialists who deal with various glands and hormonal changes within the body. Reproductive endocrinologists take this one step further by focusing on fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum care. 

If you’re trying to get pregnant, our doctors can work with you to make sure your hormones are balanced, giving you a higher chance of being able to successfully conceive and maintain a pregnancy. 

At University Reproductive Associates, you (and any potential partner) will be working with a team of specialists. Once the lab work and consultation is complete, they can help you build a treatment plan to boost your fertility. This might include: 

Are you having trouble conceiving? Do you suspect an underactive thyroid might be the issue? Get in touch with the team at URA by calling 201-288-6330, or visit the contact page for more information. 

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