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by Devrapunzel on Thu Feb 08, 2007 12:00 AM
I'm new to this board and hope you can help me. I had a total thyroidectomy in 2003 due to papillary cancer. I am on Levothyroxine and Cytomel. We have been trying to conceive for a really long time (too painful to actually count the exact time) and I have had three chemical pregnancies.
Everything checks out fine with me...all the bloodwork, an HSG, ultrasound, you name it...it all looks good. My TSH is suppressed with Free T3 and T4 in normal range.
Is the the thyroidectomy or the synthetic thryoid hormones the problem? My doctors all assure me that my lack of a thyroid does not play a part as long as my numbers are in range. Yet recently I met a woman who told me she could not conceive until she switched to Armour. Is Armour better for TTC? What do I need to know? I would really appreciate any input.
by Aloha_Wahine on Fri Feb 09, 2007 12:00 AM
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by Ggd97 on Thu Mar 01, 2007 12:00 AM
I had a total thyroidectomy at 15 and have been on .175 Synthroid since my operation and treatment. I am now 31 and my husband and I have two very healthy children ages 3 & 1 1/2. Your chances of conceiving are as good as anyone else.
You will have to be monitored a bit more during pregnancy to check you TSH levels but that is it.
by Devrapunzel on Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:00 AM
Thank you to everybody who has responded. I really appreciate it!
One more question: has anyone ever heard of Armour being more "conception-friendly" than Synthroid/Levothyroxine? A woman told me that she struggled to get pregnant and finally was able to conceive only AFTER she switched to Armour. Any thoughts on this?
Also, my Free T3 and Free T4 are within normal range and my TSH is suppressed usually around 0.01 or less.
by Ggd97 on Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:00 AM
I have been on synthoid since the age of 15, and I had no problems with conceiving (I am now 31). What medication you are on seems to be more of a physicians preference than anything. At least that is what I have encountered with my physicians as well as others with the same condition.
How long have you been trying? Often it takes someone 6+ months to conceive. If it has been longer than a year, you should see your GYN. Often doctors won't do anything unless you have been trying for over a year. But after reviewing your post just now, I can see that you have said you have been trying for sometime. There are a number of things that could be a factor, but I don't think the medication has anything to do with it. You are simply regulating your thyroid with the medication. So in a sense according to your body, you have a working thyroid. My sister in law is an OB/GYN. I will ask her anything you want. You can email me privately if you wish.
by Lrd123 on Tue Mar 06, 2007 12:00 AM
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