Difficulties with fertility and getting pregnant are not uncommon.
For some women, an undiagnosed thyroid problem can be the root of the inability to conceive. A properly functioning thyroid is absolutely vital for conception and having a healthy pregnancy.
Current medical research shows that 21% of women age 30 - 44 struggle with infertility. While there are many physical causes of infertility, a large percentage of infertility cases remain unexplained. These may be as simple and correctable as a hormonal or thyroid imbalance. According to Columbia University Medical Center, “overactive or underactive thyroid function is more common in women and can occur during pregnancy, after pregnancy (often resulting in postpartum depression), or, may be the cause of infertility, fetal abnormalities, stillbirth, and premature labor.”
For millions of American women suffering from an under-functioning thyroid (a condition known as hypothyroidism), and any hormonal imbalance getting a thorough evaluation is an important first step in solving the dilemma of infertility. Ideally, the thyroid should be checked before conception. Done early and often, thyroid testing will help the doctor make any adjustments needed for a healthy pregnancy.
Left untreated, hypothyroidism can affect the ovaries and prevent an egg from being released (known as anovlulation). It can also cause a shortened luteal phase, which is the time from ovulation to menstruation, causing an egg to fail to implant securely and be flushed from the body (a very early miscarriage).
The Canary Club Comprehensive Fertility Kit is easy, affordable home testing and serves as the primary tool for women and their healthcare providers to screen for fertility issues.
- irregular menstrual cycle
- more than two miscarriages
- family history of thyroid problems
- not been able to conceive for more than six months
The National Infertility Association urges you and your partner to take charge of your fertility. Asking questions, educating yourself or your partner, and being your own advocate is the fastest ways to building your family.