When the gland stops producing enough T3 and T4 hormones, there is a hormonal imbalance throughout the body and the ovaries and their natural ovulation cycle are affected. This is why fertility is compromised.

Causes of Hypothyroidism

The cause of this condition is mainly due to thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid), which affects the thyroid cells and prevents them from functioning properly. This is mainly caused by:

• Viral infections
• Hashimoto's thyroiditis (where the immune system attacks the thyroid gland)

Other common causes of hypothyroidism include:
• Congenital defects
• Radiation therapies
• Surgical removal of part or all of the thyroid gland
• Drugs such as amiodarone and lithium (predisposed patients)
• Lack of iodine in the diet
• Damage to the pituitary gland or pituitary gland

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

• Weakness or fatigue
• Accelerated weight gain
• Decreased libido
• Sensitivity to cold
• Muscle or joint pain
• Hair loss and brittle nails
• Pale or dry skin
• Swelling of the face, hands and feet
• Constipation
• Decreased heart rate
• Hyperprolactinaemia or high prolactin in the blood
• Depression
• Slower speech and movements
• Difficulty concentrating and memory problems
Diagnosis of Hypothyroidism
To diagnose hypothyroidism, you should see your endocrinology doctor. He or she will perform a physical examination and then order a blood test to measure thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) to make a definitive diagnosis.

Can I have a baby if I have hypothyroidism?

When it comes to thyroid disorders, medication is the recommended option to restore normal thyroid function, and if this is not sufficient, the best option is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
At Ingenes, we offer you our Multicycle In Vitro Fertilization programs, to increase your chances of becoming a mother by up to 96%.
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