Thyroid gland and its role in infertility
The butterfly-shaped gland is located in the front of the neck, known as the thyroid. The main function of the gland is to produce and regulate hormones that help your bodywork. If it does not produce an adequate amount of these hormones, It can also cause problems during pregnancy itself. Thyroid hormone can impact fertility too such as disruption of the menstrual cycle, difficult to conceive, Interference with ovulation, premature birth, stillbirth and increased risk of miscarriage.
The gynae at the Best Fertility Centre in Delhi says, ‘Once the thyroid is under control, there is no reason why you should not have a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby.’
Thyroid hormones are so important to your baby's brain and nervous system development, hypothyroidism, especially during the first trimester can cause low IQ and problems with normal development.
Thyroid issues are also commonly diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) as both involve abnormal hormone levels. For women who get a diagnosis and treatment then their balanced hormones lead to significantly improved chances to have a baby.
Also in men thyroid can lead to a variety of fertility issues - reduced sperm volume and motility, Sperm defects, a lower libido, problems in erection, and lowered male fertility hormones such as testosterone, luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).
If you have thyroid issues, it is best to precede a complete thyroid panel. If you are pregnant and have Graves’ disease it is important to tell your obstetrician at Best IVF Clinic in Delhi. After knowing about your medical history she can start the treatment. In this case, you can expect to have regular check-ups throughout the pregnancy.