Thyroid problems and recurrent losses?? Anyone have experience?

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Registered: 11-05-2004
Thyroid problems and recurrent losses?? Anyone have experience?
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Sat, 11-27-2010 - 2:25pm

Hi ladies, I was here about 7 months ago. A little background though. We have 3 children and 4 Angels. We are TTC#4.

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Registered: 07-28-2009

Hi, there. I am very sorry about your losses :( I can't imagine losing 4...how terrible that must have been for you.

As far as Mirena and m/c I can tell you that all reputable studies have shown there is no correlation between Mirena and m/c or Mirena and infertility. Thousands (the majority) walk around with IUD's and carry babies to term just fine. Nevermind that a lot of people walk around with artificial objects in their bodies without the body turning on itself (ie; pins, rods etc...)

The FDA has to do EXTENSIVE research on any BC and it's effect on a woman ferility in general. I would be inclined to say that the IUD didn't have anything to do with your losses especially since you had two losses before you ever had it put in.

I don't mean to be harsh and I hope I'm not coming off that way. The girls here can tell you that I only tell you girls this stuff so you get lots of different opinions and have the most information possible to help you form yours.

I know you're just looking for a reason for your losses. We ALL are. An answer would just help so much in making us feel like we have some control over whether or not this ever happens again. But more times than not we never get to know the reason. Most of the time they are chromasomal abnormalities.

Anyway, you seem to be able to get pg pretty easily so I hope you get that BFP again soon and all goes well! :)

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Registered: 03-22-2007

Thryoid problems are absolutely linked to m/c. Most studies done on it show increased second trimester losses and there haven't been a lot of studies done on early m/c and thryoid problems so a lot of docs are still hesitant to admit there might be a connection.

Endocrinologists will tell you that your TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) should be at or below 2.0 in order to maintain a healthy pregnancy. With my miscarriage that actually sounds a lot like 2 of yours - a missed m/c at 9 weeks - my tsh had crept up higher than it had been in a long time. It wasn't SUPER high, but I believe it played a role. Obviously there is no real, concrete way to know for sure.

It makes sense to me that the Mirena could trigger thyroid problems for both the reasons that you stated and because our hormone regualtion is such a tricky thing and the amount of hormone in the IUD could have thrown you off balance in other areas.

It's impossible to know for sure what caused your miscarriages, but I think that having your thryoid tested is smart and certainly can't hurt!

Steph sig may 2009

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Registered: 12-11-2006

Hi there. I blame both my losses this year on thyroid problems but at the time I didn't know there was any connection ... my doc was monitoring me for thyroid but never explained to me about the hormone levels etc, just said she would keep an eye on it. Never explained the symptoms, or that it can be quite serious if levels get really messed up and you don't get the medication. On a hunch I googled and found a list of symptoms, many that I could identify in myself, including increased risk of miscarriage. If you search this board you should find a recent thread on thyroid with a post from me on natural thyroid remedies - if you can't find it, reply to this and I'll post again.

I think you're very smart to get tested for it. Apparently it's possible to be on the meds and TTC, it won't affect the baby. I didn't realise that, and also learned recently that a doctor my husband works with is on the meds JUST while she tries to TTC her third - her second was born with major genetic problems and died a few months after birth (which also freaks me out). She plans to go off the medication once she completes a healthy pregnancy. So I am a little less against taking the medication now, just while we TTC. I had bloods done on Friday, no results yet, and had a talk with my doc asking her to EXPLAIN my levels and the associated risks, options etc. Get as much info as you can - you need to know as much as you can about what's happening in your body. Best of luck!

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Registered: 07-28-2009
Yeah I don't know much about thyroid issues and I guess I was just speaking to Mirena alone causing m/c. But if Mirena can cause thyroid issues and thyroid issues cause m/c (and I know they can) then I suppose indirectly it could cause m/c problems. I would definitely get it tested! Not that I want anything to be wrong with you but wouldn't it be awesome if they could say "Yes, your thyroid is totally out of whack and we can fix it with this blah blah blah medication and then you shouldn't m/c anymore!'?
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Thank you all for the replies, I KNEW KNEW KNEW deep down that thyroid and M/C are very much connected!! I don't think Mirena is the direct cause of the M/Cs but I do with all that is in me believe it is what tossed my thyroid for a loop (if that's what's going on). I am SUPER SUPER sensitive to anything unnatural being in me or on me. For example, latex and condoms. Can't use them. I have the worst reaction to them. So I can only assume that having the IUD in me that long might have also caused a reaction and it just so happened to be with my thyroid. I also can not use BC pills, they mess me all up in other ways. I feel so hopeless not knowing and wondering if my body is going to hurt another baby. I really really hope this is what it is and a simple pill will allow us to carry to term. Thank you all again, I can not wait to have this test done and see what the results say. I have a feeling my thyroid is going to be all messed up though ... just a hunch from all the symptoms.

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Registered: 03-22-2007
I think it's great you're getting it checked out. Honestly though the symptoms you get from hypothyroidism can occur with only a minor raise in tsh and it's a relatively easy fix. For me, I get symptoms if my tsh goes up minorly and within a couple of weeks of being on an increased dose of Synthroid I notice a huge change. This is one of the easier things to fix as far as ttc is concerned.

Good luck and keep us posted.

Steph sig may 2009

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Registered: 11-05-2004

Yes thank goodness!!! That is the one thing I will be thankful for if that's the problem, that it is so simple to fix. Although, I have to say I am going to be really angry at the same time ... that something so simple had to be the cause of the death of our precious babies ....

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Registered: 06-29-2010

I am so sorry for your losses. I just had 2 in the past 5 months. All my blood work came back fine except for my thyroid. It is mildly underactive. The OB never tested me for antithyroid antibodies which I will get tested this week. I know thyroid issues and antithyroid antibodies can cause m/c. I went to an endocrinologist because it seems that many OB's are just not as well informed in this area. I started thyroid meds about a month ago and hope that will help me finally have my baby. GL! I hope you get some answers!! Jen

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Registered: 05-12-2008

So sorry for your losses.

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Registered: 11-05-2004

Thank you all for the kind words and the info. I had the thyroid panel done first thing this morning and the OB office (not my Dr but the Dr that has been taking care of me this time) just called and said that my thyroid levels are low, but that he still doesn't think that it has anything to do with the pregnancy loss. I personally think he's crazy and needs to get caught up with the modern stuff but what ever. He said I have to call my primary care manager and get and appointment with them and they will get me on the meds. I got right on the phone with my PCM after hanging up with the OB. I have an appointment Wed morning at 8:50am. I am VERY hopeful again!!! I think this is the answer we have been needing. Thank you all again so much!!!

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