Infertility and Thyroid Hormones. What Every Woman Needs to Know. Dr Richard Hagmeyer D.C.
Overcoming Fertility Problems When Having A Thyroid Condition
Becoming pregnant is something that many women with thyroid conditions struggle with. Some of these women, to no avail, will go on to spend thousands of dollars on fertility specialists. I am not, nor do I claim to be a fertility expert, I will not try to convince you that I am such.
It becomes easy to understand why many women are unable to become pregnant once one has a basic knowledge of female physiology and the many stressors that are placed on the hormonal system. In fact, many women who have difficulty getting pregnant, can save a lot of money and heartache simply by reading this article.
What I want to focus on is the hormones that are essential to a woman getting pregnant and being able to maintain their pregnancy. What I am not going into detail about, is the physiology of the female body during pregnancy. So if you know someone who is able to get pregnant, but has had one or more miscarriages, then once again, they very well might find this information to be helpful.
Progesterone is the main hormone that is critical to a woman becoming pregnant and maintaining her pregnancy. Estrogen dominance is a condition that many women with thyroid conditions have. Estrogen dominance involves an imbalance in the ratios of estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen dominance is much more complicated than just having to much estrogen in the body. Estrogen dominance needs to be looked at in its context or relationship to progresterone. A woman with low estrogen levels can still have estrogen dominance when looking at the ratio of estrogen to progesterone. The Key here is this. Estrogen levels must be looked at in its relationship to progesterone.
The symptoms and conditions associated with estrogen dominance are:
- Acceleration of the aging process
- Allergies, including asthma, hives, rashes, sinus congestion
- Autoimmune disorders such as lupus erythematosis and thyroiditis, and possibly Sjoegren’s disease
- Breast cancer
- Breast tenderness
- Cervical dysplasia
- Cold hands and feet as a symptom of thyroid dysfunction
- Copper excess
- Decreased sex drive
- Depression with anxiety or agitation
- Dry eyes
- Early onset of menstruation
- Endometrial (uterine) cancer
- Fat gain, especially around the abdomen, hips and thighs
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Foggy thinking
- Gallbladder disease
- Hair Loss
- Increased blood clotting (increasing risk of strokes)
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Magnesium deficiency
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
- Polycystic ovaries
- Premenopausal bone loss
- Prostate cancer (men only)
- Sluggish metabolism
- Thyroid dysfunction mimicking hypothyroidism
- Uterine cancer
- Uterine fibroids
- Water retention, bloating
- Zinc deficiency
Obtaining A Complete Female HormonePanel Is Absolutly Necessary.
Progesterone is an essential hormone when it comes to getting pregnant and maintaining a healthy pregnancy. In fact many miscarriages occur becuase of ap problem calle luteal insufficiency. This occurs because the corpus luteum fails to maintain adequate levels of progesterone throughout the second half of the cycle.
It is so important to remember that hormones interact with one another. Because of this it would be absolutely foolish to just look at the progesterone levels alone without observing the relationship it has to the other hormones (Thyroid, Adrenal, etc).
It is my recommendation that any woman trying to concieve, who has experienced one or more miscarriages, receive a complete female hormone panel as well as a complete thyroid panel. Our office uses some of the most advanced testing when it comes to identifying where in the cylce your hormone imbalance is stemming from.
A complete Panel includes Thyroid antibody testing for Hashimotos or Graves. Which Natural Treatment Options Are Available To Help With Fertility Issues?
There are a couple different options you have, as you may or may not be aware of, when the fertility problem is the result of a hormone imbalance.
With regards to natural treatment for Fertility my suggestion is one that includes an evaluation of; Female Hormones, Male Hormones, Complete Thyroid Panel, Adrenal Testing(stress Hormones), Vitamin and Mineral deficiency, Fatty acid profile Omega 3 to 6 Ratio, Food sensitivity testing and testing for Parasites or Chronic Viral infections.
I usually recommend a natural treatment protocol that consists of a change of diet, nutritional supplements and possibly herbs, and in many cases a purification program, to help eliminate the hormonal load on the liver.
Taking this approach is not only going to greatly improve the chances of this woman becoming pregnant and maintaining her pregnancy, but it is also going to greatly improve her chances of having a healthy baby. Too many women have their babies when they are not in an ideal state of health.
Even though most of these babies look and feel healthy, they frequently will have multiple nutritional deficiencies, a buildup of toxins in their body, and other health issues that might not prevent them from becoming pregnant, but it very well may affect the health of their baby. Even if you are not a woman who does not have any fertility problems, it is still a great idea to follow a natural treatment protocol 3-6 months prior to trying to get pregnant. This is going to provide an optimal environment for your future baby.
After I have confirmed with the male hormone panel that the male has the hormone imbalance and is the one with the fertility problem, then I will also recommend that they go on a natural treatment protocol as well. There are, of course, variations in the protocol they follow, but it will also involve a change in their diet, nutritional supplementation, and possibly a purification program.
Either way, this process of overcoming fertility issues isn’t easy, but it frequently can save the couple a lot of money, and put both partners in an optimal state of health, which once again will greatly improve the chances of a successful conception, as well as a healthy baby being the final outcome.
Giving natural progesterone is many a holistic doctor’s first treatment choice that is optimal for women who have a progesterone deficiency. Although sometimes giving natural progesterone is necessary and in some cases I recommend women to take small doses of it, in most cases a natural treatment protocol will actually raise the progesterone levels in cycling women, with the help of certain nutritional supplements and herbs.
Dr Hagmeyer is a chiropractic physician and practices in Naperville, IL. His office focuses on functional medicine, Chiropractic Care and Brain Based Therapy. His treatments are highly customized and take into consideration the unique physiolgy of his patients.
Dr Hagmeyer can be reached at 630-718-0555 if you would like to schedule a free phone consultation.