At the beginning of last century, around 1920, doctors had access to medication that corrected the deficiency of the thyroid gland: it was the extract of thyroid glands obtained, in general, animals such as cattle and pigs. At that time, it was known by empirical knowledge, not based on sound science which confirms that many women having trouble conceiving and even to sustain a pregnancy beyond the third or fourth month, benefited from the use of thyroid extract (also known as desiccated thyroid). It was then announced that the thyroid would have a beneficial effect for both raising the possibility of those trying to get pregnant as to ensure the smooth maintenance of pregnancy until delivery.
With the development of several parallel areas, it was noted that considerable portion of women trying to get pregnant and having trouble conceiving also have partial deficiency of thyroid functions.
A growing problem
Female infertility is defined as trying to get pregnant without success after 12 months of normal married life (ie, sexual activity with partner with large numbers of sperm). This definition has been launched after a study of 5,574 women with normal sexual life conditions. According to the study, 50% were pregnant at 3 months with no trouble conceiving, 72% in 6 months and 80-90% in 12 months. Therefore, absolute infertility (lack of sperm from the partner, premature menopause, blocked fallopian tubes) or sub-fertility amount to about 10% of women.
Other female factors are also important as endometriosis, failure of ovulation, fallopian tubes problems and others. One must bear in mind, however, that many women now start trying to get pregnant after the age of 30 because of career. This can also lead to trouble conceiving.
Thyroid diseases that lead to hypothyroidism are also shown after the ages 30 to 40. This is because these diseases have a genetic background and the genes are manifested, usually after three or four decades. It is in this phase of life that the thyroid usually fails.
Lack of thyroid function
Let’s start with basics. The menstrual cycle and ovulation are properly influenced by the concentration of thyroid hormones. . In women having trouble conceiving the occurrence of chronic thyroiditis, ie, chronic inflammation of the thyroid, is much greater than in women who conceived normally. Proper thyroid function is important for women trying to get pregnant because it facilitates embryo implantation in the three first months of pregnancy.
The appropriate level of thyroid hormone is considered essential for the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. Women trying to get pregnant with hypothyroidism have more chance of losing the baby at a ratio of 3 to 1, compared to women with normal thyroid function.
Throughout pregnancy the thyroid hormones are essential for maintenance of pregnancy and the transfer of part of the thyroid hormone from the maternal side to the foetus through the placenta. Especially in the last trimester of pregnancy that transfer is essential for proper brain development of children. In case of hypothyroidism in the last 10 or 12 weeks of pregnancy, the child will have access to less thyroid hormone, which may lead to further neurological difficulties.
The thyroid during pregnancy
Thyroid disease, chronic thyroiditis type, affect about one in six women around the ages of 30 and 40. Women diagnosed with clinical infertility seeking assisted reproduction should do tests to assess thyroid function. In the case of proving disability gland, a treatment will be prescribed, which should be followed throughout the pregnancy, giving the child the maternal thyroid hormone that is badly needed. Possible neurological damage will be avoided if this therapeutic approach is followed.
A deficiency in Iodine effects the function of the thyroid.
Iodine is a trace mineral meaning that while it is an important component of many bodily functions large quantities are not needed to carry out these crucial efforts.
As the trace mineral iodine is ingested, 75% of this mineral makes its way to the thyroid gland. Once there, iodine joins up with two important hormones that are produced by the thyroid gland: triiodothyronine and thyroxine. Every part of the body requires these hormones.
Most importantly, they play a role in the body’s ability to produce energy. These hormones control and regulate basal metabolic rates. In other words, they determine how fast and how efficiently the body is able to burn calories.
Thyroid hormones are also what helps control a child’s mental development and overall growth rate. Pregnant women who do not get enough iodine increase the risks that their newborn babies will develop some degree of mental retardation.
I cannot recommend a dose but normally its suggested that a pregnant women would take Pregnant women: about 220 micrograms (mcg) of iodine per day. Breastfeeding women: about 290 mcg.
I apply mine to the skin rather than drinking it. I take about 16 drops and then apply that to be absorbed by the skin.
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