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Early miscarriage- could hypothyroidism be to blame?

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Proudmummy2014 Wed 30-Dec-15 18:33:10


I had a very early miscarriage recently, and can't help thinking perhaps it's my underactive thyroid that contributed. Is there anyone else here that's got this condition and has had a healthy pregnancy?

I spoke to my doctor about it, and they said with my current dosage that my thyroid condition is within the "normal range" even though when ive been doing my own research, it states that ideal level is TSH<2 and FT4 between 16-21. The doctor still said she's not going by these "ideal levels for pregnancy" as mine are within normal range. I'm worried in my next pregnancy they will keep telling me I'm normal, even though the ideal levels are different to what mine would have been. Has anyone got any more information on these "ideal levels" and what I should do if I fall pregnant again?

Thanks very much in advance. Posting this on the conception and health boards incase there's anyone that can help x

LittleCandle Wed 30-Dec-15 18:39:30

Contact Thyroid UK and ask on the boards there. People are very knowledgeable. Also ask to be referred to an endocrinologist - GPs are generally useless when it comes to the thyroid and are hidebound by the figures, regardless of how you might actually feel.

Good luck.

Proudmummy2014 Wed 30-Dec-15 18:47:25

Thanks that's a good idea. I'll definitly do that. X

JavaFee Wed 30-Dec-15 18:56:56

I have Hashimoto's. My endo thinks that women of reproductive age should have TSH < 1. I have been feeling much better ever since she got me there, but everyone is different.
As to your main question as far as I know untreated hypothyroidism can cause miscarriage.

Proudmummy2014 Wed 30-Dec-15 19:39:17

@JavaFee- thanks for replying. How did you go about finding your Endo? My GP just isn't bothered as she said my results are within range and so there's no further action to be taken.

JavaFee Wed 30-Dec-15 20:51:40

@Proudmummy2014 - I'm afraid my answer is not going to help you much because I live in Germany.. I got a referral here from a GP because my TSH was > 3 and I had a host of other symptoms - raspy voice, weight gain, hair loss, brain fog. It took me 5 years before I found a doctor that actually tries to alleviate my symptoms and listens to what I say!

LittleCandle Wed 30-Dec-15 22:44:53

You just have to fight and keep on fighting. Make a pest of yourself and demand a second opinion. they have to give you that. Sadly, most doctors are guided only by numbers, not symptoms or other problems you may bring up. You need to demand a referral to an endocrinologist. I am in the middle of a fight with my doctors who appear to be using ancient recommendations for levels and nod vaguely about other options and insist they are right and my symptoms are my age, not my thyroid. Long story, but make a pest of yourself and hopefully they will refer you to shut you up.

PoshPenny Thu 31-Dec-15 20:59:32

Here's some stuff to wave at your GP!scenario:3

The British thyroid association is the one all the endocrinologists go along with.

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