Thinking About Pregnancy? Think About Your Thyroid!

Fertility specialists have long noticed a relationship between thyroid disorders and reproductive health issues including irregular periods, difficulty getting pregnant, and multiple miscarriages early in pregnancy. During Thyroid Awareness Month and with new research, it's worth knowing about a not uncommon and treatable problem that may be affecting your plans for a new family. An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) or overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) may be present even in healthy young women and can affect reproduction at every stage from conception, poor fetal growth, premature birth and stillbirth. Not having enough thyroid hormone, for example, may affect ovulation and embryo development. It may also signal an underlying autoimmune disorder that affects fertility. New research published in January found the 2.3 percent of women with fertility problems had an overactive thyroid compared to 1.5 percent of the general population. While the research did not prove a cause and effect relationship, the report's authors suggest testing for thyroid disease should be considered for women experiencing fertility issues. The research confirms the experience of reproductive endocrinologists such as Tomer Singer, M.D. of Lenox Hill in New York City who over the past two decades has noticed problems for women with an under-or-overactive thyroid. He and other fertility specialists support routine screening for thyroid problems at the start of trying to get pregnant -- especially i...
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[Nyasa Times] Government has challenged Mangochi District Council to step up efforts that will see improved up-take of family planning methods which is presently at 31 per cent in the district, the lowest in the country.
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New York nutritionist Juliana Shalek revealed the surprising foods you should avoid while pregnant - and the healthy alternatives to swap for so you don't miss out for nine months.
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[Nigeria Health Watch] The young mothers in the community fondly call her "Aunty Dada"
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Researchers from Bristol University claim the increasing pressures of modern life are 'amplified' by pregnancy. Chronic stress, sleep deprivation and eating habits may also be to blame.
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AbstractIn sub-Saharan Africa, theory and evidenced-based interventions that are systematically designed and using sound evaluation methods to report on effectiveness are limited. A sex education programme called SPEEK was developed, implemented and evaluated in Ghana using the Intervention Mapping approach. SPEEK aimed at delaying sexual initiation, reducing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and preventing pregnancy, targeting junior high school students in a West African rural setting. The final programme included 11 (interactive) lessons using a diverse range of theory-based methods. In this article, we report on t...
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Dr Janice Juraska, of the University of Illinois, said she was shocked by how clear the impact was, and she would now urge pregnant women to avoid plastics and fragrances of any kind.
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Perimenopause causes many hormonal changes in the body. This affects the frequency, regularity, and symptoms of periods and monthly cycles. People usually begin to skip periods and have longer or shorter cycles. In this article, we look at what to expect during perimenopause and how to manage periods during this time.
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BOSTON (CBS) – According to a new study in “JAMA Network Open”, today’s expectant moms are more likely to become depressed than their mothers were 25 years ago. British researchers studied almost 2,400 women who had babies in the early 1990s and 180 pregnant women of the next generation. All the women were between the ages of 19 and 24 while pregnant. They found that today’s moms-to-be are 51-percent more likely to score high on depression screening tests than women in their moms’ generation. Researchers say financial strain and social media use may contribute, but parental depression no...
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Conclusions: A similar situation may also occur in vivo. Thus, under these conditions, negative results in the FMH test may be false, and lead to misdiagnosis.Neonatology 2018;114:303 –306
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