Trying to Conceive: High Risk Conditions
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Do you have diabetes, PCOS, thyroid problems, or another chronic condition? How will it affect your fertility and your future pregnancy? Amos Grunebaum, MD, director of the WebMD Fertility Center, joined us on July 19, 2004, to talk about the options you have for getting pregnant and managing a high-risk pregnancy.
The opinions expressed herein are the guests' alone and have not been reviewed by a WebMD physician. If you have questions about your health, you should consult your personal physician. This event is meant for informational purposes only.
I am diagnosed with hypothyroidism and am monitored approximately every three months. I am taking .088 micrograms of Synthroid. If I am on Synthroid and my thyroid is regulated, can I exclude thyroid dysfunction as a reason for anovulation?
You first should make sure that your thyroid is really well regulated. This is usually confirmed by doing several blood tests that show your hormones to be normal. Women with hypothyroidism usually ovulate once they are well controlled. So if you are now well controlled then your doctor should look for other causes. Seeing a reproductive endocrinologist usually helps you find the problem and get pregnant faster.
I will be having a thyroidectomy in October. How will this affect the possibility of getting pregnant in the future? I've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and reactive hypoglycemia. The nodules on my thyroid, reason for removal, are due to Hashitmoto's thyroidism.
Women after a thyroidectomy are usually placed on thyroid medication, and if your thyroid hormones are improved then your chances of ovulating and getting pregnant are significantly improved. You may want to continue to be under close observation of an endocrinologist.
My mother had gestational diabetes with me. Am I at risk high for developing the same?
Yes you are. Getting tested before and during pregnancy will help you quickly find out whether you have diabetes or not. Before and during pregnancy this is usually done by doing a GCT, a glucose challenge test. You ingest a certain amount of glucose and the blood glucose level is tested an hour later.
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