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Thyroid AND


BY STACEY ROBERTS, BSPT, Q HERBALIST


Today we are going to discuss a very common issue that is often over looked and can for some mean the difference between having a child and not.


As I go through a patient's history I am always surprised at the tests that haven't been done or the issues that have been pushed off as normal and not addressed. One of these such issues is thyroid health. Thyroid health is imperative in becoming pregnant and in holding the pregnancy so when a fertility issue persists, in my opinion, more detailed screening of the thyroid should be done, even if the standard tests have come up normal. This is not only a woman's issue, i.e. any time there is an issue with the sperm count and quality, it could be related to the thyroid.


So many times we see patients who have classic thyroid symptoms but have never had their thyroid screened beyond just doing the standard TSH testing. Most times if their TSH has come in within "normal" limits, they are told their thyroid is "normal" and there is nothing wrong. Then they begin doing their temperature charts for me and the temperatures


indicate that the thyroid is not working optimally so I come back to them and request that they have their thyroid screened. Some people look at me like I am crazy and others just scratch their heads.


The confusion with the thyroid starts in the standard tests. Normally a physician will test TSH which is the hormone that is supposed to be reflective of how the thyroid is working. The pituitary makes more TSH if thyroid hormone is not enough or slows down in production if the thyroid is making too much. The pituitary which secretes TSH is continually monitoring the blood to see how much thyroid hormone is present so in theory this should be an accurate indicator of thyroid function, but it doesn't always seem to work that way. A scientist and MD Dr. George Gillson from Canada once stated in an International Hormone conference that TSH really only tells us what the brain needs for thyroid hormone, not what the rest of the body needs.


Therefore TSH can be normal but the thyroid hormone out put may not be optimal for you. Another excellent reference for this http://thyroid.about.com


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