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When thinking of infertility, everyone turns to women who don’t have children. But what happens in those cases when a women already has a child, or two and is going through years of pain and anguish from being unable to conceive again?

Inability is generally measured as no success after one year of trying if you’re under 35, or six months of trying if you’re over 35. It can be caused by reductions in fertility due to age or there can be a variety of reasons for secondary infertility.

Thyroid problems play a big part in this, an STI, or ovarian cysts. And lets not overlook that woman’s tubes can be blocked after the previous delivery.

Doctors take this issue lightly, or at least they did. If after years of trying women goes into unexplained miscarriage she is sent home with little or no explanation. The easiest way to explain is always “a generic disorder”. But no one ever explains what causes it in healthy couples.

Today more than 80% of American women suffer from thyroid problems, starting as early as teen years. Only 30% are treated with medication and are provided help. For the remaining 50% there are unexplained health problems that can cause:

Unexplained female problems (tumors, fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, PMS, cramps, (dysmenorrhea), amenorrhea, female cancers, spontaneous abortion, cyclic seizures, dry vagina and infertility), weight problems (usually high, sometimes low), gallbladder disease (six times higher in women with excess estrogen or on birth control pills or ERT), heart disease, cancer, colon problems, low blood sugar, attention deficit disorder (ADD), adrenal exhaustion from excess secretion of adrenaline, and osteoporosis (from excess estrogen leading to excess adrenaline and then to excess cortisol), depression.

The screening blood tests provided in the hospitals for thyroid are only 30% accurate, which leaves all those women sent home without any explanation on why they are going trough so many health issues. It is common for a hypothyroid person to have a completely normal thyroid panel.  This is why the Thyroid Panel is considered by many to be inadequate. They are mostly treated for something that has nothing to do with the issue at hand.

It is common for a hypothyroid person to have a low TSH value, which is usually interpreted as hyperthyroidism, not the reverse, despite many symptoms of low thyroid (depression, dry skin, weight problems, chronic infections, female problems, hair loss, low blood sugar, and so on).

TSH tests are not as scientifically accurate as they need to be. TSH tests are not as high in sensitivity as the tests that identify if you have anemia. If you are told by your doctor that your TSH test came back normal despite all your symptoms talk to him about more testing. Let him know that you are informed about test not being as high in sensitivity and specificity as red and white counts.

There is a sophisticated test to reveal even mild low thyroid and it is the TRH (Thyrotropin Releasing Hormone) test. This test requires an injection, followed by one or more blood draws at 15, 30 and 45 minute intervals. This test is accurate, but is expensive and inconvenient for both patient and the lab.

If you are experiencing secondary infertility, or you have had an unexplained miscarriage talk to your doctor, ask questions about the possible health problems such as thyroid problems, an STI, tubal blockage, or ovarian cysts. Seek more tests, and look at the issue from every possible way.

Source: Suzana Uzelac (aka Firefly)

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