A caution on Synthroid use:
Not being able to conceive is definitely painful but self-initiating a whole lot of adverse symptoms due to an overzealous attitude is unpardonable. Synthroid, being a thyroid hormone medication, holds the risk all the more. If you think it is for being overweight that you are not being able to conceive, get done a medical checkup and act according to the consultation of the gynecologist. DO NOT try to reverse the condition with Synthroid; it is not meant for treating obesity as a cause for infertility. Neither should it be used in combination with other weight-reducing medications.
The same holds even for female infertility victims whose body weight and thyroid levels are normal. Trying Synthroid as an alternative solution to treat infertility may give rise to serious (read: life-threatening) conditions. Also, you need to pregnancy plans and tally it with any medical condition (other than infertility) that you may have. That includes heart diseases, diabetes, blood clotting disorders and hormonal/glandular problems.
The good news:
Synthroid falls under the Category A of pregnancy medications i.e. it has no effect on the fetus. Perhaps this is what made women chase the medication to facilitate pregnancy, but always remember that half a knowledge is a dangerous thing. Instead, find out what other effects Synthroid gives apart from putting right an abnormal thyroid condition.
An overview on Synthroid as a pregnancy facilitating medication:
Synthroid® is levothyroxine sodium that primarily boosts an underactive thyroid besides covering a large spectrum of related thyroid disorders, including treating MISCARRIAGES. This alone proves that Synthroid does not induce pregnancy or facilitate it; it carries pregnancy forward.
The medication is recommended only if a pregnancy ends due to an abnormal thyroid condition (hypothyroidism). The dose must be increased if results are inadequate; ideally within four weeks of conceiving. The increased dosage should be recommended by a qualified medical practitioner; increasing the intake at will shall result in disastrous results far more complicated than a miscarriage.
Synthroid and Pregnancy: Safer alternatives
Miscarriages may occur due to many other reasons, which require appropriate diagnosis and measures to deal with effectively. Disturbing the thyroid hormone is not recommended to ensure that a miscarriage doesn’t occur. Moreover, Synthroid does not help to conceive unlike Robitussin; it just ensures that women with thyroid problems move towards a safe delivery.
The requirement of the drug varies according to the severity of the condition of the woman suffering from hypothyroidism, which only a qualified medical practitioner must gauge and set the dosage. The medication is not recommended for pregnancy complications in case of hyperthyroidism or an overactive thyroid gland. It also poses a diagnostic challenge, since thyroid hormones naturally rise during pregnancy to prevent miscarriage.
Lastly, if you have experienced repeated miscarriages and have more than three of the following symptoms, ask your doctor if you need Synthroid to prevent further miscarriages from occurring.
Symptoms that indicate an under-active thyroid in women:
- Extreme sensitivity to cold.
- Weight gain and water retention.
- Heart rate lower than 60 beats/minute)
- Fatigue with decreased to no sweating.
- Muscle cramps and aching joints.
- Dry and itchy skin with thin and brittle fingernails.
- Attention deficiency and depression.
- Poor muscle tone.
- Irregular menstrual cycles.
- Elevated serum cholesterol with low basal body temperature
- Abnormal hair loss, low RBC count, difficulty swallowing and breathing, irritability and sudden mood swings, pale complexion, deafness and an enlarged tongue; these are the symptoms that are inter-related.