Hi. I am interested to hear if anyone has any experience with hypothyroidism and fertility. My partner and I have been trying to conceive for years without success. Our GP then referred us to an NHS fertility clinic where we spent 8 months having tests, surgical investigations and procedures to finally be diagnosed with "unexplained infertility". I am now 40 years old and no longer eligible for NHS.funding and so we are now working with a private IVF clinic. As you can imagine this has all been rather stressful and I had been to the GP several times complaining of headaches, fatigue, lethargy, throat pain, depression etc and each time was told that it was all to be expected with fertility difficulty. We were finally scheduled to start our IVF treatment last week. Everything was all set to go, and all I needed was for the IVF consultant to calculate the right prescription of down regulation and hyperstimulation hormones and for that, he needed to do a full spectrum hormone blood test. The test result came back with TPOab 652u/ml and TSH 7.19mu/L. I have been told that firstly, this could be one of the reasons that we have had fertility issues and secondly that we can't start IVF until this gets stabilised. I am now on 50mg levothyroxine as a starter dose with another blood test in 3 weeks.
I am furious that that the first time my TSH and TPOab levels were tested is part of a routine procedure for IVF. why were they not tested by GP and NHS fertility clinic when there is documented evidence that this can play a part in fertility issues? Could this have been the underlying cause of my problems conceiving? And can it be solved with the right dose of levothyroxine (which would be a lot cheaper than IVF at £6000 per go)
Has anyone had any experience with this? Would love to hear from you if you do.