Well, I’ve been meaning to write a post welcoming whoever came over for ICLW for the past 4 days, but my schedule has been nothing short of insane so nothing got written and worse, ICLW commenting did not get done. I’ve had a lot of people who just jumped in there with the last disjointed, introduction-less entry and commented, I thank you for it.
Still, better late than never: To sum up my blog, I’m somebody who thought she would have absolutely no issues in the baby making department. 2 pregnancy losses later, I’m one hell of a lot tougher, and I think a whole lot wiser too. Since I’m a scientist that studies how the body works for a living anyway, I’ve come a good way in understanding reproductive biology, and I’ve tried my best to share that knowledge with everybody. I discovered I was Vitamin D deficient after my second loss, and intense reading on the subject of deficiency of this hormone in various disease states, including infertility has made me a very vocal advocate on the topic of testing for this, and making sure you have normal range blood levels, with a large portion of my blog being dedicated to this subject.
Sharing of knowledge aside, I’m awed at what a source of emotional support the blogsphere has proven to be. While nobody else in real life wants to spend more than 15 minutes listening to you, here, you have a network of people from all over the world, genuinely invested in everybody’s journey and willing to spend hours cheering others on, or crying with them in the horrible times. Women going through infertility just a scant 10 years ago did not have this resource, yet, we today, do. When we think about the unfair hands we are dealt, that is something to remember.
In other news, I'm gearing up for the next try. I finally got my act together and went to an endocrinologist. I was lucky to find one at NYU with really good reviews, and thankfully, he more than lived up to them. He listened to me, he was well versed on the topic of anti-thyroid antibodies and their potential role in pregnancy loss, as well as the studies (not terribly convincing, but still plausible) looking at correlations of higher levels of TSH during pregnancy and IQ of the resulting children. He was willing to re-test everything, which included the PCOS hormones (Testosterone, DHEAS, AMH, and LH), the thyroid hormones (TSH T4, T3) and the Anti-TPO/anti-thyro-globulin antibodies. I had a whopping 10 vials drawn, and I'm eager to find out what it will show.
Detailed post on the PCOS + thyroid condition coming , but I have to say again what I will reiterate there- when you get your thryoid tests done, look at that TSH value. The old normal range for TSH was about 0.4-4 mIU/ml, now it seems to have been revised to 0.3-3 mIU/ml, with studies suggesting being over 2.5 is bad in pregnancy. If TSH over 2.5 (but still in the normal range), demand a test for anti-thyroid antibodies. Anybody who is TTC, with infertility issues, is best off maintaining their TSH at around 1-1.5.
Its a simple no-risk treatment that only asks that you take some amount of thyroid hormone (which is perfectly safe as long as you do not take too much) and get frequent monitoring done, and it *may* fix an issue which is kind of an ill-understood and murky threat. I am of this opinion, my current RE is not, but thankfully, this endocrinologist definitely is. My thyroid during pregnancy will be in good hands.