Infertility, Marriage

Starting Synthroid and LUF Update

March 24, 2014

 New Rx Update

Well, my cocktail of medications just increased.

I had a long over-due (my fault it wasn’t done months ago) thyroid panel done a couple weeks ago.

My body seems to have a unique gifting to consistently do the wrong things when it comes to all things endocrine elated. Cue a new-found hypothyroidism.

I begin taking 50mcg of Synthroid daily this week in addition to the T3 15mcg twice per day.

Here’s to hoping this will help get this ole bag of bones on track to a healthier place!

I’ve figured this med was a long time coming since I regularly battle extreme fatigue, chronic constipation, cold intolerance, brittle nails, thin hair, low energy, etc. These have gotten slightly better over the years but are nowhere close to being gone. Maybe synthroid will improve not only my ovarian dysfunction but some of these hypo symptoms I experience.

Who’s on this med currently? Who’s thinking about getting on this med? Who’s been on this med? Has it helped your overall function in daily life? Improved ovulation issues? Give me the deets.

LUF Update

For those who prayed with us over the weekend as I took the HCG Trigger shot to induce ovulation – I went in for an ultra sound today to see what my ovary decided to do. TWO Big Fat LUFS! That means I have two follicles that never ruptured but only got bigger. Yes, they are painful. Hopefully progesterone will shrink them.

With the LUFS, and the need for synthroid, I am feeling a bit down but trying to stay positive. I mean, there were two mature follicles. That means if all went well, there could have been a possibility of twins! Even though not likely, it’s still the fact there was a chance and my body blew it, again.

I just don’t get how I could be perfectly healthy in every respect but then in ALL areas tied to fertility, my body is a walking nightmare. I fear that we will be on an endless cycle of bad news until we just decide enough is enough and stop all medical intervention in TTC.

Some days I look forward to that time…no more meds or tests or surgeries or pressure. Ahhhh, relief. But we aren’t quite there. I haven’t given this a long enough shot and I know it. For now, I move forward, trusting that at some point we will get some good news OR God will finally call us to stop the rigmarole and we can move on in peace.

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  • Reply Infertile MN March 25, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Ughhh so sorry!!! What is the new LUF med they were going to have you try? I’ve never been on Synthroid. I hope it helps. All those hypo symptoms are no fun. Hugs and prayers<3

    • Reply Amanda March 25, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      I responded on some other post to your question about the new LUF med. No idea where it is now! 🙂 The med is Cytotec. Basically you take it once/day four days leading up to ovulation to prevent an LUF from forming. Here’s to hoping I can try it next cycle. I just wish there was factual evidence as to what causes LUF’s and what will cure them. You and I are like lab rats! 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie March 25, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Sorry about the two LUFS. 🙁 I’m so bummed for you guys. BUT I love how you’re still finding hope in it with the thought of twins! Perhaps one day that will happen and that will be amazing! Or you could also just find incredible peace in stopping all the treatments and pouring all your energy into adoption. Great things are on the horizon, no matter what. That’s something I keep convincing myself every day. Still praying for you guys while we’re in the trenches, though. Hugs!

  • Reply Becky March 25, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I take synthroid. I had unexplained infertility for a year — we had all the fun tests run, and there was no evident reason we were failing to conceive. I saw an RE who noted that my TSH (2.5) was a little bit higher than they like to see it; “normal” is up to 4.5, but he said they like it under 2 for maximum fertility. He started me on 25 mg of synthroid, and I could tell a difference in my cycle immediately and conceived my first child after about a week on synthroid. I’ve taken synthroid ever since, and nothing else, and conceived my second child as soon as we stopped avoiding intercourse during my fertile window.

    Your situation is a bit more complicated than mine, but I hope that’s encouraging. God bless!

  • Reply Amanda March 25, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Becky – WOW. Very encouraging indeed. Praise the Lord you were able to find out what was wrong and fix it so quickly!!! That’s an incredible grace! I can only hope that thyroid is the last thing I need to correct before everything begins working correctly! Thanks for sharing your story! 🙂

  • Reply Becky March 25, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    I hope so too! I try to tell everyone who has fertility problems because two “regular” OBs didn’t flag my thyroid issues at all — only the RE made mention of it, and even he was surprised that I conceived so quickly on synthroid. I feel incredibly blessed that God sent us to that particular RE, who noticed the problem and didn’t push other interventions. (I converted to Catholicism not long after kiddo #1 was born, so he wasn’t Creighton-trained or anything.) In retrospect, I had very mild symptoms of hypothyroidism, but I just thought they were normal parts of getting older — I was in my early 30s at the time.

  • Reply Rebecca March 25, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    So sorry about the LUFs :(.

    I was on synthroid last year for a few months and it helped a little.

    I recently started on Armour (after a long time off any thyroid meds – bad idea), and it made a big difference. My numbers improved greatly and I feel much better! I’ve not had a TTC cycle on it yet b/c of my surgery, but the feeling better is worth it at this point!

    Prayers for you!

    • Reply Colleen March 25, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      I too took Armour but had a heck of a time getting a prescription for it! There would be times I would go to get a refill and the pharmacy wouldn’t have any and would have no idea when they were going to be getting more in. Synthroid has worked great for me. The effectiveness of this medicine is also dependent on when you take it (on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning and wait at least a half hour before you eat).

  • Reply Colleen March 25, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I am a new reader and logged on tonight to get your granola recipe (amazing btw) and the title of your post caught my eye. Sorry to hear that you are struggling with infertility. It is a cross I can not imagine carrying.
    I have taken synthroid for close to 5 years and another thyroid med prior to that. I’ve always had irregular cycles, since my cycles began, but way back in my early 20s (I’m 29 now) my cycles stopped for 9 months. Just gone with no explanation. Prior to that they were “regular” at coming every 3 months or so. After chatting with some friends, I realized that I needed to get this checked out. I went to my gyno and after some blood work realized that my thyroid wasn’t working great. Started taking it daily, and boom, like clock work my cycles returned. And where the normal 28-32 day cycle. I too struggle with cold intolerance, mostly not being able to regulate my temp (I have a hard time warming up when cold and cooling off when hot) but I’ve never had the extreme exhaustion, bowel problems or hair/nail problems. My sister has though, she and I have the same type of thyroid problem which is Hasimoto’s Thyroiditis.
    I have taken synthroid while pregnant with 2 babies and while nursing both of them for over 6 months each. It’s safe and effective!
    I am praying that this will get your numbers back on track and help with your infertility.

  • Reply Jenna March 26, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing, I really hope you get to feeling great. It’s good to know how you are doing, Love, Jen;)

  • Reply steph dexter March 31, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Hi Amanda — I am on synthroid too due to Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. We got pregnant again (!!) recently after 6 months or so of trying and I’ve had to increase from 50 to 75 mcg (and potentially will increase again here, we’ll see. Pregnancy is rough on my thyroid and I think it’s eventually going to poop out and I’ll be on even higher doses for good).

    We’ve wondered if my thyroid is the culprit for our slow-to-conceive tendencies, even with natural family planning, tracking and being really sure of my ovulation, who knows. Fertility is so complex.

    All that said, synthroid from what I’ve read is one of the safest and most effective drugs out there. It’s great for baby and mommy and doesn’t really have side effects that I’ve experienced.

    My biggest complaint is having to wait to eat breakfast in the morning and having to move around when I take vitamins (you have to be careful with them — food and certain vitamins affect synthroid absorption). But now that I’m in a routine with that it’s not too bad!

    • Reply Amanda April 1, 2014 at 11:25 am

      Steph, congrats!!! I am glad that synthroid seems to be making a real difference in many women’s lives and fertility! I’m praying my heart out that it works well for my body! It’s in God’s hands now but I am so inspired to hear such great stories!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Jamie April 3, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I think thyroid problems are the silent epidemic of our country. I got diagnosed with Hashimotos’ thyroiditis last year and the past few months my mom, both aunts, and my grandpa have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. What is going on here! HT was definitely a factor in our troubles conceiving. I started on Synthroid, but then once I realized the connection between gluten intolerance and Hashimoto’s, I switched to WPthroid. Synthroid is made with gluten, which can be a big problem if you don’t tolerate gluten very well. WPthroid is super hypoallergenic and is also a T3/T4 medication. I can not believe how awesome I feel now that I have the T3 added. My main symptoms of low thyroid function was constipation and within a couple months of the being on WPthroid, that’s gone. And I know I’ve told you this on Facebook before, but adrenal fatigue, thyroid problems and food sensitivities are soooo interrelated. I’ve been on the autoimmune paleo diet for over 6 months now and I’ve been able to reverse a lot of food sensitivities. I can actually eat eggs now for the first time in a long time without getting a stomachache. Amanda, I’m praying for you. When I rock my babies to sleep at night, that’s my time to pray for you and Jonathan. Keep up the good fight!

  • Reply paddu August 22, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    hi amanda have it worked for you? am suffering from LUFS SINCE 4years, and cant afford for ivf. pls help me

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