Unfulfilled desire for a child – THYROID BREAKS OUT THE FOLDER STORKS


In case of unfulfilled desire for children, the small organ should be checked in the neck. If it does not work with the baby, a thyroid disorder can be behind it. Both partners should then have themselves checked. Photo: djd / www.forum-schilddruese.de / thx Unfulfilled desire for children – Many couples nowadays think long and hard before deciding to become parents. But when the decision has been made, the anticipation is great. The worse, if it then does not work with the baby. And that affects many: Experts estimate that in Germany there are up to 1.5 million couples with unfulfilled desire for children. Not infrequently, there is an organ behind it that sits not in the abdomen, but in the neck: the thyroid gland. It can be a cause of infertility in both women and men. Hormones out of balance In men, however, thyroid dysfunction is rarely the sole cause of inability to conceive; in most cases, additional parameters must be treated. Women are much more likely to be affected by thyroid problems, and both hypofunction and hyperfunction reduce their fertility. Thyroid hypofunction (hypothyroidism) is most often responsible for the absence of the desired offspring. For example, every fifth child-conceiving patient suffers from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease that leads to a malfunction of the organ. The hormones that have gotten out of balance may be confused or ovulation may fail. Then it becomes difficult not only with the pregnancy. Even if it still works, the risk of serious complications, miscarriages and premature births is significantly increased – more information can be found online at www.forum-schilddruese.de. Therefore, thyroid function should always be investigated in women with unmet need for children. The focus is on the thyroid-stimulating hormone TSH, which is released by the brain and controls the activity of the gland. An elevated TSH value may mean that the organ is not working properly and too little thyroid hormone is being produced. Then it is often necessary to counteract with drugs. Have iodine supply in view Since the thyroid hormones contain iodine as an important component, an adequate supply of the trace element is also important. In addition, the need for iodine during pregnancy increases again by about 50 percent to 250 micrograms per day. Already at the baby planning or discontinuation of the contraception should therefore be paid to a iodine-rich diet. In most cases, the recommended shots in Germany can only be achieved with additional iodine tablets. More facts: Iodine for the baby During pregnancy and lactation, the (expectant) mother not only needs to cover her own iodine needs, but also the child’s needs. Good care is therefore particularly important, especially because iodine plays a crucial role in brain development. For example, the 2013 UK study Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (AL-SPAC) showed that having an iodine deficiency during pregnancy has a negative effect on the child’s IQ and especially on linguistic intelligence. Therefore, experts recommend that pregnant women take an additional 100-200 micrograms of iodine daily in the form of tablets – and maintain this during breastfeeding. Source: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH, Frankfurt Release number SADE.LETHY.18.03.0901


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