Thyroid Health For Your Fertility

By Lucy Townsley | All Posts

Feb 14

THYROID GLAND – you need to have blood test done to check the thyroid by your GP

There are two different types of thyroid problems

Hypothyroidism – overactive that produces too many hormones

Hyperthyroidism - under-active thyroid

Symptoms of hypothyroidism

  • Fatigue, feeling heavy and puffy
  • Stomach bloating especially after eating, sluggish bowel movements
  • Easily gaining weight or hard to lose weight
  • Delayed periods longer than 30 days
  • Breast fullness before periods
  • Low mood, depression
  • Impotence
  • Low libido
  • Lower back pain, stiff neck, and shoulders
  • Very light sleep or waking early
  • Infertility

From a Chinese medicine point of view, you have underlying Liver Energy Stagnation with Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency.

A great point to help is Liver energy stagnation is Taichong

Hyperthyroidism Symptoms -

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia, taking a long time to fall asleep or waking up with lots of tossing and turning
  • Vivid dreams,
  • Frequent urination at night
  • Stiff neck and shoulder pain
  • Hunger and food cravings, heartburn
  • Short menstrual cycle less than 28 days
  • Dry and uncomfortable eyes
  • Dry skin
  • Constipation
  • Thirst especially at night
  • Weight loss
  • Infertility

Chinese medicine point of view -  Liver Heat and Kidney Yin Deficiency.

A great acupuncture point to help is Taixi -

Do you have any of the above symptoms?  If yes!! You need to go to your GP for a blood test to check your thyroid.  It may be the early sign of a thyroid disorder.

How Thyroid affects your fertility

Elevated Prolactin can prevent ovulation, and is associated with a hypo-thyroid.

Progesterone a dip in thyroid levels has a direct impact on your ovaries and can lead to low progesterone levels leading to problems such as –

  • Tiredness
  • Dislike of cold
  • Poor memory
  • Implantation problems
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Weight gain
  • Puffy face
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain swelling stiffness in joints
  • Heavy or irregular periods
  • Thinning hair
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Depression
  • Infertility
  • Increased risk of miscarriage
  • Anovulation (when you don’t release an egg)
  • PCOS – a condition that affects the ability to conceive
  • Luteal Phase defect– a shortened ‘2nd half’ of the menstrual cycle (this can have an effect on plantation of the embryo)

Traditional Chinese medicine doesn’t just treat your thyroid gland but your whole body on all levels physical, mental and emotional. To rebalance your energies and balance your thyroid function.

The connection between the thyroid, Internal organs and Your Fertility

The thyroid is a gland located at the front of the neck. It is a very small gland and the hormones produced by this gland has a huge affect on your fertility as well as affecting every cell in your body

There are eight acupuncture channels which are directly or indirectly connected with the thyroid gland around the neck. These are the Kidney, Liver, Gall Bladder, San Jiao, Bladder, Stomach, Spleen and Small Intestine channels.

As you can see if you have a disorder in your Kidneys, Liver Gall Bladder, Bladder, Stomach, Spleen Small Intestine and San Jiao channels it has a huge impacted on you thyroid ability to produce the right amount of hormones for fertility and your general health.

Stress, crash diets, sleep deprivation and food allergies and hormone disruptors like plastic bottles, has a huge impact on the thyroid. An out-of-whack thyroid can wreak havoc on your body, from minor health issues to a major health crisis, including fertility.

How does Chinese medicine help thyroid disorders?

Traditional Chinese medicine looks a both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism as a Yin and Yang imbalance as well as the different channels. When treating either condition I use acupuncture, herbal medicine, and dietary therapy to rebalance your Yin and Yang.

Thing like emotional and mental stress, external factors like poor or crash diet, physical injury can all affect the balance Yin and Yang and affect the different channels associated with the thyroid

In my experience, most thyroid disorders can be helped with Chinese medicine using acupuncture and Chinese herbs.

It is important to get your thyroid in order especially when you are trying for a baby.

Supplements with thyroid medication are brilliant. But there are still plenty of things you can do to minimize the amount of medication you need by supporting your thyroid’s function naturally.

What you can do to help support your thyroid!!

Reduce Your Stress

While stress is a part of life, prolonged periods of extreme stress can wreak havoc on your thyroid. If you are under a great deal of stress and trying to get pregnant, take a look at your lifestyle and see what changes you can make, meditate, get enough sleep and rest, eat a good well-balanced diet, cut down on work and take regular exercise.

Eat Real Food

Refined and processed foods cause stress internally in our bodies and ultimately can lead to disease and food allergies. Focus on a real food,  green leafy vegetables, fish, fruit, organic meat. Try to eliminate packaged and processed foods, sugar sodas and other chemicals from your diet and beauty regimen.

Supplements to help your thyroid and fertile health.

I believe you can do so much with the food you eat, rest, exercise and lifestyle changes, but this is not always the case with a thyroid problem.  Certain key supplements can help a sluggish thyroid.

Iodine – is vital for thyroid health and hormone production and for your fertility. Iodine can be found in certain foods, especially sea vegetables and fish. Can be taken in both a pill and liquid form. Check with your GP before taking iodine.

Selenium – Selenium is another mineral vital for thyroid health.

Antioxidants – These powerhouse nutrients clean up the mess made by free radicals, they can cause lots of damage to our healthy cells. While it is very important to focus on getting antioxidants from food if you have serious thyroid problems as well as auto-immune conditions you might want to supplement with them with super greens as well.

Vitamin D provides critical nutrition that allows our immune system function properly. Typically in countries like Ireland where we don’t see the sun much, we have Vitamin D deficiency. If you are worried get your vitamin D levels checked by your GP with a blood test, I highly recommend you do this especially if you are trying for a baby.

Bio-identical thyroid medications –  these medications are natural versions of thyroid hormones

Make smart lifestyle choices

Sleep – the most important thing we can do to repair all the damage we do during the day PLUS it brilliant for the thyroid function

Exercise – Have to keep our bodies moving PLUS helps the thyroid, so let get those trainers on and go for a walk.

There is so much evidence that Acupuncture/acupressure does wonder for  - reducing stress, supporting the thyroid and promoting your fertility, what have you got to lose.

Written by Lucy Townsley

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About the Author

Lucy Townsley Lic TCM Trained in the Zita West IVF and Natural Fertility Method Also Acupuncture, Cupping, Tunia Massage, Facial Rejuvenation, Reiki, Prepared Herbs, Acupressure