Infertility and Thyroid!! Duo… You can lose your chance at parenthood!
Thyroid disorders can cause infertility in men too!
The butterfly-shaped thyroid gland is the master controller present in the neck. It has a significant role in the growth and development of the body. This gland plays an important role in maintaining fertility. If the quantity of hormones (chemical messengers) released by the thyroid gland gets disturbed, many problems are seen within our body. Imbalance in these chemical substances leads to thyroid disorders and may result in infertility-related issues in men and women.
Role of Thyroid Gland
Thyroid Hormones are necessary for the proper functioning of male reproductive organs. Disorders of the thyroid gland are found to alter the levels of these hormones. One of the most important functions of the male reproductive organ (testes) is sperm production which may be affected by thyroid disorders. Thus, having a negative impact on fertility in males.
What may lead to infertility?
Some of the thyroid disorders that possibly contribute to infertility are as follows:
1. Hypothyroidism is a disorder in which the thyroid gland produces less than the required amount of thyroid hormones and may cause:
Erectile dysfunction, Poor sperm motility and decrease in sperm count Disturb libido (sex drive).
2. Hyperthyroidism is a condition when the thyroid gland produces more than the required amount of thyroid hormones and may cause:
Premature ejaculation, Low libido.
Infertility- A curable malady
Infertility-related problems due to thyroid disorders are treatable. Early diagnosis and management may help reduce its symptoms. Also, effective treatment for hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism in many cases has enabled regaining fertility. A complete thyroid panel testing is usually recommended for diagnosis of unexplained infertility that includes testing of following parameters:
The blood level of TSH (Thyroid-stimulating hormone), Free and total T3 (Triiodothyronine), Free and total T4 (Thyroxine)
Let the thyroid balance fill the gap between you and fathering……!!!!