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Hyperthyroidism, do the medication needed for the lifetime.

By Anonymous May 19, 2011 - 11:15pm
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Hi...iam 25 ttc, iam having hyperthyroidism. 6 weeks back, it was 16...now after taking medication, it has came down to 4.
My doc said that, i need to be under medication on pregnancy also(after conceiving)....
my questions is for guys...is that...
Do I need to monitor my thyroid levels throught out my lifetime....?
is my previous level(16) is too high...
Iam worried....


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I am on my follicular study...reports so far, shows that,
Day RO LO Endo thickness
---- ---- ---- ----------------------
D9 12 9 6.3
D11 16.2 14.7 7
D12 15.8 16.7 8.7
D13 15.4 20.8 8.8
D14 14.8 23.5 9.1

all values are in mm..
Can you please tell me, why is that, the follicle size of my RO is getting decreased in size?
can i expect follicle rupture today...
My Dr didnot prescribed me any trigger shot...this time...
this is my first cycle of clomid 100mg....


June 1, 2011 - 10:01pm
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Hi Anon,

I'm sorry but this is out of my scope. I do not know how to read follicular studies. The best person to explain this to you would definitely be your doctor. He knows your history and exactly what he's looking for in your study. Don't be afraid to ask your doctor questions, especially when it pertains to something like this.

All the best!


June 2, 2011 - 6:15am
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Thanks for the support.

And just wants to know...what are my chances with clomid..?

May 25, 2011 - 2:05am

A follicular study is an internal ultrasound (vaginal ultrasound) to check follicle size and the number of follicles to estimate ovulation or to see if you will ovulate. You may feel a very slight discomfort at first but it is nothing too uncomfortable and definitely worth doing if you are trying to conceive.

Keep us posted!


May 24, 2011 - 7:22am
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Thanks anon.

Had an appointment with doctor yesterday, she said my thyroid levels are normal now.
My LMP is 19 th of this month....which is a week late than, the previous one.... my LMP is the first natural cycle after i stopped the pills...
But my doctor kept me on clomid this time...and also she wants to have a follicular study(sonography)..
Am I not ovulating....?
how is the follicular study made....?


May 23, 2011 - 10:59pm

Hi Anon,

Unfortunately, unless your doctor feels you're a good candidate for thyroid surgery, also known as a thyroidectomy, medication for hyperthyroidism is usually for life. Hyperthyroidism can sometimes go into remission-- in which case there is a possibility for you to stop taking the meds, but as long as you have an overactive thyroid, your doctor will keep you on medication.


Treatment will depend on:
■Severity of symptoms
■Cause of hyperthyroidism
■Pregnancy status

Treatment options include:

Antithyroid Drugs

Antithyroid drugs work best for Graves' disease. Examples include:
■ Carbimazole— Smoking can interfere with how your body uses this medication. *¹If you smoke, talk to your doctor about how to quit .

If the disease goes into remission, you may no longer need medication.

Radioactive Iodine

This is a common treatment in the US. Radioactive iodine is taken orally. It is then absorbed by the thyroid gland. Once there, it damages most of the thyroid cells. These cells can no longer produce thyroid hormones. Within days, the excess iodine passes out of the body in the urine or changes into a nonradioactive state. You may need to take a daily thyroid supplement.


Surgery is rarely used for hyperthyroidism. Exceptions include:
■Young children
■Pregnant women
■Individuals with a very large goiter that causes either swallowing or breathing problems

Most patients take antithyroid medication before surgery. After surgery, you may need to take a daily thyroid supplement.


You may need to take beta-blockers . These drugs relieve rapid heart rate and jitters. Examples include:

Eye Protection

If there are eye symptoms, your doctor may prescribe:
■Eye protection before sleep
■Artificial tears

If you are diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, follow your doctor's instructions.

For more information on hyperthyroidism, please visit our page at: http://www.empowher.com/condition/hyperthyroidism

Best of Luck!

May 20, 2011 - 5:53am
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