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Hashimoto's Disease & Reproduction: Is Your Pregnancy at Risk?

From the Show: HER
Summary: As many as 10 to 20% of all pregnant women in their first trimester are positive for Hashimoto's antibodies.
Air Date: 11/20/14
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pamela Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: John Couvaras, MD
Dr John Dr. John Couvaras, fertility specialist at IVF Phoenix, leads the friendly and experienced team at one of Arizona's top infertility treatment centers. Dr. Couvaras is a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist who received his training at the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center and completed his internship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine.

He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and an active member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. He was the past director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Assisted Reproductive Medicine and past chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Paradise Valley Hospital.

Maricopa Medical Society: Dr Couvaras currently serves as a Board Member representing Scottsdale District, 2013-2015. He is also serving on the board of Phoenix OBGYN Society.

He is certified in CO2 and YAG laser surgery, operative laparoscopy and hysteroscopy, and microsurgical tubal and pelvic surgery. His expertise includes all aspects of female reproductive medicine and surgery.

Dr. Couvaras is a fertility doctor who is unconditionally committed to his work and willing to work with you to design a plan that fits your diagnosis and your desires. He speaks candidly with patients about their specific diagnosis and the treatment options that are available to them.
Hashimoto's Disease & Reproduction: Is Your Pregnancy at Risk?
Hashimoto's disease is an autoimmune disease that occurs when your immune system attacks your thyroid. The inflammation caused by Hashimoto's disease can lead to an underactive thyroid gland, resulting in hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism occurs when the activity of your thyroid gland is abnormally low

Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that is located in the front of your neck. It is in charge of regulating essential hormones throughout your body. Hypothyroidism due to Hashimoto's can lead to multiple symptoms that can interfere with your everyday life, such as depression, impaired memory, weight gain or weight loss, and an increased sensitivity to the cold.

Did you also know Hashimoto's disease may also affect your reproductive system?

According to the American Thyroid Association, 10 to 20 percent of all pregnant women in the first trimester of pregnancy are positive for Hashimoto's antibodies.

A study published in the British Medical Journal reviewed 31 cases that included 12,126 women that had a thyroid antibodies and a miscarriage. Researchers found thyroid antibodies increased the risk of miscarriage by a scary 290 percent.

If you are pregnant and experiencing any symptoms of Hashimoto's and hypothyroidism, it's essential that you stay connected with your primary doctor or your OB/GYN.

According to the American Thyroid Association, women who have been diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease or hypothyroidism need to be closely monitored. Thyroid-stimulating hormone testing should be conducted every four weeks during the first half of your pregnancy and then again at least once between 26 and 32 weeks.

What else do you need to know about Hashimoto's disease, your thyroid and the effects on your fertility?

Dr. John Couvaras, MD, discusses what Hashimoto's disease is and how it affects your fertility.

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