Hashimoto’s and reproductive health
The thyroid as a major component of fertility
Thyroid hormones play an important role in many of the body’s biological processes. In both biological sexes, changes in sex hormones are connected to an underactive thyroid, Hashimoto’s, and other autoimmune conditions. It is known that both an underactive thyroid and Hashimoto’s affect fertility.
In females, an underactive thyroid and Hashimoto’s might affect:
In males, an underactive thyroid and Hashimoto’s might affect:
Problems with sperm motility
Abnormal sperm morphology
Low sperm count
What can you do to better understand your reproductive health?
One of the best and oldest ways of understanding reproductive health in women is by charting basal body temperature (BBT). A BBT chart will provide an information if all the major steps in the cycle have happened: ovulation (usually mid cycle), uterine lining shedding (towards the end of a cycle/indicating a new cycle), or pregnancy instead of uterine lining shedding.
A BBT chart usually looks pretty stable throughout the cycle (unless there’s illness occurring such as a cold). There is a small increase in temperature around mid-cycle when ovulation occurs and a decrease in temperature around the time of the period.
Another way to further understand your reproductive health is by maintaining a healthy and stable weight.
Charting your weight might help you understand the impact of weight and body fat on your thyroid and reproductive health. Extra fat deposits in the body affect hormone activity, balance, and production.
Use BOOST Thyroid app to chart your BBT and weight, and observe trends throughout time.