Why is it important to look at thyroid function for women who want to get pregnant?
Reproductive Health Pregnancy Thyroid Dysfunction

Why is it important to look at thyroid function for women who want to get pregnant?

Dr María Noelia Lardizábal
Dr María Noelia Lardizábal

In 10 seconds? The thyroid gland plays an important role in regulating the development of female reproductive tissues and their proper functionality… and an impaired thyroid function can reduce your chances of becoming pregnant.

OK, can we start from the beginning? What is the thyroid gland and how is it involved in reproductive health? The thyroid is an organ whose function is to produce hormones (like molecular messengers that circulate through the blood) involved in the body's metabolism and other central systems. One of the most relevant actions of thyroid hormones is the regulation of the female reproductive system. Therefore, untreated thyroid dysfunction (like hypo- and hyperthyroidism) may cause ovulatory irregularity, infertility, and an increased frequency of miscarriages.

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