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Is there anyone else out there with a thyroid condition ( hypo/ hyper/ graves) that is using birth control? Has anyone noticed a change in their thyroid levels since beginning bc? Please, I would appreciate any feedback. Ever since beginning yasmin in august, my tsh levels have been off, my Dr. Says no correlation, but my tsh had been stable for 2 years prior to starting the pill!
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replied November 29th, 2004
Re: Birth Control And Thyroid Problems
sbgymnast wrote:
is there anyone else out there with a thyroid condition ( hypo/ hyper/ graves) that is using birth control? Has anyone noticed a change in their thyroid levels since beginning bc? Please, I would appreciate any feedback. Ever since beginning yasmin in august, my tsh levels have been off, my Dr. Says no correlation, but my tsh had been stable for 2 years prior to starting the pill!





ive had a thyroid problem in condition to my pituitary tumor and I need the bc pill to hlep regulate. At first my thyroid was higher but it went to normal and ive been fine since. I would switch pills
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replied March 27th, 2008
hypo
Hi
I'm 24 and have been taking a daily treatement for a hypo for about 10yrs now.
My boyfriend and I plan to have sex together during our vacation in May, it'll be the first time for me. I'm not quite sure what to do in terms of bc to make sure I don't get pregnant.

I'd appreciate your feedback here.

Thanks in advance Smile
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replied March 27th, 2008
Extremely eHealthy
There are NON hormonal birth contro methods like an IUD.

IUD's are very safe, but not all doctors approve of them, so it can be tricky getting a doctors to insert one.
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replied January 26th, 2009
thyroied and yasmine
I was on yasmine for 2 years. When I quite taking it I became hypothyroid. Now I am taking 100 mg and still feel terrible all the time. I think we may have found something. Please let me know if you find out more.
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replied May 13th, 2009
thyroid and bc pills
I take Yaz and my thyroid levels are fine--I had my thyroid taken out. Maybe your thyroid is quitting even more....but it's usually not a correlation to bc pills. A note, if you have Hashimoto's Syndrome where your body is killing your throid gland, it will die out in "spurts." I had months where I was fine, the I'd be exhausted--my thyroid was up and down. It came to the point that it was so lumpy and unpredictable that I just had it removed and have been ok (not great) ever since. Just still lacking energy. But bc pills never played a role.
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replied May 13th, 2009
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Thyroid & bc
i am assuming here but most bcp's cause an excess of copper in our systems, which means our zinc levels are not balanced with this. also it causes a deficiency ofthe folllowing:-
vit b6,b12,c,e,folate,beta carotene,b1,b2, selenium & iron. the best way to learn this is to take the time to study the following educational site, ithyroid.com on thyroid & learn how to keep control of your mineral balances.
Good Luck &
God bless You all through your quest for knowlege!
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replied May 13th, 2009
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Yes, there is a connection.
I started taking Yaz about a year ago. Six months afterward, my previously normal TSH level hit 12! (that's really high--no wonder I felt terrible). Nothing else had changed. My regular doctor looked it up and saw that studies have shown that on average, starting birth control pills can make the body need 25 mcg more thyroid medication per day. This isn't an issue if you have a functioning thyroid, since it will just increase it's production.

Apparently, despite how common these medications are, a lot of doctors don't seem to be aware of this issue. I would have thought that my gynecologist would have known--apparently not. The insert that comes with either medication says nothing about this. This is rather unacceptable.

I do find it odd, though, that we all seem to be taken Yaz....maybe that medication has more of an issue than others with this?

Anyway, ask your doctor to increase your dose by 25 mcg and you should feel better in a couple of months, at the most.
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replied July 2nd, 2009
Birth Control And Thyroid Problems
I've had hypothyroidism since 1994 and had been taking ortho tricyclen or marvelon for years and have always had normal TSH levels. Three months ago I switched to Yaz. After being on Yaz for 2 weeks my TSH levels rose from 3.0 to 4.6 and after 3 months on Yaz the TSH levels rose from 4.6 to 6. I am in the process of switching back to Marvelon and will retest in a couple months. In 15 years I have always had normal TSH levels. Yaz is the only change.
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replied November 19th, 2009
I took Yaz for about two years, and had slightly elevated TSH levels prior to that but they were never to a point that needed medication. Once I went OFF Yaz, however, the level went up to 5.59 and I finally needed to take Synthroid (50 mcg a day). So it seems like the opposite of what some of you have experienced. I am on no birth control now, and am just trying to control the thyroid situation because I'd like to get pregnant.
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replied January 28th, 2010
Please help
I was on birth control patch for a little over a year and then I switched to Ortho Tryciclin (spelling not sure). I quit taking it because I heard some bad things about it. Now for 6 months I haven't had a period. I forgot to take it and my fiance and I had unprotected sex on October 8. I had a period that lasted from October 6-8. That is it. Then on October 20 of that month I had some spotting. (Not normal for me) Ever since then I have not had a period. I went to the doctor twice in September, negative urine pregnancy tests. I don't have healthcare insurance but I am scared there is something really wrong. Could birth control have messed up my thyroid?
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replied August 2nd, 2010
thyroid problem and using contraceptive pills
hi i have thyroid problem and i was taking 25 of thyroxfor 2 months and then i browse net and came to know if i start using it i have to use for life time then with out consulting doctor i stopped and then i check with doctor after some time and she told me to start again i use for 1 month and then stopped and now i am using oral contraceptive pills will this make any problems for me

today i took my first pill and it makes me dissy,feverish and sick
please advice me
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replied August 10th, 2010
Yaz = Thyroid Problems??
Hi everyone, I'm not sure if people are still posting on here, but these posts seem in line with what I'm trying to find out.

I have no history of thyroid problems, but I was on birth control for years and all was fine. I switched to Yaz and was on it for about a year when I started getting intense spasms and numbness in one of my legs. I stayed on Yax for awhile longer until I started hearing about Yaz causing problems like that and finally went off of it. I didn't switch birth controls, I just stayed off BC altogether to see if I could sort of clean out my system. Around that time my weight started ballooning. I just went to see my doctor and she suspects I have a thyroid problem and I'm wondering if being on Yaz might have triggered something or if being on BC beforehand was helping balance my hormones or any issues I was having at the same time? Does anyone know if these things are all connected?
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replied July 25th, 2011
i dont know if those things are conected but i do know that the spasms and numbness in one leg is usually caused by your siatic nerve. sciatic nerve flare ups usually happen when you have tightness in your hamstrings and glutes. you increasing your weight, and if you sit frequently at your job or at home would flair that up. look up some stretches and excercises for sciatic nerve problems..
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replied August 30th, 2010
In April this year I found out I was not only hyperthyroid, but had Grave's & Hashimoto's at the same time. I am taking PTU while pregnant with my 2nd child (my first daughter will be 1 year old on Sept 18th, and our 2nd due November 7th.). The midwives tested me on a whim after I had come in with severe problems with the Mirena, and came back in less than 2 months later and was 2 months pregnant. This go around I had violent morning sickness & was losing weight.. so they wanted to check the thyroid levels. So we did and my T4 was 19.6 and my TSH was listed as less than 0.05

By 20 weeks I was screaming this is it, tubes tied or my husband snipped after our daughter is born. Now I am not so sure. And my little sister (also just found out she has Hashimoto's) just got a positive home pregnancy test this morning, so I got to thinking holding on for a 3rd child might not be so bad after all.. if all goes well for her this will be #3. So it makes me wonder, I had a hell of a time with the hormones in the Mirena (long nasty and at times verbally violent story so I wont go into it.. think Jekyll & Hyde GONE HORRIBLY WRONG!) and condoms are not always easy when your hubby dont want to go along with it. Never did birth control pills before but they messed up my sister's cycles and my mom(also recently found out she too has Hashimoto's) got pregnant with either me or my sister while on birth control. So not sure... is ParaGuard an option with Graves/Hashimoto's? It has no hormones, so that is good.. but it is copper based so wasnt sure how that may affect the thyroid.

As it is I may be having my thyroid removed after the birth of my daughter. Graves/Hashimoto's isnt my only situation, I also have had Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy for over 7 years, currently am suffering from cellulitis in both big toes (these also have ingrown and splintered nails from nearly 2 years of bandaging) and have to wait until the 6 week postpartum check up to get the nails permanently removed. My back & hip have to be chekced postpartum as well, I have sciatica but my back & right hip/leg keep giving out on me after short times of walking or standing and we are beginning to suspect RSD is spreading. So I have a lot going on. In 2005 I had severe pancreatitis so they told me its not if its when I will get diabetes... though I have bouts of HYPOglycemia so who knows.

I dont know if others on this forum have the cocktail of diagnosis codes that I have..but I think the one that concerns me most is the reaction between birth control & the thyroid. The Mirena and thyroid didnt work well together, so very nervous. Plus, my mom went thru menopause not too long after having my brother (she was 30 like me when she had him)... so this may all even be a moot point, but just for research sake.

Thanks in advance
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replied September 1st, 2010
thyroid, contraceptives
I am experiencing this now. My TSH level doubled when I went from a low-dose pill to a higher dose pill. I also started having hyperthyroid symptoms on my placebo weeks. I definitely think there can be a link.
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replied September 4th, 2010
Thyroid issues and the birth control pill
I have been searching the web trying to see if there is a link like this.

I went off the pill in the hope of falling pregnant it is now 7 months latter and as I have been having issues with irregular periods my DR tested me for Thyroid issues. I have found out that I have Hypothyroidism and am now undergoing further testing.

I have never had any symptoms before going off the pill and believe that there must be a link with taking the pill and developing a thyroid problem.

Has anyone tried a natural approach to this rather than taking the Thyroid medication?
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replied September 15th, 2010
Thyroid cysts, Hyperthyroidism & The Pill
My gut feeling is - there is a strong link between hyperthyroidism & the contraceptive pill. I am also on Yaz and dont like it, Ive been on it for over six months and I get bad headaches, hyperthyroidism (from it im sure) amoung other issues. I have two thyriod cysts in my neck, I only had one three years ago and that one has doubled in size since. I also find it werid I have developed another one. It stresses me out and the strange thing is about the time i got this thyroid neck lump I also had started the pill for the first time in my life. So Im not sure if there is a common link? but a family member of mine thinks there could be a link. Its all a bit stressful. im changing my pill at the end of this packet to a mini pill one and im debating whether to give my poor body a break. I definately would like to keep my thyroid in the future and not get a even lumpy'er neck. One other thing I will ad is I think Doctors sometimes can say there's no link between thyriod cysts and hyperthyroidism but you know what a doctor is a general practitioner and they don't always know everything! (not that I'm saying I do) I always find a specialist who might truely know is the way to go if your worried. Anyways thanks for reading Smile
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replied September 23rd, 2010
Yaz/Yasmin = Hypothyroid
Thank you to everyone who posted! I have been searching for this sort of forum, because I feel, inherently, that my long-term use of Yasmin/Yaz triggered my Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (Hypothyroid). I cringe thinking of all of the unknowing patients who are picking up Rx for these birth control pills. Hopefully this link will only become more evident and will lead to a recall or class action.
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replied November 3rd, 2010
thyroid problems from BC pills?
I was taking Sprintec and other BC pills before that for years and I stopped taking BC all together back in Feb. I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism (well not quite...my levels were low enough to put me on some thyroid medication but not so low as to classify it as "hyperthyroidism") about a year and a half to 2 years ago. I was told that when you have a thyroid problem like that you generally end up taking thyroid medication for the rest of your life. HOWEVER, ever since I stopped taking Birth Control my thyroid has actually gotten better to the point where I do not need to take medication for it anymore. I also no longer feel depressed and don't feel as tired as I used to. I don't have my periods anymore though... which I talked to my OBGYN about and her only suggestion was to start taking my BC pills again which I won't do. I am not going to lie, I very much enjoy not having a period anymore... I just hope it doesn't mean something is seriously wrong with me. I believe my BC pills was the cause of my thyroid problems and depression though. I also have been working out/exercising a lot more the past 2 years though too, which might have made a difference. It's difficult to tell.
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replied November 16th, 2010
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I'm 30 yrs old and have been taking YAZ for 3 yrs. Last year I had 2 ER visits with horrible abdominal pain and after a HIDA scan, discovered dysfunction of my gallbladder with an EF of 26% and had it removed. I have no family history of this, and stay fit and eat well. Since my surgery, I have had 3 "gallbladder" attacks.
The past 6 months, I have been breaking out in hives intermittently. My skin itches terribly, my hands are freezing and I get tired. I made a visit to a dermatologist who then referred me to an allergist after much frustration. The allergist ordered blood work and
I got results of TSH at 1.63 and Free T4 at 0.55. It seems as though the yaz may have contributed to my gallbladder. However, I curious if my thyroid levels are indicative of hypothyroid and if Yaz could be the culprit. Any ideas?
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