I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism at age 22, a condition my doctor determined was a result of Hashimoto's thyroiditis. With hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), the thyroid gland doesn't produce enough of certain crucial hormones. The disease is linked to infertility in some women.
At the time, I wasn't planning on having a baby, but I was still worried about my future. However, my doctor reassured me that most women with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's can still get pregnant, but emphasized that I needed to routinely test my thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and monitor my levels because thyroid function is connected to fertility.
Recently, my partner and I decided to try to have a baby, but nothing happened. Months went by, and the fear I had when I was in my early 20s returned. I hadn't realized how quickly my hormones could shift, but I had made recent lifestyle changes, including weight loss, and this had caused my TSH levels to change, meaning my dose of thyroid hormone (