Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Overcome Infertility -- Anti Thyroid Antibodies

Conventional medicine plays an important role and most of the time is the first treatment for a couple who for what ever reason cam not conceive after 1 year of unprotected sexual intercourse or can not carry the pregnancy to full term. Immune system plays an important role in protect our body against forming of free radicals and bacteria and virus, but for what ever reasons, sometime the immune system attack sperm in the women reproductive organs or sperm in the testes in men, leading to infertility In this article, we will discuss how anti thyroid antibodies affects fertility in conventional perspective.

1. Definition
Anti Thyroid Antibodies are defined as abnormal function of antibodies produced by immune system act directly against the thyroid gland. It is caused by inflammation of the thyroid gland, leading to abnormal production of certain antithyroid antibodies such as antithyroglobulin and antimicrosomal, causing miscarriage by attacking the placental or fetal tissues.

2. Causes
a) Hypothyroidism
Study show that women with low levels of thyroid hormone have high levels antithyroid antibody compared with other women who do not.
b) Aging
We all know, as we age, the immune system is no longer function as it should, leading to infection and inflammation resulting in increasing the risk of over production of antithyroid antibody.
c) Infection and inflammation
Infection or inflammation thyroid gland or other part of the body may elevate the levels of antithyroid antibody as the antibody made by protein of the immune system become abnormal and attack the thyroid gland tissues
d) Medication.
Medication use such as cholestyramine, seizure medication and antibiotic may interferes with the absorption of levothyroxine or speeds the breakdown of levothyroxine, leading to hypothyroidism resulting in increasing the risk of antithyroid antibody production.

3. Treatments
a) Selenium supplement
Since the antioxidant properties of selenoproteins help prevent cellular damage from free radicals, it also helps to increase immune system in regulating the production of our body antibody including antithyroid antibody.
b) Antithyroid medication
Antithyroid medication such as desiccated thyroid, eltroxin and synthroid help to increase the the levels of thyroid function by the thyroid gland thereby, affecting the immune system resulting in lessening the risk of antithyroid antibody production.
c) Lower levels of cholesterol
Some researcher found that decreasing the levels of cholesterol in the blood stream may help to reduce the risk of hypothyroidism thereby, reducing the risk of elevating the levels of antithyroid antibody

4. Side effects of the medication
a) Heart palpitations.
b) Nervousness.
c) Insomnia.
d) Shaking
e) Too much weight loss.
f) Osteoporosis if it is taken for a long time
g) Etc.
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