alexa Longitudinal Changes in Thyroid Hormones During Conception Cycles and Early Pregnancy
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Clinical & Medical Biochemistry
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Research Article

Longitudinal Changes in Thyroid Hormones During Conception Cycles and Early Pregnancy

Kristina Hamilton1*, Narelle Hadlow3,4, Peter Roberts2, Patricia Sykes1, Allison McClements1, Jacqui Coombes2 and Phillip Matson1,2

1Fertility North, Suite 30, Joondalup Private Hospital, Shenton Avenue, Joondalup, Australia

2School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia

3Biochemistry Department, Pathwest, Level 1, PP Block, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, Australia

4School of Laboratory Medicine, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, Australia

*Corresponding Author:
Kristina Hamilton
Fertility North, Suite 30
Joondalup Private Hospital
Shenton Avenue, Joondalup
WA 6027, Australia
Tel: +6194009962 Email: [email protected]

Received date: May 12, 2017; Accepted date: May 19, 2017; Published date: May 24, 2017

Citation: Hamilton K, Hadlow N, Roberts P, Sykes P, McClements A, et al. (2017) Longitudinal Changes in Thyroid Hormones During Conception Cycles and Early Pregnancy. Clin Med Biochem 3:125. doi:10.4172/2471-2663.1000125

Copyright: © 2017 Hamilton K, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Objective: The aim of this study was to characterize changes in free triiodothyronine (fT3), free thyroxine (fT4) and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) during the follicular and luteal phase and during subsequent early pregnancy in individual women.

Method: TPOAb negative women with a viable pregnancy (n=49) had fT3, fT4 and TSH measured longitudinally in serum samples at baseline/non-pregnant (gestation week 0), ovulation (gestation week 2), mid-luteal phase (gestation week 3) and twice weekly from gestation weeks 4 to 6.5. Patient groups received in their conception cycle either no medication (n=13), low ovarian stimulation, (n=17) or controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) for IVF treatment (n=19).

Results: Women receiving COH had a transient drop in TSH at the time of ovulation followed by a peak at midluteal (p=0.024). Levels of fT3 and fT4 at each gestation week were not significantly different between the treatment groups, whereas TSH levels were significantly higher at all gestation weeks (p=0.036) in the COH group compared to the natural and low stimulation groups. There were significant changes in thyroid function once pregnancy was established (gestation week 4) through to gestation week 6.5, with a gradual decrease in serum fT3 (r=-0.104, p=0.030) and TSH (r=-0.123 p=0.031), whilst fT4 levels remained constant. 3 women (6.1%) had TSH levels >4.0 mU/L during their pregnancy although these were isolated measurements.

Conclusion: Thyroid hormones in individual women did not remain constant but showed discrete changes. TSH was significantly lower at time of ovulation in women who received high doses of ovarian stimulation medication for IVF, and was higher throughout pregnancy than for the other groups. Serum fT3 and TSH decreased significantly during early pregnancy irrespective of medication given in the conception cycle.


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