I have been a estrogen dominant person ever since I remember. To cut the long story short, I have been struggling with infertility for 10 years now, my diagnosis was endometriosis..I tried IVF which hasn't worked so far. I also have low thryroid which is being managed well with Armour. Recently I got my day 3 FSH tested and it came out to be 11.5 ! and the estradiol was 80 !. I have always had my fsh around 7 and estradiol around 35. A few months back I stumbled upon this website and read on the tremendous benefits of Iodine supplementation so I jumped on the Iodine train and started on 2 tablets of iodoral. Its been 4 months now and I have noticed so many positive changes- no hair falling, nail and skin texture improved, better energy FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE.
BUT then I saw this huge rise in my FSH and estradiol reading and its clear that my ovaries are now producing less estrogen which is not what I want. The only thing that I changed in the last few months is adding iodoral so I can totally attribute this jump in FSH to iodine. My doctor has refused to do IVF with this FSH and I am so frustated and confused.
Is anyone aware of Iodine causing this undesirable side effect of putting you into menopause or I am just thinking in the wrong direction? Should I stop taking iodine? Please help with any opinions/thoughts/experiences
I'm not sure about the specifics of your hormonal situation, but I will say that I also feel that Iodine disrupts my hormones. My menstrual cycle was always like clockwork for my whole adult life. Exactly 28 days every month. When I started taking Iodine (about 30-40 mg per day in the form of Lugols), my periods became irregular and were frequently late. Since then, I've had to back off on the iodine, but even just a few drops a day has this effect on me, so I'm now down to 1 drop every few days, and will see if my period comes late this month. (About 6 months ago I simply quit the iodine altogether for a few months, and my periods went back to being exactly 28 days, then when I went back on the iodine, even at a smaller dose, they were irregular again, so I know it's the iodine that's causing me to be irregular.)
I also have gained 10 pounds in the last year and apparently have a "thickened endometrial stripe," (thickened uterine tissue) which we are just watching at this point, and not doing anything about. I have no clue if the iodine played a role in the weight gain and uterine issue, but it's not out of the question, since it obviously affects my hormones and female organs. I'm hoping these two issues resolve on their own, now that I'm taking very little iodine.
I wish I could offer you some helpful input, but all I can say, is follow your gut and if you think iodine is disrupting your hormones, maybe it is.
Other than the FSH/estradiol situation, everything seems to be helped by taking iodine.(Contrary to your weight situation, I have lost about 7 pounds! since starting iodine) Maybe I should stop for a while and see if the hormone levels go back to normal...its a tough call esp since I was loving being on it but then I would hate to stop infertility treatment at such a critical time (I am 38 and running out of time). I wonder, if iodoral is helping with my thyroid related issues, then why not a positive effect on the ovaries. Its more complicated than I thought... anyways thanks for chiming in :)and good luck to you too.
Great info Ginagirl, I now include all of the above, as a result of much research on non-pharma approaches to treating fertility problems. The Weston Price lifestyle is treating me well, much better than my years of low fat/vegetarian/soy crap that probably (partially) put me in the bad situation i've been in more recently.
I just wanted to add that the zinc and E are really important for your partner's sperm quality as well. I find that it is easier to convert my husband as he watches me improve every day. At first it was like me reminding him everyday "take these pills!!" and now its him trying to keep up with my progress :) No reminders required.
Yes.... diet, diet, diet. So very important. And that iodine, and other minerals and vitamins that our diet doesn't provide sufficiently.
Sorry to jump in on this, but the topic of addressing fertility is unfortunately one i have too much experience with, researching, enacting changes, etc. I have faith these changes will make the difference and we will finally conceive and actually carry to term.
I have been exactly at this place. For a while it was the only thing I could think of, as my clock was ticking loud.
I worked very hard to get the two boys of mine; without supplements and alternative thinking they wouldnt have been here,for sure. I wish I knew of Iodine back then; the eldest most plagued by my deficiencies, the youngest one doing much better; as I had learned a lot from the first time out.
Both have had great benefits of Iodine supplementation.
Making the playground right before conception; if I could do this over again, I would.
Ginagirl, thanks so much for all your responses and the info.
Do you mind sharing if you were doing Iodine all the time while trying to conceive and while pregnant? And how much were you doing. After getting undesirable fertility hormone results, I have stopped iodoral for a while but I am hypothyroid and have extreme intolerance to cold, lack of sweating, cold hands and feet etc. and I feel this has played a big role in my fertility problem and I am so dead scared of passing on a deficiency to my child if I ever do become pregnant. So I intend to go back on Iodine after a few weeks.
Since you have been there done that, would you have a suggestion on a maintenance dose? Would 12.5mg be any help? I was taking 25mg each day. How much and for how long did you take it while trying to get pregnant?
If anyone has any dose recommendation that can be safely taken while trying and while pregnant,please do share. I am amazed at the range of knowledge I have come across on this forum, that I can never imagine coming from any medical practitioner. I have wasted years getting the right help for my thyroid.
Yes, it seems very complicated also each person has a unique situation, so I suppose Iodine will have a somewhat different effect in each person, depending on their issues and hormonal/thyroid status. In general, Iodine seems to help people with their hormones, so I think you and I (and others who experience things like this) may have a less common situation or reaction to the iodine. Also, I have not religiously taken the companion nutrients, so that may be part of my problem.
there is no doubt about the effect of Iodine on the hormones. every hormone receptor needs iodine. without sufficient Iodine the body makes more hormones due to the lack of receptors with it. its a receptor problem, not a gland problem. it is the essence of estrogen dominance.
it takes time to adjust. trust yourself, yes, but dont keep doing the same thing expecting different results. you need more iodine, not less. this is counterintuitive and has to be learned from those who have been there.
Thank you for the supplement suggestions! I was not doing them as religiously as the iodoral:) I have decided to step out of my Iodine paradise for a month or so and see if the hormones straighten out...if not them I would think this was not Iodine related but just my age catching up?
I never thought iodoral could be hormonal...it is still a suspicion in my mind and not something I am 100% sure about but the sudden change in my nos. seems too much of a coincidence.
if you want to reproduce, you want to be taking iodine.
i dont have proof but every case i see like yours needs more iodine. your labs will run amuck. the body is adjusting. if it gets to be too much to handle then take a 48 hour break and then get right back to it.we call this pulsing.
you have to give your body what it needs to correct itself, and time to do it.
if you think you got benefits at 25mg, wait till you experience 100mg. and it gets better with even more.
you probably have been taking some kind of vitamins. a good prenatal might not be a bad idea. definitely get extra
C and your selenium and boron and magnesium. you may have to back off of the thyroid med in part or totally. pay attention and you be the judge. but cut the meds, not the iodine.
"pay attention and you be the judge. but cut the meds, not the iodine."
I tend to agree with Trapper. When it comes to the original question at this post, I will say; no, I dont believe Iodine made you premenopausal. It has no FSH destroying effect as I know of; rather the oposite. I ovulate still, pretty regular: two months before my 50ies, 5 years into iodine.
my gut feeling is that lack of iodine(not exclusively) is what has caused the infertility in the first place.
and when you do conceive, study vaccinations so you can keep your child safe from all of them. not one of them is good. imagine going through all this only to have your child damaged by vaccinations. nightmare.
yeah I guess you may be right about the thyroid and infertility connection and it may have been caused by Iodine def. I just wish I had known about Iodine supplement a few years earlier so I had more time to deal with the side effects. thanks for your insights and good luck !