Women who reported hypothyroidism after cancer treatment were twice as likely to fail to achieve their desired family size, according to a study of 1,282 cancer survivors. After adjusting for age and other potential confounders, the study found that women reporting hypothyroidism after cancer treatment were:
• Twice as likely to fail to achieve desired family size (adjusted OR 1.91) and be childless (adjusted OR 2.13).
• More likely to report having unprotected intercourse for at least 6 months without conceiving (adjusted OR 1.37).
• More likely to be counseled on the risks for impaired fertility or a shortened reproductive window.
Citation: Chin HB, Jacobson MH, Interrante JD, Mertens AC, Spencer JB, Howards PP. Hypothyroidism after cancer and the ability to meet reproductive goals among a cohort of young adult female cancer survivors. [Published online ahead of print October 13, 2015]. Fertil Steril. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2015.09.031.
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