Sponsor Spotlight: Laurel Fertility Care

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️"Without the kind staff at Laurel Fertility I wouldn’t have my precious angel baby. We tried for years and when we couldn’t get a diagnosis it was really hard! But [they] gave us options and worked with us and we got pregnant!!! I would recommend Laurel Fertility to everyone!"
Courtney R.
Each month, the Gift of Parenthood organization and its partners provide fertility grant giveaways to future parents across the US. The chosen applicants receive financial assistance for fertility treatments, like IVF. Recently, we worked with Laurel Fertility to launch a $19,000 IVF giveaway campaign. If you haven’t already done so, you can apply here. The deadline is April 15th, so don’t delay!
Without partners like Laurel Fertility, our monthly giveaways would not be possible. Here’s some information about what makes them unique and a quick Q&A with Dr. Collin Smikle about the role your thyroid plays in your reproductive health. 

About Laurel Fertility 

Laurel Fertility Care is a state-of-the-art reproductive treatment center for couples and individuals struggling with a wide range of fertility issues. Laurel fertility has three convenient locations in San Francisco, Modesto, and Fresno, California. Together with his team, Dr. Collin Smikle is committed to providing patients with the best care possible while maximizing their chances of a successful pregnancy and delivery. Laurel’s knowledgeable staff, led by highly credentialed medical and lab directors, has achieved remarkable success rates throughout the years. 

Laurel Fertility Care features a nationally accredited state-of-the-art laboratory providing you with the latest Assisted Reproductive Techniques, including; IVF, ICSI, IUI, egg preservation, egg donation, Minimal Stimulation Cycle IVF, and IVF Surrogacy.

Their commitment to customer care, simple and straightforward pricing, customized treatment options, and high success rates make them a sought-after clinic for people of all backgrounds. 

Click the button below to schedule a consultation with Laurel Fertility today! 


How Your Thyroid Affects Your Fertility

Many things affect your reproductive health including medical conditions like PCOS, lifestyle factors like smoking, environmental pollutants, and sometimes, just plain bad luck. Something that isn’t discussed as often, but can also affect your fertility is your thyroid. 

Your thyroid gland is a tiny organ at the front of your neck that produces hormones to control many essential bodily functions. When your thyroid stops working correctly, it wreaks havoc on your entire body. While thyroid issues are usually associated with metabolic changes, these hormone imbalances can also affect your fertility.

Dr. Collin Smikle, Medical Director at Laurel Fertility Care, recently broke down how the thyroid gland can affect fertility, optimal thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels, and more.

Thyroid Q & A With Laurel Fertility 

Q: What Is The Ideal TSH Level For Fertility?

A: In general, a normal range for TSH levels is around 3 to 3.5. If you’re trying to get pregnant or are looking at managing your thyroid hormones during pregnancy, you want a level between 1 and 2.4. Low levels can mean you may have a hyperactive thyroid that we must address. High levels mean your thyroid activity is low.

Both affect the fetus as it develops, and both need to be managed because of the consequences it can have on a pregnancy. Low TSH levels can cause miscarriages, and high levels— especially further along in the pregnancy—can pass through the placenta and affect the fetus.

Q: Can Patients Manage Thyroid Issues With Diet And Supplementation? 

A: Yes, they can manage some symptoms if they are what we call borderline. Someone who is hypothyroid can make dietary changes that will help. If it’s too high, where we see TSH levels over 5, it’s unlikely that diet changes will be sufficient. You’d need to take medicines that help support that shift.

Q: Are Thyroid Problems Becoming More Common? 

A: It has become more of a common issue, and we see that many patients have thyroid levels of around 2.5 to 3.

Over the last five to six years, we have noticed that you can have a higher risk of miscarriage for patients in that higher range. 

Organizations like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have begun to manage this actively. They have conducted research that showed that for those with a thyroid hormone between 1 and 2.4, the risk of miscarriage diminishes. That is the range that we try to keep patients in when they’re trying to get pregnant.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️"I wish I could give [them] more stars and recognition for all they’ve done for my husband and I. I’ve had issues with fertility for years, I went to other fertility specialist who were not able to answer my biggest concerns and I wasn’t getting pregnant, until I decided to go to Laurel Fertility. "
Ruben G.

Many couples struggle to conceive and do not have the means to seek treatment. At The Gift of Parenthood organization, we look forward to a future of more affordable and successful fertility treatment options for those struggling. In the meantime, we aim to help couples and individuals struggling with infertility achieve their dreams of becoming parents through monthly grant giveaways. We are honored to partner with Laurel Fertility to make parenthood possible for those struggling.


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