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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, my doctor has advised to take thyroid test, i wanted to know whether TSH test should be done only on second day of menstrual cycle, or it can be done on any day
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr XXXXX HERE
Doctor :   let me read ur query
User :   Hi XXXXX, sure
Doctor :   Tsh TEST can be done anyting
Doctor :   anytime *
Doctor :   there is no specific time or day for doing the test
User :   so, it is not mandatory to be on fasting for the test
Doctor :   no, not needed to fast for this test
User :   same for T3 and T4??
Doctor :   yes
User :   ok, basically i had PCOD, i had ovarian drilling done 5 months before
Doctor :   ok,
User :   Now the doctor is saying that the ovaries are fine and i am ovulating properly, but was not able to conceive even after 4 months
Doctor :   what is ur age?
User :   26
Doctor :   what about previous periods
Doctor :   were they normal
User :   yeah they were normal, i had 2 miscarriages earlier, so doctor suggested for ovarian drilling
Doctor :   and were any tests like TSH done before all these procedures?
User :   i had TSH tested last year and the results were normal
Doctor :   was a positive diagnosis, of PCOD done
User :   in the scan there were cysts in the ovaries
Doctor :   ok
User :   now i am worried, first it was PCOD, for which i had to undergo the surgery, now i am tensed abt my TSH results
Doctor :   please dont worry,
Doctor :   everything will be ok
Doctor :   this is just a routine test, and will be probably fine
User :   will there be any effect of PCOD on thyroid as well
User :   then y i am not able to concieve even after 4 cycles?
Doctor :   do u have symptoms like constipation, weight loss or gain, sweating palpitaions, diarhea, etc
User :   no
Doctor :   any other symptoms ?
Doctor :   please understand, that you are still young and may concieve soon
Doctor :   have your hubbys semen test done ?
User :   no i don't have any symptoms, i even have regular periods, but the tension of not getting conceived after 4 cycles making me think
Doctor :   do you work ?
User :   and the doctor is saying that i should go for IVF, but i donot understand y IVF after ovarian drilling done, an my husband Semen analysis is also fine
User :   yeah i am working
Doctor :   ok
User :   and i am getting scared abt IVF process
Doctor :   i WOULD NOt advice if all tests are normal
Doctor :   & USG is also normal, then a IVF is basicallly not needed
Doctor :   please take some more months, and wait
Doctor :   you may concieve
Doctor :   if not get tests - FSH, LH, TSH, T 3 & T4 , ETC
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