When you consider that even with perfect timing, you’ve got about a 15-25% chance of getting pregnant any given cycle, it’s a miracle that any of us get pregnant at all.
It took us two years of trying, (when you asked for long-term TTC, I fully expected this to be about trying for over a year or more). DH really didn’t understand that concieving can take a long time. His mom got pregnant the first month they tried with both him and his sister, so he just kind of assumed it worked that way for all women, (even though I explained to him that it doesn’t work that way for MOST women).
After a year and a half, we were tested. They ruled out PCOS for me, and Darling Husband was fine. They wanted to do more invasive testing on me, and possibly start HCG injections, but I wasn’t ready for that step yet, (mentally/emotionally, plus it would have really eaten into our financial savings as well). I tried accupuncture for about six months without success. I also tried several herbs/supplements, (including Vitex, which worked for a friend of mine, but not for me). When we passed the two-year mark, I was beginning to resign myself to the fact that a more natural approach just wasn’t working, and we were probably going to have to go back to the fertility doctor.<br /><br />SOOOO much heartbreak and disappointment, cycle after cycle. I actually had friends start trying after us, get pregnant and deliver, and we were still stuck in the “trying” stage. Seemed like every CD1, while I was struggling with the fact that AF had shown her face yet again, another friend/coworker/family member would announce their pregnancy. I was long past the point of being happy for them, and I cannot tell you how many tears I cried during those months.
I was talking to a client of mine, and she mentioned Young Living’s Progessence Plus. It was $40 for a small bottle, which I kind of cringed at, but $40 for one bottle, (and you use only a few drops, so it lasts a while), is considerably cheaper than the $1200/cycle we were looking at if we pursued “the next step,” so I figured it couldn’t hurt. Three cycles later, I concieved. One of those cycles Darling Husband was sick during my fertile window. The cycle I concieved, I’d had a UTI earlier in the cycle so our timing was terrible. I was pretty shocked when I actually got a positive test! I am currently almost fourteen weeks pregnant.
So hang in there! More than likely there is SOMETHING out there that will work for you. Maybe you just need a few more months of trying. Maybe there is a supplement out there that will be that extra boost you need. Maybe you’ll need some of the more invasive medical treatments. But try not to give up hope. Which is easier said than done, I know!