Post # 16
Mick26 : I’m in the U.K. So I went to my gp and had some blood tests done which came back normal. Darling Husband was booked to have a sperm analysis done about two weeks after we got the bfp. We got there naturally in the end but I would have been open to treatment as well, it gets to a certain point where you’ll drive yourself crazy trying naturally and help is needed. Don’t be scared of it if you need help it’s just one of life’s hurdles but the outcome would be worth it!
I can’t remember how much I was taking but I think it was about 1/4 of a teaspoon five times a day but it might have been more then the 1/4 teaspoon. I read it leaves the system very quickly so it’s better to have little and often.
Some people do conceive when stressed but I do think it’s true the more worked up you get the less your body is willing to except it. I had to basically force myself to calm down and if I needed a freak out I did it during af! It’s so much easier said then done but I had plenty of time to perfect the calming down!
I found a chart on Pinterest that said the best bmi for baby making is 20-24 so as I was a bit fat (bmi was 25) I lost some weight to get in that zone.
Post # 17
Mick26 : We have been working with an RE for over a year and were told that we had less than 2% chance of conceiving naturally. Our only hope for a family is IVF with ICSI.
We had some issues on my side (borderline PCOS, very thin lining, ovarian cyst, high prolactin, higher than ideal FSH). We are also dealing with MFI issues: only 2% morphology and we found out 3 months ago that he has high anti-sperm antibody count at 29% (for those not in the know, this is where his body attacks it’s own sperm thinking it’s a foreign body).
I brought all of this information to my naturopath whose message was very different from the RE’s. In her opinion, many of these issues could be overcome with the proper intervention. She also recommended an accupuncturist who specializes in fertility, so I started seeing her also.
When we found out about the antibody issue 3 months ago, the RE said our absolute only shot was IVF with ICSI. The RE had said that there’s nothing they can do to “fix” the antibody issue. Our accupuncturist said “take my herbs for 3 months. You can clear the antibodies”. Exactly 3 months later I just received my first ever BFP on a natural cycle after almost 3 years of TTC.
I’m very hopeful that this pregnancy will stick, but either way I absolutely attribute this first ever pregnancy to the help of our naturopath and accupuncturist. If this one doesn’t stick, we’ll continue with our supplementation and will try another IUI next month.
What I love about my naturopath and accupuncturist is that they work with the data collected by my fertility clinic during my cycle monitoring. It is never us vs. them attitude and they don’t criticize the advice we were given at the fertility clinic. They just acknowledge that each specialist has a different mandate. An RE’s goal is to get you pregnant, and pregnancy rates are highest with IVF/ICSI, so that’s what they typically recommend as a plan of action. Whereas the naturopath and accupuncturist are looking to resolve the underlying issues to increase your chance of getting pregnant naturally or with IUI. For us (and most people!), finances are one of the biggest factors on whether you pursue IVF so we wanted to do everything we could to try and avoid going that route. I’m still hoping we don’t have to!
ETA: I just want to say that this is the path we chose to take, I totally support those who choose a different path. What I’ve learned through our infertility is that I only know how I feel right now. I have never said never to IVF because it may end up truly being our only shot, and in that case we would do whatever it takes. But we do find the fertility clinic process incredibly overwhelming, which is why we took this route. Good luck to all bees TTC. Support is the best medicine sometimes!
Post # 18
BeeBlake : this makes me so so so happy for you!!!! I am so glad that holistic remedies worked for you! I too truly believe in acupuncture and TCM herbs. I actually have an apt today! I’m just patiently waiting for the stars to align and finally get a BFP!!
does anyone here have any experience with maca? I have been putting some in my morning smoothie since the end of AF for about 10 days consistently and I’m on CD 18 and I don’t think I’ve ovulated yet!!! 🙁 I’m wondering if it messed me up and I’m so frustrated right now!