Well, as much as I’d like that to happen sometimes….here’s the bullet points:
- I’m the oldest of five girls
- Was homeschooled from seventh grade through highschool. Don’t worry – I’m still social.
- My husband, Todd, and I got married when we were both 19
- We’ve dealt with infertility before each of our babies were born and also has a miscarriage in 2011
I was diagnosed with poly-cystic ovary syndrome in 2002, but only after I had hours upon hours researching my own medical issues and asking my OB to look into it further. (When I was 19, my doctor at the time just prescribed me The Pill, saying many women had irregular cycles and taking hormones through the pill would fix my problems.) Later on I was told that when I wanted to get pregnant, there was another pill I could take that would force my body to ovulate.
The problem was, the pill wasn’t fixing any of my problems. In fact, in many ways, I believe it was making them worse. I was just giving my body fake hormones so that it didn’t have to try to produce any natural hormones itself. I suffered everything from migraines and stomach upset, to emotional instability. I was on these beastly little things for 4 long years and I had come to think that what I was feeling was just my ‘normal’. Little did I know how much effect they actually had on me.
It wasn’t until we started thinking about starting a family that I really started to look at the natural ways a person can increase fertility. I knew that it may take a long while for me to actually conceive and I wanted to make sure I was eating a “healthy”.
So I ate what is medically considered a healthy diet. Skim milk, wheat bread (store-bought) high fiber cereals (store-bought) and lots of fruits and veggies (non-organic). Although I was eating the best I knew how at the time, I would still go 6-8 months between cycles and I never knew when ovulation was coming. Fortunately we were able to become pregnant and I now have a son who was born in August of 2006.
Although I was able to become pregnant once, I knew that my body still was not functioning properly. Since my son was born I’ve spent hours and hours researching and reading about traditional, nourishing foods and natural fertility. I wanted to be able to regulate my body so that I never had to rely on fake hormones to either prevent or achieve pregnancy. Eight months after starting on my journey to better health, I was able to do just that. My body was finally receiving the nourishment it needed to regulate my cycles. Naturally.
My hope is that you’ll be able to find the information you need here on my website! Feel free to contact me if you can’t find what you’re looking for. 🙂