Monday, February 28, 2011


In the past week, with my new found excitement in finding a solution to my problems, I've been toying with the idea of finding some way to help people with this besides this blog. I seriously thought about going back to school to become an OBGYN, but the amount of school and money involved is not feasible, especially for someone trying to have a baby. However, another opportunity became available. I may be teaching NFP creighton model. I'm in the works of starting the process and I'm excited to help couples deal with infertility in a positive way, free of side-effects. If anything I want to be a person that couples with issues can turn to for an understanding ear. I'm excited for this opportunity. I don't know how long it will take to get all the training I will need, but I'm willing to give it a go!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Moving closer

As I sit down to write this I have a new, found zest for women with PCOS. In the past two weeks I have read two books that have changed my life, The Making Babies Program: A proven 3-month program for maximum fertility and The NaPro Reveloution. These books have so much information in them, but I want to attempt to summarize their amazing research.

Making BabiesThis was the primary book that has really changed how I am handeling PCOS. Sami David and Jill Blakeway combine both western and eastern medicine in this book. Sami David was the first doctor to successfully perform IVF. Dr. David said that he did not like holding life in his hands as he felt he was playing God. After that moment he decided he did not want to be a part of that reveloution. He has spent his life dedicating his practice to finding the root of the problems in patients that are infertile. Drs. today are very quick to send someone to IVF without really knowing what is causing the infertility. Dr. David is interested in finding the root, trying everything, and if absolutely nothing works send them to IVF.

Jill Blakeway represents the eastern side of medicine using herbal supplements, vitamins, and daily therapy. This was the most enlightening part of this book for me as I'd been looking high and low for other ideas to help with PCOS.

I encourage all of you that follow my blog to check out this book and the webstie Making Babies At this website you can find out your fertility type "FT" by taking a 10 minute quiz. This will tell you your fertility type and give you a list of supplements and therapies you can introduce into your daily regimine. Jill Blakeway states in her book that if you can do up to 80% of the recommendations you're on the right track.

I've only been doing this a week, but I have had no side effects from any of the supplements I am taking. Currently I am taking the following:
Vitex (800mg), Metformin (1000mg), False Unicorn Root, Evening Primrose, L-Argenine, (good) Prenatal vitamin, Wheat Grass, and Royal Jelly.

Yes, without question, this is a lot, but if it works, it's worth it. I've also been drinking warm lemon water and I've been trying to get in 1/2 of exercise a day, which is sometimes difficult with my schedule, but I've been trying to make it work. I do feel I have more energy and I look forward to seeing how it works for my cycle. In encourage anyone interested to read this book as it has had some fabulous reviews!

The NaPro Technology ReveloutionI have been involved with Creighton Model for Natural Family Planning for a year and 1/2 and the more I do it and learn the opportunities available I have fallen in love. So much so that I am planning on becoming a teacher for NFP. Before I understood it I thought there was no way it could help me, but it has done nothing but help me learn and understand my body. This book describes the Creighton Model, how to chart, and then list specific ailments and their treatments through NaPro technology. This technology has been researched by Dr. Hildgers out of Omaha, NE. You can check out more about NaPro and the Creighton Model through these websites:

My goal is to update this blog more regularly as I think I can help people more by updating more. I'm constantly reading and researching in hoping to find something that will work for me and in turn find something that will work for others. Blessing to all my followers!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Feeling Positive

I definitely haven't found the cure yet, but I feel like I'm getting closer. Currently I am doing the following:

800 mg of Vitex every day
200 mg of B6
Prenatal vitamin
1000 mg of metformin
Accupuncture once a week

I started accupuncture about a month ago. I ovulated in January again and had the most normal cycle I've seen, which tells me that things are working. The chiropractor I see suggested accupuncture as well as progesterone cream. I used the progesterone cream after I ovulated and had one of the longest luteal cycles I have seen.

The chiroprator suggested that I used the cream 3 weeks and then off one week for menstruation. I really questioned this move as too high a level of progesterone can cause you not to ovulate because it tricks the body into believing you are pregnant. For some reason I talked myself into giving it a try, never ovulated, and decided to stop the cream all together for fear that things could get more screwed up.

After doing a little more research I really felt in my heart I should not take any progesterone early in my cycle. Estrogen is the primary hormone at the beginning of the cycle and having too much progesterone, I really believe, will screw things up. It's hard to know whether I would have ovulated this month or not, but I've definitely decided to save the progesterone until the end of my cycle. The cream is a lighter dose than the pill form, but I've been reading mixed reviews on the wild yam extract that is in the cream and how it reacts with human hormones. I am planning on going back on the progesterone in the pill form that I received from my dr. That was also a natural progesterone and I trust it a little more than I do the cream at this point.

I decided to start accupuncture as I have heard many people rave about their results from accupuncture for many different ailments. It's hard to know if it has helped or not, but I've decided it really can't hurt.

I really attribute my recent ovulations to vitex. It seems only since I started taking this that I have started ovulating, and my acne has been a lot better!

Like I said, I havne't found the cure, but I feel more positive that things are moving in the right direction.

I recently read an article about how copper can have an estrogenetic effect. I'm not sure if I have to worry about it, but I'd like to do some more research on it to find out if this could potentially be an issue as I eat a lot of nuts being on a low carb diet.

At least things are looking up....