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Those Chinese may be on to something…

on December 1, 2012

I am not sure what the next two weeks will hold, but I am officially back in the TWW.

As I mentioned before, we ended up taking November off from IVF treatment due to a variety of reasons that we felt were pushing us to take a break.  I have been visiting an acupuncturist, and have altered my diet a bit to reduce hormone-affecting food, as well as added some herbal supplements to aid in fertility concerns.

As promised, I’m including at the end of this post the dietary and herbal supplement recommendations that my acupuncturist provided.  Disclaimer – I am NOT a doctor, and can only speak on behalf of what my practitioners recommended specifically for me.  Before you try any new treatment that could affect your health or fertility, please consult your own doctors, therapists or other practitioners.  This is info-sharing only – not a prescription.

As for me, this cycle I’ve been taking the following daily:

  • 2 prenatal vitamins
  • 1 iron supplement
  • 3 25mg DHEA pills
  • 1 Co-q10 pill
  • 1 Acidolophilus pill

From a dietary perspective, I’ve eliminated:

  • all diet coke and soda
  • all artificial sweeteners in beverages
  • a significant amount of enriched flour and white carbs
  • cheese
  • a significant amount of other dairy
  • non-organic meat

Did it help?  The verdict is still out.  But, I feel very certain that I did ovulate this month.  In fact, I’m positive I felt it when it happened, which gives me hope that it was a strong O.  Sometimes I don’t feel it at all.

And, (TMI alert), my CM this month arrived in copious amounts.  For the past year, I have regularly had 1-2 days of EWCM; and even then, I usually have to check internally to find it in its limited amount.  This month, it made its appearance known externally in my britches, and required multiple wipings  during the potty visit.  And, it lasted for FIVE DAYS.  Whaaaat?!

Additionally, I’ve been going to acupuncture twice a week, and I can truly feel energy flowing to my uterus and groin areas during those sessions.  Whether or not that helps is yet to be seen, but I do think it’s stimulating the area to increase bloodflow and make a happier environment.

So, regardless of whether we get pregnant this month, I truly believe I’m making good choices and creating a less hostile environment.  So, if we do have to turn to IVF again in December, maybe my body will be more receptive.

I’ll keep you posted.

Any other success stories from following a similar routine?

One response to “Those Chinese may be on to something…

  1. sara says:

    That all definitely sounds promising!! Good luck 🙂

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