Monday, June 20, 2011

Dealing with secondary infertility~

Infertility is a subject that I was hesitant to share here in blog land to a bunch of strangers!
But I decided to finally share with you.....maybe it can help another?

As some of my readers may know, hubby and I have been TTC for a few years now!
We did conceived with Christian Alexander in Dec. of 2010 and at 8 weeks 4 days had a miscarriage.
I have been to see numerous DR's to see if my hormones might be out of balance. 
Every Dr. I have seen just laughs and make me feel inadequate.
Each doctor I have seen thinks I am crazy!
Why would a lady with 6 kids in her 40's want another child?
The Dr.'s I have seen, sadly tell me that "my eggs are old..... and after all I am considered peri-menopausal."

That is not good enough for me...... so after reading this book 
Fertlity, Cycles and Nutrition from CCL I decided to take the bull by the horns and loose some weight by eliminating ALL white sugar ,potatoes,pasta flour and rice!
Being at a good weight can help with fertility and is a good idea regardless.
I went cold turkey! There is a detox process that happens I think?
I am on day 4 and feel SICK!
Did I mention that I also am only taking in 1500 calories instead of the 2500 plus calories I once was???
Today I am running a low grade fever :(  and feel run down.

I have also started taking a grocery list of vitamins and herbal supplements recommended in the book
Fertility Cycles and Nutrition.
{I might share what those are at a later date!}

I have also begun learning to chart using the Creighton Method.
My appoinments are done via SKYPE.
With the Creighton Method  certain bio-makers are charted to give you a bigger picture of whats going on with ones overall gynecologic health.
I want to mention that we have never used chemical birth control.... I did learned to chart NFP many years ago, but never really did (chart)....we have always allowed God to plan our family. 
My reason for charting with the Creighton Method is that there's much knowledge to gain about my infertility in doing so. Its not about birth control, it is about total gynecological health.
Do I have low progesterone? A luteal phase defect? Or some other issue?
I can take my chart to a NaPro Dr.  that knows how to read the Creighton charts.
NaPro Dr's are fellow Catholics that will pray with me and and seek the reason for my infertility not think I am crazy! 
I go see my NaPro Doc for the first time July5th. He is 4 hours away!
Yes, it is more than a day trip away!!! Please Keep me in your prayers!
Everything they do is in keep with the church and what the bible says!
He can then order the proper blood tests at the right time in my cycle to find answers about my hormones and get them corrected!

The Pope Paul VI institute has been studying women's reproductive system and progesterone for over 30 yrs.
All the concepts that are taught with Creighton and NaPro are in following with biblical teaching and the Catholic church!

If you are a diabetic you take insulin.
If you have a thyroid issue you take medicine.
If your hormones are out of balance you can take replacements and in doing so fertility may return.
After health is restored it is up to God for the rest.
(Also if your progesterone is low you could still actually conceive but then miscarry soon after!)
One miscarriage is to may in the eyes of the church so there is help available!

Lately I have been reading a few (many) new books and my computer time has been almost zero.
So I have officially decided to take a bloggin' break.

During my break I plan to put into practice the many good ideas in the
Large Family Logistics Book I have been reading. Lately have been tired....very tire thus retiring to my room early to read many of my other new of them being,
A Love That Multiplies by the Duggars!

Here is a short clip of the Duggars talking about their family and sharing their new book!!
I have really enjoyed reading this book! Well done!

I pray you all have a wonderful two weeks or so until I make my return to the computer.

Feel  free to brouse my blog.....become a follower if you wish. Leave me a comment too.
I will do my best upon my return here to this space to come say hi back to all that leave me a comment!

Peace, Love and Prayers!


  1. Enjoy your blogging break and your books! I have the Duggar's first book. I loved reading their story and the practical tips for big families. You will notice the difference once you cut out the white stuff too - once you are over that detox stage. I have never regretted switching to a healthier eating plan for our family. God's ways are the best and He gave us everything we need to live healthy and fruitful lives!

  2. Oh I shall miss you while you are on break!! I will pray that you find the answers you need - this all sounds so very interesting!! Do you see a midwife? They are so far and away more supportive of large families and seem to be so much more in touch with women's bodies than any doctor I've seen - you sound like you are learning so much - I hope you will share later!! Blessings to you!!


  3. Oh, you sound so much like me. I enjoyed reading down through your list on your sidebar of "things that make you happy" and said an amen to all of them right along with you! (except I have an English Shepherd instead of a BC! And, guess what? My "eggs are old too." Ok, they're not, imo, but I have had to listen to that for the last 4 years. I would be so interested in hearing how your appointment turns out. I have been pouring over Dr Hilger's book and listening to all of his podcasts over the past 4 months. I just lost my 4th pregnancy in a row and I'm sure my Creighton doc is going to throw her hands up in the air and suggest I make a trip to Nebraska.
    I have an ongoing blog search for Catholic Secondary Infertility going in my google reader. I'm so glad you popped into it this eve. I am off to take my kiddos to do something fun instead of all the sadness we've had in the last couple of days.......a good old fashioned county parade. But, I'll be back to take a look around your blog again! Nice to meet you, Lisa

  4. Thanks for posting the Duggar video clip. They are an amazing family. Children are such a blessing.


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