In walks the doctor, and out of your mouth tumbles all the questions about why you’re having so much period pain and most of all why you haven’t gotten pregnant yet. Instead of addressing the questions the doctor returns yours with one of his own; “how long have you been trying” You stammer that you haven’t been “trying long” but you have done nothing to prevent pregnancy either. “What about the pain” you say? “All we can do is exploratory surgery or birth control” is the response. Alarmed, and not wanting surgery you drop the subject and move on with the process of the annual exam. As you wrap up your visit your doctor says “keep trying and if you’re not pregnant in 6-12 months we’ll talk about our options.” Unsure what else to do you leave and go cry quietly in your car.
So many women face this scenario every day, and I’m here to tell you it’s NOT okay. While we can’t completely change the system (yet) we can make some proactive choices. Here are some recommendations to keep you moving forward so should your waiting period end with no pregnancy in sight you are proactively moving forward.
1)Track your cycle days and also changes in your cervical mucus. There are journals and apps to help with this.
2)Confirm your ovulating with ovulation tracking
3)Become curious about your symptoms, how you feel and how you’re sleeping. These can all be clues to what could be going wrong with your fertility/ health
4)Get a copy of your bloodwork and review it for levels that appear to be out of range. If you need to, compare several different results to see how the results have changed over time. ASK your doctor for clarification on these tests.
5)Take the same kind of supplements you would if you were already pregnant. Make sure your taking high quality, food-based supplements so that they’re absorbable and not creating toxicity in your body.
6)Period pain, especially debilitating pain should NOT be ignored. Don’t allow fear to prevent you from obtaining a proper diagnosis. Pain that includes excessive bleeding, and keeps you from doing normal daily activities is not normal.
It’s worth mentioning that on average it takes 10 years to obtain an endometriosis diagnosis. Some other things that can cause unmanageable pain or menstrual flow include; uterine fibroids, PCOS/ovarian cysts, as well as adhesions of the reproductive organs to the bladder or other adjacent tissue. Often women are told that there is nothing that can be done about the symptoms caused by these problems, or worse it’s all in their head.
I hope you’ve come to the same conclusion I did that in order to get the pregnancy you desire you’re going to have to become a strong advocate for your own health and take responsibility for knowing your lab results and body. If you need support in this area join us over here at Infertility Empowered where we discuss all things infertility related and how to get answers quicker and with better outcomes.
1)Wet skin absorbs less chemicals, so before getting into a pool wet your hair and skin.
2)Wear goggles to protect your eyes and if possible, cover your hair with a swim cap.
3)Hydrated skin absorbs less chlorine, so make sure after your shower you apply a thin layer of coconut oil or coco butter. You can also make a hydrating protective lotion with vitamin C powder that helps neutralize the chlorine and helps the body recover from over exposure.
4)As soon as you get out of the pool rinse your hair and body before drying off. Generously apply the after-swim detox spray on your body and hair.
Supporting your body internally by taking a good quality vitamin C is also a great way to help reduce the affects of chlorine over exposure. You can determine supplement quality by looking at the ingredient label for the source of the vitamin C. For instance, if it’s a whole food, non-synthetic vitamin C it will list a citrus fruit or cherry as the source. For more information like this and how it relates to your fertility health join us: HERE on FB
After Swim De-tox Spray
1 cup filtered water
2 tsp organic apple cider vinegar
2 tsp fractionated coconut oil12oz glass spray bottle
10 drops of geranium essential oil
Mix all ingredients in a 12oz spray bottle and shake until well combined. Shake well before each use to make sure the oils are combined. For an added treat store in the refrigerator.
Summer Detox After Shower Balm
½ cup coconut oil
(lavender, frankincense, copaiba, geranium)
½ cup shea butter
½ cup coco butter
Melt coconut, olive oil, shea butter, cocoa butter in a double boiler over low to medium heat. Once melted place in a metal bowl and place in the freezer until a 1–2-inch rim forms around the edge. Do not freeze solid. Add essential oils & vitamin C powder and whip with a hand mixer until light and frothy. Seal in an airtight container. May need refrigerated if you live in a warm climate.