Once we started trying for a baby we were hopeful that it would happen soon, but as the months passed we became more and more disappointed and worried that we were going to have difficulty conceiving. After a year of trying I started to track my cycles using the symptom thermal method and noticed that I had a short luteal (post peak) phase. A blood test to check progesterone was borderline but repeated blood tests showed this was always too low. Our concerns were initially dismissed by the local fertility clinic, but as doctors ourselves we were not satisfied and determined to find out the cause of the low progesterone as we felt sure this was contributing to our inability to conceive.
After lots of searching online we came across NaPro technology and read the book ‘The NaPro Technology Revolution’ which gave us hope. After getting in touch with Life Fertility care we finally felt that somebody was listening to us. Learning to chart my cycles was empowering and having targeted blood tests was so helpful in finding out what was wrong. I had low progesterone and Oestradiol (never checked in the fertility clinic) and with medication my levels came up to normal and I felt so much better.
After 6 months or so though we were still not pregnant and beginning to lose hope again. At that point we were referred for a laparoscopy as I was also getting pelvic pain and it was discovered that I had endometriosis which was excised by a fertility specialist. This was two and half years after we had first started trying. Following the laparoscopy, I went back on lots of different medication on the advice of Dr Magee and I also changed my diet to exclude dairy, wheat and refined sugar.
It was extremely difficult to cope at times and we actively avoided baby centred activities. I found counselling helpful as well as an online CBT and mindfulness course specifically for infertility called embrace fertility. I also read a book called ‘It starts with the egg’ which gave me ideas about how to adapt my lifestyle to improve my fertility. We continued to try and a move abroad allowed me to give up a stressful job. About 8 months after the laparoscopy and over 3 years since we first started trying to conceive our miracle son Sean was conceived on the last month of medication.
I continued to take progesterone supplements well into the pregnancy and was monitored abroad by a NaPro clinic. Our beautiful son is now 6 months old. This is the abridged version of a journey that was extremely hard for both of us and we realise we are exceptionally lucky to have Sean with us. If it weren’t for the Life Fertility care clinic, then our treatment options would have been very limited and would have forced us to make difficult choices. Our journey was longer than other NaPro success stories we had read about, but we are glad that we persevered and that, with the support of the life fertility care team, we did absolutely everything we could to conceive naturally.
Lucy and Carlos