I am one of the unlucky women who struggles with infertility. My husband Tim and I tried for years (3 1/2 years) to become pregnant. I did a dye test (called an HSG) which was painful and uncomfortable, I had a laparoscopy, my husband was tested, and I took my temperature religiously for many years so I could chart my cycles and try to find an answer. But no answer came. We finally decided to try IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) and miracle of miracles it worked! In total I have done 5 rounds of IUI and been pregnant 3 times. Unfortunately, I lost a baby at 20 weeks. But I have also had two healthy baby boys. They are now 3 and 6 and they are my whole world.
It has been over 4 years since my last round of IUI. And I’m now ready to have another baby. But instead of visiting my doctor and jumping right into IUI I’m choosing to try some natural infertility methods. I’m a big believer in not only keeping your body healthy, but keeping all the bad stuff out. Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean I don’t eat junk food or drink caffeine. It just means I want the best for me. And when it involves a baby (which I’m hoping it will soon) then my instinct is kicked into overdrive. So what am I doing to try to kick infertility’s butt naturally? Here are my top natural infertility remedies.
Getting healthy! This is a BIG one for me. That isn’t to say I’m super unhealthy. But I do eat things I shouldn’t and could easily stand to lose 10-15 pounds. So I’m working on losing weight, eating better, and exercising. I have always known that losing weight can boost your fertility, but it has never really been a problem for me in the past. So now I need to get my booty in gear and shed some pounds.
Reduce my stress level. This is easier said than done, but I am trying. Mostly, for me this just means learning when to say no to things I can’t handle and asking for help when I need it. I tend to say yes to everyone and take on way more than I should. And I find it REALLY hard to ask for help. But I know that reducing my level of stress can also increase my chances of conceiving.
Thinking positive. It’s so easy to let the negative thoughts get in my head. So I’ve made it a priority to get them out. I believe in the power of positive thinking and hope that this is going to influence my fertility. This one is probably the hardest. I am a very positive person in general, but when it comes to certain things I am extremely negative. And my fertility is one of them. I’ve been through so much concerning my fertility that I have a hard time letting the past go and focusing on the present. But I have found that even if my positive thoughts don’t help my fertility they do help my day to day life. And those positive thoughts definitely help those around me, including my children.
I’m sure there are many more natural infertility options out there. But these are what I’m focusing on for now. If these don’t work then I will continue to look into more (acupuncture, natural herbs, etc.). In the meantime, I firmly believe that there is another baby for me. I know in my heart that I will get pregnant. I just don’t know when it’s going to happen. Hopefully the sooner the better. And hopefully pursuing these natural infertility options will increase my chances and get that baby here sooner.