We all fear a diagnosis. When I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome it took me a while to understand what that meant. I knew it meant irregular cycles, since that was the one and only symptom I experienced. I refused to accept this diagnosis for a while, and since it did not represent a problem at the time, I was willing to deal with it in the most natural holistic way possible.
I did a lot of research and slowly realized that it represented many issues and not just an occasional anovulatory cycle. The real frustration came about two years after being diagnosed. My husband and I were ready to have a baby and I knew it was not going to be easy. It was the beginning of a long journey. One that I see now from far away and I am grateful for.
If you are tracking your cycles and notice there is something not quite right I encourage you to talk to your doctor about it. I chose not to have any medical intervention and my doctor was supporting and an amazing help in finding ways to improve my fertile health through natural remedies, diet and lifestyle. I discovered that our bodies are trying to tell us something and that turning to medicine and chemicals may be a quick fix of something much more deeper. Sure, medicine is there for a reason and it can do wonders once you are ready to go that route, but I preferred to try everything else before using the many resources it provides.
Wether you are diagnosed with PCOS, endometriosis, thyroid problems (all of which I had), short luteal phase, blocked fallopian tubes, and so on, the one diagnosis I encourage you NOT to accept is that of INFERTILITY. I knew I was challenged but not once did I believe myself to be infertile. It was hard at times, I’m not going to lie. One of the nutritional coaches I worked with noticed a little bit of despair in me early on and told me, “Don’t feel defeated just yet, on the contrary, wake up every morning grateful for the kids you are going to have, because YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE THEM, you have to KNOW that.” It stuck with me and I want to share that with you.
I beat PCOS, dealt with subclinical hypothyroid and I am currently 39 weeks pregnant with a healthy baby in my womb and an eight centimeter endometrial cyst on my left ovary. I achieved pregnancy naturally, yes it was a long road but I truly believe that KNOWING one day I would have a baby helped me get there. That and a very patient and loving husband who put up with all the craziness of changing our diets and lifestyle.
Getting diagnosed is not the end of the world, it’s just the beginning of discovering how amazing our bodies are at healing themselves. Whatever you are diagnosed with, whatever route you choose to correct it, just KNOW that you will be a mom one day.
Five days after writing this post I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy, chubby baby, our very own Ovatemp miracle. Hopefully this will inspire those struggling to get pregnant to fight the diagnosis and don't give up.