Research, research – everywhere! What would we do without the internet now-a-days? Not to mention the amount of in-print information that you can pick up at the local bookstore on any given topic. Infertility? Yep, there are plenty of sources to find information beyond your practitioners.
With all of this at our fingertips the obsession of finding the exact cause of our infertility rears its head early and often. Additionally, we search for a “cure” as well. Most of the time, these endless quests lead us down many paths, sometimes multiple paths in concert.
Everywhere we turn; books, magazines, websites, we are reading a multitude of different (and similar) theories regarding infertility. For every author or blogger or expert that has something new to try (i.e. alternative methods, diet, etc), another will contradict that same theory recommending nearly the opposite. Make sure your diet is Gluten Free, no, wait, Gluten is OK, but don’t eat dairy! Make sure you get plenty of exercise but don’t exercise while going through IVF treatments. Start taking herbs but not with medication. Don’t drink caffeine and the list goes on and on…Ugghh! It is enough to drive you crazy and make you question everything…
We try to subscribe to a new theory or a method, sometimes even combining a few simultaneously. Who knows what is helping vs. hurting? The end-of-our-rope has come on more than one occasion. We’ve wanted to give up practicing these theories, but seem to somehow press forward. Are we going to try everything? Maybe so. Can someone please give us the RIGHT information?
i think this is the aspect that makes my husband the craziest in relation to dealing w/ infertility. i think that because we’re so caught up in trying to fix ourselves, it’s really easy to jump on any thing that has been successful for others. maybe everyone should list the theories they are currently using and then we can all mix and match and use everybody else’s baby mojo.
my current theories:
veganism (thanks to “the china study”)
false unicorn root (“nature’s clomid”)
vitex (“regulates your hormones”)
evening primrose oil (“produces EWCM”)
no cold beverages (“keeps the womb warm”)
no high impact exercise (“don’t want to shake anything loose”)
a native american fertility ritual (so i was told) that left me with a big pile of twine, cloth and tobacco.
i don’t get out of bed for 1/2 hour after bd, and keep my hips lifted to let gravity help.
those are my current practices–who has some others i can steal?
LOL loved this post. Its true… what would we do if we couldn’t self diagnose ourselves thanks to dr. google. What would we do if we couldn’t calculate our IVF baby’s due date? The internet is awesome, but can be dangerous and misleading too.
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