Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Day I Disappeared (A.K.A. Nutritional Facts)

Hello Ladies,
My title may be a little misguiding but I thought it utterly appropriate for the subject of my newest post. To explain, I have recently been on this "kick" of taking lots and lots of vitamins and trying to find foods that will decrease the amount of little buggers on my oh-so-famous ovaries. Through research I have found a few "very" important foods to stay away from and vitamins to ingest regularly....or so Google says =] And let me tell you, after what feels like very thorough research I have nothing left to eat!
Disclaimer: I have not seen a doctor about these "natural" ways but I didnt talk to a pharmacist and she recommended a few of these things as well.

First off, we'll start with vitamins/herbs:
Vitamin B: " important for regulating the role of enzymes, proteins that regulate chemical reactions in the body and convert food to energy."

Vitamin D and Calcium together: "calcium is an important part of egg maturation and normal ovarian follicular development. For calcium to be absorbed properly in the body, you must take vitamin D. In addition, women with PCOS who have vitamin D deficiency have been shown to regain regular menstruation when taking vitamin D and calcium together."

Vitex (Chasteberry): " It is used for menstrual cycle irregularities, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), a more severe form of PMS called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and symptoms of menopause. It is also used for treating “lumpy” (fibrocystic) breasts, female infertility, preventing miscarriage in women with low levels of a hormone called progesterone, controlling bleeding and helping the body force out the placenta after childbirth, and increasing breast milk."
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Red Raspberry Leaf: " most popular of all fertility herbs. It is a well-known uterine tonic and is also quite high in calcium."
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Red Clovers: "very valuable to the uterus and its high protein content benefits the whole body. It's also quite high in calcium & magnesium, which relax the nervous system and help promote fertility. This herb also contains nearly every trace mineral needed by the glands. Daily use can help balance hormonal functioning."
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This is where I get to the part of disappearing....
No High Fructose Corn Syrup
No White Flour
No Baked Goods
No Ceareal
No Processed Foods
No Fruit Drinks
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All of these delicious delights contain either way too much sugar or high fructose corn syrup which can essentially cause more little buggers because they elevate your blood sugar levels that your insulin doesn't know what to do with. This brings me back to my post title, I LIVE OFF OF FOODS WITH ALL THIS CRAP IN IT.....therefore I will disappear because of a lack of food. I don't know how I'm ever going to be able to pop one of those eggs out if I continue to eat the way I do (which I don't believe is too bad but if you look up a lot of your food, high fructose corn syrup is in freaking everything)! So ladies, I must say that my recent research has left me with a bad craving for mint cookies and cream ice cream and dagger eyes for my ovaries =] Oh and a little update, I started the herb Vitex (chasteberry) and I will let you know how that goes! As always ladies, remember that you're not the only one who cries until she laughs about her highly dysfunctional uterus =]


Sister H

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Anatomical Atari

Once again I found myself in the doctor's office checking the Swiss cheese they call my ovaries this month for more cysts. I dropped my pants like I do every other visit, did the naked-hop to the exam table and took a seat to wait for the nurse to come in. Every time it's the same cute little woman who is kind enough to make small talk while she probes my insides. This visit, however, was different. Very different . . . So there I sat waiting when two ladies I'd never seen before came and greeted me. I was slightly disappointed that I didn't have my regular nurse. Anywho, the younger of the two ladies (whom I presume were nurses) took a seat next to me and began the exam. Everything was going fine until she inserted the wand up my va-jay-jay and began using it as a joy stick. Now I know these things can be slightly uncomfortable, but after so many exams I kinda got used to it. Not this one! I'm not sure what she was doing but it felt like she was having a boxing match with my ovaries. Jab left! Now Right! Oh holy heck! Just when I thought the torture might be over, she starts to use the wand as a pry bar! I was defiantly a little sore after that exam . . . I guess if I get pregnant this month then it would all be worth it.

Did I mention that we decided to do IUI (intra-uterine-insemination) this month? Basically that means that instead of doing the baby dance at home, on ovulation day the doctor injects my hubby's little swimmers straight into my uterus. So romantic, I know! It worked for a friend of mine and we are praying that it will work for us, too. And if not, then here's to hoping for next month!

Yours Truly,
Sister K

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Home Remedies For Us Hardly Unnatural Ladies

  Well ladies, the baby bug has hit and I'd do anything short of stealing a baby to conceive. So as I've been lying awake at night plotting my next after-baby-dancing handstand attack I again started to look up different ways that either help the cysts or make you more fertile (we all know I could use a little help with that!). Now, I know I'm not the only one that obsesses over any ray of hope I can find no matter where its coming from, so I thought "Hey, why not put together a list of things I've found?" So here it is, a fancy little list of possible cures to our baby woes =] Go ahead and let me know if I've missed any!

1. Handstands apparently if you manage to haul yourself up, your hubby's little swimmers have a better chance of making it to that elusive egg. 
  Warning: Make sure you do your handstand away from pictures or decor on the wall...replacing that stuff gets expensive.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar a tablespoon with 8oz of water is suppose to magically take those life sucking cysts away in a jiff according to these ladies.
  Warning: I lasted two days and I couldn't take the stomachaches.....BUT I did feel some burning in the ovary area which I hope was some cyst getting the life sucked out of it!
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3. The Missionary Position is also supposed to help those little spermies make to the egg much faster.
  Warning: Personally, I get tried of making my hubby do all the work so this position gets old REAL fast BUT I'm sure mixing it up wouldn't hurt a normal woman's chances although I'm never one to take that kind of risk. 

4. Chasteberry as if I don't have enough artificial hormones racing through my body (FYI this month was a doosie) this all-natural herb is suppose to help balance all your baby making hormones. 
  Warning: I haven't tried this approach but I may have to make a quick little trip to my local Wally-World and try it out...I'll let you know how that goes =]
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5. Soy Isoflavones apparently taking this soy supplement is targeted at women in menopause but according to my research, on oh-so-educating forums of course, its help some lucky ladies to OVULATE!!
  Warning: I haven't tried this YET but...I do wonder if this truly works for women or if they just get lucky that month....I also found that an answer to a question on this sight is very informative.
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Disclaimer: I have tried a few of these "home remedies" and I'm not sure if they work or how they can effect your health. If you have the guts to, I would consult with your doctor on whether or not he recommends any of these treatments. Don't forget that the more you stress about it the less likely you are to conceive yada yada you can stop stressing in a time like this! Don't be afraid to let us know what you've tried and whether or not it works! As always ladies, remember that you're not the only one who cries until she laughs about her highly dysfunctional uterus =]


Sister H