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Holistic Infertility Treatments

When my husband and I first stopped using birth control, I figured I’d be pregnant within a month, maybe two. I didn’t bother tracking my cycle or making an effort to have sex on critical days. But after a full year passed, I finally buckled down and bought an ovulation kit. It worked–a little Rough was on his or her way.

When I miscarried, I still didn’t think anything was amiss. I was devastated, but I read that one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage. I chalked up my loss to being uninformed, not unable to carry a baby. Even when I underwent laparoscopic surgery and learned I have severe endometriosis (a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus), I barely blinked. My doctor said he “cleaned” me out as best he could. The he assured me that most women with my condition wind up pregnant within six month of surgery. No doubt that would be me.

It wasn’t.

Finally, over two years after the first night my husband and I first stopped using birth control, it dawned on me: having a baby was not going to be an easy road!

Suddenly, I was ushered into a whole new world. The world of infertility and assisted reproductive technology. Medical practitioners were urging me to schedule procedures that involved shooting dye into my fallopian tubes. I was handed a prescription for pills that would cause my ovaries to pop out multiple eggs at once. One doctor wanted to give me a drug to force my body into menopause before giving me more drugs to “reboot” my system.

Hang on.

Menopause in my mid-30s?

While it was tempting to find a solution to my fertility struggles as fast as possible, another part of me knew there had to be another way. I felt nudged toward a path of holistic health and alternative medicine. And that is the journey I’m on. I’ll be writing about the topic on this community blog each Monday.

Have you had trouble getting pregnant? Have you tried alternative treatments, such as acupuncture or abdominal massage? Changed your diet? Each individual is unique, and the road to motherhood is different for each of us. I’d love to hear your story. I hope you’ll follow my posts on this blog as I share mine.

About Jenny Rough

Jenny Rough is a lawyer-turned-writer. Visit her on the web at www.jennyrough.com

Comments (8)

I look forward to reading more of your journey here. I know many people will relate.
Thanks, Michelle!
Congrats on your new blog, Jenny! Can't wait to read more of your posts.
Thanks, Susan. I appreicate your support!
What a great idea for a blog topic. I wish there were natural treatments available when I was dealing with infertility. Well, there probably were, but I was unaware. Wishing you good health, as you share your experiences with others. .-= Lisa Romeo´s last blog ..Friday Fridge Clean-Out- Links for Writers- July 30th Edition a book give-away =-.
Hi, Lisa. It took me forever to find alternative options - which shocked me since I live in a big city. Today, the Washington, D.C. area does have some great resources. Thanks for the good wishes.
I am astounded by your writing (style and talent) every time I read your pieces. You are a wonderful writer and there is no doubt that your journal of your journey will help others. I bet you didn't forsee any of this at age 11 running track! Good luck with all you do Jenny. .-= Brooke´s last blog ..Wishful Wednesday =-.
Aw, thanks Brooke. And thanks for reading my work! :-)
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