Here’s my story… I was 23, working full-time, studying full-time (in the last year of my Business degree) and partying hard every weekend, when my period went M.I.A. Not letting it slow me down, I had a wee bit of surgery, chose a new contraceptive pill to ‘regulate’ my cycle and carried on. I got married at 28 and went off the pill. I’d been on the pill since I was 15 (yikes!), so really I hadn’t been ovulating since before then. At 31, still nada. No period, no pregnancy. Something just wasn’t working.
I felt like I’d been doing all the ‘right’ things – removed gluten and sugar, added acupuncture and red meat – still, nothing changed. I was getting stressed and started to re-evaluate my busy, corporate life. Something had to give. I left my career and we decided to do an assisted reproductive treatment which worked quickly. I studied my passion, Nutrition, completing a post-grad while I was pregnant. We welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world nearly 4 years after I went off the pill. I really feel like having the struggle to conceive has helped me cope with the rollercoaster of motherhood better than I ever imagined.
We need to realize that it’s not one way or the other – natural vs. assisted fertility. Even if you go down the assisted route, you need to give yourself the best chance of conceiving by getting your body into the best condition you can. For you, and for your future baby.