Lisa (dipp922) wrote,

Not TMI but this maybe difficult to follow

I had my doctor's appointment with the OBGYN right before Christmas break. All signs point to it being unlikely that increasing the fertility pills by any amount would be successful in getting me pregnant. She said it looks like my ovaries are trying to produce eggs, but the level of Progesterone in my body is so high that it is blocking any chance of the eggs being made. Oh fun. My options are keep trying the fertility pills at higher doses or see a specialist who can shoot me up with a much higher count of estrogen, I think, which still may not be effective. The thing that bothered me about shots is that she said We could take a more AGGRESSIVE approach that way. Just that word turns me off to the idea of the shots. I didn't like fertility drugs and I imagine that the side effects of shots are multiplied by 100 or so.

I have read that Poly cystic ovarian symptoms, or PCOS, which is what I guess I'm officially diagnosed with, may be helped with diet and exercise. From what I understand, it sort of mimics they way hypoglycemia/diabetes is on the body. I asked my doctor if she thought loosing more weight might make a difference and she said it is worth the try. She also sugggested a plant-based diet, which means no animal products including meats, eggs/poultry and dairy in order to avoid the food hormones. It may be extreme to cut all of that out of a diet, but really is it any more extreme than shooting myself up with hormones?

So I did research, and joined a Facebook support group for new vegans. I'm going to TRY this out. Right now, I'm considering myself a vegetarian because I haven't quite cut out eggs and my Shakeology drinks have milk in them as part of their base. There are some vegan options for it, so once I exhaust the supply that I have I'm going to buy a vegan chocolate bag. It is on the expensive side, but I can still afford it. Plus, I've read that it is important to get B12 and the Shakeology has 100% of the daily value for it, so that helps.

I think a lot of people are skeptical about this, including myself. It is a HUGE change for me, I hadn't really thought it would be difficult. But I'm doing my best. Frank is being as supportive as he can be. He went to Shop Rite with me the other night, because they had Gardein products on sale, it is a brand of meat substitutes which are pretty decent, and I wanted to see what their undairy-dairy selection is. Maybe because it was the end of the week, but the choice wasn't great. Anyway, I think he was surprised that I was so intent on these things.

We have TALKED about kids, but until we started trying he said he didn't realize how important it is to me. Like, is there any goal in my life other than having a baby? I don't think he was mad or upset, but it was just a new thing. We're going on 19 years together, so I can understand his point of view. It's not that I have no other goals, but I just feel like all the things that I want to do/places I want to go to I wouldn't mind postponing happening if we could get pregnant... does that make sense?
Tags: infertility, pcos, vegan diet, vegetarian diet
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I have a younger cousins with pcos. They are both trying to have have babies.