Fertility Questions!!!!

Updated on November 14, 2008
H.W. asks from Dalton, GA
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My brother & sister-n-law have been trying to conceive since June. She has a 2 year old son from a previous relationship. She hasn't had a period in 3 years. Her doctor prescribed her with provera(to make her start). Well, she still didn't so then he put her on clomid, we were all estatic when she started last night until the doctor informed her that she should not have started for 3 more weeks. She is not ovulating, so now he wants her t tgo on birth control for a month to see if she will cycle & ovulate on her own. I have never had to deal with something like this & I am just trying to help her do a little research so,if anyone out there has any advise please let us know......

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So guys....Sorry I didnt post this sooner, but guess what.......They are pregnant!!!!! It is awesome, b/c they got pregnant completely on their own! The funny thing is that her doctor put her on meds to make her ovulate & try to have a period and all that good stuff. So, it turns out that nothing was working,she wasn't ovulating on her own & her hormones levels were extremely low. So, basically they had given up hope b/c the doctor found out she has PCOS......Scary stuff when trying to have a chld. They just bought a house & bam!!!!! Baby due March 20, 2010!!!!!! I have said it many times before & I will say it again, God is good!!!

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B.M.

answers from Atlanta on

I had no periods for a long period of time as well. They did a prediabetes test on me and found out that my sugar levels were too high and it was making everything else crazy. Once I got that regulated I was able to get prgnant w/out the clomid. And I lost weight. I forgot what it was that helped reulate my cycle but I lost 20 lbs in 2 months. So good luck.

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S.J.

answers from Atlanta on

Since I have PCOS that's the first theing that popped into my head. I've had 5 pregnancies and three births. The other two were miscarriages. Long stints of no cycles and was placed on prgesterone and clomid to have my second child. Years later was when I was diagnosed. I also found out that just because I wasn't bleeding didn't mean I wasn't ovulating. It just meant the cycles weren't completing for me to bleed. It also meant I culd have been prgenant more times than I knew and because of the lack of one hormone and over production of another I was not carrying the pregnancies. The only thing is not alot of gyns know how to spot PCOS and they don't know the correct test to give. However positvie high fasting blood glucose levels is one sign. It is truely worht looking into. It is a lifestyle change and may be coupled with medication.

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M.J.

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Hi H.,
I agree with Mimi... There has to be a reason her body is not working correctly! I would advice the detox of her home, diet and body. Tell her to see a chiropractor asap! This will get her nerves working correctly! Have they tested her hormones? This needs to be done and worked on. She has to be low on one or more for this to be occuring. If she needs to supplement for them, KAL is a great company for that. It is a 'natural' based cream and has really helped my body when I was having major issues and trying to conceive. I wish you and your family the best:)

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A.G.

answers from Spartanburg on

i highly recommend acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine for infertility. I have my 2nd child because of it.

PM me if you want more info.

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D.B.

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Have her ask her doctor about testing her for PCOS. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. It causes a lot of things and infertility is one of them. Especially with the missing periods. God Bless, Lenay

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M.H.

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Hi H.,

The only way your sister-in-law will get to the bottom of this is to get her body to working as well as it can in other areas. That can encompass a few things but first you need to realize that this is not normal, it is caused. Whether it is a former illness, medications she has been on before, where she works, or worked, and what they use there, and even what types of foods she eats. The bottom line is that most health problems are caused by synthetic chemicals in the body. They can be inhaled, ingested or absorbed. They can even be there from birth and passed through the amniotic fluid, breast milk and the umbilical cord. Once there, they do not remove themselves, they have to be removed.

Most people go thru life with things they think are normal but as our world manufactures more and more we are exposed to more and more. Synthetic chemicals contraindicate just like pharmaceuticals do and she's already been through several rounds with them. Just because there is not an immediate "reaction" doesn't mean that something is safe.

My first suggestion to her would be to make a list of all of the above that has happened. Then she needs to stop doing anything that she is presently doing that could be the cause. (I had a girlfriend that went through this same thing and she was a painter. When she started wearing a reverberator while working, she carried her first baby to term.)

A good absorbable multivitamin is an essential thing (most don't absorb and even do damage, I can recommend a good one if she is interested) to get nutrition. And she needs to do a detox immediately. I can also recommend a non-invasive colon cleanse. A pharmaceutical grade health food store can recommend a liver cleanse.

Her home needs to be detoxed and she needs to make sure she isn't using any bath and body products that are toxic. Go to www.skindeep.com to get the low-down on the synthetic chemicals in our normal day to day use.

A chiropractor can help with any nerve interference that could be keeping her immune system down also.

H., believe it or not, this is NOT an expensive process. I have seen so many people get to the bottom of problems by helping them remove the toxins. My sister had two surgeons tell her she needed her gall bladder removed because of the pain. After the detox we determined nothing was wrong with her gall bladder, she had a toxic liver. The gall bladder pain went away. I have story after story of what can be done after the outside stimulus is removed.

Go to my website and see who I am and if she wants to talk feel free to get back in touch with me.

Regards,

M.
www.squidoo.com/ifyourbabycouldtalk

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D.S.

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I would think that something else may be preventing her ovulation. Have they tested her for other problems? I have hypothyroidism. Whenever I had it, my period was gone for 6 months until they found what was wrong with me and my medication regulated. She may want to research things that interrupt cycles or even lay out ALL her symptoms to see if they match. A second opinion couldn't hurt either as some doctors may have different experiences to help.

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D.H.

answers from Atlanta on

In addition to what Mimi said, there is a website with some herbal formulas to help along the way while the nutritional side is corrected too. (That is always recommended for any 'ailment'.)

www.herbsfirst.com has two herbals formulas. One is called Hormonal Changease...here is an excerpt on this: is one of Dr. Christopher's most famous formulas. It has been used historically for hormone imbalance problems. Hormonal Changease is rich with phyto-sterols, which are plant hormones. Based upon the hormonal needs of the particular body, these phyto-sterols can be adapted by the liver for use in the human body and then used to create hormonal balance as needed. Hormonal Changease is popular among those experiencing hormone imbalance of any kind (menopause, PMS, etc.).

and the other is the Female Reproductive Formula...here is an excerpt on this: Many natural healers know this formula as the female corrective formula. This is an amazing combination of herbs to aid in rebuilding a malfunctioning reproductive system, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, etc. Over the years herbalists and patients have seen painful menstruations, heavy flowing, cramps, irregularity, etc., change to a painless menstrual period, good menstrual timing, and a new outlook on life by using these aids to readjust the malfunctioning areas.

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K.W.

answers from Macon on

Does she have any medical/female problems such as PCOS or endometriosis? I, too, would either not bleed or not stop(for months), but never ovulated. I can give you lots of info on PCOS. I went through the works, including 5-6 years of fertility treatments and then an experimental surgery before I finally conceived.

See what you can find out from her and if you would like to contact me, you can either send me a msg or email me at [email protected]____.com.

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D.H.

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Also in line with the other advice about going the natural approach is something called the Creighton model system. You can google the name and find information online- It is a fertility method that is sponsored by the Catholic Church( don't believe in artificial birth control or in invitro fertilization due to natural order of things) It is not the ryhthm method - it is scientically proven method that involves both spouses in responsibilty for controling fertility. They even have good results when medicine induced fertility methods fail. May be worth looking into!

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K.M.

answers from Atlanta on

I would definitely look into the possibility of her having PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). It's the #1 cause of infertility in women (even secondary infertility as you described). The main symptoms are no period or ovulation, "string of pear-like" cysts on the ovaries, high blood pressure, pre-diabetes symptoms such as blood sugar issues, skin tags, excessive weight gain, male pattern baldness, or excessive facial hair. I know, it sounds like a barrel of laughs, doesn't it? LOL

Seriously, there is lot of info on the internet about this condition and many message boards and support groups that might be very helpful to your sister in law.

I was diagnosed about 8 years ago and was able to become pregnant after being on clomid, but lost the baby at 6 weeks. We eventually adopted our 2 wonderful sons from Guatemala and have never regretted it. I wish your sister in law the best of luck and let us know what happens!

K. in GA

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L.H.

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peace
let us try a diffrent approach- let us start from the inside,. with the spirit. I do not know your sister's struggle so i will share a small bit of mine-- for at least 4 years i struggled with vaginal issues even through my first pregnancy-- my doc told me to get my chakras - energy centers though out your body- alingned- so i did a and i had to set a sacred space to meditate on what I wanted my body to do--and it worked. I am not saying abandon all medical advice-- but may if she talks to/ or has a really real comversation with god and with her self about what she wants her body to do and see if she needs to heal, or forgive any issues they lay within- just a thought- good luck

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V.D.

answers from Atlanta on

go onto atlantainfertility.com there is some blush questions there. she should get a consult with a true infertility specialist and not just ob.

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T.E.

answers from Atlanta on

I didn't see the age of your sister-n-law. However, has she had the doctors check to see if she's going through or has went through Menopause. I personally was notified I was going through when I was 22 years old. I was not the youngest case either (I checked). Now at 30, I'm post-menopause (I went without my cycle for more than 6 months and my body doesn't produce estrogen). Doctors fight testing young women for this, but if she's having additional menopause symptoms, she should demand they at least check her for it. At age 22, I had MANY of the symptoms and though people laughed at the thought of me going through it, I demanded my doctors test me.

I hope all goes well for your family and I hope this information is helpful. If you have questions, feel free to contact me.

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