Posted July 28, 2005
After my husband and I had been married
for almost two years, I went off the pill and started
charting my cycles. I figured it might take a little
time for the effects of the pills to wear off since
I had been on them for over 12 years.*
After 5 months and no pregnancy, we started timing
sex hoping that would help, but still no luck. So after
being off the pill for a year, we went to an infertility
specialist for some testing. My husband was fine, but
I had some issues with a thin uterine lining and thick
cervical mucus. I tried aspirin and viagra suppositories,
but they didn't do anything. My doctor told me my chances
of getting pregnant without medicial intervention (hormones,
insemination) were very low. My husband and I had agreed
before trying to get pregnant that we didn't want any
major medical intervention, so I told the doctor I didn't
want to go any further. I left his office very upset
but not convinced he was right. I was frustrated that
he didn't even try to figure out what the problem was
and wanted to go straight to hormones.
I tried to stop focusing on getting pregnant and stopped
charting. After 15 months I knew my cycle pretty well.
I started looking into other natural methods to increase
fertility and even started looking into adoption. About
5 months later, I noticed my breasts were sore. Didn't
think much about it. Just figured it was PMS. It took
a week to dawn on me that I could be pregnant... and
2 pregnancy tests to convince me that it was true.
I guess time was I needed after all. I was very happy
to go back to my doctor and debunk his diagnosis. I
had a very uneventful pregnancy and now have a happy
healthy 10 month old son. We just started trying for
number 2. Hopefully things go a little faster this time!
* - Site note - With
the low-dose hormones used in today's birth control
pills, it is generally considered that there is no long-term
effect on fertility. Check with your doctor for information.
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