image
 
image

image

             

Maggie's Story
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. You might also want to see this page.


image
image
image
image