This is a post that I have been waiting to write for a long time. For many of you who know me, you know that I believe in living a healthy balanced lifestyle that includes exercise and clean eating. And that these past couple of years I have been dealing with some of my own health issues
It started in May 2009 when my husband and I decided to stop birth control to see what happens. We were ready to start a family when God wanted us to, but we were not in a rush either.
I didn’t have my period right away, and I knew that was sometimes normal after stopping birth control so I wasn’t worried. Then 3 months, 6 months, 10 months went by and still nothing. I thought it was time to go get checked out. I went to my gynecologist who was also into endocrinology. After several visits she found out that my thyroid hormone, estrogen and testosterone hormones were all low. She said my thyroid could be a reason why I was missing my period. After about a year of many doctor visits, we stabilized my thyroid, but still nothing. I was getting frustrated as a year and half had gone by and I still had no answers. By this time I had many friends get pregnant and I found myself getting scared that I would not be able to. I finally made it to a fertility specialist- and not because I was trying to get pregnant, but because I wanted to get my hormones back on track so I eventually could! I finally got a diagnosis of PCOS, which is polycystic ovarian syndrome. It is basically a hormone imbalance along with low hormone levels, irregular periods and cysts on the ovaries. The doctor prescribed a month of birth control, then start a round of meds to force my body to ovulate so we could get pregnant. He said this was the only way I would be able to get pregnant if I could at all. PCOS is a leading cause of infertility. All this was a lot for me to take in and I needed time to process it. I was not ready to force my body to ovulate after 2 years and then try to get pregnant with the medicine that they give me. I am not a big fan of medications (I know they have their place, and I use them sparingly when needed, but I try to avoid them). I started questioning God and why was I going through this? I just wanted to be normal is what I kept saying. Not having your period may sound like a great thing for females, but it’s an indication that something is not functioning properly and it upset me. Especially because I try really hard to take care of my body. I eat really healthy and exercise 5-6 days per week consistently. I decided to seek a more natural approach to getting my hormones back on track. I was already eating super clean (which could also be frustrating, because even while eating well, my hormone imbalance caused me to carry a little extra weight than I should have).
I started looking into alternative health. I got into doing hot yoga regularly and learned that different poses ate designed to help different parts of your body (thyroid, endocrine system, digestive system, etc). I also started going to a chiropractor at one point because my back was bothering me, and also because I heard adjustments can help different systems as well and not just aid in skeletal issues.
Two years and two months into my journey I found Janine Margewicz at Sunrise Acupuncture through my Chiropractor Dr. Mike Lewis at Health First. I had a consult and decided to start acupuncture once a week as a last resort before starting fertility drugs. You also should know that I hate needles! But I was willing to try anything if it meant getting my body back in balance. I was a little jumpy at first (well actually every time) but it was in anticipation of needles hurting, but they rarely ever did. (she used the tiniest ones for me) Once the needles were in I had the most relaxing nap for the remaining of the session! It also helped with bloating and slow digestion (symptoms of low thyroid). Janine also gave me instructions on foods that I should include and foods that I should avoid based on what my body needed. I found it fascinating! I was always cold and she explained to me why that was and why I needed warming food and drink. I also started taking herbs that she recommended every day. After about 4 months I started to wonder if it was doing anything, but I felt much better and I just knew I needed to keep going. (hindsight I think I felt God wanted me to keep with it). December came a long and I started talking to my husband that maybe another month or two and we would think about meds. Then at Christmas time, I got my period! Over 2 and a half years of no period and here it was! I literally started jumping up and down in the bathroom stall when I found out. I was curios if it would happen again in one month or be irregular again. I didn’t end up getting it the next month because instead I became pregnant! I am now over 3 months into pregnancy and I still can’t believe it. I believe God allowed this to be a part of my story because he knows how much natural health means to me. I am so thankful He led me to Janine. I do know there is a time and place for modern medicine, but I think our meds are highly used and abused on a daily basis. I think there should be a balance of Eastern and Western medicine that works together to help keep us all healthy. Take control of your health and your body. I am not saying don’t believe your doctor and the medicine he prescribes, but do you ever question him? Do you ever ask what side affects that some of the meds can have on your health? Get informed about what goes into your body. You only have one!
I would recommend eating clean, exercise, yoga, a chiropractor, acupuncture, acupressure, and massage to heal your body naturally over just adding another medication to your diet. Take control of your health!