Alright, gentlemen. If you aren't comfortable reading about those time of the month things, then I would suggest you stop reading now. Cuz I'm about to get up close and personal about my time of the month.
If you've been following me for awhile, you know I recently started getting weekly acupuncture and doing more yoga to help lower my stress levels...I am a high anxiety, nervous nelly so I definitely need it. And probably should have been doing it a long time ago. But I like to learn things the hard way, so here I am.
I've known the benefits of acupuncture for awhile, and have done it before. But I never realized it could help with reproductive and fertility issues. My doctor, an amazing woman at EVMS, suggested acupuncture when Nick and I first met with her. And typical me, I kind of blew it off. I mean, how could acupuncture help me get and/or stay pregnant?
Well, after my last miscarriage, I decided to do some of my own research and found an amazing book at the library (yes, those things still exist!). And while western medicine is phenomenal in what it can do, it isn't the end all, be all when it comes to the underlying problems going on in someone's body.
For instance, when it comes to a woman's cycle, if something is wrong hormonally, trying to get pregnant using the typical fertility methods (IUI or IVF) may not work because that underlying issue hasn't been resolved.
I know when I was a teenager, I had very irregular cycles. I didn't get a period monthly and when I did, they were two weeks long, insanely heavy, and terrible cramping, to the point where the pain would almost knock me out. So I got on birth control to "regulate" my cycles. And yes, it did regulate me. But it didn't fix the underlying issue (my addiction to sugar, which royally messed with my hormones).
Thirteen (or so) years later when I got off birth control, I was worried I would revert back to my terrible periods. It took me awhile to get back to a "normal" cycle, which also involved a sugar detox and changing my diet. After figuring that part out, I was like clock-work...every 28 days or so. It's crazy when you treat your body right how it works like it should!
And now? Well, now I'm trying to get pregnant. And Nick and I have had all the blood work and genetics testing done. Everything looks good for both of us, but for my egg quality. I have eggs, I ovulate monthly...but I have low egg quality, which, unfortunately, typically results in chromosomal abnormalities and miscarriages.
So...along comes acupuncture. From my doctor and my own research, it has been shown to help regulate a woman's reproductive cycle, including improving egg quality.
I figured at this point, I've had three miscarriages and I've started making other changes in my life. May as well add this in too. I mean, what could it hurt?
I started my acupuncture treatment June 8, a week and a half after my D&C. As of this past weekend, I've had four treatments. But let me just tell you about my body after only 3 sessions.
First, my stress levels are significantly lower. And when I do get upset or anxious, I'm better able to manage how I react and how long I stay upset or anxious...let's just say it's a much shorter period of time than it used to be.
Second, I started my period June 23, only about 3 1/2 weeks after my D&C. My normal cycles these days include one or two heavier flow days with cramping and some blood clots. So that's what I was expecting, especially after everything else my body had just been through.
To say I was surprised as to what actually happened is an understatement. I had the easiest, least painful period I've ever had. Ever. In my whole life. Flow was gentle and easy all week, no blood clots, and the best part? NO CRAMPS! Not. Even. One.
If I didn't believe in acupuncture and what it can do for you, I certainly do now. When I went back for my appointment this past Saturday, my acupuncturist said having my period so soon after the D&C is a testament to how healthy my body is (thank goodness!). And that an easy flow period with zero cramps means there's no stagnant blood! Everything is happening the way it's supposed to! Hallelujah!!!
So we are one month down. Two more months to go before we are going to start trying again. This is because it takes three months for eggs to mature. And I want my eggs to be as mature as they can be!!
I'm excited for taking control of my body and seeing and feeling the changes already. It's crazy how it all works, but I'm a firm believer in a combo of western and eastern (aka, Chinese) medicine. Again, you can't "force" your body to get pregnant or function properly if you don't treat the underlying issues causing said dysfunctions.
I'm certainly not an expert in this, but I know enough to know it makes sense! I'd love to chat if you're having similar issues or don't know where else to turn. Sometimes knowing there's someone in your corner is just the thing you need.
I hope you all have a beautiful week. Enjoy the 4th of July with friends and family. And be safe!!
With love and wellness,