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My Guide to Getting Pregnant

11 Dec

That title may seem a little silly to some. You may be thinking “How to get pregnant? Hmm. Have sex?” But for too many women simply having sex is not enough.

We tried for 14 months and did everything imaginable to conceive our son so, while I’m not a doctor, I’m pretty sure I could teach a class on fertility and the female body. I’d like to share with you what I know.

Step 1: Pray

Pray like mad and do it early. Before you even begin trying for a baby make your way closer to God. Give Him your heart and ask Him for that baby. The Bible says “you have not because you ask not.” Of course, I’m not in any way saying that if you pray for a baby it will happen automatically. God doesn’t work that way. We were made to serve Him not the other way around. But make your petition known.

Step 2: Make Love

Obviously sex is required. Just do it! There’s no need to have sex every single day. In fact, if your spouse has a low sperm count this is counterproductive. Every 2-3 days is plenty. Sperm can live for several days in there. Ladies, don’t let sex become a chore or a burden and don’t forget about your husband. When you are trying to get pregnant, it’s easy to let love making turn into “just sex”. Keep it romantic. Make your spouse number one. Aim to first love him and put everything else behind that. It’s okay to plan sex around ovulation but don’t dwell on that. If hubby doesn’t want to know, don’t tell him. Trust me, you will have more fun trying and everyone will be a bit less stressed.

Step 3: Get to Know Your Body: OPKs and BBT

So it’s been several months and “just having sex” isn’t really working. Now’s time to pull out the big guns.

What is an OPK? It’s a test (very similar to a pregnancy test) that predicts ovulation by detecting and measuring the amount of lutenizing hormone (or LH) in the body. This hormone is responsible for signaling the follicles in the ovaries to release eggs. The successful release of mature eggs is ovulation so the dectection of a LH surge typically means ovulation will occur in roughly 12-48 hours

BBT stands for basal body temperature and this is the only way (other than an ultrasound or blood work) to confirm that ovulation has occurred. OPKs are great for predicting ovulation but they aren’t fool proof. Sometimes your body can gear up to ovulate and fail causing a positive OPK but no ovulation. This is why OPKs and BBT are best used together. To measure your BBT you need a BBT thermometer. That’s it. All you need to do is take your temperature every morning at the same time before getting out of bed or moving around. A sustained spike in BBT confirms ovulation. Combine OPKs and BBT with charting and you may learn a lot about your body. God created us very intricately and our bodies are so amazing! For more information on charting and tracking BBT go to http://www.fertilityfriend.com

By using these tools you can determine if you are ovulating each month.

Step 4: Make an Appointment

If you have confirmed that you are ovulating each month, are using OPKs and BBT to time intercourse, and still haven’t gotten pregnant within a year, it’s time to see a doctor. Remember, it can take an average, healthy couple up to a year to conceive so patience is important. Don’t jump the gun. Likewise, if you have confirmed that you are not ovulating at all or are ovulating irregularly go ahead and make an appointment. You do not need to wait a year in this case.

Your OB GYN will be able to run some tests and do an ultrasound in an attempt to diagnose the problem. Don’t forget about hubby. He should have some blood work and a semen analysis done as well.

Depending on the diagnosis, switching to a RE (reproductive endocrinologist) may be necessary. There are several options from here including fertility drugs, IUI, or IVF.

More things to try:

Good health is essential. Start taking prenatal vitamins, get some exercise, and think about your diet. Many fertility problems are caused by poor health.

Ask your doctor about natural supplements to help with fertility.

Mental health is important as well. Pray, do yoga, or meditate.

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My very first noticeably positive test 🙂 That photo was taken at 11 days post ovulation/12 days post trigger shot. It was our 14th month actively trying and our very first cycle with a RE. We used Clomid.

Please feel free to ask me questions about my journey. I will help the best I can.

Video

What If.. (Infertility Awareness)

10 Aug

I found this video on YouTube and thought it was worth sharing!

Let’s Get This Ball Rolling

8 Aug

After waiting for AF for an eternity, she finally showed. Yay! Who would have thought that would make me happy ?! Now I am ecstatic about my first cycle with a RE. I have an awesome feeling about this month. God has showered me with peace.

We got the results of hubby’s SA and, thank you Lord, he has a count of 45 million!! Still waiting on the morphology, but Dr. D seems to think it will be great as well. What a blessing?!

I started Clomid on day 3 and will be taking an extended dose ending on day 9. Along with the Prednisone (to lower DHEA levels thanks to PCOS) and Novarel (trigger shot) I feel like we have a very good chance of conceiving this cycle.

I go in on 08/15 for my mid-cycle scan. Very excited and saying my prayers.

Tip: If you are using fertility drugs without insurance coverage, I strongly suggest using the Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy. They are super affordable!! Our Novarel script was going to be :$210 at a local pharmacy but we paid $60 at WSP and it is being shipped for FREE!! Here is the number for the pharmacy: 1-800-424-9002

Inspirational Quotes and Verses

24 Jul

Bible Verses and Christian Quotes

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”Matthew 6:33

Christian Quotes

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Christian Quotes

“What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:2

Christian Quotes

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Christian Quotes

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Christian Quotes

Other Quotes that may be Applied to Infertility

“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill

“I may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday.”

“You can’t have a testimony without a test!”

“The brick walls are not there to keep us out, the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. They’re there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough.” Randy Pausch

“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.” Martin Luther King Jr

Infertility in the Bible

20 Jul

All though it often feels like I am alone in my grief and that no one understands how I feel, the Bible shows me that I am not the first one to suffer the heart-wrenching defeat of infertility. Scripture tells of so many brave women who were healed by God of their infertility and blessed with children by His grace. He performed miracles in their time and He performs them now. If you think God can’t give you a child, then I suggest you read your Bible and see that HE CAN!

My favorite Bible stories about infertility are the stories of Rachel and of Hannah, you can also read about Sarah, Rebecca, Elizabeth and  countless others.

Rachel – You can read about Rachel in Genesis 29-30

“And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren… and when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.. and God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb… and she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach.” Genesis 29-30

I love Rachel’s story because it is so intensely relate-able (at least it is for me). Rachel’s story is a perfect example of how ugly infertility can be. She suffered the bitter sting of envy as she witnessed her own sister blessing Jacob with son after son while her womb remained empty. I bet she felt so small, so insignificant. I imagine that she continuously compared herself to Leah, wondering  what she had done so wrong (or perhaps what Leah had done that was so right) that Leah received God’s blessing while she suffered.Rachel and I are not so different in that respect. When I learn of a friend or family member’s pregnancy I become intensely jealous and I often wonder if God loves them more than me (He doesn’t by the way, but it is a legitimate thought). Rachel said “give me children, or else I die!” She was serious about this, huh? Well I know the feeling Rachel. I feel like motherhood is my calling, my very purpose in life. How, then, would I be able to live a life without children? When you want something so bad, it is truly hard to accept life without it. Rachel was obviously bitter and angry, as so many infertile women are, but guess what? God remembered her and blessed her! He can do the same for any of us.

Hannah – You can read about Hannah in 1 Samuel 1

“Hannah had no children… and she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore… and she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou… wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life…and the Lord remembered her… Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord.” -1 Samuel Ch. 1

“For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him.” 1 Samuel 1:2

Hannah’s Story shows me that prayer DOES prevail. The Bible tells us that Hannah was in “bitterness of soul”. Scripture says that Hannah even refused to eat. Sounds like she was depressed to me. Boy, have I been there before. At one point Hannah decided that she couldn’t bare the weight of her infertility anymore. It was just too hard so she went and prayed. She prayed frantically, so much that the priest even accused her of being drunk! But Hannah was just talking to God. She was so desperate for a son that she made God a promise. She vowed that if He would give her a son, she would give Him right back to the Lord. Now that is desperation, but in it’s most beautiful form. Hannah left that conversation with God feeling renewed. No longer sad. And it wasn’t long before God gave her just what she had asked Him for. Hannah’s story teaches me that when things get too hard to bare, give it to God and He will renew your joy. Too often I try to bare my burdens alone, and I don’t have to.

I find it absolutely amazing the things I have in common with these amazing women. My troubles aren’t new, they are Biblical and my story is as beautiful as Hannah’s and Rachel’s. God loves me just as much.

Hannah’s Hope

16 Jul

I recently read the book Hannah’s Hope: Seeking God’s Heart in the Midst of Infertility, Miscarriage and Adoption Loss by Jennifer Saake. I must say this book is amazing and life changing. If you are a Christian woman suffering through infertility then this is a book for you! I read through the whole thing in about 3 days simply because I found myself unable to put it down. Every page gave me hope, understanding, and spiritual peace. Mrs. Saake illustrates God’s grace by building on the story of Hannah (1 Samuel, Chapter 1) as well as by sharing her own experiences as an infertile woman. One Word. Amazing! This book taught me so much about God’s love and His perfect timing.

<—Click on the photo for a free preview of Chapter 1!

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