Infertility (Part II)
"When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place"
- C.S. Lewis
In the post, Infertility (Part I), I discussed how unfortunately infertility is not uncommon in the world we live in today. One could even say it is a "epidemic" of sorts. This very common occurrence is often very isolating and can be confusing on how to come to a solution.
There are a lot of "options" out there to combat infertility, but there has been great success when using the Creighton Model System (CrMS).
According to CrMS research, couples who struggle with infertility will have up to 20%-40% chance of achieving pregnancy with the FertilityCare™ System only. This means, learning with a FertilityCare Practitioner, charting your cycles and using fertility-focused intercourse. Up to 80% will conceive with additional cooperative medical assistance to treat the underlying cause of the infertility.
As someone who has battled infertility I can attest to the fact that using the CrMS helped us get pregnant and maintain a healthy pregnancy. Knowing I could talk to my FertilityCare Practitioner (FCP) and lean on her for support during that difficult time was so life giving. I also truly appreciated the guidance and encouragement I received from my NaPro doctor.
So when faced with infertility and choosing to use CrMS, what can one do to work through it?
Chart! Chart! Chart!
I cannot express enough how much information one can gather simply by charting. When you chart your cycle and take time each day to observe your cervical mucus, it can say a lot not only about your gynecological health, but also your fertility. Someone's infertility can solely be based on not having fertility-focused intercourse. Charting your cycle can help you identify with great accuracy your time of fertility. Your FCP may also notice biomarkers that indicate health issues when looking at your observations. For example, if you are having limited mucus, spotting in the middle and/or at the end of your cycle - these are all signs of the possible cause of infertility.
There are two very important hormones when it comes to fertility: estrogen and progesterone. With insufficient levels of either of these, our reproductive system will not work properly. In order for our bodies to ovulate and to create good fertile mucus, we need estrogen. In order for our bodies to maintain a pregnancy and keep the uterus strong, we need progesterone. If you and your practitioner are concerned you may be experiencing a hormone imbalance, there is hope. With CrMS we have doctors who are specifically trained in being able to support you in correcting these issues. The medical technology these doctors study is called NaProtechnology, it is a new reproductive science that works cooperatively with the natural procreative cycle. This science looks at the effect of hormones, specifically estrogen and progesterone and how they support the female body, along with many other aspects of the procreative cycle.
Sadly, we have found fertility issues can be a lot deeper and more extensive than a hormonal imbalance. Women can experience very difficult medical issues such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Endometriosis, an obstruction in their Fallopian tubes, or even dysfunction with ovulation. In using CrMS and seeking medical treatment from a NaProtechnology trained doctor, there has been success in correcting these disorders. There are times where it does take an invasive procedure or surgery, but they can absolutely be life changing.
From personal experience I know there is no "fix all" or "easy way out" when it comes to infertility. As with most difficult things it takes time and patience. Using CrMS to work through my infertility helped my husband and I to be able to hold onto hope for the future of our family. If you or someone you know is in the position where you are encountering infertility and you want answers, CrMS is something you can turn to for answers and counseling during this difficult circumstance. The practitioners at Groesbeck Fertility Care Center are here to walk this journey with you, do not hesitate to ask questions or get more information about what you can do. Most importantly you will be cared for and you are not alone.