Healing from Infertility and Endometriosis {success story}

{The following is the story of Tahirah and her journey with healing through real foods and alternative therapies.}

I had 10 years primary infertility, 5 known miscarriages and 1 ectopic pregnancy.

I went through a 3 year stretch without conceiving at all.

I also had 9 days of spotting before my period.

After my ectopic pregnancy I had a laparoscopy which showed I had moderate endometriosis. I tried 2 rounds of clomid and oral progesterone (which I have since learned can cause genital defects in babies.) We went to a Reproductive Endocrinologist and were told our best chance of conceiving was through IVF.

My husband had been accommodating in me trying the clomid and oral progesterone, but we decided against pursuing further medical treatment. We started focusing instead on treatments to get my body healthy and working properly on its own. After my laparoscopic surgery, I developed intense pain during my period. It was unbearable. I have since learned this often happens as the result of scar tissue that builds up after a lap. It is often mistaken for returning endometriosis. One good thing about my lap was that my 9 days of pre-period spotting reduced to 4 days.

The diagnosis of endometriosis combined with my intense pain and infertility along with our beliefs that Western medicine is fundamentally flawed, because much of it is based on Darwinian principles, set me on the path to finding natural remedies. I soon came across Clear Passage Therapies and I HIGHLY recommend them. (check out  their 40 minute YouTube presentation and their newly published book)

The last day of my treatment was the first day of my period. All of my abdominal pain was gone. (I still had the mild lower back pain I always had). Also, my pre-period spotting was reduced to 2 days.

While at Clear Passage Therapies I borrowed a book from their research library entitled Inconceivable: A Woman’s Triumph Over Despair and Statistics (I highly recommend this book to those who are “older” and trying to conceive against the odds.) This book helped me to step further into the world of natural healing. I then went on to doing such things as taking a Colonics. While it may get bad press from some, it delivered what was promised. My husband still takes it every 6 months.

I also learned about acupuncture combined with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) herbs from Inconceivable. I did that once a week for 10 months after Clear Passage. My pre-period spotting went away completely after a few months of acupuncture as did my lower back pain. My period also turned bright red without clumps. Until I read Inconceivable I did not know that dark red periods with clumps is an indication that something is amiss.

I started getting pregnant again (after 3 years of complete infertility). But I miscarried. My body was healing but wasn’t yet able to sustain a baby. That is when I went on the endometriosis diet. They also have a wonderful recipe book that is worth every penny (and I don’t even like to cook). On this website’s forum I learned that just because your day 19 progesterone is fine does not mean that your day 20 progesterone is fine too. I had my progesterone tested years prior and was told that it was good. I was advised to take progesterone cream anyway. This made a lot of sense to me because endometriosis is an indication of too much estrogen so one would think you need more progesterone to balance your hormones. Also progesterone is necessary to help soften the uterine lining so the baby has a place to attach. With my early miscarriages and short luteal phase I believed I had attachment issues.

I took an all natural progesterone cream (the natural creams do not cause birth defects in babies, just some of the oral types). I made sure there were no parabens in it which act like estrogen. I used it 3x a day starting after ovulation. A couple of weeks into my pregnancy, when the doctors found out I was taking progesterone cream they gave me a prescription for progesterone suppositories to be taken 2x a day. I was not about to give up my cream altogether so I still used my cream in the afternoon. I learned that women who go into labor early will often use progesterone to keep their babies snug inside until they are due. For that reason I resumed using the cream 3x day when the suppository prescription ran out. I used it until I was 36 weeks pregnant.

The good thing about using natural progesterone cream is that your body is supposed to make it anyway so you are not introducing a foreign substance to your body. Also, when you are pregnant your body is supposed to make copious amounts of it so you can’t overdose on it. If you take “too much” it just makes you sleepy.

Also, NEVER under-estimate prayer. When I first found out I was pregnant I went to the doctor right away because once you have an ectopic pregnancy your chances of having another are greater. My HCG levels were so low we were told that this child was either another ectopic or we would miscarry. I asked the church to pray for a miscarriage as I didn’t want to go through the drama and hospitalization of an ectopic again. Our elder who prayed, instead lead the church in prayer that God would make sure the baby was in the right spot and would grow healthy. The next day I had my HCG testing redone and we were called the following day with the results. The doctor was shocked. My levels had done more than their usual doubling! They had skyrocketed up there by some…miracle.

Thank the Lord my Primary Infertility finally ended with the birth of a healthy baby girl.

{do you have your own success story you’d like to share?}

About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.

Comments

  1. Dear Donielle and Tahirah,
    Thank you SO INCREDIBLY MUCH for this post! I followed Tahirah’s link to Clear Passage Therapies and was literally blown away. I have been totally unexplainably infertile for the past five years of our marriage. Within a few minutes of starting to read their website I was crying because everything makes sense to all my problems. I have NEVER found that before in ANY natural therapy/remedy I have ever read about or tried. I am SO excited now as after reading about adhesions I STRONGLY believe that they are at the least a key to my infertility. Clear Passage is currently offering a giveaway, so I entered and I am beginning to research what I can do besides therapy to heal adhesions.

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!
    Laura

  2. I too have severe endometriosis. I went to Clear Passage 2 years ago, and I would recommend it highly. My husband and I are more and more realizing that it was wise not to do the surgery recommended by our doctors. Clear Passage was a great alternative, even though it did not work for me. That being said, if I had a chance I would do the therapy again. Though I did not become pregnant I did find some relief. The therapist was extremely helpful, friendly and informative. My husband had the option of being in the room with me too, which was nice, that way I didn’t have to re-explain to him everything that I had learned. Keep in mind that every body is different. I have the worst case my doctor has ever seen and my lap photos were worse than those of her text books.

    Now we are continuing to cleanse and nourish the body. And I believe that even if you can’t afford something like Clear Passage, there are still lots you can do. Diet, exercise, cleanses, sunshine. It’s a lot of work, but I’m beginning to see it is actually easier than being cut open again and again like many other women are.

    The most important thing about having a disease in which you have no control over is to know the One who has. It is not a mistake that people are sick. It may sound harsh, but God uses these things to draw us to Himself. He is the healer, it is not hard for Him to heal us, but sometimes a greater healing is what He is looking to do, one on the soul. Will we be content with what He is asking us to go through? When we say we give Him our life, does it mean our bodies as well? Or the hope of having children?

  3. Fascinating. I am beginning to wonder if endometriosis is part of my issue too. Its not pain (at least nothing I can’t handle with some ibuprofin), but late cycle spotting that doctors don’t seem to be able to explain. Progesterone cream didn’t touch it and neither did vitex. I have an appointment with an OB to see if he can help (previously I’ve seen a midwife and a general practitioner).
    I crave carbohydrates and salt almost constantly and am beginning to wonder if cutting wheat out of my diet would make a difference.

  4. Thank you for sharing your story. All of your stories are beautiful and full of hope. Over the past 5 years or so I have changed my diet little by little to significantly reduce sugar, processed foods, as well as eliminate gluten. I also clean naturally and use minimal regular beauty products. About once a year…around the same time each year….freaky…really within a few weeks….I would have horrible pain with vomiting for a day. I just lived with it. This year the vomiting did not happen. I still have back pain and bloating that can leave me useless for half the day. I just take ibprofen or whatever….but would love another way to handle or better…eliminating the pain. I also just found out that dark red periods with clumps are bad….? I didn’t know. . . .what could that mean?? Any information would be greatly appreciated. My husband and I are not quite ready to have babies but I really want to have healthy babies.

    donielle Reply:

    @Amanda, Clots can be from different things depending on the woman, but a lot of times they are caused by intense bleeding. The anti-coagulants haven’t had a chance to work yet so the blood clots. http://women.webmd.com/menstrual-blood-problems-clots-color-and-thickness

    I know of a few women who have found that acupuncture treatments take care of their clotting issues.

  5. Hi,

    I am 28, and I have had 3 laps for my endometriosis. I recently went off birth control because it was making me depressed/anxious. I am currently working with a nutritionist to help solve my problem. Please pray for me. I am so afraid of scar tissue attaching to me intestines, etc. Your website is a source of strength for me, and I would appreciate any prayer that you could offer me. I will go to the site and see what things are different than what I am currently doing.

    Thank you!
    Elishia

    PS: Also, I am not married yet, so I am fearful about not being able to have children or sex being painful (I am a virgin)… everything is scary! BUT I am trying to trust Jesus and not get overwhelmed.