8 November 2010

The medicine maze

Almost 2 years ago we went to the doctors to begin the process of finding out why we weren't getting pregnant. After some initial tests we were told that Jon was fine, but that my progesterone levels were low & that I was not ovulating.  Because we found this out 2 days before we flew back to Ukraine, it was impossible to complete any follow-up here in NZ.  I was advised before we left that I could take a drug called "clomifene" which would help me ovulate.  I was also alerted to a natural alternative "chaste berry". Considering my options I decided to buy some of the natural pills before we left.
Since then I have taken those tablets, then turned to clomifene, also tried a naturopath, measuring my temperature etc, changing my diet and a myriad of other things, all to no avail really.  The only one I am really thankful for is changing my diet.  I am now back at my ideal weight and feel a whole lot better for it, and  know my body appreciates it too.
We then came back to New Zealand, and have again pursued two different options.  We have pursued the natural path through a clinic in Tauranga.  They too told me that my progesterone levels were very low.  I have been taking stuff from them for the past 6 weeks.  Jon also had a test done there, but based on the fact that we thought it was my side that needed addressing, we decided not to pursue it any further.
Alongside this we have also been having appointments with a fertility specialist.  After the initial visit and some tests we went back to him to be told that my test results are fine, but that Jon's count is low.  Talk about a bit of a bomb!  I was really sure what to think, aside from confusion and frustration, I then found it hard to know what to believe.  We had been living under a whole different perception for the last two years! We then thought to ring the clinic in Tauranga to get Jon's results and they confirmed too that his count was low.  The specialists only suggestion to us was to pursue IVF, which we could get for free,  but on a waiting list of at least a year.
Lots to think about, sift through and pray about.  It gets you thinking though...what was the first doctor doing when he interrupted our test results, and who are you suppose to believe.  How much are doctors driven by pharmaceutical companies??  If I got the same advice from a builder, he would be back to fix his job or refund my money. From now on I will be asking for all of my results on paper and interrupting them myself.  Its a pity we cant just pay for the services we want, and not for the doctor to tell us what we already know or can find out!


  1. a baby will come when the time is right. It may not be through normal processes but could come through adoption. Because of all of these processes, your health has improved, you have been able to study and do things that would normally be put on hold when you have a baby/young child. You are both still young and just need to know you are given what you can handle at this time in life. Just remember to be patient and trust that God has the right plan for your life (this doesn't mean you can't use modern medicine to help conceive). Good luck

  2. Thanks Judith, I agree with what you say, we are at peace about having a baby and how it all happens, its really the medical profession I was having a rant about!! LOL

  3. oh, and I just remembered. Check your family history. Make sure you have all the facts because it could be something hereditary (from either your or Jon's side). We discovered that Erin's dyslexia was from my dad (no one had thought to tell me anything, and it had never been officially diagnosed) so it wasn't until i started asking questions, and digging deeper around that I found out by chance.
    But yeah, the medical profession sometimes needs to be ranted about. :)

  4. wow Ruthy, you have been a busy girl. It would be interesting to see if all the work you did for your health made a difference, or if it was just a misreading of the results. Is there anything John can do to get his swimmers moving? A friend of mine changed his diet and stopped a nasty medication he was on - and his swimmers got moving again. I am really happy to hear that your health and hormones are good - yay for you! The more I go through life, the more I think it has less to do with 'God's plan', and more about circumstance and hard work. Good on you for putting in the hard work! I hope bubs comes along soon!
    lots love xx


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