Posted by julieacorn
We've been trying to conceive for over a year now and because of our ages - both 38- we've had all the tests that said nothing was wrong but still, after months of careful tracking and trying every recommendation - nothing. My fertility doc was recommending IVF and I thought I'd give a few 'quack' remedies a go more out of desperation than belief. So this is my second month of using fertilaid and fertilcm both of which I only took until ovulation. It's also my first full month of weekly acupuncture and daily drinking the most gross chinese herbal teas that made me retch. Also used conceivplus as a lubricant.
My symptoms were:
Cd14 ovulation cramps and positive opk (normally ovulate on day 16 but I think the acupuncture shifted it)
1-10 dpo no symptoms
11 and 12dpo I was constipated which never happens. Assumed it was wedding stress and took laxatives.
13 dpo - our wedding day - brown blood stained cm which I thought was period - typical to start before my honeymoon had even begun! Put mooncup in.
14dpo - took mooncup out, just white cm inside. Odd. Put it back assuming period would follow.
15dpo. Still no period. Wondered if I'd got the ovulation date wrong.
16dpo boobs sore. Nothing unusual in that. They're usually sore before my period.
17dpo. Boobs not sore in morning. Assumed period on way as I usually lose tenderness before it starts.
18dpo. Blimey. Where is period? Boobs sore again. Checked cervix and weird stringy cm. Drive for an hour to nearest chemist as we are honeymoon in idyllic nowhere location and husband going crazy wanting to know.
Did pregnancy test and got positive straight away. 2-3 weeks on digital.
I haven't got stuffy nose, metallic taste, increased cm (although I'm not dry which I would normally be before period) I have no nausea, no bleeding gums, no fatigue, no bloating. All the things I had imagined or had in varying amounts every other month.
I think the acupuncture (which I hated and felt faintly stupid going through with) the Chinese herbs (which were rank) and a counselling session I had especially for fertility (and which I also thought was a quacky waste of time) probably did it for me. The hypnotherapy counselling made me realise I had some unconscious blocks to do with previous nasty experiences.
We've all read it a million times - bit if I can do it, you really can. I honestly thought I'd never do this, that I'd be doomed to knitting tiny clothes for the babies of ALL my friends and that is be the sad one who everyone felt perpetually sorry for. Of course, it might not stick but at least I know it can be done and I'll be straight back for acupuncture/gross herbs/ and counselling if we need to start again.
Added: May 30, 2014