Ok, so I’m an overachiever. I was the kid in school who did ALL the extra-credit… and actually liked doing it. It’s embarrassing, but I’m still that way.
For our first meeting with Dr. IVF, I prepared two pages of questions, tucked neatly into a new shiny binder full of “research.” If I asked the right questions, if I took notes, if I did everything I was supposed to, I’d get the prize I wanted, right?
Well, one IVF cycle, one frozen cycle, four perfect embryos and two miscarriages later I’m starting to think that may not be the case.
Unless I’m just not doing enough…what if I could do EVEN MORE?
Of course Dr. IVF says that there’s nothing more I can do. But with all his 20 years of experience and fancy medical degrees, he must just be lazy. He doesn’t want to do the research- the very important research that I do- digging around on Google.
Plus, I need a plan while I wait for my next cycle in March. Lowering my FSH seems like a good goal.
So here’s my “Lower my FSH and Get a baby” plan:
- Drink a glass of wheatgrass every day. “Some people” (yes, on Google) say this can help lower FSH. And yes, it tastes even worse than it looks. I’d add it to a shake, but I don’t want to ruin the shake.
- Take more folic acid. It can’t hurt so why not?
- Get more sleep. Dr. IVF would agree. The problem is that I’m not good at that. Will try harder.
- Drink more water. Again, I think Dr. IVF would be ok with that one. After all, water is the source of life- I’ll drink to that.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables– especially spinach. I like spinach. I can do this. An apple a day, right?
- Acupuncture– Dr. IVF begrudgingly agrees this could help- though he says he can’t prove why. It’s expensive, but then again this whole process is. At least my insurance covers 10 visits.
- Exercise more/ less. This is the hardest one. I’ve read any amount of exercise can adversely affect FSH. But then I’ve read others who say an hour of exercise a day can lower FSH. Why-oh-why can’t Dr. Google agree? My compromise is to give up my long 10+ mile runs and stick to just a few miles a day.
- Drink less adult beverages. “Less” is relative. A glass of wine here and there can be healthy, right?
- Laugh more, stress less. Some days this is easier than others. Mr. T does a pretty good job helping me here. Getting 30 Rock and the Office cued up on Netflix for an extra dose.
- Everything else Dr. IVF tells me to do. He’s a pretty good doctor. I know he wants me to have a baby too.
At the end of the day, I’m willing to accept the fact that no amount of hard work and extra credit can solve this. I just want to know I tried my best for those sad frozen sperm waiting for their turn.
Am I missing anything? Let me know your best fertility “extra-credit” tips.