This book was my Bible for the first six months trying to conceive. Wait, that’s not entirely true. Assuming pregnancy would happen right away, it wasn’t until month four or so that a friend gave me her copy of the wildly popular Taking Charge of Your Fertility. To this day it is the #1 Amazon Best Seller in the Fertility category. And for good reason.
This book describes what a “normal” menstrual cycle should look like. Once I started stressing out, my cycles lengthened to thirty-five plus days, my temperatures were all over the place, the ovulation predictor kits “weren’t working,” and my charts were indicating that I wasn’t ovulating, well, I knew something was wrong.
I tried almost everything to get pregnant. Eastern. Western. You name it. Acupuncture was one of my go to methods, despite our unsuccessful first IVF frozen embryo transfer during which I had treatments before and after.
What I didn’t try at that time was Chinese herbs. I remember strolling into my acupuncturist’s office, viewing the many jars of herbs strategically placed on the shelves thinking there’s no way I’d try or pay for any of that. I was skeptical. I had heard somewhere that taking herbs during pregnancy could be dangerous to the baby (not true), so why would I want to take them while trying to get pregnant?
Since July 2009, my cycles have never been “normal.” Until just this year. Until I listened to my Holistic medical practitioner and began taking those Chinese herbs. She prescribed both luteal and follicular phase herbs that tasted like stale coffee. They were really hard to get down, especially the luteal ones.
But you know what? They worked. My cycles went from an average of 35-39 days to an average of 26-27 days. Although I am not charting, I can clearly tell when I’m ovulating. Flow looks normal. No cramps.
Could I have gotten pregnant “naturally” had I turned to Chinese herbs nine years ago? I don’t know. It’s not productive for me to ponder this question for very long, as we all know how well guilt trips work.