“Infertility and TTC” is page that I’d like to devote to my husband and I preparing and trying for a baby. In March I went off the pill in order to get my body hormonally back to its natural state and to start regulating itself. I have been on the pill for about 10+ years and in July 2011 was diagnosed with Hypothalamic Amenorrhea and most recently hormonal PCOS (a form of infertility). Here is where I will blog about everything that we’re trying to do in order for me to start cycling and in the hopes of me ovulating soon – and also, to soon reveal a positive sign on that lil stick
February-March: Met with an Endocrinologist and through hormonal testing am diagnosed with hormonal PCOS. Will have to start Clomid (treatment for ovulation) in order to get pregnant. Keeping up with my lifestyle changes and weight maintenance.
December-February: Still trying to regain my cycles and start ovulating – reduced exercise down to only walking – 4x per week, 40 min. max. Maintaining a very relaxed diet with healthy foods, treats, and healthy fats. Gained to a healthy weight – 5’7″, 140 lbs., 22 BMI
October – December: Still trying to regain my cycles and start ovulating – adjusting workouts to a lower intensity/duration and keeping up with the addition of more healthy fats in my diet.
September 12th – 16th: Entire week of rest days. Added a serving a full fat dairy daily to increase fertility.
July 18th – September 11th: Cut back on workouts from 6/7 days per week to 5 days per week. Limited workouts to an hour max.
My lab results came in and this is the email I received from my gynecologist:
“Your labs are consistent with “hypothalamic amenorrhea” which we discussed in clinic. This is likely due to your level of exercise and calorie/fat intake. Your thyroid and prolactin hormones are normal.“
And for those that don’t know what Hypothalamic amenorrhea is, here’s the text book definition:
Hypothalamic amenorrhea — Women with hypothalamic amenorrhea are sometimes able to resume normal menstrual periods after making certain lifestyle changes, such as eating a higher-calorie diet, gaining weight, reducing the intensity or frequency of exercise, and reducing emotional stress.
My instincts and the pit of my stomach were telling me that this was most likely the problem. Though I pride myself on being a fitness enthusiast and have exercised at this level of intensity and duration for many years, but body is obviously telling me different and I have to listen to it, and the doc When you think about it, the body is an amazing being…I’m not menstruating therefore not ovulating because (though I may not be physically feeling “stressed”) it’s obviously in a “state of stress” and knows that it can’t keep up with this type of intense exercise while creating a human being. And although I’m at a healthy weight (5’7″ @ 132 lbs.) and feel that I’m getting an adequate amount of calories, I most likely fall short of that and important nutrients some days, so I’m going to reevaluate my diet to be sure I’m getting enough calories and nutrients in the forms of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.
I also have to say that I’m relieved that this was the issue and not something more serious like my thyroid or infertility. Having hard evidence from my lab results with what the issue is leaves me feeling relieved in knowing that I have the control to make changes through something I have much experience with – diet and exercise.
I’m thinking about using this blog as a way to document and keep me accountable for these changes. By documenting my meals and work outs, it will not only keep me accountable in seeing that I’m getting enough calories and nutrients, but also that I’m keeping my exercise to a less duration and intensity. And knowing all your eyes and ears are on me will keep it exciting and keep me on track during this journey…