Hey there! My name is Danielle, I am 28 years old, and a life-long PCOS sufferer. Back when I was diagnosed with it at 17, I didn’t take it serious because I thought I wouldn’t need to until I wanted to have a baby.
Man, was I wrong! Now that I have been actively working to naturally correct my hormones, I often find myself wondering… why didn’t I do this sooner?! I feel better now than I ever have in my whole life and have been able to go off all of my doctor prescribed medications (not that I would recommend that for anyone else… please consult with your doc before following anything from this blog.)
Since quarantine hit, I’ve had a slightly different outlook than most. I’m the type of person who goes and goes with work and social things with very little time for rest. At work, I internalize everything and stress myself out to the max, so very early on into our quarantine, I decided that I was going to make this unexpected time off worth it. I will likely never have this much time to myself again so why not use it to my advantage.
It all started when I was younger…
I began getting my periods at 10 years old, and over the course of my adolescence, I struggled with weight gain, hair growth and painful but irregular periods. When I was 17, I went to see a reproductive endocrinologist and was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and a bicornuate uterus (heart shaped). I was told at that time my chances of getting pregnant and carrying to full term would be very low. It was always something I thought about but never really dwelled on since I was single and a teen.
Fast forward through college…
In college, I lost 80 pounds and felt great but ended up developing EDNOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified). I loved how I looked, the new attention that I got and had never known before, but I didn’t feel good, my acne was horrible and the hair growth was still out of control. I went through three super unhealthy relationships before I ultimately found my husband at a local bar and the rest was history!
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby…
In the past two years, I have had four miscarriages (MC). After the first three, I went to see the reproductive endocrinologist again. This time, he told me that my uterus was actually septate (completely divided in half almost all the way to the cervix) and that that was likely the cause for the multiple MC. I felt relieved because I thought this might solve the irregular periods too, if I got the surgery to resection it. December 31, 2019, I went in for my laparoscopy and hysteroscopy to search for potential endometriosis and to remove the septum in my uterus. I got two back to back normal period, hubby and I tried again for a baby, and in May, I had my fourth miscarriage.
That’s why has led to where I am now…
So given all of that, my doctor wanted me to take the next step in fertility treatments which at his practice would have been IUI (intrauterine insemination) and I just didn’t feel comfortable with doing that knowing that my lack of progesterone was likely the cause for my body not being able to support pregnancies. He didn’t want to address the hormone concern but rather said, “Well your goal is to get pregnant, right?” As much as it made me sad to leave his practice, I knew that this wouldn’t be the right move for me. I didn’t want to go through countless rounds of fertility treatments and have my hopes dashed against the rocks because the hormones were the problem.
Through quarantine, I have been able to dig into a lot of my own psychological issues and work through them. In doing this and in changing my diet/lifestyle, I’ve been able to go off of my anxiety medication, my allergy medication, and I don’t need Benadryl to go to sleep anymore.
I’ve been growing my own hormone balancing herbs and using them from my garden, I’ve been dairy free and following the Mediterranean diet now for about 2 months have have lost 10 pounds! My inflammation is going down, and while I haven’t gotten a cycle since my previous MC yet, I’m hopefully that the changes and addition of seed cycling will help!
I’m excited to catalog this journey because maybe some of the things I have gone through might help other women who are struggling with hormone balance! Let’s do this together and get to our best selves!