In addition to a science degree with a double major in psychology, I am a reformed fertility addict, mother and a registered occupational therapist. I am not a doctor and I don’t have any formal training in fertility treatments. I do work in hospitals and the community helping people to manage their chronic health conditions, like diabetes, breathing problems and sometimes their anxiety. I help people navigate the health system and to be their best advocate, encouraging them to be informed and making small lifestyle changes one step at a time.
I am also probably a little like you. Just five years and way too many hours spent pouring over peer reviewed medical journals ago. But I’ve been convinced that this absolutely was my month. And then devastated when, yet again, this absolutely was NOT my month.
After what felt like an eternity of two week waits I was extremely lucky -and I do believe a lot of it came down to luck- to have my own IVF success story. Although medical interventions certainly played their part, we did after all have 3IUI’s, 3 IVF’s, an FET and a healthy dose of extra medications, part of me will always wonder why this cycle worked. A cycle that when it came time to transfer looked like it was going to be as unsuccessful as all those before it. Did going gluten free, taking certain (doctor approved) supplements or even trying to do a little bit of exercise every day play any role at all?
It was while I was researching and writing ‘Eat Think Grow’ in preparation for an IVF cycle to help bring my second baby into the world that I found out I was naturally pregnant.
I aim to remove some of the ‘luck’ from the equation and present evidence based research so ultimately you can make a more informed decision and with your fertility team decide what extra choices might, or might not, work for you (all the medical stuff – that is completely up to you and your fertility team). Whether you have only been trying to conceive for a short while or know the names of all the nurses at your clinic and need to push the edges of science, you need to have trustworthy and accurate information. Being informed means that you can understand the science a little better and know what lifestyle and diet choices make a difference to your cycle and which ones don’t – saving time and money in an already expensive and emotionally exhausting process.
Remember, everything that you read and download from this site is for general information only. We are all unique and have individual reasons for needing fertility treatments so you absolutely have to speak to your fertility team before making any significant changes to the way that you eat or live your life.