Ovulating with a touch of flu….

Hi everyone. Hope you are all enjoying your weekend.

I’m not…been battling with the flu since Thursday. It’s been going around the office for some time now and yours truly finally succumbed to it last week. And as if feeling feverish with a runny nose, sore throat and headache/ body ache is not enough, l started ovulating on Friday! Believe me, the stress of trying to ‘get down on command’ because you are going through your fertile days is enough without adding the flu to it.

Still, all in all l give God the glory. My periods are now regular (no more spotting) and I can calculate my ovulation days too! Thank you, Jesus!! It will surely end in praise, my sisters.

Thanks for reading!

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Update on ovulation…

Hi everyone! Hope you are all enjoying your weekend.

So l had my period earlier this month and it was all good. About 4 days after l finished, l had a dream where l was trying to use my ovulation stick in the bathroom. I woke up a few mins afterwards with the dream still very vivid in my mind. I had actually started using the Clearblue Ovulation sticks the month before but it had always been negative. However, l had to admit that l had never had a dream about ovulation before so l ran to the bathroom with the stick and …. it had a positive smiley face!!! I screamed my hubby’s name( he was getting ready for work while l was on a short break) and started shouting and dancing around the house..I’M OVULATING!!( looking back now, l dread to think what the neighbours would say).

Anyway, let’s just say my hubby was..ahem…late for work that day lol! I’m trusting God that my tubes are completely unblocked so by His Grace, l will sing a new song very soon.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely week ahead!

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Fertilaid and Endometriosis

yhst-10669596438250_2268_5389093Hi everyone. Hope you are all having a fantastic week despite all the depressing news going on in Africa in particular and the world in general. Sometimes- especially lately- it does feel like we are in the last days. Not a single day goes by without something horrific happening around us. I don’t even know where to start from about what is going on in my beloved homeland, Nigeria. From Boko Haram to Ebola, the country has been brought to it’s knees and the government is powerless to help. Even the UK has not been left out; the security level has just recently been increased to Severe which is just a step below Critical, the highest security level and it means a terrorist attack is highly likely. lf we are indeed in the last days, all we can do is hold on to God’s Word in Psalm 27:1 -‘The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall l fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall l be afraid?’ The best thing is knowing that no matter what is going on around us, we can always count on Him and be rest assured in His Promise. May God be with you all as you go about your daily lives and may His Grace continue to guide and protect you in all you do in Jesus Name, Amen.

So l was reading Stella Dimoko Korkus’s blog a while ago (her blog is amazing by the way and l simply love her sense of humour which is greatly appreciated in these depressing times) and a blog visitor mentioned something called Fertilaid and how it helped her to conceive. Naturally, my interest was piqued and l decided to carry out some research on it. The reviews were not particularly encouraging especially for women with regular periods but there were some great feedback as well although these were more from the Fertilaid websites. I was more concerned however on how it helped women with endometriosis so l researched fertility forums for real experiences which brings me to the question-what is Fertilaid, anyway-?

Fertilaid is basically a fertility supplement that combines herbal nutrients like chasteberry or vitex(this stimulates ovulation hormones and is helpful for women with irregular periods), red clover(this promotes estrogen production), siberian ginseng(this tone uterine muscles and support healthy uterine function) and ginkgo biloba(this improves blood circulation and also performs a cleansing antioxidant function) along with essential vitamins and minerals like folic acid, vitamins C and E to enhance fertility and increase a woman’s chance of conceiving. Now, this is all well and good but… some reviews have stated that women with regular periods have noticed some irregularity since they have started using Fertilaid. In fact, some have even missed periods for up to 3 months! Others complained that their periods are now longer and even have constant spotting between periods.

Regarding endo, l was particularly concerned about the red clover herb in Fertilaid.  Red clover is a plant which contains hormone like chemicals called isoflavones. These are changed in the body to phytoestrogens which are similar to the hormone estrogen which we all know is basically the ‘fuel’ that ignites the endometriosis ‘fire’  and results in inflammation and growth of endometrial tissue. Hence, l’m afraid this is where l get off the bus on the Fertilaid route which is sad because l actually thought it might be worth a shot. The endo fertility forum reviews were divided; some said their doctors actually recommended it and it worked for a few. Others maintained their doctors insisted it should be avoided at all costs. Still, life is about learning and no one is born with a wealth of knowledge. So please, if Fertilaid has worked for a sister with endo, please share your experience. God bless.

Thanks for reading.

 

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Private lVF planned-Aug 2015

Hi everyone.

So by His Grace, we are planning a private IVF next August. By then, the Serrapeptase supplements should have completed their magic on my ovaries and Fallopian tube. The other supplements should have increased my chances by then too.

We had thought the referral letter to the hospital would help with fertility tests but we have been getting conflicting letters whether it should be allowed on the NHS or not since we were only allowed one NHS lVF treatment so it’s better to have a contingency plan.

In fact, maybe even two contingency plans…. adoption might be on the cards too. We are friends with a much older couple who recently adopted a gorgeous little boy and my hubby’s heart has been taken since then. May God guide us right, Amen

Thanks for reading.

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Heartfelt apology from me to you…..

Hi everyone! It’s been quite a while and l must apologise for my absence. Due to the recent promotion l mentioned in a previous post, l’ve been working even longer hours! There are days when l don’t get home until 9.30pm. My weekends are even busier with household chores and family quality time. Pls accept my sincerest apologies and l hope l can dedicate more time to the blog as soon as l settle down in my new role.

I must add however that l simply love my new position. It’s extremely fast paced and tiring but the satisfaction l derive from it every day makes it all worthwhile. I thank God for his Grace because l never thought l would be in such a position where l can put in my best without experiencing pain and discomfort due to endo. I used to read endo forums where countless women have given up careers due to this disease and l would cry out to God, rejecting it as my portion in life. He has indeed blessed me and l can’t help but give Him the glory everyday. Thank you, Jesus for Your Favours and Mercies.

Thanks for reading.

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Update on GP appt….

Hi everyone, hope you are all having a fantastic week.

So the GP told us that a discharge letter from the NHS hospital -where we had our lVF-will be sent to the Central London hospital and hopefully, we would be referred to them for more fertility tests. I’m just hoping l’ll finally get to know if my tube is now open and the cyst gone (or drastically reduced). I can’t help but feel that the Serrapeptase supplement has done it’s job. The pain is just gone! I’m in the 3rd day of my period now but it’s just like a normal day (apart from the flow).

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, l’ll continue to say it out loud- SERRAPEPTASE WORKS (for me). I’m no longer living in horrible pain year after year, month after month, day after day. I can finally live, not endure. I give God all the glory.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely weekend.

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Amazing testimony!!

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a lovely weekend.

Today, l would like to share an amazing and truly inspiring testimony from a blog sister who posted this comment under my ‘Setback’ post. I asked for her permission to turn it into a post because l know it will surely encourage a sister out there like it encouraged me. Nothing indeed compares to the promise we have in Him….

 

“I apologize in advance for the long post but I wanted to share my entire story.

I’ve been reading your blog for a while because I too was diagnosed with severe endo via laparoscopy in 2008. I was put on the pill to halt my periods and was told that I could have trouble conceiving. However, I kept believing God would make a way.

I got married in 2012 and we started trying to conceive right away. Yet nothing was forthcoming. At least a couple of times, my period was late (my period is never late) and I thought I had a few pregnancy symptoms. I cannot explain the devastation each time that I took a pregnancy test and got that big fat negative. Still, something in me would not let me stop believing that I would be a mother some day.

At watch night service last year, I remember being so angry at God because it seemed that he hadn’t heard all my cries for Him to give me a child. Then I heard someone’s testimony at the service, thanking God for all that He had done. I knew this person so I knew that there was something else she was believing God for. Yet, she remained thankful. At that moment, the Holy Spirit convicted me and I repented.

This year, I just started thanking God and confessing relevant Scriptures that I had found on a blog I read last year.

At the same time, hubby and I decided to start seeing a reproductive endocrinologist to determine what the real cause of our inability to conceive was. We did all kinds of tests – HCG, hormone tests, sperm count tests, transvaginal ultrasounds, etc. Hubby’s tests came back normal but mine were a different story. They said my FSH and estrogen levels were too low for a woman my age (30) and said the ultrasound showed that both ovaries were enlarged due to the chocolate cysts on both. The one piece of good news I received was that both of my tubes were open. I thanked God for that.

The doctor recommended another surgery to laser and drain the cysts. He said I would be unable to conceive on my own without the surgery but he also said the surgery is not guaranteed to help me conceive.

I was so devastated by this news which I received on Jan 30th but hubby and I decided not to proceed with the surgery. I kept praying and confessing scripture especially Exodus 23:25-26 & Psalm 127:3-5, and speaking life to my womb incessantly. My period was due on Feb 24th. I was also taking my basal body temp at the time since the doc wanted me to track it.

I noticed during this cycle in Feb. that my temp remained high even after my peak days but I didn’t want to get my hopes up. Finally two days after my period was due, I took a pregnancy test and to the glory of God, I got a big fat positive. I could not believe it. I called hubby to read the test and confirm it. We were both so happy. I had conceived on my own without any medical intervention despite the doctor’s diagnosis. And the more amazing thing was that I conceived around Feb. 14, a few weeks after the doctor delivered the bad news.

I am happy to report that now at 25 weeks pregnant, our boy is doing very well to the glory of God. I hope this testimony encourages someone to know that if Gos can do it for me, He can do it for them. Halleluyah!”

 

Thank you so much, sister for this beautiful testimony. By His Grace, you will come back to rejoice and praise Him even more for a bouncing baby boy, Amen!

PS- I’ve taken note of those verses!!

Thanks for reading.

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