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Nurturing Yourself & Your Fertility With POF

Nurturing Yourself & Your Fertility With POF

Nurturing Yourself & Your Fertility Health With POFOur #1 hope is that through a diagnosis of premature ovarian failure or POF, you find a way to have hope and cope! There are many paths to parenthood and you are welcome to take any one of them! Yet, coming to this understanding can take time. So, we are here to help you learn about your fertility health issue, seek answers, and feel empowered to make natural fertility health choices for yourself no matter the path you choose.

Never let the odds
keep you from doing
what you know in your heart
you were meant to do.
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Premature ovarian failure is perhaps one of the more perplexing fertility health diagnoses. First of all, you hear the word failure. That’s never positive. Second, you’re faced with the reality that the main female organs necessary to be able to conceive naturally, the ovaries that produce the egg, aren’t functioning properly. Third, you wonder why and what to do next. Enter a flood of emotions!

We regularly hear from women after their premature ovarian failure (POF) diagnosis who share with us the heartbreak they feel. Often these emotions leave women wondering and then asking us, “Will your programs or products work for me?”, “What do I have to take to cure POF?”, “Can I get pregnant?”. The hard part, perhaps the hardest part of the jobs we do, is that we don’t know! It’s beyond our human powers to say yes or no.

It’s really easy to suggest that someone stop drinking soda or coffee when we have studies about how sugar and caffeine can negatively impact fertility health. Suggesting foods to add to a Fertility Diet that support healthy fertility is easy too. What is not as easy, is helping someone address the emotions they have after a recent diagnosis or disappointing fertility-related experience (doctor’s visit, testing, pregnancy loss, POF diagnosis, etc.).

What we do know is that there is no harm in becoming healthier, as healthy as you can, as you work your way through all aspects of a diagnosis like POF. This is also the easy part. There are many tools available to you to help you become as healthy as possible on your fertility journey with POF.

Moving Forward After POF Diagnosis

1. Try to determine the cause.
Chromosomal defects, exposure to toxins, thyroid dysfunction, eating disorders, or autoimmune disease(s) can all be causative. That said, it is possible to develop premature ovarian failure, but have no known cause as well. Your doctor might recommend further testing to find the cause.

2. Support the body’s natural functions – menstruation and ovulation.
Having an irregular cycle and occasional periods is common for women with POF. It’s important for you to know that women with irregular cycles can still become pregnant.

“For young women with POF menstrual cycles can still occur even years after the diagnosis and 10% of women with POF will conceive on their own. This is likely due to ovulation of a healthy egg even after months of skipped menses.” ~ AmericanPregnancy.org

With irregular cycles, vital steps to improve your fertility with POF include:

A good place to start might be a Fertility Cleanse along with Self-Fertility Massage. I would also suggest getting to know this educational piece well, our guide Understanding Premature Ovarian Failure.

Women with POF may still have functional follicles remaining in the ovary. In fact, it is believed that roughly 75% of women with POF still have functioning follicles. That is really positive, as is the fact that there is a 5%-10% chance of spontaneous conception despite having POF. Ladies, this is why doing all that you can to support your fertility and understand when ovulation happens is SO important!

On that note, it will also be important to assure that sperm is waiting for the egg that might ovulate (the reason charting the cycle is important). Sperm can live in a woman’s reproductive system for 3 to 4 days, so intercourse 2 or 3 times during the week of ovulation (and most certainly on the three days before and day of ovulation, if male fertility health is optimal) will be important.

3. Support your emotional health.
While all fertility health issues present challenges, I venture a guess that being under the age of 40 and hearing that your ovaries aren’t functioning is by far one of the hardest things to hear.

Emotional health is one of the most important aspects of overall health to address, especially fertility health. Each natural fertility program should in part focus on emotional health, especially when diagnosed with a fertility health issue that is as mysterious as POF.

“The risk of infertility and other complications arising from low estrogen levels causes some women to become depressed or anxious,” shares the Mayo Clinic. Feeling depressed, anxious, impatient and/or having feelings of urgency (like you must get started on a program right away), are all indicators of the necessity of an emotional-support component in your natural fertility program. This could be…

“It’s important to understand and grieve for this loss of ovarian function and to seek counseling if you need it.” ~ Americanpregnancy.org

Determination is Key!

While POF is often difficult to address naturally, women with POF can achieve their dreams if they are determined to stick to a natural fertility program and open to all of the options available to help them in achieving their dreams of motherhood. Be open to Combining Natural & Medical Approaches to Fertility as well. A Fertility Consultation could also be a good choice for more specialized suggestions for your specific situation.

Most of all feel empowered to naturally support your fertility health and keep hope alive!

References

Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN
Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN

Dr. Traxler is a University-trained obstetrician/gynecologist, working with patients in Minnesota for over 20 years. She is a professional medical writer; having authored multiple books on pregnancy and childbirth; textbooks and coursework for medical students and other healthcare providers; and has written over 1000 articles on medical, health, and wellness topics.  Dr. Traxler attended the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and University of Minnesota Medical School,  earning a degree in biochemistry with summa cum laude honors in 1981,  and receiving her Medical Doctorate degree (MD) in 1986.

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    Thank you for your response. I will look at the fertility consultation link you provided. But what do you mean by a Plan B or C?

    • Hello Shalar!

      You are welcome! What I mean is another plan to get you to your goals if possible… perhaps this is a combination of medical and natural support, perhaps it’s a graceful transition into menopause, perhaps it’s an embryo or egg donor, or whatever you need. I know this is hard to think about, but sometimes a plan other than the one we have set in our mind is the best for us.

      Be well!

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    I’m curious how many women with POI/POF and who are over 35 have you helped achieve a successful pregnancy with their own eggs? Do any of the products you sell or offer actually help? I’ve been struggling with POI/POF for almost 3 years, gone through 2 failed IUIs/1 failed IVF, tried functional testing, supplements, etc. and still nothing has worked. I’m now 39 years old and still haven’t had my first child. What else can I try at this point? Thanks.

    • Dear Shalar,

      That is a great question and I hope someone or several who have had success will chime in. Each woman experiences this so very differently. While I know it can be helpful to learn of others successes, your journey is unique to you. Were you on the supplements for a long as the practitioner you worked with wanted you to be? I’m curious what the functional testing showed. Was the testing done and were the supplements used in preparation for the IUIs of IVF?

      It would help me to learn these things before offering continued support. I look forward to your reply and if you’d rather privately, contact me here…

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      -Were you on the supplements for a long as the practitioner you worked with wanted you to be? Yes I’ve been on the supplements while I worked with the functional medicine doctor for close to a year. I took close to 30 different supplements daily, and I stopped many of them after the year mark because it was becoming cost prohibitive and I just didn’t see any benefit. They also did not help with my infertility and restoring my periods.

      -Functional med testing: Was the testing done/were the supplements used in for the IUIs of IVF? The functional testing showed that I had a thyroid nodule, leaky gut, digestive issues, and autoimmune issues. Leaky gut was improved, digestive issues are ongoing

    • Dear Shalar,

      Thank you for sharing that!

      Given you are dealing with so much and have already tried so many things, it seems as though you may best benefit from participating in a one on one Fertility Consultation. This will allow you to work with a fertility herbalist and share all, in great detail, that you have taken and specifics about the testing, etc. If you are interested, consider learning more about a Fertility Consultation here…
      We certainly want you to have hope, but can not guarantee our program(s) will be all you need to do to achieve your goals. Each woman’s journey is so very different and there are simply times when a “plan B or C” is good to have in place.

      My best!

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    I am 36 and have been diagonised with POF, I do not want to use donar egg. Can you suggest what my best options are for trying to get pregnant naturally?
    Thank you,

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    Hello,

    I have been diagnosed with POF and i am 34 now.
    I want to be pregnant please help me.
    I initially was diagnosed with PCOD and when i was out on birth control pills for 2 years, later on, I was diagnosed with POF.

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    Thank you so much for writing this article, Elizabeth! It gives me hope :).

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    Good day! What if diagnosed with no more functional follicles? Does this mean no more chance?

    • Dear Emelia,

      I think this is best asked of your primary healthcare provider. Do you know why the diagnosis? Is it age related or was there a developmental issue during the time when your ovaries were forming/growing? Could be is something else that can be perhaps remedied even if ovulation happens, yet irregularly?

      It’s important to understand what this means for you!