PCOS & Low Progesterone: Melissa’s Story [SUCCESS]

December 9, 2019

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Melissa. She is a 32-year-old singing teacher and writer who enjoys rock climbing, exercising, and of course, singing. Melissa was diagnosed with PCOS 3 years before she and her husband began trying to conceive. During a 10-month backpacking trip through Asia and Europe, she had her longest cycle yet — 65 days. Because they were in China at the time, she decided to investigate Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). After beginning treatment, she had her first ever 28-day cycle. The following cycle, she became pregnant spontaneously. Unfortunately, at their 12 week appointment, they learned the baby had stopped growing 3 weeks earlier. Although they had hoped to miscarry naturally, she ended up having a D&C. Unfortunately, she still had retained tissue but did not want to risk Asherman’s Syndrome by having another D&C. A month later, she found a natural treatment to rid her body of the retained tissue. Join us to hear how Melissa became pregnant spontaneously with her son, which she credits to TCM and progesterone supplementation.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Melissa was youthful, fun-loving, free, and flexible
  • How a coincidental moment led to her meeting her husband when she forgot her pass to the building at work
  • As a couple, they are strong and solid partners
  • How Melissa always thought she would be a mom someday, and this thought impacted the way she treated her health, specifically with smoking, food, medicine, and travel
  • At 25, Melissa was diagnosed with PCOS, which explained her weight gain, mood swings, and adult acne
  • How Melissa changed her diet and saw many improvements
  • How she saw a naturopath first and then tried ayurvedic medicine (traditional Indian medicine), which gave her no more polycystic ovaries and balanced her LH/FSH numbers
  • With ayurvedic medicine, Melissa saw her cycle regulate within six months!
  • When Melissa and her husband took a ten-month trip overseas, her symptoms went out of control because she was off the medicines
  • While in China, she found a TCM doctor who gave her a strong-brewed tea that made her instantly ovulate and have a 28-day cycle
  • While trekking in the mountains of Nepal during the aftermath of an earthquake, Melissa conceived spontaneously, which a later pregnancy test in Bangkok confirmed
  • How Melissa dove into trying to be the healthiest pregnant woman you could imagine but battled intense, crippling morning sickness for several weeks
  • At the 12-week ultrasound appointment, Melissa knew something was wrong when the doctor fell silent; it turns out that the baby had died at about 9-½ weeks
  • How Melissa felt out of control and lost in trying to take the next step and move forward
  • How she and her husband flew to Mumbai to a nice, clean hotel, and found a doctor who encouraged a D & C to reduce the risk of hemorrhage
  • Because the baby had fused with her uterus, the doctor didn’t want to damage the uterus during the D & C, so some of the tissue remained
  • Nothing worked to expel the tissue, and Melissa didn’t want to have a second D & C because of the risk of Asherman’s Syndrome (a buildup of scar tissue in the uterus)
  • How Melissa went on a healing journey while in Europe, took countless supplements to try to pass the retained tissue, and finally found the herb she was looking for in a small shop in Italy
  • How Melissa had success with Dang Gui, an herb that refreshes the uterus and increases blood flow; her period started within three days, and the retained tissue was expelled
  • Why Melissa decided to help other women with PCOS
  • When she got back home to Australia, she went back on TCM herbs, her cycle went to 28 days, and she was pregnant within her first month of trying
  • How Melissa learned about the importance of progesterone supplementation in the first trimester but had to advocate strongly to have hers checked and begin a natural supplement
  • After Melissa’s son was born in 2016, they never thought they’d have another, but they decided to try again in 2019
  • To optimize her health before another pregnancy, Melissa saw a functional medicine doctor whose focus is on the body’s core systems
  • Toxic heavy metal levels, low estrogen, and severe iodine deficiency have caused a delay in trying to conceive
  • The relief of the iodine deficiency diagnosis because it explains many of Melissa’s crazy symptoms but is a slow process to build it back up
  • How Melissa’s house burned down just two weeks ago and her parents barely escaped the firestorm with their lives
  • The significance of Melissa’s advocacy for her medical care, and the difference it has made in her success
  • The problem when tissue from a miscarriage is retained in the uterus
  • How Melissa recovered from her grief by allowing herself to feel everything and communicating openly with her husband
  • How infertility changed Melissa: “We felt so young and free and wondered how this could happen to us. The experience made us grow up and gave us a maturity we didn’t have. Infertility has shaped my life because it has become my work and my purpose in life.”
  • Melissa’s advice to her past self: “That baby I lost through a miscarriage was an experience that shaped me and led to my son. I’ve been fortunate to become a mom, but I should have been more accepting of that part of my journey.”

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