Told I would probably not conceive but conceived after 3 weeks of trying!

by Naomi S.
(Vancouver, BC, Canada)

In the summer of 2009, my husband and I decided it was time to try for a family. We'd talked about it before and just felt we were ready, but I warned him there may be issues with my fertility as I had had brutally painful periods since I was 15 and I would also be an older mother at 37.

With that in mind, I went for a full roster of tests to assess my reproductive health and was diagnosed with endometriosis. I've been given this diagnosis twice before but in both cases it was overturned by other doctors for various reasons, so never treated.

This time the tests were far more exhaustive. I was told that not only did I have endometriosis, for which the prognosis is progressively worse with time, but due to the length of time I had suffered with it (22 years at that point) there would undoubtedly be a significant degree of damage to my reproductive organs.

This meant, said the doctor, that my chances of actually conceiving were slim, and that if I did, there was a very good chance that I would never carry to the end of the first trimester.

He also warned me that I was high risk for ectopic pregnancy. Now back in 1997, I was diagnosed with a large (7cm+) cyst on my ovary, and as the options outlined by my then gynaecologist seemed either too invasive (surgery) or too disruptive (hormone therapy), I opted to try some alternative therapies, with the caveat (issued by the doc and my concerned parents) that I would come back a month after my diagnosis to evaluate the progress of the cyst and that if it hadn't shrunk or had grown, I would go with a conventional treatment.

I agreed and set about changing my diet and lifestyle, embracing herbal and vitamin supplements, reiki, reflexology, aromatherapy, meditation and visualization. When I went back for that second appointment exactly 4 weeks later there was no trace of the cyst.

All of this taught me the efficacy of taking a well-researched and multi-layered approach in dealing with issues of hormonal imbalance, and the necessity of sticking with it long enough to work.

I applied the same principles for 6 months after getting my endometriosis diagnosis in order to prepare my body for pregnancy and conception, and we got pregnant 3 weeks after deciding to try (I was working abroad and away from my DH until then).

I had a text book pregnancy (I stuck to those same principles throughout my pregnancy) and we now have a smart, funny, beautiful 3 year old son. We're trying for #2 now and are dealing with the reality of time (at age 41, it's harder to conceive naturally anyway) but I have now started applying the same principles again the last week after discovering this site and have already noticed differences.

I do believe we can do it though, knowing what I know now. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

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Feb 27, 2016
My program
by: Naomi S.

I took a lot of different supplements, each chosen very specifically for various reasons: active folate (methylfolate or metafolin), active B12, B6, B5, B2, alpha lipoic acid, n-acetyl cysteine, vit E, vit D3, Omega blend rich in omega 3s, agnus castus (vitex or chasteberry), vit C, and Co Q 10.

I also took herbs - red raspberry leaf and nettle only as these are great uterine tonics, blood builders and hormone regulators. Avoid red clover as it is estrogenic. I received weekly acupuncture treatments, cycled 40 minutes a day (commuting to and from work) 5 days a week, tried to get 8 hours sleep per night (usually worked out at 6 though, but better than 5!) and after a few months i started getting Chinese herb blends to support ovulation and improve my luteal phase.

Diet wise, I opted for a largely Paleo style diet, but with a focus on alkaline foods that are non-estrogenic and low on the glycemic index (that is, don't cause your blood sugar to spike and crash), foods that are nutrient dense and unprocessed (whole foods). I also ate like a diabetic would - protein rich snacks or meals every 3 hours.

Estrogenic foods I avoided: caffeine, chocolate, dairy, eggs, shellfish, red meat and pork products, processed foods, refined sugars, processed starches, gluten. I added bone broth and a special fresh juice daily to my diet (carrot, apple, celery, ginger, beet, turmeric, parsley with kale or spinach - yum!). I was addressing numerous things with this diet: estrogen dominance, insulin resistance (both common in endo sufferers), food intolerances (I don't tolerate gluten or dairy well) and gut health (I have IBS), all of which are linked to and profoundly affect hormones and therefore reproductive health.

This diet, exercise and supplement program also addressed adrenal fatigue and an underperforming thyroid. To put together your own diet, I would simply Google 'alkaline foods' and 'diabetic diet' and 'GI index'. For foods to avoid, look up acidic foods and estrogenic foods; you'll find there's a fair bit of overlap between the two.

Yes, I know it looks like a lot of work and research to put it all together, and it is, but it's worth the time. I also got a genetic profile done with 23andme,and it was the final piece of the puzzle as it showed me that I have a number of genetic mutations (very common ones) that affect fertility and health in general but that are relatively easy to address through supplementation (MTHFR and MTR/MTRR mutations). Once I learned that, I was able to adjust the amount of B12 and folate (active forms of both only) that I was taking and that was the last piece of the puzzle.

BOOM - hello baby. but it was not an instant fix - if I hadn't done all this work already (I'd been on my program for 6 months before I learned the genetic stuff) the B12 and folate on their own would not have worked. Hope this helps.

Feb 24, 2016
endo sufferer
by: Anonymous

Can please guide me which type of supplement did u take and what's or endo diet plan?

Jan 11, 2016
We now have a second child
by: Naomi S.

Ladies, by sticking to the same approach, though refined, we now have a 9 month old daughter. I started charting fertility signs (TCOYF method) shortly before writing this article and following the program outlined, and got pregnant 6 months later.

One of the keys was getting a genetic profile done with 23andme and discovering that not only did I have a gene mutation linked with endo but that I also have the MTHFR gene mutation, also linked with endo (and PCOS).

That was the final piece of the puzzle. We conceived naturally within 2 weeks of adjusting my supplements (bear in mind this was after 6 months of applying my program AND sticking with it throughout) at age 41. I did miscarry at 10 weeks after stopping the extra supplements at our family doctor's recommendation, but got right back on the program immediately after and conceived the second cycle after the MC, naturally, at age 42.

I gave birth to our daughter at home in a birth pool, drug and complication free, in a short but intense 9 hour labour 2 weeks before my 43rd birthday. I intend to continue with this program for the rest of my life as I choose to be around for my family for as long as possible and see this as a very good way to improve my odds, taking back the years that endometriosis and its associated health impacts may have otherwise stolen from me.

Keep asking your questions, educate yourself, find what works and stick with it. You will get results.

Jan 06, 2016
Thank you

Thanks a lot for posting your story and very pleased to hear of your success.

Dec 19, 2015
Please help
by: Anonymous

Thank you for such a nice post and congratulation on beating the nasty endometriosis.

I suffer with the endo for 22 years as well and unfortunately although I have a very good relief on the pain I guess I do not have a good hormone balance at this point.

Kindly forward me the same email you sent to the previous person that request on all what you did...
so to get pregnant

I believe your case can apply to a lot of us
Thank you well in advance

Nov 06, 2015
Herbal named
by: Anonymous

I've just been reading your profile and I'm the same. I have 2 cysts one is 7cm.
I was wondering if you could email me the alternative Herbs that you took ?
My email address is

I look forward to hearing from you


Jade x

Oct 29, 2013
by: Anonymous

That's great news. It is really positive that such a large cyst was gone in just 4 weeks. And even better news that you conceived so quickly.

I haven't officially been given the endometriosis diagnosis, but I'm on the waiting list for a laparoscopy and dye. Want to give us the best possible chance for conceiving after 2.5 years of trying with no success.

I am trying: strict endo diet, aloe vera, yoga and self-massage.

Only 5 days in, but already feel different.

Good luck with #2.

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