Nutrition Response Testing and Fertility

Many people who are close to me know that I've been struggling with hormonal issues for the past 15 years. Over the past 5 years I've been working to balance out my hormones so that I could hopefully have children when the time came. I conceived very quickly (1 ovulation cycle!), which was very unexpected. I give a lot of credit to the fact that I've been on a Nutrition Response Testing program for the past 3 1/2 years.

My hormone story is a bit of a saga. I went on birth control when I was in high school because I had such horrible cramps and periods. I would have "episodes" during which I would sweat, faint, go diarrhea and my uterus would literally contract. About a year after going on birth control, when I was a freshman in college, I realized how incredibly depressed I was.  I finally put two and two together and realized that it was the birth control that was messing up my body.

When I went off birth control, I felt better immediately. However, my period didn't come back on its own for several months. Even when it did come back, they were far a few between. A couple years later, I went almost two years straight without menstruating. I would like to add that even though I did go through a period of weight loss, I have never been underweight and my body fat percentage has never been below the normal range.  I saw several doctors and they all suggested the same thing: go back on birth control, get a progesterone shot, etc. I was very unsettled with this answer because I wanted to know why this was happening. Going on birth control was just a band aid and every time I tried a new one that doctors assured I would be fine on, my body and mind would get completely messed up all over again. After about 5 years of this cycle, I finally decided to go off birth control once and for all. I committed to trying whatever I could to heal my body naturally. 

Eventually I found Nutrition Response Testing. At my first appointment, I had actual answers regarding why my body was so out of whack. Contrary to what all those doctors told me, I received confirmation that the birth control did, in fact, cause dysfunction in my body. Within 6 months of starting the program, my period came back after 2 years. It still is not 100% regular, but I know I am getting there.

This is where fertility and my recent conception comes in. Due to having an irregular period, I still worried whether I was fertile or not.   I started to take supplements and herbs to help support reproductive organs and increase fertility, but there was no sign yet of whether or not they were working. When my husband and I started thinking about having a baby, we couldn't really plan or "try" because I had no idea when I ovulated. So we decided to wing it (we hardly even tried). And it worked. In one month. After a year of only having about 4-5 periods in 9 months. If that's not a miracle, then I don't know what is. I truly believe my quick pregnancy was made possible by being on a nutrition program.