Happy Sunday Glowies :)
Quite an open post here. As some of you know my husband and I are trying for a baby but with little success on our own we are going down the IVF route. The problem comes from my side after years of punishing and starving my body :( anyway I'm now in a much healthier and happier place but I'm still not having a monthly cycle and the doctors can find no reason why so at the moment I'm not even sure how IVF will work? But we've been recommended so they must be hopeful. Anyway odd question but would anyone have any advice about getting back a monthly cycle. I exercise 4 times a week but not excessively. So maybe I need to cut down? I don't want to stop exercise all together as I'm happy with my body at the moment and want to maintain my shape and tone. Any advice or ideas welcome. Sorry for the long post xx

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boutiquemum
almost 4 years

Check out @fertilitynutritionist on Instagram I follow her and what she's posts is really insightful. All the best X

Jenny Quinn
almost 4 years

Thanks @Jackie Richards and @tinisha I'll look into it xxx

tinisha
almost 4 years

Definitely second homeopathy too xx

Jackie Richards
almost 4 years

I used to go to a homeopath and recommend her to a friend - she specialised in fertility treatment. I know you'll try anything Jenny X

Jenny Quinn
almost 4 years

Thank you @Jackie Richards I'll definitely look into it xx

Jackie Richards
almost 4 years

Maybe try another practitioner if it didn't work last time as you found it hard to relax?

Jackie Richards
almost 4 years

I've heard acupuncture can certainly help. It's non invasive and drug free so why not try it.

Good luck and stay well 💕💕

tinisha
almost 4 years

I'd recommend the Oxford Mindfulness Centre - they run courses usually 8 weeks long... very good for retraining the brain to cope with stress xxx

Jenny Quinn
almost 4 years

Thanks @Kayleigh30 I did try acupuncture once but never found I could relax into it but maybe I'll give it another go. It so good to hear positive outcomes xx

Kayleigh30
almost 4 years

Sorry did not mean to post that face !!

Kayleigh30
almost 4 years

Hi Jenny, one of my close friends had no cycle and tried for years (sex every other night for 2yrs because they didn't know when/if she was ovulatingIVF worked first time for them and she had their second daughter unplanned before their eldest was 2, the thing she swears by was acupuncture!! Take loads of care of yourself xx

Jenny Quinn
almost 4 years

Hi @tinisha I do try and switch off but I find it hard. I never really thought I wanted children. It's funny how things go.
I've not tried s mindfulness course - are you able to recommend one? Xx

tinisha
almost 4 years

It really does take its toll, and unfortunately some of us are so strongly wired to want a child it is soul destroying when it doesn't happen...

I think making a commitment to trying to do something else might help because in my experience as soon as I stopped focusing on babies I found I was pregnant without even trying...

Big hugs, life can be a tough ride sometimes.

Have you thought about taking a course in mindfulness? xx

Jenny Quinn
almost 4 years

Thats so good to hear thank you @xnicolamurphyx it really helps to hear success stories :) xxx

xnicolamurphyx
almost 4 years

I know not everyone has regular periods, and my friend had problems and had to have cysts lazered off, and she also didn't have periods! But low and behold she fell pregnant and her daughter is 2 now!! Be positive and let nature takes it course! It will happen eventually ❤️ just try and keep calm and not to put too much pressure on yourselves!

Jenny Quinn
almost 4 years

Thank you @tinisha such good advice. I eat quite a lot of healthy fats anyway but as you say maybe it could be wise to cut down on exercise. Or less cardio more yoga.
It's comforting to know there could be a light at the end of the tunnel but I have to admit I feel I'm struggling emotionally and its starting to take its toll :( xx

tinisha
almost 4 years

*healthy fats (not days!)

tinisha
almost 4 years

Hi Jenny,

Have you researched much about menstruation after an eating disorder? Unfortunately it's quite common for many women not to resume periods even once they have reached healthy weight. I think I recall that it's due to a low hormone called estriol and lack of healthy fats inside the body... (so in and around the organs for example)

Hopefully the team you see can support you in having a period, but i don't think IVF needs periods to successfully work anyway.

If I were you, I would up my healthy days, lots of coconut oil, avocado, bananas, seeds, nuts... and see how that helps... and perhaps reduce the exercise a little to allow a little more body fat if you can.

Good luck... I lost my first baby, and spent a long time trying for my now almost 2 year old, so I know how painful it can be.

Sending you lots of love and baby dust as they say xxx

Jenny Quinn
almost 4 years

Thank you @katewood that means so much xx

katewood
almost 4 years

sending hugs x