thread: Endo, PCOS and TTC

  1. #1
    Registered User

    Apr 2009

    Endo, PCOS and TTC

    Hi Everyone
    I am new to bellybelly and would really love some advice from anyone out there.

    I recently had severe endo removed (even though some endo is still present in my bowl) through laparsocopy, I also have Polycystic Ovaries and to top it all off my hubby has low sperm.

    We have been TTC now for almost 3 years. We have just booked in for IVF and ICSI and are due to start next month on our first round.

    Can anyone give me advice or has anyone with similiar problems had any success? I was told that Chinese Herbal Medicine with Acupunture greatly increases IVF success rates? Is this true?

    Any advice or comments are welcome


  2. #2
    Registered User

    Jun 2006
    Where the sun shines brightly!

    Hi Tina,
    I'm sorry to read of your condition. I really think it will be in your best interests to address the root causes of your Endo & PCOS before you try to conceive. This will not only increase your chances of regular ovulation and a lasting conception, but will increase your chances of having a happy & healthy pregnancy.

    I have cut and pasted the following advice from another thread which may be of benefit to you. By the way- from a natural health perspective, synthetic drugs and surgery merely address the symptoms, not the cause of the problem - which explains why your health problems are still present. If you want to truly beat your PCOS- you have to get out of the system of illness (the conventional medicine system). I can assure you that there is NO silver bullet approach. The way out of Endo and PCOS requires sacrifice, effort and serious dedication. Any other method is a short-cut and will only attempt to mask symptoms.
    Anyway- please read below!! It may require a fair bit of research on your part. But if you (like me) are desperate to eriadicate this problem you will do anything, right??? In the meantime, I also strongly recommend you purchase Francesca Naish's book 'The Natural Way to Better Babies - Preconceptual Healthcare for Prospective Parents' - it contains loads of info you are unlikely to ever hear from your doctor. The advice in this book is also relevant for males and will assist greatly in improving quality of sperm - as will the advice listed below.


    From personal experience as an ex-endo & PCOS sufferer (yep- you read that right!) I will help you to cut to the chase. I am not promising miracles, but this is what worked for me after years of going round and round in circles with the 'conventional' medical feild and their limited options of repeated surgery and synthetic drugs which address the symptoms but not the cause of the problem.

    You need to go onto a strictly alkaline, organic (where possible), dairy-free, anti-candida diet and start taking a good probiotic supplement whilst you do that. Most women who suffer from endo have undiagnosed systemic candida.
    Visit your nearest health shop for advice on a good quality probiotic supplement (needs to be kept in the fridge), and for alternatives to dairy.
    Coles and Woolies sell long life organic Oat Milk by Pureharvest - a great alternative for your cereal etc. Google alkaline diet and download as much information as you can and start to implement the advice (ie- all refined white foods such as white bread, white rice, white pasta etc have to be replaced with wholegrain varieties- and much much more).
    Stop consuming meat and or other animal products which are non-organic and thus are likely to contain artificial growth hormone residue. This will only 'feed' your endo or PCOS and its associated hormonal imbalances. Organic eggs, organic chicken, etc etc etc. Meat in general will have to be reduced in favour of less acidic forms of protein.
    Organic is more expensive - sure. But good health is priceless so I highly recommend making the necessary sacrifices in your life that will assist you in this process.
    Alcohol, caffeine and other drugs have to go (sorry!)
    Artificial food additives also have to go (ie additive 621- also known as MSG. There are hundreds more in our everyday foods). Buy the bestselling guide 'Additive Alert' by Julie Eady to help you with this. Avail from bookstores or online.
    Stop using commercialised, chemically-saturated personal care and cosmetics!! They are absolutely loaded with hormone altering substances, and chemicals which are actually listed as carcinogenic (cancer causing), teratogenic (damaging to a developing feotus) and known to have adverse effects on fertility. Check out Miessence online and be inspired!!
    Stop using commercial brand sanitary gear- especially tampons. Cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed crops (with toxic pesticides like dioxins, that is) add this, with the fact that the cotton is then chemically bleached white to make it more aesthetically pleasing, and you have a chemical ****tail inserted directly into the most delicate part of your body. Again- go to your nearest health shop and get onto the organic cotton tampons asap. Natracare and Jolie will fit the bill. And don't worry about them looking white - they have been oxygen bleached which is perfectly safe.
    For the dietary part- I suggest consulting a qualified Naturopath who will be able to test you for hormonal imbalance, heavy metal toxicity, and many other factors related to endo and ferility problems. Contact ANTA (Australian Natural Therapists Association) to find a qualified natural health practitioner working in your area.

    I hope I have not overloaded you. I have gone from being a serious victim to an expert in this area so I am very passionate about helping others with this hideous condition.


    PS- you will not have to stay completely dairy free, 100% alkaline forever- but you have a bit of work to do before your body regains homeostasis and until then you have to be quite strict on yourself. Once this balance is regained it is a constant effort to make sure it is maintained - so that will mean indulging in alcohol, dairy and refined foods in moderation.