Since I first became a NaProTechnology (NaPro) patient 3 years ago, I’ve learned a great deal about my body. I learned that my reproductive health could be evaluated by examining my bio-markers or biological signals which women’s bodies send out all the time. And it worked; I did everything I was supposed to, charted the data, which was very valuable when I saw the NaProTechnology physician every three months. After years of sharing my symptoms with doctors, my NaPro doctor was smart enough to diagnose my endometriosis, and suggested I have surgery to remove it.
Even after all this, I still wasn’t feeling fabulous. At my first visit with my NaPro doctor, he thought I might have some difficulty digesting grains, so I stopped eating them and although I felt better, I didn’t feel as healthy and well as I should have. Jordan, the same NaPro mentor and amazing friend who gently nudged me into seeing a NaPro doctor in the first place, suggested I see her Naturopathic Doctor. Since I still wasn’t feeling the greatest, I went. Even if she told me there was nothing she could do to help me, I would know that I had done everything possible to conceive.
It turned out there were a lot of factors causing inflammation in my body, specifically other food allergies. I was identified with allergies to: apples, almonds, bananas, corn, dairy, eggs, all grains, potatoes, and soy. It took a long time to completely eliminate these from my diet; but when I did–boy did I get results. In addition to finally feeling better, my fertility went from a subfertile diagnosis of ovarian dysfunction, to fertile, to optimum hormone levels. My NaPro doctor actually asked what meds I was taking to get post peak estradiol levels above 200 and progesterone levels above 15. I wasn’t taking any prescription meds, just the vitamins my Naturopath prescribed. Oh, I also lost 17 pounds!
There I was with peak fertility, a great body, but still no baby. Month after month, the story was the same we wondered why. My husband, Frank, finally wondered if his health might have something to do with it. So asked himself, which did he want more food or fatherhood?
Fatherhood won out in the end, so it was off to the naturopath. We learned that just as my food allergies had affected my fertility, food allergies could very well affect Frank’s fertility. Once again, it was blood draws and a three week wait for the results.
The results weren’t surprising. Frank’s body reacted to many foods, including: wheat, corn, rice, peanuts, yeast, eggs, and casein- the protein in dairy. His A1C- the best rating of blood sugar- rated him at risk for diabetes, his testosterone was low, and his CRP showed he was at risk for a heart attack, his testosterone levels were so low that conception was impossible.
I had gone from sub-fertile to optimum, and he had gone from fine to “sub-fertile.” As much as Frank loves food, he loved the idea of being a dad more, and so he decided to make some changes!