4 things you can do if Coronavirus has put your fertility treatments on hold.
Flying below the radar of most people just trying to survive during the Coronavirus pandemic are the couples that have been quietly struggling with the pain of infertility. With all “non-essential” medical treatments being canceled and a majority of people sheltering in their homes, you might be asking, “Well, now what am I supposed to do?”
If this is you, I see you. I know that for many of you, trying to grow your family has probably been at the forefront of your mind for quite some time and you can’t just forget about that ticking clock. You may have been in the middle of a treatment plan for your fertility issues that has suddenly been put on hold for who knows how long. For that, I’m truly sorry. It has been painful for me as a FertilityCare practitioner to have to tell my clients that they likely can’t proceed with their scheduled treatments right now. Thankfully, some of my clients have continued to see their doctors via telemedicine, so at least some portion of the treatment plan is still is process.
So what can you do? Is all of this just lost time?
Maybe not. One thing to keep in mind is that as long as you’re regularly having intercourse on fertile days you’re still trying to get pregnant.
Learn to Chart
Take this time to learn how to chart your cycle. If you’ve been self-teaching or using a fertility app, I’d recommend diving deeper and learning how to really chart it well, with the guidance of a teacher. You don’t know what you don’t know. The Creighton Model FertilityCare System is a standardized method taught by trained instructors that collaborate with physicians who practice the reproductive science of NaPro Technology. You can sign up for an online introductory session here. A trained instructor is taught to look for signs of underlying disease in your chart. She can help you with strategies for timing intercourse and may have telemedicine options available with a doctor she refers to.
If you’ve ever had an interest in working with a NaPro doctor, you should know that they usually want to see 6 weeks-2 months of Creighton Model charting to get started working with them. Of course none of us knows how long we’ll be social distancing, but if it ends up being a couple of months and you’ve been learning to chart, then you can be first in line to be a new NaPro patient without first having to go start learning to chart. It may work out really well for you, timing-wise.
Learn About IVF Alternatives
Watch the NaPro: A Quiet Revolution, which is now free on You Tube. NaPro Technology is a new way of restoring a woman’s fertility health so that she can conceive naturally. If you’ve heard about NaPro, but haven’t taken the leap to really dig in to what it’s all about, now is a great time.
Related Post: 6 Reasons to Consider NaPro Technology instead of IVF
Take some time to read and learn about fertility from a variety of resources. There is much that an individual woman can do to influence her fertility. I recommend the book The Period Repair Manual by Dr. Lara Briden. Dr. Briden covers topics like: what is a normal cycle, what is your cycle trying to tell you about your health, the signs and symptoms of various gynecological health conditions, and practical things that women can do to improve their periods and cycles.
It’s helpful to remember that infertility is a symptom of some type of underlying disease or dysfunction. The normal way of things is that healthy couples who have sex eventually get pregnant. There is always a cause of infertility, even if your doctor hasn’t found it yet, or diagnosed you with unexplained infertility.
Cycle Power Summit
Attend the Cycle Power Summit! My friends Anna Saucier and Melissa Buchan are hosting an online summit that will be full of days worth of information from leading doctors and influencers in the world of fertility health. The event will be April 16-20 and I promise, you will walk away with more knowledge and confidence than you’ve ever had about your fertility.