Note: The thoughts expressed in this article are not necessarily those of TTCAL. 😉
I was bored at work and Googling “fertility secrets” just to see what would come up, after seeing an ad for a book called “The Way of the Fertile Soul: Ten Ancient Chinese Secrets to Tap into a Woman’s Creative Potential.” Don’t get me wrong; I am trying acupuncture, I to some extent believe in mind over body (though trust me, I ‘mind-over-body’ed like crazy and my baby still died), I take herbal supplements….but I also am a firm believer in western medicine. I saw a book at the acupuncturist’s that said you could cure any disease (dis-ease, as they called it) with the power of positive thinking, and that every physcial issue has a root mental issue. The example she gave was that she was molested as a child, and developed uterine cancer later in life because she harbored such bad thoughts about her molestation. Um, no. I don’t believe my baby died because of my mindset, thankyouverymuch.
So the funny thing is that when I Googled “fertility secrets”, the results were things that even the newest newbie to TTCAL knows. OMG, find out when you ovulate! OMG, check your cervical mucus! OMG, take your temp! OMG, have sex before ovulation! OMG, reduce stress! OMG, Vitex! OMG, DON’T DOUCHE. (Um, duh??)
Anyway, it made me realize how seriously all of us on this journey take it. We’ve educated ourselves to the hilt. We’re willing to do virtually anything, and we will research the heck out of anything that we hear about. We’re such an amazing group of women. Who else would take hours, days, YEARS of their lives to work towards a singular goal…especially in the midst of failures and setbacks? We don’t give up. If something doesn’t work, we look for another route. I’m so proud of each and every woman than I’ve met on this board, and I know it’s cliched, but I hope we all have our take-home babies so soon.