Cork Natural Fertility Clinic

Case History 11 - Women going it alone

WOMEN GOING IT ALONE - CATHERINE’S STORY

Published in Cork Examiner Newspaper Sept 2009.

Successful, career-woman Catherine* felt the clock was ticking when she was 36. She had always wanted children but with relationships come and gone, she was still singe and knew that biologically her re-productive system was not going to wait for her to find the perfect man.

She has suffered from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) (cysts on the ovaries) since she was 18 and knew getting pregnant would be a challenge anyway.

PCOS reduces the regularity of your periods and therefore reduces your chances of conceiving.

So, after discovering the Cork Natural Fertility Clinic could help her with this condition as part of their holistic multidisciplinary approach to boosting fertility, she begun travelling to the centre regularly to get her menstrual cycle into a more regular pattern so that she could have a better chance with artificial insemination or IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) as it is more commonly know.

With the help of Acupuncture, Homoeopathy, Chinese Herbs, Cranial Osteopathy,Pre-conception massage, nutritional advice, counselling and Kinesiology she went from having a six-monthly period to a six weekly period over a two-year time scale.

At the clinic, she also learned about the importance of losing weight, a healthier lifestyle and learning to de-stress from her intense work-schedule practising the clinic’s multi-disciplinary approach. She also had counselling to help her cope with any doubts she had about becoming a mother.

She said “I knew it was important to get my menstrual cycle on track and to begin to prepare myself for becoming pregnant. I needed to let go of always needing to be in control and to accept that whatever happened would happen”.

“I found out about the Robin Hill Clinic and started travelling there from Galway to get help with these issues. Once I was back on track with regard to my menstrual cycle and felt physically and emotionally ready – and knew there was no man on the scene – I opted for IUI in a clinic that I knew would treat single-women in Kilkenny. The other alternative was the UK at the time, for single women.

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is a process whereby sperm is mechanically placed in the uterus with help of catheter. This procedure helps to ensure that more sperm are available and able to access a woman’s egg, thereby aiding fertilisation and conception. Catherine used a sperm donation, and she was matched to it by the doctors using her skin, hair and eye colour.

“I tried three times and my Acupuncturist helped predict when I was ovulating at the right time to help with the success of the IUI. On the third time I was lucky and I’m now the proud mother of an adorable baby boy.

“I would say to anybody struggling to get pregnant, do the groundwork first.

“Think about what might be holding you back physically, mentally or spiritually and find a way to work on it naturally before you have to, or if you have to, then take the next step.” I am very glad I did.

*Not her real name.

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