Now - let me back up just a bit. I had my MRI this past weekend and got the call on Monday afternoon that (thankfully) I did not have a pituitary tumor. My OB said it was definitely something having to do with my hypothalamus and not having the right levels of hormones working, well, to make things work ‘down there’. From my intense workouts, to weight loss, to life stressers I had dealt with the last 1-2 years - it was that lethal combination that threw my body in a funk.
So what is next for me in my journey? Well, the OB said they can only do so much; I get that. While on the phone with them, they said they needed to refer me to a Reproductive Endocrinologist - a specialist that helps women who may be having issues becoming pregnant. I can admit… I kind of freaked out when I heard that.
Am I infertile?
Technically, right now…. at this very moment. Yes. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be that way forever. I just need my hormonies (aka the way I say ‘hormones’) to start working again. I need my brain to realize that ‘hey - i’m being healthy now… you can start signaling to my reproductive system that its time to get movin’.”
I can admit I carried this stigma with me, in regards to RE’s. I thought only women who had major fertility/infertility issues, or used IVF, sought out their help. Oh boy was I wrong. And i’m glad I figured that out and removed that stigma sooner rather than later - because after some research and discussion with the RE via phone, I think this is the best step for Joey and I.
We have our initial consultation with the RE next week - and I’ll admit that i’m totally scared…. but extremely excited. I have a new found hope that we’ll get through this and will have the best support from an amazing team here in the Madison area. Now, we may go to this appointment next week - i’ll tell them whats been going on - they will probably see that i’m made giant strides in changing my lifestyle the last year - and they may just tell me to ‘keep waiting it out’. OR maybe they’ll talk about options to regulate my hormonies to ensure that i’m not going too long without proper estrogen levels (which can cause early onset osteoporosis). Either way, I know this is just another hurdle I will get over in my journey.
I’ve come this far and I see the light at the other end.
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Disclaimer: I am by no means a medical professional. This is all my personal opinion and research I’ve looked into on my own and through my Doctor appointments & discussions.