At the end of June, I began my own personal journey with NaProTechnology. I had been dealing with notable irregular changes in my cycle and had put off going to see a doctor for several months. In June, I decided it was time to get help.
I admit I was nervous the first time I went to see the NaProTechnology doctor. I was not sure what to expect and how it would be different than seeing a regular ob/gyn.
It was a nice change to have the nurse ask me for my chart to make a copy for the doctor instead of asking what kind of birth control I was using. The nurse asked me questions about my cycles and my physical symptoms instead of trying to convince me how Creighton is the rhythm method and birth control would be a better choice.
It was great to be in a place that supported and encourage me and my use of the Creighton Model FertilityCare System.
After the doctor reviewed my chart, we discussed my severe PMS, bloating, hot flashes, hair loss and more. I discussed my notes taken throughout my cycle of physical symptoms I was experiencing each month.
The physical symptoms along with the Creighton Model FertilityCare chart as a medical tool help in determining what testing will be needed for diagnosis.
She told me my difficulty with identifying peak mucus and having a lot of patchy, gummy could be caused by an ectropion. An ectropion is when the part of the cervix comes out into vagina. The cervical crypts are now in the vaginal area and when they produce the mucus, it mixes with vaginal discharge and can create this gummy mucus.
It becomes difficult to distinguish a mucus cycle with this type of mucus. She examined me and sure enough I had a pretty bad ectropion. There was a simple procedure to fix the ectropion. I will spare you the details, but it was painless and done at the same visit. And, even better, it was covered by insurance.
Next, we discussed the high likelihood that I had hormone issues, specifically low progesterone. Although my chart does not show the typical signs of low progesterone, the symptoms I described indicated differently. That is why I stress the importance of noting physical symptoms throughout your cycle.
The more information you can provide your doctor, the better your testing and diagnosis will be.
Then the bad news came. My next cycle was to include 9 to 10 lab draws. She looked at my chart and marked the days I was to come in to get my blood drawn to determine my estrogen and progesterone levels. I am not a fan of getting my blood drawn. I hate it!
If I want to know what was going on with my hormones and fix my physical issues, I need these lab draws. The good news is that the testing would be accurate because it was personalized to my fertility cycle.
I would get the answers I was desperately needing due to this personalized and comprehensive testing. That is why NaProTechnology is so successful.
I left the doctor’s office that day so encouraged and supported in my reproductive health. I felt heard, understood and validated. It is exactly what I was looking for in a doctor.
Unfortunately for me, the cycle that I am supposed to be doing my hormone testing has not been as cooperative. As you can see, my fertile mucus pattern did not occur at its usual time. I have not had fertile mucus early in my cycle for several months so this caught me off guard.
I must wait until next cycle to begin my hormone testing. I don’t like waiting, so I guess I will be working on the virtue of patience.
I am so grateful for NaProTechnology and the help it provides to women like me. I am looking forward to getting answers and have hope that I will feel like my normal self again soon.
Do you need help with hormone imbalance, infertility, miscarriage, PMS, PCOS, endometriosis or other reproductive health issue?