Thursday, December 20, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
This TTC break may be longer than I expected. My husband and I have hit a very rocky patch in our marriage. I won't go into details, but please pray that we can get through this and become a stonger couple.
I will be starting a novena tomorrow to St. Therese
SHORT NOVENA TO SAINT THERESE
THE LITTLE FLOWER
O Little Therese of the Child Jesus,
please pick for me a rose
from the heavenly gardens
and send it to me as a message of love.
O Little Flower of Jesus,
ask God today to grant the favours
I now place with confidence in your hands...
(Mention your intentions here...)
help me to always believe as you did,
in God's great love for me,
so that I might imitate your "Little Way" each day.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
I’ll have to think long and hard about this.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
So the search still continues....
I did find this website, which had the following:
"Vitex is not a fast acting herb and may take several months to build up in your system. When using vitex to treat infertility you can take it up to 12 to 18 months - or until pregnancy occurs. Should pregnancy not occur in that time span, seek the advice of a health care professional for the next steps in achieving pregnancy. Another note of caution - you cannot take vitex while taking the fertility drug Clomid - or any drug like Clomid. It seems that vitex and Clomid counter act each other. "
I will still see if I can find a better source of information.
I found more websites that had the exact same paragraph above. So I'm guessing I cannot take Vitex and Clomid together. I suppose it's a good thing I didn't take it today. I did take my 2nd pill to induce my period and I'm not getting any symptoms that it's coming. Well, I will have to keep waiting.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
I started taking my medication I had left over from a few cycles ago to induce my period and I started with the Vitex. So hopefully third times a charm.
I will be sending prayers up for everyone who is dealing with infertility. Let's pray this cycle is the one!
Monday, October 29, 2007
I messed around with my chart and put it back on the recommended interpretation setting and it's showing I ovulated and am 14 DPO. Considering my low progesterone last Monday, I'm not sure if I believe it. I think I will refrain from testing until after I'm officially late. I'm confused and really have no idea what to think about everything.
I checked my cellphone about a half hour ago and I had a missed call. Apparently it was one of the nurses from my doctor's office and she wanted me to give her a call back. She didn't say anything else, so I don't know what it is about. I guess I'll be giving her a call back in the morning.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
I found this:
Vitex and Women Infertility: The Miracle Herb
Quite few people live their lives just to enjoy living. Many more are sure one of our main tasks here is to produce the new life. Therefore, they all want to have babies, but not all succeed.
In the estimated 50% of cases couples cannot have children because of the female infertility. The most common problems in women, which lead to the impossibility to get pregnant, are Ovulatory disorders. Most often they are caused by hormonal imbalances in women. The Ovulatory Disorders include: - Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (a condition, when follicles don’t develop properly and an egg cannot mature. This is caused by the imbalance of luteinizing hormone, leading to the excessive production of estrogen. The disease manifests itself through heavy and/or irregular periods.) - Hyperprolactinemia (the excessive production of prolactin by the pituitary gland, resulting in irregular or no ovulation) - Hypothalamic Amenorrhea (a condition of irregular or no ovulation due to the imbalance of the hypothalamus gland work)
Nature is wise – it has remedies against the majority of human diseases, but we are sometimes not smart enough to notice them and use properly. One of the nature’s creations, which help overcome female infertility, is Vitex.
This plant has the ability to regulate human hormonal levels. The extract from the fruit, containing flavonoids, iridoid glycosides, and terpenoids, affects the activity of the pituitary gland, forcing it to produce more luteinizing hormone, which results in the increased production of progesterone. Larger doses of it are necessary to achieve normal and regular ovulation, which, as a result, helps become pregnant. Irregular ovulatory function can be restored by Vitex, since it can prolong the luteal phases.
Vitex also keeps prolactin levels in check, decreasing them if they are mildly elevated. (Prolactin is necessary for milk production during the breastfeeding, but it inhibits ovulation.)
Vitex can also be helpful after discontinuing the use of birth pills to restore normal ovulation.
The extract of the plant has no immediate effect, but multiple trials show that some women, whose infertility is associated with hormonal imbalances, can get pregnant after 3 months of treatment with Vitex preparations (1.8 ml per day of the fluid extract or 35-40 mg of encapsulated powdered plant.) However, the usual treatment period is from 12 to 18 months.
There also exists information, which suggests that Vitex can work increasing hormonal levels in those women, who lack them, and decreasing them in those, who suffer from their excessive amounts. This makes Vitex a kind of a miracle herb, which knows what is better for a woman’s body and can work like an experienced doctor to make the weaker sex happier.
I think this is definately something to look into and possibly try. I just wonder what the effects of taking it with clomid are. Off to do more research....
Friday, October 26, 2007
One of my friends from work wants me to work on crocheting them a blanket for their living room. So I'll use that to keep my mind off of things. I have a blanket that I'm working on for my friend who is pregnant, but I don't think I can work on that.
Exspectantes-Thank you for your prayers! I'll be sending some your way.
Monday, October 22, 2007
So, I guess we'll see what the nurse says and where we should go from here.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Nothing else is really going on. I'm still feeling down in the dumps and just want to throw in the towel and say forget it. I really don't know how much longer I want to try and/or take medication. I want to take a break, but I don't want to lose valuable time. I'm all confused. I will have to sit down with my husband (when I can find the time since we're both really busy) and talk about it and see how he feels. I'm sure he's feeling frustrated too.
Well, that's all for now. I'm going to try to unwind from class tonight.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Judges 13: 2 There was a certain man from Zorah, of the clan of the Danites, whose name was Manoah. His wife was barren and had borne no children. 3 An angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, "Though you are barren and have had no children, yet you will conceive and bear a son. 4 Now, then, be careful to take no wine or strong drink and to eat nothing unclean. 5 As for the son you will conceive and bear, no razor shall touch his head, for this boy is to be consecrated to God from the womb. It is he who will begin the deliverance of Israel from the power of the Philistines."
Saturday, October 13, 2007
I'm also getting depressed that I haven't ovulated yet. I think with the way my temperature was today, I might ovulate today. I will have to take another OPK. I'm getting emotionally tired from the TTC journey. We've sort of been on it for 2 years. I'm getting frustrated at the fact that I may never get pregnant. I really want to just give up and stop TTC after this cycle. But I know I'll regret it if I do.
I think I'm just going to try to "grin and bear" it this evening. I'll make some tea and hopefully have a kitty or 2 cuddle with me. And lots of chocolate!
Monday, October 8, 2007
My first cycle on clomid was a bust. My period started last Saturday (Sept. 29th). I did up my pills and have taken them for "round 2". I feel this is "old hat" now. I'm not as gung-ho this cycle. I had heard so many stories about getting pregnant on the first cycle of clomid. When I talked to the nurse after my progesterone test she said next cycle they would bump it up to 100mg of clomid. I went to pick up my prescription and it was for only 50mg again. I did have a strong ovulation last cycle so we'll see how that goes.
I've been waking up about a half hour to an hour earlier than my normal wake up time of 5:10am. I've now adjusted my wake time and am now getting up at 4:20am. I started with my ovulation predictor kits today...very faint line so ovulation isn't too far off. I hope I have some ovulation pain again this cycle. It was a nice reminder that it wasn't too far off.
Since I'm not pregnant, I'm enjoying a nice cold beer. So *cheers* and here to a new cycle and new hope.
Friday, September 28, 2007
But I guess it isn't over until my period shows...so here goes a test of my patience.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
So I got my progesterone test results today. It was only 5.2, but then again the bloodwork was done on 3 DPO and they’re basing it off of it being 7 DPO since the dr assumed I ovulated on CD 14. There's always a chance. My chart is looking nice. I’ve had high temps for the past couple days. I'm hoping and praying for a miracle.
If I'm not pregnant this cycle my clomid will be upped to 100mg. I just hope I'm pregnant!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
I’ve been reading on the boards at Fertility Friend and even set up my pregnancy chart just to see when I would possibly be due. I know I’m probably putting the cart in front of the horse, but I’m obsessive like that.
I did not start my novena to St. Gianna last night. I think I’m going to time it so by the time I get done with the novena it will be time to test and that will hopefully keep my mind of testing. I only have 10 HPTs and I don’t want to use them all up. It was really neat seeing a positive OPK. I like looking at 2 lines and would love to see 2 lines again in 2 weeks.
So begins the dreaded 2 week wait…..
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
The bad news: My husband and I haven’t baby-danced since Sunday so this cycle is a bust since we more than likely missed the egg.
I am incredibly frustrated right now. I know there is always a chance. I guess I will just hold on to that hope for now. Though, I am incredibly excited that I possibly ovulated on CD17. That’s the earliest I have ever ovulated! So the clomid does work.
I think this may be a good time to start a novena to St. Gianna. The last day of the novena will be the 20th, which will possibly be 9 DPO.
Novena To Obtain Graces Through Saint Gianna Beretta Molla
God, our Father, you have granted to your church the gift of Gianna Beretta Molla. In her youth she lovingly sought you and drew other young people to you, involving them, through apostolic witness and Catholic Action, in the care of the sick and aged, to help and comfort them.
We thank you for the gift of this young women, so deeply committed to you. Through her example grant us the grace to consecrate our life to your service, for the joy of our brothers and sisters.
Glory be …
Jesus, Redeemer of mankind, you called Saint Gianna to exercise the medical profession as a mission for the comfort of bodies and souls. In her suffering fellowmen and in the little ones, deprived of all support, she saw you.
We thank you for having revealed yourself to this servant as “one who serves” and who soothes the sufferings of men. Treasuring her example may we become generous Christians at the service of our brothers and sisters, especially those with whom you deign to share your Cross.
God, Sanctifying Spirit, who love the Church as your Bride, you poured into the heart of Saint Gianna a share of your Love so that she could radiate it in her family, and thus cooperate with you in the wonderful plan of creation, and give life to new children who could know and love you.
We thank you for this model wife and, through her encouraging witness, we beg you to grant to our families the serene and Christian presence of mothers committed to transform them into cenacles of faith and love, rich with generous activity and sanctifying service.
O God, Creator and lover of mankind, you were close to Saint Gianna when, affected by illness, she was in the painful dilemma of choosing between her own life and the life of the child whom she was carrying in herself, a gift long-awaited. Trusting you alone, and aware of your Commandment to respect human life, Gianna found the courage to do her duty as a mother and to say “yes” to the new life of her baby, generously sacrificing her own. Through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Jesus, and after the example of Gianna, inspire all mothers to welcome with love the sparkle of new life. Grant us the grace we are praying for …………. and the joy to find in Saint Gianna who, as a model spouse and mother, after the example of Christ, gave up her life for the life of others.
Saturday, September 8, 2007
I started my period on Aug 26th and I then started my first round of clomid on Aug 28 and took my last pill on Sept 1st. I am still waiting to ovulate, but my temperature took a dive today so I'm hoping I will actually ovulate today. Today is CD 14, so that would be a miracle. I've been having aches in my pelvic area for the past few days which I am hoping is ovulation pain. I have scheduled my CD 21 bloodwork to check my pergesterone levels. Unfortunately, CD 21 falls on a Saturday and the doctor's office is not open. So my appointment will be on Sept 14th at 8:30. I did a bit of research on what the levels should be post ovualation and found this website.
Follicular phase 0.2 - 1.4 ng/mL
Luteal phase 3.3 - 25.0 ng/mL
Mid-luteal phase 4.4 - 28.0 ng/mL
Postmenopausal less than 0.7 ng/mL
1st trimester 11.2 - 90.0 ng/mL
2nd trimester 25.6 - 89.4 ng/mL
3rd trimester 48.4 - 422.5 ng/mL
I ordered some ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) and home pregnanct tests (HPTs) on Sept 4th. I was really hoping they would be here by now. So maybe today I will get them. I am a POAS-aholic. (Pee On A Stick). This cycle seems to be taking forever. I keep staring at my chart in hopes that I will find some hidden revelation.
Awhile ago someone on one of my message boards that I frequent posted a link to the show "Life's Greatest Miracle" that aired on the Nova program on PBS. Just watching that made me just realize how much of a miracle it really is. So if you'd like to watch the show here is the link http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/miracle/program.html. It's really a great program and I recommend everyone watch it.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Until then, God Bless.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
In other news, last week was rough. Thank you to those who expressed their sympathy, it was appreciated.
Friday, August 24, 2007
So have a safe weekend and don't forget to tell your friends and family you love them. You never know what the next day will hold.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Tonight is my first night of classes and school will be a nice distraction from this trying to conceive rollercoaster.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
And I also have my clomid. I’m so excited, nervous, scared. I’ll be taking 50mg on CDs 3-7 and will have blood drawn on CD 21. I really can’t wait to get this started!
When I was walking around the store waiting for my prescription to be filled I ended up walking by the baby stuff. Probably not the smartest idea.
I've always had thoughts of me getting pregnant, but I never could quite envision me being a parent. Weird, I know.
So, I'm off to start taking my pills and hope my period comes soon.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
After putting in my tempurature yesterday on my FF chart, my cover line was taken away. My temperature went up today, but I have not gotten my cover line again. So, it's looking like another annovulatory cycle. *sigh* But the good news is that I will probably get my clomid prescription tomorrow. I wonder if I will get a prescription of prometrium to start my period sooner so I can start clomid sooner. I have a list of questions to ask tomorrow and I have asked my husband to come up with questions too.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Luke 1: 5 In the days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah of the priestly division of Abijah; his wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
6 Both were righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren and both were advanced in years.
8 Once when he was serving as priest in his division's turn before God, 9 according to the practice of the priestly service, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord to burn incense. 10 Then, when the whole assembly of the people was praying outside at the hour of the incense offering, 11 the angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right of the altar of incense. 12 Zechariah was troubled by what he saw, and fear came upon him.
13 But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John. 14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of (the) Lord. He will drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will be filled with the holy Spirit even from his mother's womb, 16 and he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah to turn the hearts of fathers toward children and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to prepare a people fit for the Lord."
Friday, August 17, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I still haven't ovulated yet and I'm on cycle day 27. I really hope I ovulate today and end up pregnant. That would be the greatest gift.
Monday, August 13, 2007
For instance, today I've been nauseous most of the day and have had mild cramping sensations all leading me to believe that I'm ovulating today. I did check and nausea can be a sign of ovulation.
I've been spending most of my waking hours pouring over posts at Fertility Friend and staring at my chart hoping to gain some insight that really isn't there.
Hopefully I don't drive myself crazy before my consultation on the 22nd.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Only time will tell.
Blessed Mary, please pray for my husband and I to conceive a child without the use of medication. May His name be praised.
Monday, August 6, 2007
August 15th is the Assumption of our Blessed Virgin Mary.
According to Roman Catholic doctrine and the traditions of the Catholic Church, the Blessed Virgin Mary (Mary, the mother of Jesus) "having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory." This means that Mary was transported into Heaven with her body and soul united. The feast day recognizing Mary's passage into Heaven is celebrated as The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Roman Catholics. This doctrine was dogmatically and infallibly defined by Pope Pius XII on 1 November 1950 in his Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus.
The Assumption is important to many Catholics as the Virgin Mary's heavenly birthday (the day that Mary was received into Heaven). Her acceptance into the glory of Heaven is seen by them as the symbol of the promise made by Jesus to all enduring Christians that they too will be received into paradise. The Assumption of Mary is symbolised in the Fleur-de-lys Madonna.
In honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary, I will be starting a novena to her. I will be saying the Novena to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. I will be ending the novena on August 15th.
Mary, Queen Assumed into Heaven, I rejoice that after years of heroic martyrdom on earth, you have at last been taken to the throne prepared for you in heaven by the Holy Trinity.
Lift my heart with you in the glory of your Assumption above the dreadful touch of sin and impurity. Teach me how small earth becomes when viewed from heaven. Make me realize that death is the triumphant gate through which I shall pass to your Son, and that someday my body shall rejoin my soul in the unending bliss of heaven.
From this earth, over which I tread as a pilgrim, I look to you for help. I ask for this favor: (Mention your request).
When my hour of death has come, lead me safely to the presence of Jesus to enjoy the vision of my God for all eternity together with you.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
So, my appointment for my annual exam was yesterday. I met with my nurse practitioner. She was very concerned regarding my very irregular cycles. I looked through my last year’s worth of charts and it shows I only ovulated 3-4 times. I think my average cycle length was in the 50 day range. I honestly think that we won’t get pregnant without any medical intervention. My blood pressure was 100/60. My BMI (Body Mass Index) was 19 though. She said she’d like to see me gain at least 5 pounds, maybe up to 10. I’m at a loss on what I need to do. I don’t have that big of an appetite. I know I will have to start exercising more and gain more muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat.
I told my husband about the appointment and how it went. I basically told him that if we want to get pregnant, it probably won’t be naturally. He seemed okay this time to me taking medication. I’m pretty sure the doctor is going to put me on clomid. So I’ll be thoroughly researching it.
I also think that I might have PCOS. But I’ll have to ask my gynecologist when I go back on Aug. 22. I will also have to remind her of the fact that I am Catholic and so is my husband. I am printing off that article on what is acceptable for infertility treatment and give her to put in my file. I also gave my nurse practitioner all my charts from the last year for my gynecologist to go over before my visit. I gave my gynecologist all my charts that I had last year as well. I really hope she actually is looking at them and is using them. I’ve heard stories of gynecologists totally blowing off any charting their patients have brought in.
I guess deep down I’m scared that I may never give my husband any children.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Moses turned and came down the mountain
with the two tablets of the commandments in his hands,
tablets that were written on both sides, front and back;
tablets that were made by God,
having inscriptions on them that were engraved by God himself.
Now, when Joshua heard the noise of the people shouting,
he said to Moses, “That sounds like a battle in the camp.”
But Moses answered, “It does not sound like cries of victory,
nor does it sound like cries of defeat;
the sounds that I hear are cries of revelry.”
As he drew near the camp, he saw the calf and the dancing.
With that, Moses’ wrath flared up, so that he threw the tablets down
and broke them on the base of the mountain.
Taking the calf they had made, he fused it in the fire
and then ground it down to powder,
which he scattered on the water and made the children of Israel drink.
Moses asked Aaron, “What did this people ever do to you
that you should lead them into so grave a sin?”
Aaron replied, “Let not my lord be angry.
You know well enough how prone the people are to evil.
They said to me, ‘Make us a god to be our leader;
as for the man Moses who brought us out of the land of Egypt,
we do not know what has happened to him.’
So I told them, ‘Let anyone who has gold jewelry take it off.’
They gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and this calf came out.”
On the next day Moses said to the people,
“You have committed a grave sin.I will go up to the LORD, then;
perhaps I may be able to make atonement for your sin.”
So Moses went back to the LORD and said,
“Ah, this people has indeed committed a grave sin
in making a god of gold for themselves!
If you would only forgive their sin!
If you will not, then strike me out of the book that you have written.”
The LORD answered, “Him only who has sinned against me
will I strike out of my book.
Now, go and lead the people to the place I have told you.
My angel will go before you.
When it is time for me to punish, I will punish them for their sin.”
And on Catholic Connection today, Teresa Tomeo tied in Sara Groves song "Painting Pictures of Egypt" with today's reading. Which is about longing for what we once had and what we were comfortable with. I thought it was interesting and wanted to share it.
Listen here for the discussion, she tells it better than I could relay it. The link is for the first hour and I believe that is where they discussed it.
In other news, I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow for my annual exam and I will ask to speak with my doctor. (I have my appointment with my nurse practioner) I'm excited to get the ball really rolling.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Years of longing did not weaken their trust in God, but grief eventually drove Saint Joachim into the wilderness to fast and pray. Saint Anne, remaining at home, dressed in mourning clothes and wept because she had no child of her own. Seeing her mistress distressed, a servant girl reminded Anne to put her trust in God. Saint Anne washed her face, put on her bridal clothes and went to a garden to plead with God for a child.
Angels appeared to Saint Anne in her garden and Saint Joachim in the desert, promising that, despite their old age, they would give birth to a child who would be known throughout the world. The new parents ran to meet one another at Jerusalem's Golden Gate, and with a kiss rejoiced in the new life which God had promised would be theirs.
Saints Anne and Joachim are powerful intercessors for all married couples, expectant mothers and married couples who are having difficulty conceiving, as well as all who have grown old.
The Novena Prayer:
Good parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, grandparents of our Savior, Jesus Christ,
When life seems barren, help us to trust in God's mercy.
When we are confused, help us to find the way to God.
When we are lost in the desert, lead us to those whom God has called us to love.
When our marriage seems lifeless, show us the eternal youth of the Lord.
When we are selfish, teach us to cling only to that which lasts.
When we are afraid, help us to trust in God.
When we are ashamed, remind us that we are God's children.
When we sin, lead us to do God's will.
You who know God's will for husband and wife, help us to live chastely.
You who know God's will for the family, keep all families close to you.
You who suffered without children, intercede for all infertile couples.
You who trusted in God's will, help us to respect God's gift of fertility.
You who gave birth to the Blessed Mother, inspire couples to be co-creators with God.
You who taught the Mother of God, teach us to nurture children in holy instruction.
You whose hearts trusted in God, hear our prayers for ... (mention your requests here).
Pray with us for the ministry of Catholic family life.
Pray with us for the ministry of Natural Family Planning.
Pray with us for all who give their time, talent and treasure to this good work.
Hail Mary... Our Father... Glory be...
God of our fathers, you gave Saints Anne and Joachim the privilege of being the parents of Mary, the mother of your incarnate Son. May their prayers help us to attain the salvation you have promised to your people.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
I know it's a little late to start this novena, but I will be starting it today.
There are several other novenas that I want to do as well. Please join me in the above novena if you so choose. More prayer definately won't hurt!
Saturday, July 21, 2007
So off to bed I go. God Bless.
"On the part of the spouses, the desire for a child is natural: it expresses the vocation to fatherhood and motherhood inscribed in conjugal love. This desire can be even stronger if the couple is affected by sterility which appears incurable. Nevertheless, marriage does not confer upon the spouses the right to have a child, but only the right to perform those natural acts which are per se ordered to procreation. A true and proper right to a child would be contrary to the child's dignity and nature. The child is not an object to which one has a right, nor can he be considered as an object of ownership: rather, a child is a gift, "the supreme gift" and the most gratuitous gift of marriage, and is a living testimony of the mutual giving of his parents. For this reason, the child has the right, as already mentioned, to be the fruit of the specific act of the conjugal love of his parents; and he also has the right to be respected as a person from the moment of his conception." - Donum Vitae
"How do I know when a reproductive technology is morally right?"
- Any procedure which assists marital intercourse in reaching its procreative potential is moral.
- Any procedure which substitutes or suppresses a need for marital intercourse is immoral.
- Obtaining a semen sample by means of masturbation
- Artificial insemination using sperm from a donor (AID) or even the husband (AIH) if obtained by masturbation
- In-vitro fertilization (IVF), zygote intra-fallopian transfer (ZIFT), and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), ovum donation, "surrogate" uterus
* excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church explaining why these are immoral** Articles further explaining the problems with in vitro fertilization and artificial fertilization
Reproductive Technologies in Agreement with Catholic Teachings:
- Donum Vitae (The Gift of Life), Instruction on Respect for Human Life in its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation: Replies to Certain Questions of the Day, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
- Reproductive Technology (Evaluation & Treatment of Infertility) Guidelines for Catholic Couples , USCCB
- Catechism of the Catholic Church
So, with my husband and me being Catholic we are limited in what technological advances in the reproductive field that we can use. My husband cannot get a sperm analysis because of the teachings of the Catholic Church. Yes, it does bother me sometimes, but I am totally in line with the Catholic Church’s teaching.
I haven’t always wanted children. With my first serious boyfriend I didn’t want kids. But as soon as I met my husband that changed. I want a large Catholic family!!
The Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha would be the best place for my husband and I to get treatment. There they will actually find the cause of infertility instead of masking over everything. That is what my gynecologist wanted to do. She wanted to get my cycles regular by using birth control pills. Yes, I know I can use them if it is for medicinal purposes and not for contraception. But I still felt it was wrong. Plus, I hated being on the Pill. I was on the Pill for a few years before I was Catholic. Synthetic hormones just don’t seem right. Unfortunately, my insurance at work doesn’t cover the Pope Paul VI Institute. So I will have to make do with my gynecologist.
Borrowed from http://www.catholicinfertility.org/guidelines.html
Friday, July 20, 2007
Finding out this news has gotten me feeling very depressed. My husband and I have been married since October 2005. We haven't been trying, but we haven't been preventing. One would think we would have gotten pregnant by now.
I spoke with my gynocologist in May 2006. She did some preliminary blood tests and things came back perfect.
I don't know what all I can do. I just started my period after not having one since the beginning of March. I have crazy, irregular cycles. I have an appointment for my annual exam on the 31st. I really would like to get pregnant within the next year. We'll see what my husband says about that. We've been wanting to wait, but with my irregular cycles and not having gotten pregant in almost 2 years, my opinion is we better start actually trying now. I've always wanted to have a few kids before I turn 30, that's less than 5 years away.