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Hello everyone, I just wanted to post my story here in hopes that others will be encouraged or enlightened. I have had secondary infertility for 6 years now, coupled with PCOS. Since I only ovulate 3 times a year, our chances were obviously slim. We had attempted Clomid nearly 10 times over 4 years. Each time we had successful ovulation but no pregnancy. We had to contemplate that something else was wrong with my system to not carry a child.

Then I found an ND who had great success getting his PCOS women to ovulate every month using Lugol's solution (Iodine drops that regulate your thyroid). Sure enough, it worked. Four months after starting it, I began having normal periods. Yet after 6 months of normal periods this year on Iodine, I still wasn't pregnant, what next?

He did some more digging in my family history and my current symptoms, and like a bolt of lightening it hit him that I was probably Gluten Intolerant. On September 2nd of this year, I went off Gluten 100%, and noticed all sorts of benefits, my adult acne went away, my bowel problems, etc. And 4 WEEKS later, I got a positive pregnancy test!

Hind sight is 20/20, but thinking back I realized my first successful pregnancy was 4 weeks after going on the Atkins diet 9 years ago. Which in that beginning phase is the equivalent to Gluten free. Yes, the lost time is depressing had we only figured this out before! But, oh, the joy we have now :)

My greatest hope is that by telling my story to enough people, I will somehow help the Gluten epidemic be recognized that much more by conventional doctors and pursued, so that it isn't 6 years, 10 years, or never for potential parents. Not to mention the overall benefits to living Gluten free for so many of us now. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers that I make it out of the fragile 1st trimester safely, and thanks for reading :)

Angela

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Hello everyone, I just wanted to post my story here in hopes that others will be encouraged or enlightened. I have had secondary infertility for 6 years now, coupled with PCOS. Since I only ovulate 3 times a year, our chances were obviously slim. We had attempted Clomid nearly 10 times over 4 years. Each time we had successful ovulation but no pregnancy. We had to contemplate that something else was wrong with my system to not carry a child.

Then I found an ND who had great success getting his PCOS women to ovulate every month using Lugol's solution (Iodine drops that regulate your thyroid). Sure enough, it worked. Four months after starting it, I began having normal periods. Yet after 6 months of normal periods this year on Iodine, I still wasn't pregnant, what next?

He did some more digging in my family history and my current symptoms, and like a bolt of lightening it hit him that I was probably Gluten Intolerant. On September 2nd of this year, I went off Gluten 100%, and noticed all sorts of benefits, my adult acne went away, my bowel problems, etc. And 4 WEEKS later, I got a positive pregnancy test!

Hind sight is 20/20, but thinking back I realized my first successful pregnancy was 4 weeks after going on the Atkins diet 9 years ago. Which in that beginning phase is the equivalent to Gluten free. Yes, the lost time is depressing had we only figured this out before! But, oh, the joy we have now :)

My greatest hope is that by telling my story to enough people, I will somehow help the Gluten epidemic be recognized that much more by conventional doctors and pursued, so that it isn't 6 years, 10 years, or never for potential parents. Not to mention the overall benefits to living Gluten free for so many of us now. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers that I make it out of the fragile 1st trimester safely, and thanks for reading :)

Angela

What did your doctor say about getting pregnant so quickly after going gluten-free? I am a newly diagnosed Celiac and gluten-free eater (3 months). My hubby and i have been trying for 2.5 yrs and just this month starting trying again. I'm so excited to see what happens, but some people seem to thing that this is too soon after changing my diet?? What did your docs say about it? My doctor knows about my diagnosis and that we are trying and she didn't seem to thing that was a problelm. I've heard so many success stories of pregnancy within a few weeks after changing diet but i also hear the people who say to absolutely wait a year. I'm a bit torn on what to think. All i know is that my husband and i have been trying for a long time and now maybe we have a little hope.

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Hip hip hurray Angela!!!!

I had a similar outcome going off gluten. 4+ years of trying with 1 miscarriage and many many many exams and various assisted reproduction techniques and after 8 months of being gluten-free got pg :)

Elm -- it might take a bit of time, but don't despair. Keep up the hope and keep on the diet. And have fun trying :)

amelia xx

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