My husband and I were in our late 20’s. We thought we were doing everything right. We met in college and waited until a couple of years after we graduated to get married. We lived modestly in a small apartment while we saved enough for a down payment on a house. Once we were set in our home and sure of our career paths, we started thinking about having a baby.
About 6 months into the process, I started to get a little bit nervous. I had stopped taking birth control and I wasn’t yet pregnant, and I silently wondered if something was wrong. After a full year of trying, I told my husband I wanted to talk to the doctor about it, and he supported me in my decision.
Candida was Holding Me Back
I’ve always been a huge fan of natural and alternative healing methods and philosophies, so I made sure the OBGYN I was using was open to all sorts of discussions. When I went to talk to her about my difficulty conceiving, she asked me lot of questions. One of the first things she asked me was if I had frequent yeast infections.
Why, yes – yes, I did.
I hadn’t thought of this as being an issue, but apparently it was a red flag signaling I had a much larger problem. My monthly yeast infections (without fail) were what she considered chronic and having them so often was definitely not considered normal.
Then she explained that vaginal yeast infections are caused by the Candida albicans yeast organism, which is a fungus according to wikipedia. It’s one of the main causes of that type of infection, but it can cause a lot of other problems throughout the body. I admitted to feeling tired all the time, but I thought that was from the demands of our new life, home, and our careers.
She then went on to tell me that systemic infections can have a huge impact on the body. So much so, in fact, that my immune system was likely struggling to keep me healthy and, as such, I was having trouble getting pregnant.
So, What’s Next?
That’s what I asked her. I thought she’d write me a prescription, but she didn’t. First she wanted me to go home and test myself for Candida. I had to do the Saliva Spit Test, found at the national candida center, where I spit into a fresh glass of water first thing in the morning. She told me to call and tell her if my saliva was clear and floating or if it was cloudy and sank, suspended in the water with cloud specks, or cloudy and floating at the top with leg-like tendrils coming from it. The latter was true in my case, and she confirmed that I did indeed have a Candida overgrowth in my body.
I still expected her to tell me to come in and pick up a prescription, but she didn’t. She instead told me to look up Probacto, and read through their books and website. She told me to do the best I could to follow their diet regime to the letter and assured me that within a few months I would not feel as fatigued and that I would stop having chronic vaginal infections.
You know what? She was right.
My husband did the spit test and it turns out that he, too, had a bit of Candida as well. We did the diet together and within a couple of months we both had a renewed vigor for life. We weren’t as tired and we were able to enjoy our successes together.
After a few more months, I was completely free of vaginal infections and almost never felt tired. I was incredibly happy with life and felt less stressed out than ever before. We added some probiotics and herbal supplements to our diets and we now eat a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables with organic meats on a regular basis. Processed food has not seen the light of day in our home since we started following the program.
Oh, and the best part? I went back to my OBGYN last week for my most recent test results, and I’m 8 weeks pregnant. Woohoo!