Our Journey with Infertility

Back several years ago we were diagnosed with “unexplained infertility” and found ourselves in a fertility clinic. While we didn’t desperately want a child, we wanted to know what was wrong and if something could be done about it. We were given a very long questionnaire to fill out. We studiously filled out all the details in hopes that they might spot some kind of pattern.

Nope.

At least for us, nothing further was mentioned about anything in the questionnaire, our testing so far, or any of our health history. We were just ushered towards standard protocol.

A few rounds of IUI (intrauterine insemination) with clomid, then onto IVF (in-vitro fertilization). There was some recommendation towards ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection, manually injecting sperm into egg), due to sperm morphology issues, but that was the extent of any customization for our specific case, if you will. In the end it didn’t matter since we declined IVF.

Later when I found out about the connection between gluten sensitivity and unexplained infertility, I couldn’t help but wonder why didn’t anyone look at that angle at all.

It’s known that celiacs can have infertility. What if we just don’t know that yet for other foods? When I found I had a serious problem with wheat, I wondered if that would resolve our unexplained infertility.

It didn’t. 

But, after finding more problem foods (the last was sneaky soy) three years into our food experiment, and feeling the healthiest in my life, we got a huge surprise!

We now have a child we thought we’d never have. All in all we spent nearly ten years as a couple without using a foolproof method for contraception and never got pregnant.

There is no way we can definitively prove that this had something to do with eliminating everything we were allergic or sensitive to, but subjectively we can’t help but think that at least for us it was the key.