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The connection between infertility & diet

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POSTED May 29, 2013 5:42 p.m.

Last week I cried as I listened to a patient. In the past 20 years as a doctor, me crying in the exam room has only happened a few times before. This person’s grief and frustration crumbled my well-constructed walls of medical-professional-emotional boundaries and laid my soul open to her anguish.

 She wanted to have a baby and couldn’t. She and her husband had seen many doctors and had done a lot of tests. Estrogen levels were too high, hormones were imbalanced. She was told she needed to lose weight and had tried all ‘the usual’ diets and weight loss gimmicks. Her tears were showing me just how much she wanted to be a mother, to become pregnant, to raise a child, to have that miraculous bond between husband and wife that would be the product of their love, hopes and dreams.

So we talked. Over the next 15 minutes I explained to her how amazing the design of her body is. (Just so there is no confusion, I believe in God who created us for His purpose and plan.) I told her that within the design of a woman’s body is the mechanism that if you are too fat or too thin, periods become messed up or stop. This makes getting pregnant difficult or impossible. It is a good plan and allows women with a healthy amount of body fat to conceive easier and gives the baby an optimum environment to develop well. 

As I shared with her the simple story of calories and fat, helping her visualize the changes she can make with some practical ideas in her everyday life, I watched her go from dismay and frustration to hope and power. I know I did my job well when I got goose bumps and I had them all over at that moment. She got it. Accomplishing that is the best part of my job. Helping someone go from ‘lost to found’ by showing them what they have already inside of them is like scoring a touchdown. She will never forget the lessons she learned that day and I will never forget the impact she had on me.

At Doc’s Diet we care. We know that losing weight helps a lot of people accomplish a lot of things. From helping or curing diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, gastric reflux, joint and back pain, infertility, PCOS, and low metabolism issues…. learning how to use food as a tool properly and healthfully is what we do! We can help! Take care! Doc

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