For many women, the idea of having a child is something they have thought about since they were children themselves. We are conditioned with dolls. Our femininity is often tied to the idea of being able to bear a version of ourselves later in life. For me, it was the idea to continue the next generation of women in my family. As out of date as it sounds, my biggest goal in life was to become a mother. That is all I ever wanted in life. My degrees, my business, the friendships with influential people mean absolutely nothing if I cannot bring forth a child to carry my DNA and legacy.
For years I thought that was impossible and then I was correctly diagnosed.
From there I was pointed in the right direction for resources. Whenever there is an issue with the ovaries and/or egg quality, specialists always tell their patients that they can carry a donor egg. For most people, it's music to their eggs because they will get the opportunity to bring forth a child. For me, when I was incorrectly diagnosed, it was just another letdown. If I can be honest, I’m not too concerned with being pregnant. It is the idea that I can create a life that will carry my late mother’s legacy.
The grand news came when the reproductive endocrinologist told me about stem cell therapy. It showed promising results. Although it was not a standard procedure, she felt that this could be a great option for me if my ovaries decided once more that they did not want to participate in my parenting goals.
It has been a trip to say the less. This research isn’t brand new, it has been around for the better part of five years, but it's fairly recent. My previous reproductive team wrote me off and anything that remotely would look like an opportunity for me to bring forth a child on my terms.
Stem Cell therapy works by regenerating the ovarian follicles.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is used to restore the ovarian environment. When this occurs, follicle growth can be stimulated because the ovarian environment is better. Sounds simple enough, but add the cost of therapy and the red tape, it can be a nightmare for many women seeking to carry a child with their own eggs.
Although stem cell therapy is promising in treating infertility, issues such as the efficacy and who would be a great candidate make it difficult to use. However, it is gaining a lot of ground and will hopefully be available for more women to use without the challenges that are currently on the table.
For now, I am going back to training three days and transitioning into a plant-based diet with lots of fresh-pressed juice and alkaline water. I have my organic supplements. I need a healthier body for myself, but also one if I wish to bring forth life. Modern medicine can do its part as I can do mine.