“This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and The Stork OTC. All opinions are my own.”
Trying to Conceive after Adoption
When my husband and I turned our sights toward adoption, many parts of our “trying to conceive” journey ended. The doctor visits, the treatments, were all put on hold. It wasn’t that we were opposed to pursuing both. Adoption and infertility treatments aren’t mutually exclusive on principle. But, unfortunately, they were financially for us.
We poured all our resources into four sets of adoption fees. The first, an adoption process that failed. The second, the two-year process to adopt our daughter. The third, an adoption process for another daughter, Annie, who was born too early and only lived 12 days. And the fourth, for the adoption of our second older-child, a son.
In the end, we had two children who came home at eight years old, and no money left. We figured any ideas of pursuing fertility treatments, natural or otherwise, were out of the question.
Still, when our now-eleven year old daughter started saying things like, “Mama, I just wish so much for you to have a baby. I’ll keep praying.” It really leaves our minds spinning. Especially since my heart still aches for a baby.
In the years since I was first diagnosed with infertility, I have learned so much about cycles and nutrition and helping my body regulate itself. There is so much information out there—one of my favorite resources being the blog, Natural Fertility and Wellness and the book Naturally Knocked Up. Yet, even though I’ve had success at regulating—I still have been unable to conceive.
But what could we do? We knew we desired to pursue the most natural methods possible and we didn’t have tens of thousands for medical procedures even if there were some we’d be interested in trying.
Are you in a similar place?
Maybe you’ve also adopted, or perhaps you’re just not in a financial position to pursue fertility treatments. Either way, I want to tell you about a natural fertility device that is available in stores like Walgreens.
Similar in theory to an IUI, Stork OTC is designed to be used at home.
Guys, did you hear that? At home.
If you’re anything like me, those are the most beautiful words ever. Being introverted to begin with, all my days in hospitals or clinics for ultrasounds and questions and prodding… they are some of my hardest memories.
The idea that there is something unobtrusive, that can be done in my own home, with just my husband? Oh, glory be.
“Trying to get pregnant is an intimate matter.
Another reason we designed the Stork OTC to be used at home.”
When I was contacted about trying this product and sharing about it on my blog, I was excited but a little queasy (not a pregnancy symptom, I’m sure! 😉 ) I was totally up for trying it but in complete disclosure, I’m a little nervous because, y’all, my grandma reads this blog (Hi, Grandma!) not to mention random people from my church, and this is kind of a personal thing.
But there are also some other reasons… like I’ve shared, we live on a very tight budget these days and I’m constantly being pitched to about some product or another—always with a “hope” that it will help my body conceive. I don’t like the idea of ever making someone feel like maybe they haven’t conceived because they haven’t tried this supplement or this fertility aid or this diet.
God is ultimately the giver of life. I always want to encourage you to seek Him and only do what you have peace about doing. Scripture says that if we acknowledge God in everything we do, He will direct our paths. If there is one thing I’ve learned through all these years it’s that He is so trustworthy and so good. And the very best place to be is at rest in Him.
So, let’s make this clear: this isn’t a perfect product for everyone. If you aren’t ovulating, or your cycles are completely unpredictable, this might not be useful. If you don’t have peace about spending more money on fertility aids of any kind, then by all means, don’t! However, if you’ve wondered about trying an IUI but don’t have the financial resources to—this would be a great option. If you desire to pursue TTC more actively, but feel nervous about doctor visits and medications—this in-home product might be perfect. If you’re intrigued by the idea of using a natural device that doesn’t include months of medications or supplements—this could be exactly what you’re looking for.
I have no idea where the Lord will take us next on our journey, but one thing I do know well: I want to live with an eternity focus. That means living every day with anticipation of what is to come. Perhaps we’ll still welcome a little one (and, oh, how I pray for this) but either way, my heart, my husband’s heart, my family’s heart, is to honor God with our lives, our home, our every breath.
And dear ones? I pray that you will have this goal for your homes as well.
A quick guide to “at home” options to aid in fertility:
*Eating a fertility-boosting diet
- available at Walgreens in the Family Planning section, near the ovulation tests
- also, Walgreens Card Members (BALANCE REWARDS) you can earn 5000 bonus points from purchasing Stork OTC IN STORES ONLY in March and April.
*Using hormone balancing supplements
- here is a guide to the various kinds of PCOS and the most beneficial supplements
- here is an excellent overview on vitamins and supplements for infertility
To find out more on Stork OTC, you can visit here.
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