17: Reversing Infertility & PCOS Naturally

17: Reversing Infertility & PCOS Naturally

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Hormone Health-Infertility-PCOS with Alisa Vitti

I’ll never forget talking to a friend after she suffered a miscarriage. It was her third.

She and her husband struggled to get pregnant for years and suffered through hormone treatments, surgeries and much more.

They finally conceived and then lost their little one. Then another, and another.

She was at her breaking point. Her marriage was at a breaking point and she felt like her body was betraying her.

Her struggle was part of what led to my focus on reproductive nutrition. It didn’t make sense to me that women’s bodies should need hormones and artificial treatments to conceive.

Fertility is a sign of health, and as I discovered, infertility is usually a sign of a deeper problem that needs to be addressed. Often, artificial hormones can make things worse. Thankfully, my friend did go on to have a beautiful baby (and two more after that), but I was forever affected by her pain while she was struggling with infertility.

Today’s guest, Alisa Vitti, has been through the same struggle of hormone trouble and infertility and she also found natural solutions and managed to conceive naturally (she is set to welcome her little on in the next month!).

I was so excited to talk to Alisa because she has helped thousands of women restore hormone balance and beat infertility by teaching them how to naturally support their own bodies. In this podcast, Alisa and I talk in depth about:

  • The causes of infertility and how to overcome it
  • PCOS and natural remedies that can help
  • PMS and menstrual related problems
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Many other aspects of hormone health

Alisa has also written a book, The Woman Code, about achieving hormone balance naturally, and she blogs at FLOliving.com about all things hormones. She is offering three great hormone related freebies for Wellness Mama listeners and you can get them here.

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Reader Comments

  1. What about drinking coffee with MCT oil and butter first thing in the morning? Will that effect insulin sensitivity too? What about adding collagen?

  2. I really enjoyed this Podcast. Thank you so much for sharing. I don’t have any hormonal “issues” that I know of, but definitely want to be proactive about keeping things in balance.

  3. Do you know of any “Male Code” authors that you would recommend. I find this very interesting and inspiring but would like a tip on a good source of male fertility?

  4. Katie, did your friend who struggled to get pregnant for years go onto to conceive her three children naturally? How many years did she struggle to get pregnant for?

  5. Could you post the commentary to podcasts? I know it’s a lot, but it’s easier and quicker to read. Just a thought.
    Thank you

  6. Hi Katie, I love your website, love everything. I’m going to be honest, I was suprised you had this article regarding Womancode. I’m a huge WAPF follower, but lean more towards Paleo through Chris Kresser’s approach, and that’s how I fixed everything. I have Womancode, and found it extreme. I basically said, “hell no”. This is not me. After I finished reading this book, what I grasped was that I would have to be nearly vegetarian to do this. And I found the push of all these weird protein powders, like pea protein, hemp protein, instead of eating whole foods odd. Eat wholegrains? Legumes? Red meat is no good? I also had adenomyosis, and getting rid of red meat was never on my To-Do list. I didn’t like this method at all. I used to have serious hormonal issues and I fixed everything, thanks to Chris Kresser, he tailors to everything. I would die if all I could eat is fish, and the breast of poultry. What fixed everything for me was going Paleo, losing my weight, being heavy can also set your hormones off, and I was able to figure out that diary made my periods painful, the moment i would stop dairy, pain was gone, I MEAN NO CRAMPS AT ALL ANYMORE. And yet doctors told me that because I had adenomyosis, I would be stricken with permanent painful and heavy periods. Really? That’s funny, not anymore. I used to have leaky gut which could also offset hormones, had severe constipation my whole life. I simply fixed it with quality probiotics, which I now maintain with fermented foods, prebiotics and resistant starch. I mean their are certain things I agree with Alisa Vitti on, like coffee can wreak havoc, little things like that, but overall, it’s not ancestral at all, the focus and importance of saturated fat was not their, only the focus of vegetal fats from olive oil, avocados etc etc. In the Ancestral-practicing community, none of this makes any sense to me. Just the same, thanks for your post.

    • Sandra…I know this is from last year but wondering if you could share any of your experience with paleo and adenomyosis? I’ve been diagnosed with this and am only being offered mirena or hysterectomy. Would love to think there are alternatives!
      Many thanks

  7. I’m having a little trouble wrapping my head around the hormonal phase diet. As a woman is is constantly on my period, I don’t understand how I can eat according to my cycle when my cycle is jacked up.

  8. This was great!! I’m really enjoying your new podcast, Katie. My newest quest is to learn more about female hormone health. I recently got my test results back from ZRT Labs and it shows that my progesterone to estradiol ratio is low (it’s at 53, and the lab says that 100-200 is optimal). I have been suspecting that something has been going on with my sex hormones. We do Natural Family Planning, and I use the ClearBlue fertility monitor to double check against my temp and cervical mucus. For the past several months, the estrogen level has remained high even after ovulation. (And sometimes, it doesn’t even show an LH surge.) Now that I know my progesterone levels are off, that makes total sense, along with the fact that my periods have gotten really light. We are currently avoiding pregnancy, but when we do want to conceive I want to be ready and healthy.

    I also have low basal body temps. Pre-ovulation it’s generally in the 96’s, and post ovulation I’m lucky if I hit 98. My mom (who used to teach NFP classes) said that those are really low temps. I do have a cold sensitivity too, I’m generally colder than others around me. I keep having this nagging feeling that perhaps the underlying cause is hypothyroid, even though I do not have the classic symptom of being overweight or having trouble losing weight (I’m thin, 5 feet and about 108 lbs). I got my TSH checked about a month ago, which was normal – but I know that a full thyroid panel is needed to really see what’s going on. Do you have any thoughts on this or any resources on increasing progesterone? Thanks so much!! 🙂

    • This sounds much like me. 5’6″ 108lbs have similar low body temps and have had light period for years. I never had any thyroid problems according to lab tests until my 3rd pregnancy. I tried to make diet changes but ended up taking a very low dose of medication for hypo thyroid for about the last half. It was hard for me to accept that I needed medication. I quit taking the medication the day I have birth and my lab results showed normal numbers at my next blood draw. I feel there is a missing puzzle piece. Good for you you taking control of your health and seeking answers. Best wishes on your journey to balance.

  9. Katie, I tried to sign up for the 3 free gifts via the link but it doesn’t work! The page just loads & loads but never actually emails the gifts. V. Disappointing?

    • The interview is a year and a half old, so it’s possible that she’s no longer offering it…

      • Too bad if she’s not offering it anymore. I spent a fair bit of time trying to figure out how to get the gifts. Perhaps the link should be removed or updated? Thanks for the great info though Katie!

  10. Excellent! Thank you. I’m sharing this. A lot to learn here.

  11. Hi Katie, thank you for bringing up the issue of synthetic hormones, I’m bemused that she did not address this in her “3 reasons” for all of the hormone crazies. It seems like such a huge factor! Either way, thank you for this podcast and all of your helpful health info for us women. I’ve learned so much from you and I’m very greatful!

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