When I was about 16, I was diagnosed with PCOS and immediately placed on birth control by my gynecologist.  I asked her what this all meant for having babies in the future and if birth control would hurt those chances.  She told me, “We’ll deal with that when we get there”.  Not a comforting answer.  My freshman year of college, I met the man who would become my husband.  I was very open and upfront early on about the fact that I might have difficulty getting pregnant – he said that we would figure it out and it would all be okay.  So I stayed on the pill until 4 months after we were married because I was experiencing palpitations and worsening headaches.  At that same time, we took the introductory session to the Creighton Model FertilityCare system (CrMS) where we learned about all of the other options for managing PCOS and about charting to increase our chances of getting pregnant, hopefully avoiding fertility medications.  That’s when we learned about Dr. Kyle Beiter and the use of progesterone, especially in women with PCOS, to help maintain a pregnancy.  We felt reassured that there was a doctor out there who would help us every step of the way.
That was also the month where we realized I wasn’t very good at charting… and that we were in fact pregnant!  I was shocked!  My husband was happy to say “I told you so” and I was happy to hear it!  Because we had attended the CrMS class and learned about Dr. Beiter, as soon as we found out I was pregnant I called and scheduled an appointment with him.  I was seen immediately and left his office with lab orders, a prescription for progesterone, and an order for an early ultrasound.  I started the daily progesterone right away, and thank God we did, because my levels were low.  I would eventually need a total of 10 injections during my first trimester along with the pills.  But all of that paid off in the end when we welcomed our first son in November 2012.  The timing of everything – going off the pill, the CrMS class, meeting Dr. Beiter…it was absolutely divine intervention.  Had it not been for the CrMS and Dr. Beiter, we would have most likely lost our son.  The benefit to physicians trained in NaPro Technology is that the philosophy is different – my regular obstetrician does not prescribe progesterone until at least two miscarriages…we were so blessed to not have to endure that pain, and that I was started on the progesterone so early.  I was also fortunate enough that because I live in Pennsylvania and Dr. Beiter is in New Jersey, that after my initial consult with him we were able to communicate over the phone.  I was still being seen by my OB/GYN at home for all of my prenatal care.
     After having my son, my regular gynecologist suggested that I go back on birth control in May of 2013 to manage my PCOS.  That November, I experienced a   transient ischemic attack (TIA), or pre-stroke, from the birth control hormones.  I can never take birth control again – and that led me to worry about how I would manage the PCOS.  Dr. Beiter was again right there with us, helping us figure out a plan… but that plan will have to wait a few more months, as we are happily expecting our second child this Fall!  Because of the TIA, my pregnancy (and any subsequent pregnancies) will be high risk – but Dr. Beiter has been there the entire time helping us monitor my labs and progesterone, and of course offering emotional and spiritual support. 
     NaPro Technology is truly a blessing – I hope that more women learn about what it can do for them and their health!