I went to see a naturopath today to get some advice on specific supplements to take for balancing my hormones. I got some pretty good information which I hope will make the $300 bill worth it in the end.
One interesting thing she told me was that progesterone can get converted into cortisol when you are under stress. That could explain why I was taking my progesterone suppositories but still miscarried - the progesterone was getting converted into cortisol because I was under insane stress between husband's cancer issues and my own fears about the pregnancy. So my body was "stealing" the progesterone that I need to make cortisol... goddam body.
Here's a good article that explains this effect: http://www.cbn.com/health/nutrition/drlen_051507.aspx
She gave me some supplements to help with stress management and overall fertility. Here's what's in my pillbox right now:
Noon: Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Stress-B Complex, Folic Acid, prenatal multivitamin
Afternoon: EPA (fish oil), vitex
PM: Iron (Hemoplex), Vitamin D
In addition to those vitamins, I will be taking these other supplements/foods:
Follicular phase: 1 tbsp each of pumpkin seeds and ground flaxseeds, 10 drops of lingonberry
Luteal phase: 1 tbsp each of sesame and sunflower seeds, evening primrose oil, 10 drops of crabapple
I will be doing castor oil baths as often as possible. I will not be consuming any soy or raw broccoli/cauliflower family vegetables.
This is going to be tedious to say the least.