There are long and short versions of this story.
The short version is I was informed that I would never conceive a baby naturally, without infertility medicine and/or pharmaceutical intervention, and I did. That was before I had ever heard about the Insulite PCOS System. Insulite PCOS and Dr. Mary Shackelton changed my and my family's life by giving us another baby girl and we all lived happily ever after.
The longer version of the story would tell the frustrating, seemingly endless journey to understand my body, my moods, my infertility, and decades of questions.
Questions like why I was an inordinately moody adolescent (who turned into an equally moody and sometimes depressed adult), why my blood sugars were always abnormal (raising suspicions of diabetes) why I had terrible acne throughout my life - why didn't I grow out of it!!? Why I craved sugar daily and had several black outs. I always had an overall thin frame, but a "pouchy" mid section; so many questions unanswered by physicians in my life.
I had a seemingly normal menstrual cycle most of my life and never suspected any reproductive problems, but over the years I diagnosed myself as having chronic fatigue syndrome, Fibromyalgia, depression, sugar addiction. It was not until I was married and trying, at 30, to conceive that the pieces finally came together.
I knew from the beginning something was wrong; my cycle was so irregular and I was worried. After about 6 months, my general practitioner said there was nothing to worry about since we hadn't been trying for a year; she brushed my concerns off. I decided to pursue two different infertility specialists, who determined through tests and ultrasounds that I had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
I immediately researched this condition online and in books. I felt hopeful, as I wasn't considered a severe case, but also realized that having a baby never felt so important and scary. The risk of miscarriage, as well as the challenge of conceiving at all was heartbreaking. I decided to take the aggressive, medical route. We eventually conceived Finley with medical intervention and countless months of planning, timing, temperature taking, wishing, hoping, and crying.
Following my first pregnancy and birth I found out about a naturopathic doctor and PCOS specialist, Dr. Mary Shackelton, in Boulder, CO. I was eager to curb my terrible sugar habits and cravings, as well as reduce the accumulated fat in my midsection.
After I stopped breastfeeding I began the Insulite PCOS System following consultations with Dr. Shackelton. I couldn't believe that within a week I was absolutely NOT craving sugar everyday, I felt more balanced and less frenetic about my sugar habits. Without even trying, it felt absolutely effortless; I lost three pounds in less than a month. I had never felt more vibrant and confident about my ability to choose healthy foods and snacks. I was not moody, and I felt more energetic, happy. The Insulite PCOS System involves several herbal supplements taken at different times throughout the day, nutrition and exercise and with the amazing and prompt results, I was completely motivated to stick with the program.
I felt blessed to have my first daughter, Finley, and my husband and I knew that at some point we wanted to have another child. But knowing the great work it would take with my PCOS and infertility we would have to plan extensively. I really did not want to have to rely on medications again, but did not think there was another option. I was informed by Dr. Shackelton that over time with the proper diet, exercise and supplements, I could actually reverse my PCOS!!!! What came as a complete and utter shock was the news that I was PREGNANT only nine months after I had Finley.
We call her the miracle baby. How could we have worked so hard, planned, medicated painstakingly with our first and out of the blue, we were pregnant just two months after beginning the Insulite PCOS System with another baby!
Channing is amazing. It's everything I could have ever dreamed of, to be spontaneously enraptured in love and create this gift of life. I never thought I'd get that opportunity, having learned of my condition. Most women with PCOS do not get that gift. It's a difficult, scary, frustrating process. What's more, this time, because my body responded so well to Insulite, Dr. Shackelton monitored my pregnancy with a natural hormone cream to support the pregnancy and reduce the risk of miscarriage, common with PCOS. This felt MUCH better to me than having to take a drug, called metformin (used commonly to treat diabetes), that I had to use during my first pregnancy, under an OB/GYN and fertility specialist's direction.
What's more, is that during my second pregnancy I did not crave and indulge in ice cream, cakes, candy and high sugar cereals and breads like I did during my first pregnancy. I know that the Insulite PCOS System had an incredible impact on my well being, physically, emotionally and mentally. It's been life-changing. I want Dr. Shackelton to be recognized for her special work, as well as to give hope to other women suffering from PCOS. There are alternatives to traditional/allopathic and drug interventions. Dr. Shackelton treats the whole person and the whole syndrome. I am so grateful and I want others to benefit as I have.
Please recognize that, because of individual variability and the severity of your condition, women achieve varying results and in different time frames. As many of our testimonials indicate, some women get an almost immediate response. We do not want to create false hope because PCOS is a serious condition and in most cases, results will take longer to achieve and may vary from person to person.
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MB, Danbury, CT
"I am thankful to Insulite Labs for such a wonderful plan for individuals with PCOS. I have been on the Insulite PCOS System for 10 days and I have already noticed some physical changes – including reduced acne and body weight". more
"... diagnosis is especially important because PCOS is now thought to increase metabolic and cardiovascular risks. These risks are strongly linked to Insulin Resistance..."
ROGERIO A. LOBO, MD ENRICO CARMINA, MD
The Importance of Diagnosing the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome