Readers, this is a game changer.
If you recall, after ovulating on day 21 in my third cycle, last cycle I didn’t ovulate until day 27. That was the cycle where I had been eating ice cream on a daily basis for well over a week (yes, I know that’s embarrassing).
So I set myself a goal: with cycle #5, I was not going to eat ANY dairy, other than Greek yoghurt at breakfast, until after I ovulated. I wanted to see if it would make a difference.
Oh, and I also eased back on the whole carb/protein ratio issue, because I was so convinced dairy was the major culprit.
Oh, and my metformin ran out right before I ovulated in cycle #4 and I didn’t go and get more because I couldn’t stand the thought of going into the clinic and possibly running into my new doctor (or, worse, my old doctor) and having to explain where I had been when we were supposed to have done an IVF cycle by now.
Not exactly perfect scientific conditions with no fewer than three variables at play. What can I say. I’m a historian.
So cycle #5 started, and I stuck to my plan. No butter. No cheese. No milk. No ice cream UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES even if it looked delicious.
I still ate Greek yoghurt at breakfast most mornings. And there was some milk used in cooking now and again.
And I ovulated on day 18.
Once I knew the high temperature wasn’t a fluke, I immediately tucked into the cheese.
I am still in my luteal phase (7dpo), so I’m still eating dairy occasionally. But I will cut it all out as soon as my temperature drops, and we’ll see if we can repeat this next month.
I cannot cut it out entirely, but cutting it out (except yoghurt) for half the month, and then only eating it when it’s something that I really love, that is a situation I can live with.
It boggles my mind that my “cereal and milk” breakfast habit (that has been a habit for my ENTIRE LIFE) could fundamentally be the problem behind my PCOS and my total lack of anything resembling (even remotely) a menstrual cycle before this summer.
Yes, I wish I had known about this earlier.
Yes, I wish I had made these dietary changes a couple of years ago.
Yes, I wish things could have been different with our family.
But right now, I am excited for the future, because for the first time in my life I have a way to manage my PCOS. Truly manage and live with it, not just hide it with birth control pills.
THAT is better than ice cream.