My Fertility Story

I walk beside you on my own fertility journey

The SUPER Coles Notes version of my fertility journey is the fact that I’m also an:

  • #endowarrior
  • #infertilitywarrior
  • #TTCsister
  • #IUIsister
  • #IVFwarrior
  • #miscarriagesurvivor
  • #rainbowchaser

Where It All Started

The First Time

I was 12 years old and on my second period EVER

My mom found me on the bathroom floor in fetal position in excruciating pain

This scenario repeated every month for 3-4 days from then until I was in my mid-20s

My Pediatrician

I found the courage to tell my pediatrician about my pain

He told me “Your periods are supposed to be painful. It’s normal. Just take a Tylenol and stop exaggerating.”

I refused to return to his office ever again

Begging to be spayed

I was 13 years old and DESPERATE for a solution

I begged my parents to get spayed

The Gynecologist

I was 18 years old

She suggested birth control or surgery, and I declined

She said “Please come back as my OB patient. You have labour pains for 3-4 days a month, so having a baby will be a breeze for you!”

Another Way

I discovered Naturopathic Medicine in my early 20s

It took a few years of hard work to determine what worked for me

And I’m happy to report that I’ve had pain-free cycles since my mid-20s!

Trying to Conceive

Just Married!

We decided it was time to “casually start trying”

To be honest, I had a timeline in my head

I wanted to get pregnant 1 year after we were married

Month After Month

I over-analysed ever possible “early pregnancy symptom”

I was completely devastated every time my period would arrive

It was a vicious cycle of soaring hopes and crushing defeat, over and over

Fertility Clinic

We finally landed at a fertility clinic

I should have listened to my own advice

BUT I was stubborn and hindsight is always 20/20

The Diagnosis

We did all of the testing

We were diagnosed with “unexplained infertility”

Our options were continue to try naturally or move forward with an IUI/IVF


The Second Opinion

We got more advice  and we decided to do an IUI

We were SUPER excited (look at how adorably naive we were!)

We were full of hopes & dreams of being the 5-15% who had a successful IUI

Where It All Went Sideways …

Severe Food Poisoning?

We went out to dinner for my brother’s birthday 2 days after our IUI

I landed in the ER the day after with severe abdominal pain & a high fever

We ruled out appendicitis

Unlucky 0.016% = 0.16 in 1000

It took 3 weeks to diagnose my PID from the IUI

For 8 weeks after our IUI, I went through:

  • 3 visits to the ER
  • 2 hospital ward admissions 
  • 13 days in a hospital room
  • 21 days of a high fever
  • Endless needle pokes
  • 3 pelvic ultrasounds
  • 3 x-rays
  • 2 CT scans
  • 120 bags of IV fluids & meds
  • countless meds including hydromorphone & percocet!
  • 1 NG tube for 4 of the most uncomfortable days of my life
  • 1 large dumbbell shaped abscess that wrapped around my intestines
  • 1 full intestinal blockage
  • 1 drain installed into my pelvis for 6 weeks
  • 700 mL of infected material drained from the abscess
  • 35 lbs lost over 3.5 weeks 

The Consequences

I developed bilateral hydrosalpinx

I needed to have surgery to remove both of my Fallopian tubes

Naturally getting pregnant was NEVER going to happen and I was devastated

Pineapple Fertility Foundations

I’m creating an online program for my fellow #fertilitywarriors

5 modules of everything you need to get started on your fertility journey

PLUS a bonus module all about male fertility

Our Last Hope


I was terrified to restart

BUT I didn’t have a choice

I had a massive amount of anxiety sprinkled with a lot of hope

The Results

We only retrieved 9 follicles despite seeing 24 viable options

I was devastated again

We agonised as we waited to learn that FOUR embryos survived to freeze!

The Surgery

I then had laparoscopic surgery to remove my Fallopian tubes

I was finally officially diagnosed with stage 4 endometriosis

My entire pelvis was littered with scar tissue and adhesions — it was a MESS

Our Miracle

IVF Transfer

Our FET serendipitously fell on the 1 year anniversary of “that dreaded summer of 2017”

We agonised through our TWW

It actually worked and we officially graduated from our fertility clinic!

I HEAR you. I SEE you. I AM you.

I’ve been drawn to fertility patients since my internship in 2002

My fertility story is full of twists and turns but we made it through our fertility tunnel with our happy ending

And now I’m passionate & dedicated to help my fellow #fertilitywarriors feel fully supported on their fertility journeys from start to finish

To Be Continued …

Another Big Decision

We decided to try to add to our family

It was a very big decision for us

With a worldwide pandemic thrown into the mix!

IVF Round 2

We did it all over again

And it actually worked!

We were shocked, thrilled and exuberant

The Apprehension

We’ve struggled to conceive for years

The joy of a BFP is always marred with a lot of trepidation and worries

I was waiting for “the other shoe to drop”

Rainbow Baby

Unfortunately, our pregnancy ended in a loss

But we’re currently hoping for & working towards our rainbow baby

Stay tuned because even I don’t know where our fertility story will end …

I AM You

I can genuinely say that “I understand”

I know first hand the toll this journey takes on your physical, mental & emotional health

I get it

100% I get it

Now let me support you through your journey so that the mountains that you’ll have to climb won’t seem as high

We can do this together

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer virtual appointments?

Yes, I offer virtual appointments both via video and telephone

My patients tend to love it because it’s a great efficient use of your time with zero commuting involved!


Do you treat patients like me?

My main focus is on hormones, fertility and pregnancy

However, my patients also bring with them other concerns including bloating, headaches, constipation, etc

The best suggestion I have is to book a free 15 min meet & greet appointment and we can chat it out to see if we’d work well together. If I don’t think that I’d be able to help you, I can always send you some suggestions for colleagues who’d be better suited to support you to reach your health goals.

Do you do acupuncture?

Yes, I offer acupuncture services at all 3 of my clinic locations in:

  1. Downtown Toronto at Bay & Adelaide
  2. Forest Hill at St. Clair & Spadina
  3. Burlington at Appleby & Harvester


Are you covered by OHIP?

No, naturopathic consultations aren’t covered by OHIP in Ontario

However, naturopathic consultations (including acupuncture and a portion of IV therapy) is regularly covered through extended health benefits

Want to chat?

Let’s sit down for a free no-pressure 15 min call to see if we’d work well together

You can ask me all of your questions about Naturopathic Medicine and my approach to treatment,

all from the comfort of your own home!

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