About

Hello everyone, I’m starting this site to help women out there share their experiences and also to get expert advice as well. At age 29 and diagnosed with “infertility” at my ob/gyn, I was confused and depressed at the same time. I remember coming out of the office not knowing what to think. However, this was the beginning of a new journey for me as I was out to find answers. What is infertility? Why is my body doing what it’s doing and is my ob/gyn right? My doctor said I would need surgery to cure my “infertility” but then I go ask for second opinions, third opinions, and so forth (you get the idea). I found that every doctor said something different. Some said surgery, some said not, and some said I’m perfectly fertile! What is right? Without knowing or getting second opinions, I may be under the knife right now and who knows what they would be cutting out of me!

After my experience, I found that there’s a need to start a site where women share their most intimate details to help other women. No shame! We’re like hogs for hugs here so therefore, the site name. Ta da! There isn’t a unified place to keep all our comments and problems. Let’s start posting what we need help with.

I go the extra mile… with popular posts, I will personally interview the best doctors and get you your second, third, fourth, fifth, infinite opinions… let’s share away!

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25 Responses to About

  1. SG says:

    Thanks for sharing. This is awesome!

    • sona says:

      thanks for sharing all the information.I’m going to start Endometriosis diet from tomorrow. have u heard about shatavari,its for hormone balancing, liver function, energy and immunity. i’ve been taking it for month now.

      • hoghugs says:

        Haven’t heard of it but make sure you do some research. For example, don’t eat herbs that increase estrogen because that’s what’s causing more and more endo to spread. Estrogen is bad for us but may be good in some women. Good luck! Let me know how it goes!

  2. Chelsea says:

    Hello! I want to start out saying a BIG thank you for your blog. I was recently diagnosed with an endometriosis cyst on my right ovary, via ultrasound. I was devastated to hear that my only functioning ovary (my left fallopian tube is blocked) was in jeopardy. I was sad and confused, seeing I have never had any symptoms of endometriosis.
    Your blog was the first I came across when I began, franticly, scouring the Internet for help and answers. I took to your reccomendations, and started the endo diet. I cut out gluten, dairy, sugar, processed foods, and red meat. And then only free range chicken, fish, and eggs (rarely) and organic fresh fruits and vegetables. The juicing has been an awesome experience. I love the way my skin is looking 😉 I also started taking serrapeptase, fish oil, B complex, and countinued my prenatal vitamins.
    Well, today was my follow up (2.5 weeks after starting the diet) and I am thrilled to tell you that my 5.6 cm cyst is now 4.5 cm!!!!! I can’t believe it! I could tell right off the bat, that the cyst looked so much smaller. What an amazing thing!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Your information, your story has renewed my hope. I do hope that I will one day soon I’ll be able to tell you I am pregnant. Thank you again for this wonderful blog.
    -Chelsea

    • hoghugs says:

      Your welcome!!! Congrats! You WILL get pregnant. I thought I was hopeless and I was trying for almost 2 years! Have hope and do it the natural way. By the way, can they unblock your fallopian tube? Many cases that’s easy unblocked without damaging anything… Just remember DON’T DO SURGERY on your cyst. They damage more ovary than you like and after surgery you have to wait to get pregnant and plus, you may get it back. It’s the diet that fights it. Get it to go away the same way it came!

  3. Laura says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. I was diagnosed with Endometriosis a year ago and have been dealing with two very large endometriomas on both both of my ovaries. I have seen a few dr’s and they all say the only the only way I will ever get pregnant is by IVF. Reading your blog and seeing that there is so many women out there that suffer from the same condition. It feels good to know your not alone. Thanks again!

    • hoghugs says:

      Are they sure ONLY through IVF? The hormones they inject in you “could” make your endometriomas bigger during the process. How long have you tried to get pregnant? I tried for 2 years but got success through changing my diet. After I changed my diet, I got pregnant in less than a year! Did you read my posts on changing diet and eating serrapeptase and nattokinase? Women have been pain free from endo with this and that means no more endo. Combat endo and you’ll get pregnant the natural way! I’m not against IVF at all since I was considering it but the diet worked for me. If you’re young and have a year or two to change your body for that baby, I would try that first? Everyone’s different. If you’re in a hurry to have a baby, then go for it! Go for that IVF!

  4. May says:

    Hi Hoghugs,

    Just wondering if too much estrogen is being reduced, will it be difficult to ovulate? i suspect i may be having anovulation cos i din have a proper menses but just sporadic,, and want to know whether lack of estrogen prevents ovulation?? on the other hand, since i hv fibroids/adeno, i shub be estrogen dominant.
    my last blood test abt 5 months back showed my estrogen was 207 n progesterone 0.71, at that time i was also hving sporadic periods like one episode a day.

    i used to hv extremely high estrogen like 500 plus in the past.

  5. Janice says:

    Hi Hoghugs,
    Your website is awesome! I was wondering where did you purchase your serrapeptase and nattokinase from? I live in Toronto and was wondering if any natural health food stores carry the products??

    Thanks,
    Janice

    • hoghugs says:

      Janice, try the website biovea.com…. Their prices are reasonable…

      • Lisa says:

        I’m very confused as to which serrapeptase to purchase. You mentioned taking 120,000 Iu, but Dr.s Best has 120,000 SPU of serratiopeptidase. Also, I noticed between brands that there are capsules and tablets. Is one better than the other? I also noticed a huge price difference for Vitalzym. Is it the same thing?

      • hoghugs says:

        I believe Dr best is the same. I don’t know about vitalzym.

  6. Katy says:

    Hi Hoghugs,

    Congrats on being a mother and especially because you did it the natural way!
    I just discovered your blog yesterday, and was so inspired, have decided to read all you articles.
    Before that I wanted to ask you for personal advice – I am 31, diagnosed with PCOD at 28, 1 Failed IUI 4 months back, and with endometriosis (grade 3) last month discovered after doing diagnostic laparsocopy . Now dr. has given me a 6 months time frame to “try”
    What do you think I should change the most to bring about a positive change?
    1. I take Metformin daily for PCOD. Do you think I should stop taking that?
    2. I take Myo-inositol everyday for PCOD.
    3. Please give me some advise on how to bring about changes in food habits.. I have tried a lot earlier, but its so difficult because my husband is not at all cooperative and always goes for fast food and meat etc :(.. I am definitely not going to give up and will try again…

    Thanks for inspiring me 🙂

    • hoghugs says:

      Hi Katy,

      Thanks for your comments. What is PCOD? Did you mean PCOS? Polycystic Ovary Syndrome? If so, the cause of that is due to too much androgens, thereby testosterone in your body. If I would be naturally curing it, search for foods that decrease testosterone in your body. I know that Saw Palmetto is one of those herbal supplements that help with that. A symptom of high testosterone could be high estrogen as well because excess testosterone gets converted to estrogen! If that is the case, eat the meal plan on this site along with the supplements. I haven’t come in contact with metformin and Myo-inositol. Did the doctor recommend these or are you taking it on your own? Please don’t eat fast food! Try to cook at home or even salads and try to juice. I can’t emphasize enough how much juicing helps everyone (even those without estrogen testosterone problems like us). You have to be strong and eat a different meal than he does. If he goes to McDonalds, get their salad only and try to eat it without the dressing. I do it all the time and it actually tastes good! the ingredients in there already have a lot of taste and I actually enjoy it. Wherever you go, there will be a salad/fish option. Try to stay away from processed meats and foods. I have a post on Endometriosis Diet. Try to follow that and with the juices. I think you’ll find some improvement. Did you test your hormone levels? Are you estrogen levels ok? What your testosterone levels like?

      Thanks,

      Julie

  7. Kim says:

    Hi !

    Just discovered your website after a devastating initial appointment at the fertility clinic. Surgery this, surgery that and even talk of when and if I get pregnant that I have to have a c-section bc of the afformentioned surgeries !
    I have 3 sub mucosal fibroids all 2 cm and under. Also 2 cysts on my left ovary measuring 2 cm. The doctor suspects they are endometriomas but he didn’t say for sure. Can they tell that from an ultrasound ( if it is a endo cyst or another kind ). I have been on an endo diet for 3 weeks now and seeing a TCM and Acupuncture doctor. I want to try and heal these naturally without surgery. I was hoping it would take 3 months but after reading your blog it seems like maybe more like a year? I’d that accurate ? I have two questions
    1) how bad is it to “cheat” once in a while on the endo diet? Will it destroy all the efforts or is it more like 10 right moves and 1 wrong isn’t gonna make it or break it
    2) I called whole foods to ask if they have Nattokinase and they said they were told to take it off the shelves 6 months ago, do you know why ?

    Thank you for your super informative blog. And Congrats in the baby

    • hoghugs says:

      Hi, yes, doctors love profiting when they can. Sorry for your experience. If you are trying to get pregnant, just try even when you’re changing diets. I can’t say cheating is good but it so happens that when someone starts cheating, it will happen more often than you think because the lure of it is so tempting!!! Just think, once you are pregnant, you can start to eat red meat, etc again. It’s like a freebie period, about the only thing I enjoy in my pregnancy is being able to eat almost anything I want and to go back to endo diet after. In regards to natto being off whole foods, I’m not sure but it is still sold elsewhere online. Maybe not enough people bought it at whole foods. It’s not the most popular item. Afterall. Good luck! Let us know! By the way, the endo diet is a life long change, not just a year program. Our bodies are just more sensitive to estrogen that’s all but you’ll find that once you’re on the diet long enough, you won’t crave the other stuff. Just like some people just don’t like certain foods, it’ll start becoming a non issue. If you really want to cheat, then set a rule and plan like once a month one meal that sort of deal. Much easier to manage I think. Good luck !!!!

      • Kim says:

        Thanks so much for your response!
        I had no idea that when you are pregnant that you don’t need to follow the diet, that’s good news!
        The other thing u was wondering about Nattokinase is that from what I read its made from soy beans. I’m confused bc aren’t you supposed to avoid soy products on the endo diet bc of the estrogen ? Are there different types if Natto not made from soybeans ?

      • hoghugs says:

        Not all bean products are estrogen producing. It depends on it was produced. In this case, it helps with endo , feel free to try it. I did with the other supplements and got better.

        When you’re pregnant, you’re body is self protecting for baby and your hormones are going to self adjust quite well. You can eat red meat again since baby needs it. It’s a great freebie period !

  8. Jessica says:

    Great blog! Thank you! I’m looking forward to following your story, which sounds similar to mine and is providing me much hope at the moment.

  9. Jessica says:

    One more thing- I’m getting amped up to begin supplementation- I’m 13 post laparoscopy-turned-laparotomy that excised advanced lesions and corrected organs that were fused together. I have been following the so-called endometriosis diet since January, and did notice that my chronic pelvic pain subsided, but now I am obsessed with doing everything I can to prevent the lesions from returning. Like, obsessed. From your personal experience, or with your ability to interview doctors, how would you advise partaking of supplements without going overboard to the extent that one could actually do more harm than good? I’ll be taking an hcg injection three times monthly. Any insight is appreciated!

    • hoghugs says:

      Because these supplements are all natural, they don’t have information on overdosing when I checked but your body only can absorb so much so I would think it would be a waste to eat too much a serving. Body takes time to heal and correct. It wasn’t a one day project that we ate ourselves here so it’ll take a few months to start correcting and telling your body to go back to health. Take the recommended dosage and relax. My endo never came back and I didn’t go crazy on the dosages. Please keep us updated on your progress. I would love to hear you’re endo free !!!

  10. Mrs B says:

    Please help me, I have been suffering from endometrosis, I wanted to know can I take serrappeptaste 80,000 iu double as 120,000 iu is expensive? Also I have only seen on Amazon 2,000 fu nattokoise so where I can buy 20,000 fu nattokoise please? Or is it possible can I double the tablets because of low fu? I have been suffering very bad ovulation and period pain every month please help.
    Thanks for your support!

  11. Mrs B says:

    Please reply soon , as I’m in terrible pain.

  12. Henrietta says:

    Please can you tell me how you heal your mom’s cancer.I have a friend who doesn’t want conventional cancer treatment.

  13. Siekel says:

    Just found ur blog today. This is amazing and ur stories really brighten my day, should say my future as well. I have endometrioma and laps in 2010 when I’m 19, yes for sure the endo coming back. I still fighting with it for now and yes, I am and willing to change my diet. Hopefully I can be tough to eliminate the foods, eventhough I love them all 😉 I am truly happy for ur two beautiful children and that’s give me hopes since I want to change the title ms to mrs in a few years from now, I guess 😉 Anyway, thanks for making my day and I really love reading ur stories. Have a wonderful day ahead dear mummy! 🙂

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