As vaccination rates soar, and we begin to move out of the pandemic, many couples are beginning to think about starting or growing their family. It’s no secret that the pandemic incited fear across the globe, including added concerns for women who are trying to conceive, such as the rumors circulating that the COVID-19 vaccines could cause infertility. However, these rumors were quickly disproved as a myth. In fact, both the CDC in the US and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation in the UK recently recommended that pregnant people receive the vaccine after new research demonstrates there are no additional risks for mothers or their babies.
As life finally begins to return to normal, many women may be feeling more comfortable and confident in their journey and ready to take back control of their health and bodies. Continue reading to learn more about the benefits of trying to conceive or becoming pregnant in a COVID world, and how the OvuSense fertility monitoring family, including OvuFirst - the most accurate skin-worn sensor on the market - can help you achieve your pregnancy goals.
Empowering Yourself and Your Journey
Stay true to yourself and empower your journey by trying to conceive when the time is right for you and your loved one. If your doctor is working reduced hours or a nearby fertility clinic is temporarily closed, there are ways to stick to your timeline and prioritize your fertility goals from home.
Luckily, there are tools out there to support you and keep you on track! With the launch of OvuFirst, OvuSense now has a comprehensive fertility monitoring family, which supports couples from their first months trying to conceive through monitoring clinical treatment.
- OvuSense OvuFirst is the most accurate skin sensor available on the market and perfect if you’re interested in learning more about your cycle or just starting your fertility journey. You can wear the sensor on your arm or wrist overnight and it will confirm your fertile window with over 90% accuracy*.
- OvuSense OvuCore can help by predicting ovulation up to 24 hours in advance using current cycle data, and confirming the exact date of ovulation with 99% clinically-proven accuracy. That means works really well for you if you have been trying for some time or have irregular ovulation.
- If you’re looking to work with your physician, OvuSense® Pro provides unique key analysis of cycle patterns, automatically flagging if you have not ovulated, short luteal phase, slow rise, and a range of unique cycle patterns identified in OvuSense clinical research.
This way, you and your doctor know what's happening during treatment, can track medications, and understand if dietary changes are affecting the timing of ovulation and the length of cycles. The OvuSense Pro clinical portal also allows doctors to screen for potential causes of female sub-fertility, risk of miscarriage and potential pregnancy complications. By using OvuSense OvuCore or OvuSense Pro, you can feel empowered to stick to your timeline, from the safety and comfort of your own home.
If you’re looking for more information to determine which device is right for you, visit our comparison blog here.
Buy now and start when you choose! Use code FAMILY30 to buy an OvuSense starter pack and get 30% off until the end of June 21, and if you order a 12-month pack you can start your subscription any time in the next 3 months.
Working From Home
If you’re trying to conceive, you may find working from home during the pandemic to be beneficial. If you and your spouse previously traveled for work, or spent long hours at the office, it may have been difficult to squeeze babymaking into your daily routine. But now, with many companies and offices embracing remote work, you may find that baby dancing fits into your schedule much more easily.
Additionally, if you become pregnant during the pandemic, working from home may make this transition easier for you. Often, many women experience morning sickness during the first trimester, which can make commuting and long days at the office seem unbearable. Now, with remote work, morning sickness can be more easily managed by curling up on the couch with a heating pad and your laptop, or taking frequent trips to the bathroom without curious colleagues noticing.
Remote work may also help to reduce stress, which is important during pregnancy. In the United States, the average, one-way commute takes 26.1 minutes. Commuting five days a week round trip adds up to 4.35 hours a week, which is over 200 hours, or nearly nine days, per year. Add traffic into the mix, and talk about stressful! It may also help reduce stress to have more time at home with your partner and/or pets, as they are likely a source of comfort. Furthermore, in the second and third trimester, working from home may allow your partner more opportunities throughout the day to feel those precious little baby kicks! Talk about a stress-reliever.
More Personal Space
If you’ve been trying to conceive, it can be difficult when friends and family members constantly ask when you’re going to have a baby. Or, if you’re pregnant, you’ve probably heard horror stories
about belly-touchers and well-meaning relatives who comment on how big you’re getting. Luckily, during the pandemic, none of this should be an issue. You’ll likely receive fewer inquiries from loved ones about becoming pregnant, since you’ve simply been seeing them less. In addition, you can probably avoid a random stranger approaching you and asking to rub your burgeoning belly at the grocery store, or your crazy uncle loudly joking, “Are you sure you aren’t having twins?” in front of the whole family. Now, personal space is encouraged (six feet apart, everyone!), and big gatherings have been limited. Take this time to enjoy your privacy and personal space, no matter where you are in your fertility journey.
Hear from Our Fertility Nurse
For some additional reassurance, OvuSense Fertility Nurse Kate Davies weighs in on the matter below:
"We know that many of you are concerned about the safety of the COVID vaccine with regards to fertility and pregnancy. We totally understand your fears, however as the months have gone by we have more data and the vaccines have been shown to be effective and have a good safety profile. There is no need to avoid pregnancy after getting your vaccine and there is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines have any effect on fertility or your chances of becoming pregnant.
Once you fall pregnant there is also no reason to delay in having your second vaccine dose. The second dose offers you greater protection which is important as women are more vulnerable to COVID once pregnant and in particular in the third trimester of pregnancy (over 28 weeks). We hope that helps reassure you and good luck!"
Time to Get to Baby Dancing!
Now, we hope that instead of worrying about getting pregnant during the pandemic, you’re embracing all the benefits! If you’re trying to conceive, your work-from-home lunch breaks just got a whole lot more exciting with baby dancing thrown into the mix. Or, if you’re already pregnant, take full advantage of kicking your feet up while you work and avoiding nosy family and friends. And remember, OvuSense is here to help you during every step of your fertility journey, from the convenience of your home. Be sure to use the code FAMILY30 for 30% off ALL the members of the OvuSense family until June 30!
For more information, visit www.ovusense.com.
* Internal side by side OvuFirst and OvuCore study to be published 2021