June is Pride Month. Read about Sharaylane and Lori, a same-sex couple, who achieved their dream of pregnancy with OvuSense.
First, a few questions about Pride Month you may be wondering.
Why is 2022 so significant?
This year’s Pride Month is especially significant, as it marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising – an important moment in LGBTQ+ history.
In the early hours of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village, and began hauling customers outside. Tensions quickly escalated as patrons resisted arrest and a growing crowd of bystanders threw bottles and coins at the officers. New York’s gay community, fed up after years of harassment by authorities, broke out in neighborhood riots that went on for three days.
The uprising became a catalyst for an emerging gay rights movement as organizations such as the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance were formed, modeled after the civil rights movement and the women’s rights movement. Members held protests, met with political leaders, and interrupted public meetings to hold those leaders accountable. A year after the Stonewall riots, the nation’s first Gay Pride marches were held.
In 2016 the area around the Stonewall Inn, still a popular nightspot today, was designated a national monument.
What is the significance of the rainbow flag?
In 1978, artist and designer Gilbert Baker was commissioned by San Francisco city supervisor Harvey Milk – one of the first openly gay elected officials in the US – to make a flag for the city’s upcoming Pride celebrations. Baker, a prominent gay rights activist, gave a nod to the stripes of the American flag but drew inspiration from the rainbow to reflect the many groups within the gay community.
Baker, a prominent gay rights activist, gave a nod to the stripes of the American flag but drew inspiration from the rainbow to reflect the many groups within the gay community.
A subset of flags represents other sexualities on the spectrum, such as bisexual, pansexual, and asexual.
What does LGBT mean?
LGBT is an acronym meaning lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. The term sometimes is extended to LGBTQ, or even LGBTQIA, to include queer, intersex, and asexual groups. Queer is an umbrella term for non-straight people; intersex refers to those whose sex is not clearly defined because of genetic, hormonal, or biological differences; and asexual describes those who don’t experience sexual attraction.
We are proud to share one of our favorite success stories in honor of Pride Month. Read how Sharaylane and Lori conceived in just 3 cycles using OvuSense.
(As told by Sharaylane) "My wife and I wanted a baby and so we started looking for a donor in 2011. As we are a same-sex couple, obviously our only choice is to use donor sperm in order to conceive. It’s hard work to find the right donor and with AI (artificial insemination) but we are proof that miracles can happen!
Obviously, timing it all is really critical with a donor as you have to know exactly when you are ovulating and you only get one chance each month and you don't want to waste it! We found OvuSense and bought it thinking it would help us to get pregnant (and it did!). Just 3 cycles and it happened for us!
We found 2 different donors which didn’t work out well. We then found our 3rd and final donor and got pregnant on 3rd cycle using OvuSense to time it and inseminate at home. We’re so happy and excited to be pregnant! Three cycles with OvuSense and it happened!
The only thing we changed the 3rd month when inseminating the donor sperm was to a long thin 5ml syringe and used Conceive Plus applicators (alongside timing of ovulation with OvuSense) and this worked! We were pregnant after 3 cycles using OvuSense to time it.
The OvuSense Users Group on Facebook, which is a closed support group once you are a customer of OvuSense, was really helpful in supporting my wife and me. We posted pictures of our charts and got support from the group.
We felt really supported along our journey. I'm their biggest fan now and tell everyone in every group I'm in to buy OvuSense! OvuSense has taught me a lot and will continue to use the group indefinitely to help others achieve their dream just like we did!
Sharlayne and Lori xx"
Read the full story here: https://www.ovusense.com/blog/we-are-a-same-sex-couple-and-used-donor-sperm-and-ovusense-and-conceived-in-3-cycles/,
A note from the team at OvuSense
We are proud supporters of Pride month. We are here to support all couples of every race, sex, and religion to achieve their dreams of having a baby or adding to their family. From our family to yours, we are on the journey with you.
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