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Real-life stories from OvuSense users and essential information from fertility experts

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08 October 2019
Managing Your Mental Health — How To Avoid Stress While Trying To Conceive
Growing your family can be one of the most overwhelming experiences in your life— even for those who are easily able to conceive. But for the nearly one in ten women who struggles to conceive or stay pregnant, the path to parenthood can feel like an even more difficult road. No matter where you are in your fert...
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03 October 2019
Fertility Nurse Kate Davies Explains PCOS Signs to Watch for in Dr. Oz
Despite the fact that it affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age, many people have never heard of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). It’s a hormonal disorder, and common symptoms range from irregular periods to bouts of depression and even infertility. Many of the signs of PCOS are similar to those associated...
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30 September 2019
What Is a Fertile Window, and How Do You Find Yours?
When you’re trying to conceive, you need to make sure you’re trying at the right time, under the right circumstances. As you may or may not know, there are certain days of your cycle when it is easier to get pregnant. Known as the ‘fertile window’, this is a small number of days that revolve around your o...
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03 March 2016
Understanding Miscarriage

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Miscarriage is very common and it’s a topic talked about a great deal in our online support group. It is estimated that 1:6 of pregnancies will end in miscarriage.

Despite being common, this does not take away the heartbreak that suffering from a miscarriage causes. Each individual acts differently to a pregnancy loss. Emotions that women and couples feel range from anger, grief, disappointment and guilt, to fear of it happening again and sadness or depression. These emotions are completely normal and if you have had a miscarriage it is important to allow yourself the time to grieve for your loss.

Often what adds to the emotional turmoil of miscarrying is not understanding what has happened or indeed why it’s happened. In this blog, I hope to explain miscarriage a little and if this has happened to you give you some advice on what happens next and where you can turn for help.

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08 February 2016
Megan's fertility story

Hello!  My name is Megan, and I was diagnosed with PCOS at age 20.  Thanks to OvuSense, PCOS Diva Jumpstart Program and chiropractic help from my Doctor, I'm now pregnant with my first baby correlating exactly when OvuSense told me I had ovulated! 

My cycles used to be regular when first started getting my period in middle school.  However, once I hit high school, they became irregular.  Later on, when my husband and I wanted to start having kids, we first tried to induce ovulation with Clomid as prescribed by my doctor but, I did not ovulate according to the blood tests.  The same results came back when we tried Femara and an HCG trigger shot. All of these drugs made me feel very ill, and I believe contributed to weight gain and depression. My next step was to see a specialist; but, knowing that they would just include more drugs and shots, we decided to try some natural approaches.

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20 January 2016
Baby au naturale: the tough decision to avoid medications when TTCing!

Baby au naturale...is there a place for naturally achieving a pregnancy in this drug ridden, pill pushing world of TTC? 

I was diagnosed with PCOS 15 years ago.  At the age of 16, having a baby wasn’t at the top of my to-do list.  So keeping my body healthy for this reason wasn’t something I focused on.   After dating for 6 years, my husband and I started trying after our wedding in 2013.  Fast forward two years, two MCs, and too many tears, we decided it was time to seek medical help.  Our goal; to have a baby without fertility drugs.  Easier said than done!

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14 January 2016
Your OvuSense - Your Cycle

If you are quite new to using OvuSense, you are most likely enjoying finding out more about your body and your cycle. Hopefully, you’ll be getting used to using your sensor at night and downloading your data in the morning. However you might be wondering what your data actually means for you and your fertility?  Continue reading

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08 January 2016
Fertility Terms and Acronyms

Trying to conceive is a very unpredictable and scary time. To add to this, you suddenly come across words and terminology that you never thought you would have to understand. Sometimes these unfamiliar words can come from your doctor or clinic and sometimes they come from forums or support groups.

We sometimes see from ladies that join our Facebook Support Groups, that they feel completely bewildered by the fertility terminology and acronyms that every one seems to know all about. If that’s you, don’t worry. You are not alone and everyone has had to learn these at some stage of their journey. Even the team at OvuSense had to get up to speed with these funny little acronyms pretty quickly!

So to make it a little easier for you, here is a list of the most commonly used fertility terms and acronyms. This is by no way an exhaustive list, so if you know one that isn’t included, feel free to comment on the blog and we’ll add it!

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06 January 2016
Fiona's story

I'm Fiona.  I was diagnosed with PCOS and struggled for 2 years to conceive.  Thanks to OvuSense, I'm now pregnant!

When I was 15 years old, I was diagnosed with PCOS after absent periods for over a year.  I was put on Metformin;  I suppose that I didn't realize the struggles I would face later on in my life when I wanted to have a child.

I met my now Husband in 2010. I  was upfront with him from day one that I may have trouble conceiving but that didn't bother him in the slightest; he said he would do whatever it takes when the time came for us to start trying for a baby!  Well, that time came soon after we got engaged in 2013.  After many months of unsuccessful attempts, we decided to wait till after our wedding in September 2014 to go see the doctor and see what they were able to do for us. I was 27 and my husband 30.

We (mainly me!) spent the next few months going for different tests to check what may be the issue. All tests came back clear except the cysts on my ovaries.

In January 2015, a lovely friend of mine told me about OvuSense (I had used Clearblue ovulation sticks for about 6 months unsuccessfully before realising they don't always work well with ladies who have PCOS!).  I spent hours reading through the OvuSense website with my husband and discussing the money. We decided we would try OvuSense with the 4 monthly payment plan, which worked out great for us! 

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22 December 2015
Colleen's story

My name is Colleen, after being diagnosed 4 years ago with PCOS, I am now pregnant with our first baby thanks to OvuSense!  

Here is my fertility journey:

In 2011 I had a cyst rupture and was  diagnosed with PCOS. I was on birth control at the time, so they could not verify this with blood tests, but based on my menstrual cycle history and numerous small cysts the doctor thought it was likely. I was told that the treatment for PCOS was birth control, which I was already on, so to keep taking it, but that when I wanted to have children I may have some difficulty.

Fast forward three years, my husband and I were ready to expand our family. I went to my new GYN/OB, as we had recently moved, told her about the suspected PCOS and she did bloodwork to confirm; I did have PCOS. She gave me a prescription for Clomid and Provera, to bring on my period, and sent me on my way. No discussion of other treatment, follow up, alternative methods, etc. I wasn’t satisfied with this and began to do my own research.

I learned about ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) and basal body temperature (BBT), but didn’t have any luck. OPKs didn’t work for me and BBT didn’t fit well into my lifestyle with different wake-up times for work. There had to be another way to confirm ovulation and that is when I stumbled across the OvuSense Fertility Monitor!

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08 December 2015
Does PCOS cause depression?

girl-863686_1280Depression and anxiety are commonly reported in women with PCOS. In our PCOS online support group many women talk about their mood disturbances and ask ‘Does PCOS cause depression?’. It’s a good question. Does the clinical condition of PCOS cause depression or is depression a direct consequence of reduced quality of life due to low confidence and self esteem? Which comes first?

 

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02 November 2015
It's National Fertility Awareness Week - come find us at the Fertility Show!

Did you know that this week in the UK it's National Fertility Awareness Week

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This year National Fertility Awareness Week is Monday 2nd November to Sunday 8th November 2015, culminating in the fabulous Fertility Show on Saturday the 7th - Sunday 8th in London.

Firstly let's talk about National Fertility Awareness Week. In the UK and worldwide #1in6 couples are affected by fertility problems. National Fertility Awareness Week aims to

  • Raise awareness of the #1in6 couples in the UK struggling to become parents
  • Explain what options exist for the #1in6 couples experiencing fertility problems
  • Highlight the emotional and physical impact of infertility

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This year the three key themes for the week are:

  • Our fertile future – promoting the importance of fertility education by increasing young people’s awareness of the facts about fertility
  • You are not alone – campaigning for better emotional support for everyone struggling to conceive, including improved access to counselling during treatment
  • Males matter too – focusing on how fertility struggles affect men

You can read more and find out how you can get involved to raise awareness and support this amazing charity here. Why not get active on your social media to get people talking and help to reduce the stigma of infertility? Run, walk or swim 5K? Or get involved in the Great Cake Bake. Want more inspiration? Listen to the Fertility Podcast for ideas on how you can get involved.

Here at OvuSense, we hope that National Fertility Awareness Week will highlight the need to get people talking about fertility and the #1in6 people who need help. 

We are so excited about this year's Fertility Show as once again OvuSense are going to be there exhibiting.

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We would love to meet you, so come along to Stand 93 and say hello. We have so much to tell you about the OvuSense Fertility Monitor. At the show you get to meet the team and I (the OvuSense Fertility Nurse) will be there on hand to answer any of your burning fertility questions. Like last year, we have two of our lovely customers who are using OvuSense, to tell you all about it. So come and hear what they think about their monitor, and how it is helping them understand their cycles and fertility and helping them make positive steps along their journey.

See you there!

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28 October 2015
Caroline's story

Late ovulation and pregnant after 3 years trying, thanks to OvuSense.

Caroline is 28 and has been trying to conceive for the last 3 years. After stopping the contraceptive pill, Caroline noticed that she started to gain weight and began to notice an increase in bodily hair.

Around this time, to help identify when she was fertile, Caroline decided to purchase a Clearblue fertility monitor. After a while she felt that the monitor she purchased just wasn’t working for her. "I have a whole drawer full of OPKs and strips, and I kept getting let down by them as I never experienced a peak when using them. I just knew that something wasn’t right". Continue reading

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