Author Archives: Laura Underwood

  • Four reasons why I NEVER recommend ovulation predictor kits (OPKs)!

    By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse

    Have you ever used ovulation predictor kits (OPK’s) to predict when you ovulate? Have you had a good or bad experience of using OPK’s? I am very sceptical of the reliability of this ovulation prediction method and as a result, I don’t recommend them to any of my patients. Here’s why……….

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  • Learning to love Mother's Day

    By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse

    For those of you living in the UK, you’ll be aware that Mothering Sunday occurs in late March. Additionally, Mother's Day in the USA is May, as it is in Canada and some parts of Europe. I suspect, when this time of year comes around, you feel a sense of dread. For many it will be yet another year when your arms feel empty and your longing for a baby to fill this empty space is intensified.
     
    However, this year, I challenge you to think differently about Mother’s Day; I want you to learn to love it for totally different reasons and I want you to turn the idea of Mother’s Day on its head. I want you to flip it, and here's how: think of this day as not just for mothers, there are many different ways you can learn to accept Mother’s Day without being a mother yet yourself.
     
     

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  • PCOS - ten great ways to beat the symptoms and feel better

     By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse

    PCOS is your worst enemy, we get that. Fight back with ten great ways to beat the symptoms and feel better:
     
     

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  • PCOS and you - the fertility diet challenge

    By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse

    Weight gain is one of the most common side effects of PCOS. It’s also one that affects your self esteem and compounds your difficulties in conceiving. However, the good news is that by paying attention to your diet, it is possible to lose the weight you’ve gained and feel better.
     
    Losing weight will also help to reduce the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease as well as boosting your overall health and well-being.
     
    However, diet alone can’t cure PCOS but it can help to alleviate the symptoms, and with ovulation monitoring or further support from your specialist, losing weight can significantly increase your chances of conceiving.
     
     

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  • Can acupuncture improve your fertility?

     By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse   During my day to day work in the field of fertility, I hear many claims about the latest therapy that ‘will get you pregnant’. Unfortunately many of them turn out not to be true and others may have other...
  • Must know fertility facts - Part One

     By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse

     

    As the fertility Nurse Advisor for OvuSense I am delighted to have the opportunity to share with you some of my knowledge, expertise and tips on how to maximize your chances of conception and in essence give you the knowledge to help you achieve pregnancy quicker.
     
    For the first few blogs I am starting at the beginning with all the basics, the ‘must know’ facts about fertility. The ones that are crucial, the ones that really matter.
     
    Firstly, if you are reading this because you are trying to conceive, please know that you are not alone. One in six couples experience problems conceiving and, if this is you, I would urge you to seek advice sooner rather than later. There is also so much that you can be doing now to optimize your fertility.
     
     

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  • NICE guidelines for fertility – what does this mean for you?

    By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse

    The UK in 2013, updated and significantly changed the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for the assessment and treatment of individuals who are having difficulties in conceiving.
     
    If you live in the UK and are trying to conceive, it's important that you understand these new guidelines and what they mean for you. 
     
     

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  • Eleven fertility myths...now busted!

     By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse You only have to spend a bit of time on a fertility forum to read conflicting advice and opinion about many aspects of fertility. How many times have you wondered whether what you are reading is fact or fiction? Here are eleven popular...
  • Maintaining your relationship when trying to conceive

    By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse

    Experiencing difficulty in trying to conceive can have a profound effect on a couple’s relationship, and this is totally unique to the individual couple. I find that most couples are totally unprepared for the emotional upheaval and turbulence that can affect their relationship. However this emotional effect isn’t always negative.
     
     

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  • How to increase your luteal phase naturally

     By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse While trying to conceive, it's very likely that you spend time counting the length of your luteal phase and wondering if it is long enough. You are right to be considering it, as the luteal phase is a very important part...

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