Author Archives: Laura Underwood

  • 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...
  • Jenna’s story

    PCOS Diva and OvuSense, perfect fertility partnership

    Hi, I’m Jenna.  First of all, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to share my story! JennaThis is the first time that I have ever believed in two products (PCOS Diva and OvuSense fertility monitor) so strongly and it just makes me so ecstatic to share my experience. So here goes… My name is Jenna and I’m 36 years old and I live in Arizona with my partner.  We have been together 10 years and we have a 4 year old son who we managed to conceive using Clomid and Metformin.  I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2009. My partner and I have been trying to conceive for 2 years now.  Before finding OvuSense and PCOS Diva, we tried the following products and fertility treatments:

    • Clearblue Ovulation Monitor
    • Metformin
    • Clomid
    • Timed Intercourse
    • IUI with Fertility Meds -- Femara, Follistim, Ovidrel, Progesterone

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  • 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...
  • The cost of infertility

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

    When faced with problems conceiving the furthest thought from your mind is money. Disappointment is most likely to be your initial feeling, followed quickly by anger, resentment and confusion. This is the emotional cost of infertility; an all-consuming state of utter despair. However after a while you pick yourself up, dust yourself down and begin to look at your options.
     
    You probably think ‘We’ll do whatever it takes to have a baby’ but inevitably the reality of your situation creeps in and tough financial considerations have to be made. Have you considered how much you would be prepared to spend in order to conceive?
     
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  • Smoking BEFORE you plan to get pregnant can affect your fertility!

    Smoking BEFORE you plan to get pregnant can affect your fertility!

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

    Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health, but have you really given any consideration to how smoking affects both you and your partner’s fertility?
     
     

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  • Jenny's story

    Secondary infertility, now pregnant with baby number 2

    My name is Jenny and here is my fertility story. I am 27 years old and I have PCOS. I am married, with one daughter, and I just found out that I am pregnant with my second after using OvuSense realtime fertility monitor for just one cycle. Recently, I purchased OvuSense to know for definite if I was ovulating, or not. I used OvuSense each day for one cycle and it was great to see the messages each morning. It filled me with hope and confidence that my body was working in the way that it should. Continue reading

  • Amy's story

    Diagnosed with PCOS at 19 years, now baby number 1 with OvuSense

    My name is Amy and I just wanted to share some good news! I have PCOS and I managed to get pregnant after using OvuSense for 3 months. Here's my story.... I was diagnosed at the age of 19 with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). My doctor at the time actually told me that my chances of getting pregnant were pretty low with PCOS. I knew I wanted to be a mother one day so, as you can imagine, I was completely devastated by this news. Since being diagnosed, I have been on the drug, Metformin to try and help my symptoms. My partner and I have been together 7 years. He was my first crush as a teenager but, as he's 10 years older than me, we didn’t start dating until I was 23yrs (and he was 33yrs) and we have been together ever since! In 2014, I had a milestone birthday of turning 30yrs, and he turned 40, and we also managed to also conceive in 2014, so it has been a pretty big year for us! My partner and I knew we wanted a family as neither of us have children.

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