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  • Top 10 questions about your menstrual cycle. Get the facts!

    Top 10 Questions About Your Menstrual Cycle

    The menstrual cycle and your period are the most important aspect of your fertility. These very important functions of a woman's body regulate ovulation and your hormones and have major influences on your fertility health.

    You may feel confused or concerned about your menstrual cycle and what your body is trying to tell you, so I have put together my most frequently asked questions and the answers to help you understand your body a little more.

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  • 20 conception abbreviations you need to know (fingers crossed you end up PG—Pregnant!)

    The world is moving so quickly that trying to have a baby doesn't even require words. Now, modern family planning only takes a few letters.  Some of these acronyms are familiar (IVF, or In Vitro Fertilization), but others may leave you scratching your head.  As in, what the heck is BD and...
  • OvuSense: The best fertility prediction I have ever used!

    Just wanted to stop in and give all you wonderful ladies a final update. I have been an OvuSense user since 2014. The best fertility prediction I have ever used. It has never been wrong for me as far as ovulation confirmation. Trust and believe in this technology! Anyway, this...
  • It's happened. I'm pregnant.

    It happened! My entire life I have been told how difficult it would be for me to get pregnant as I have PCOS. But I got my BFP today!

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  • It's finally sunk in....I'm pregnant! We were due to start IVF in a few months.

    I still can’t quite believe that I’m writing this. It’s finally sunk in.

    I know a few of you know the difficulty we’ve had (even just getting me to ovulate!!).  Out of 9 medicated cycles, I’ve only ovulated 4 times!!! And if it wasn’t for my OvuSense, I wouldn’t have known and we’d have blindly continued on assuming the medication was working when it had stopped.

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  • Secondary Infertility – The Facts

    What is Secondary Infertility

    Secondary infertility is a common problem. The term secondary infertility refers to the inability to become pregnant or the inability to carry a pregnancy to a live birth following either a previous pregnancy or a previous live birth. This definition, therefore, includes women who have had a previous miscarriage or stillbirth, as well as those who already have a child.

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  • IVF Add-Ons – Are they worth the expense?

    Many couples turn to IVF in pursuit of creating a family. These couples put their absolutely trust in their clinic and doctor to provide them with the most up to date and research based treatments and investigations. However there is increasing concern that many of the additional treatments and services offered by fertility clinics in the UK are not research based and are therefore misleading patients, increasing their financial burden and ultimately offering little more than false hope.

    IVF is expensive, especially when less than half the procedures receive NHS funding. Add-ons increase this financial burden. An endometrial scratch, for example, can cost over £300, time lapse imaging up to £850 and pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) in the region of £3500

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    Research conducted at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford (Heneghan et al 2016), aimed to assess IVF Add-Ons offered in all UK Fertility clinics against the following criteria:

    • Are the Add-Ons recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)?
    • Have Randomised Controlled Trials (RCT’s) been conducted to prove that the treatment or intervention is effective?
    • Are there any risks or adverse effects associated with the treatment or intervention?

    Following the assessment of the website of Fertility Clinics in the UK, the researchers were able to identify a total of 38 interventions and classified these as 27 IVF Add-On, 6 alternatives to IVF and 5 treatments for fertility preservation.

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  • Male Infertility - Abnormal Sperm Tests

    Male infertility accounts for almost half of infertility problems experienced by couples. However, men are more likely than women to feel embarrassed about their fertility problems and consequently find it difficult to get advice or talk to their doctor. It’s important to remember that men are half the fertility equation and therefore they experience the pain and grief of struggling to become a parent too. 

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    What causes an abnormal sperm result?

    A diagnosis of a poor sperm sample can cause huge distress and confusion to both the man and woman. My patients frequently ask me to explain what their sperm test results mean, why is the sample results so poor and what can they do to increase their sperm count? An abnormal sperm test result is caused by abnormal semen (the fluid containing sperm that is ejaculated during sex). Possible reasons for abnormal semen include:

    • Decreased number of sperm – low sperm count, or no sperm at all.
    • Decreased sperm mobility – making it harder for the sperm to reach the ovum.
    • Abnormal sperm – sperm can sometimes be of abnormal shape, making it harder for them to move and fertilise an egg.

     

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  • Tina's experience of OvuSense

    "Since urine opks are unreliable for many women with pcos, the 99% accuracy of a class 2 medical device is worth every penny for buying the OvuSense and subscription!"  Tina
  • Christine's story

    Hi, my doctor rang to confirm that I'm ovulating :-)  :-P  I'm so happy. XxOvuSense got my ovulation date exactly right!   I think my period is on it's way however, I'm pleased that I had my bloods done as I can see a difference in the temperatures between last...

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