fertility

  • Fertility Apps and Monitors – Can they really help you conceive?

    With advancing technology, we have come to rely on Apps for many things in our lives, be it shopping, music or social media and now even Apps for your fertility! Recently there has been a great deal of media attention surrounding the benefits of Apps and Monitors for fertility, but can they really help you get pregnant?

    My patients tell me that they feel really confused as to which is the best fertility App or Monitor to use. Recent research studies have found that fertility Apps used alone are generally ineffective and do not accurately show a woman when she should try and conceive (Setton et al. 2016; Duane et al. 2016), resulting in even greater confusion.

    In this blog I review the most commonly used fertility Apps and Monitors, explain what they are, how they work and who they are useful for.

    Most importantly, I review their accuracy, including their ability to identify fertile days and ovulation, as well as considering the customer support they offer and the all-important cost. However, before I start it’s really important to explain one crucial difference between Fertility Apps and Monitors.

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  • Do You Have a Fertile Mind? How Positivity Helps You blossom and Grow.

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    If you are trying to conceive it’s very likely that you have given some consideration to your current health. You may have reduce or cut down your alcohol intake, stopped smoking if you were, started to include exercise into your daily routine, eat just that little bit more healthily and even started having daily green juices!

    However have you actually spent any time considering how healthy and fertile your mind is right now?

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  • 14 Factors that can negatively affect ovulation and your fertility

    Take a read of the most common factors that affect ovulation and your fertility..................

     

    Age

    It is a well-known fact that the older you are the more difficult it is to conceive. The average age of the menopause and the end of a woman’s reproductive life is around 52 years of age. However even a decade or so before she may experience fertility problems, as her cycles become less regular and the quality of her eggs decline. Tragically, some women experience a premature menopause as early as their 30’s or 40’s.

    There is no definitive age when fertility starts to decline and every woman is different, however it’s important for women of any age who are struggling to conceive to get advice sooner rather than later.

    Hereditary factors

    Women will generally experience the menopause around the same time that their mother did. So, ask your mother how old she was when she went through the menopause. This will give you a good idea of when it may happen for you so you can make decisions on when to start a family or to seek help if time is running out.

    Smoking

    Everyone knows that you shouldn’t smoke when you are pregnant, but few women realise the impact that smoking can have on your fertility. The shocking facts are that smoking ages your ovaries by 10 years and smoking can adversely affect the ease in which the egg travels down the fallopian tubes to meet the sperm.

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  • Does being overweight affect my fertility?

    If you have been trying to conceive for a little while, it’s very likely that you’ve either read or been told that being overweight makes falling pregnant more difficult. However, then you walk down the street and what do you see? You see a woman who looks as though she has a problem with her weight, pushing a pram. Your first thought is ‘This isn’t fair’’ and then probably something like ‘’Why can she get pregnant when she’s overweight and I can’t? Your feelings of frustration deepen and your sadness grows.

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    You may have experienced the upsetting scenario when your doctor says that he can’t help you and that you need to ‘’Go away and lose weight and come back when you’ve got your BMI down to 30/35’’. You leave the hospital feeling disappointed and unsupported. No one likes to be told they are overweight. Least of all women and even less so a woman who is trying to conceive

    I’ve heard these stories from my patients over and over again. Trust me, if you’ve been in one of those scenarios, you are far from alone.

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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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?  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...
  • 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

  • Akilah's story

    First baby after two cycles with OvuSense My name is Akilah and here is my fertility story... I am happy to say that the 2 week wait was well worth it this time. After using OvuSense for the second month, I finally have my BFP (big fat positive). My husband...
  • Miffy's story

    Secondary infertility, now pregnant with baby number 3

    Hi, I'm Miffy and here is my fertility story and journey.

    I've be trying for baby no three recently. My first baby was a stillborn (conceived her naturally after 6 months of trying). We then tried for 18 months after that with no success and it was at this point that I found out I had PCOS.

    The doctors said that I needed to lose weight and be put on medication. We tried again to conceive and we were successful. My daughter is now 5 years old, after trying for her for 4.5 years. It's not nice being on fertility medication. We wanted to have a third baby, so I underwent ovarian drilling and then lost weight (as my doctor suggested) only to be told that IVF was our only option. We were so upset. Continue reading

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