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Managing Your Mental Health — How To Avoid Stress While Trying To Conceive image
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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Fertility Nurse Kate Davies Explains PCOS Signs to Watch for in Dr. Oz image
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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What Is a Fertile Window, and How Do You Find Yours? image
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 February 2018
Dr. Mary, Chiropractor, talks about her personal fertility journey with OvuSense - Blog #1

Hello everyone! I’m a newly-sense (to OvuSense!) and I love how open and supportive and encouraging everyone is in the OvuSense Users Group. :)  Anyways, I figured it is my turn to share my fertility story.

Long story short, I have wicked PCOS and I haven’t gotten a visit from 'Aunt Flo' (aka my period) in over 3 years.  My doctor told me taking temps would just drive me crazy.  So, I made 2018 my year to get healthy and to make myself knowledgeable of my alien cycle.

Some interesting information I want to share as a Chiropractor, craniosacral therapist, etc... I began practicing what I preached and started getting it done on me since May 2017.
Nothing else changed in my lifestyle and 6 months later, I had an ultrasound tech go in vaginally to look at my poor overworked ovaries, and she actually found a 1.6mm “bubble” amongst the .6mm bubbles.

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02 February 2018
I'm pregnant with OvuSense. Thank you for your support!
From an #OvuSense User.  "I took your advice and took a pink dye test and a digital test this morning and I'm so excited to say I am officially pregnant!!
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18 January 2018
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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18 January 2018
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 why should I care? (FYI, it means 'Baby Dance'—time to get busy between the sheets!)

Don't be left in the baby-making dark! Here are the top 20 conception abbreviations:

  1. AF It's that time of the month—a visit from your ol' Aunt Flo. But of course, your period is not what you want when you're TTC. In fact, many gals chant AFSA (Aunt Flo Stay Away!).

  2. BBT -Basal Body Temperature

  3. BFN (and BFP) Glimpsing a home pregnancy test and then suddenly feeling like crap means you've seen a Big Fat Negative. The opposite is, of course, BFP, or Big Fat Positive!

  4. BT Say yes to that needle stick! If you suspect you're prego, a Blood Test can confirm (it's more accurate than a urine test).

  5. CF (also CM) Ew! Your Cervical Fluid or Cervical Mucus is actually critical to unlocking the conception door. Get up close and personal with this monthly wetness, whether it's slick, clear, or cloudy, so you can pinpoint a fertile moment.

  6. DH (also DP and SO) He (or she) is your one and only, a partner in crime, and your main squeeze. Yup, it means Dear Husband, Dear Partner, or Significant Other. Why not give yours a little TLC today?

  7. DPO This is the countdown that can leave you breathless—it stands for Days Past Ovulation. If you're planning a baby, you'll be sitting tight for about 10-14 days before a home pregnancy test shows a BFP.

  8. DTD Yay—this is the fun one! When your CF is right, it's time to DTD—Do The Deed (as in, have sex!).

  9. EC Ice, Ice—BABY. EC or Embryo Cryo (freezing) keeps your eggs nice and fresh until you're ready to defrost!

  10. EDD This is the date you circle on the calendar in red pen. It's your Estimated Due Date, which is often determined from that first, early ultrasound.

  11. GS - Gestational Surrogate.

  12. hCGThis substance is a magic hormone, one you definitely want swimming in your bloodstream. The abbreviation stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, and your ob/gyn can detect it in the blood (and later in urine) during the first week or two of pregnancy.

  13. HPT - Home Pregnancy Tests!

  14. IUI - Intrauterine Insemination

  15. MC - It's the saddest outcome, but not that uncommon. Many women who are TTC have suffered a Miscarriage.

  16. MS - Morning Sickness

  17. POAS You'll do this to check your baby status. Yup, Pee On A Stick is the longer version, and if you're TTC you'll be sprinkling every month.

  18. PVN or Prenatal Vitamin is a multi that's taken for a few months prior to conception to ensure the right nutrients are present for the healthiest bambino possible.

  19. RE If you're TTC and it's taking many months, make an appointment to see an RE or Reproductive Endocrinologist. He can help diagnose why you're having trouble and help put you on the path to mommyhood.

  20. SD - Sperm Donor.

Baby dust to all our followers!

Team OvuSense www.ovusense.com 

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17 January 2018
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 is my 2nd BFP using OvuSense. The first, unfortunately, was ectopic in March 2017. Today I am 14 DPO. AF is officially due today and I am scared, to say the least.

This is my 3rd pregnancy in 11 years. Yes, 11 years!  Unfortunately, I have lost 2 babies so far so I know the pain and struggle.

Many thanks for all the love and support I have received and I will continue to pray for every single one through this rollercoaster journey! I will be watching this Support Group (OvuSense Users Group) and hanging around for love and support but this will be my last update here for now.

I wish everyone the best of luck.

Please, never give up.

Dana x

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16 January 2018
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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16 January 2018
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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09 January 2018
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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13 December 2016
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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08 December 2016
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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