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18 July 2019
OvuSense featured in Pretty Progressive as Top Ovulation Monitor!
OvuSense is honored to be recognized by Pretty Progressive as one of the best fertility apps on the market today, and the most reliable ovulation app! We understand TTC can be a difficult and confusing time and are committed to providing accurate information about each woman's unique ovulation cycles based on her...
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User Testimonial: Emma, author of ItsMostlyOkay, discusses OvuSense & Secondary Infertility image
11 July 2019
User Testimonial: Emma, author of ItsMostlyOkay, discusses OvuSense & Secondary Infertility
Emma, author of the "ItsMostlyOkay" blog, discusses her struggles with secondary infertility and how OvuSense has helped her learn more about her cycle in a recent blog. "During the last, nearly four years now, something I’ve never been 100% certain of is whether or not I’m actually ovulating. We started tryin...
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02 July 2019
User Testimonial: Vlogger Miranda J. Shares her Fertility Journey
Miranda began her fertility journey in 2015 and was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in 2016.  Since then, she and her husband Tyler, who is in the military and frequently travels, have visited several doctors in the hopes of getting pregnant. After recently finding a new reproductive endocrinologi...
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21 October 2016
Karen's story

OvuSense is amazing!  I'm now pregnant!  

I have PCOS and we had been trying for 6 years with normal LH ovulation tests that never picked up anything. The consultants said we would never have kids and to consider adoption as we were not candidates for IVF or any type of ovulation induction due to my AMH levels being too high.

Always had my suspicions that I ovulated late in my cycle ( cycle was induced by Metformin controlling the insulin resistance related to the condition) so when the OvuSense arrived we opened it and I started using it right away, even though I was about 22 days into my cycle, just to see how it works.

Low and behold OvuSense detected ovulation 5 days before my bleed was due, so we 'baby danced' for joy (as that in itself was a miracle) and put extra effort into what we needed to for the next few days.

I'm now 25weeks pregnant! OvuSense was the last missing piece in our massive fertility puzzle! In addition, OvuSense worked perfectly with the vitamins, fertility friendly and PCOS lifestyle we had adopted.

Can't thank the company enough.  Really pleased.

Best of luck ladies,

Karen xx

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01 September 2016
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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28 June 2016
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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20 June 2016
Anca's story

I'm Anca and here's my story....

For 10 years, my husband and I have been trying to conceive on-and-off.  

In January 2015, I started taking inositol and my cycles came back with a bit of diet and swimming.  I would have a period about every 35-45 days.

I used OvuSense and it confirmed I ovulate late in cycle - but I do ovulate!  I know OvuSense got it right too; I had blood test to back it up showing that I did ovulate when OvuSense said I had.

Summer of 2015,  I had two rounds of Clomid and Trigger Shot but did not got pregnant.  

I then had a chat with the OvuSense fertility nurse, Kate Davies, in Sept 2015.   Kate pushed me to try acupuncture to help regulate my cycles more.  I started weekly with acupuncture sessions and with two cycles, I was pregnant in Nov 2015.  I sadly miscarried in January 2016.

Unfortunately, I put more weight on after the miscarriage.  On the second cycle post the my miscarriage, I was pregnant again!   For me, I really believed the acupuncture helped.

Keep trying ladies - keep going and try new things.

Best wishes,

Anca xx

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15 June 2016
Emily' story

I'm Emily.  I used OvuSense for 5 months to see if I was ovulating on my own, or not.  I'm now currently 9.5 weeks pregnant! 

Here's my chart the month I got pregnant.  My temperature never rose a lot with OvuSense but I was indeed pregnant :)

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Here is my recent baby scan:

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Please don't give up hope ladies.  Thank you for all your help and support.

Emily xx

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26 May 2016
Demystifying Fertility Tests

After months of trying to unsuccessfully conceive naturally, you will want to find out what is wrong and what can be done. At first this decision may feel a little scary. As well as being afraid of what the doctors might find, you are also likely to be pretty terrified as to what the tests involve.

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As an OvuSense user, you can book a free consultation with me, the OvuSense Fertility Nurse. One of the things I advise you are on which fertility tests are right for you based on your individual situation. This blog carries on from my last, that looked in-depth at fertility blood tests. Here, I touch on the initial blood tests but then move on to demystify the next level of fertility tests, giving you the opportunity to take one step at a time and feel prepared before you start along the road to testing.

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03 May 2016
Fertility Blood Tests

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If you have been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for 1 year or more, then it is likely that you and your partner may need some help in conceiving. However, if you are concerned that something is wrong, then you can get help sooner. Seeing your doctor will start the process and your doctor will be able to run some simple tests to find out if there are any problems.

One of my most asked questions is ‘Which fertility blood tests should I have done to check if everything is ok?”

Well, the simple answer is – there is no simple answer! It really all depends on your general health, whether you have any conditions such as PCOS and how long you have been trying to conceive.

As an OvuSense user, you can book a free consultation with me, the OvuSense Fertility Nurse. One of the things I advise you are on which blood tests are right for you based on your individual situation. However here is a general round up of the fertility bloods tests that are often recommend.

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30 March 2016
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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29 March 2016
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 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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03 March 2016
Understanding Miscarriage

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Miscarriage is very common and it’s a topic talked about a great deal in our online support group. It is estimated that 1:6 of pregnancies will end in miscarriage.

Despite being common, this does not take away the heartbreak that suffering from a miscarriage causes. Each individual acts differently to a pregnancy loss. Emotions that women and couples feel range from anger, grief, disappointment and guilt, to fear of it happening again and sadness or depression. These emotions are completely normal and if you have had a miscarriage it is important to allow yourself the time to grieve for your loss.

Often what adds to the emotional turmoil of miscarrying is not understanding what has happened or indeed why it’s happened. In this blog, I hope to explain miscarriage a little and if this has happened to you give you some advice on what happens next and where you can turn for help.

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