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Real-life stories from OvuSense users and essential information from fertility experts

Fertility Treatments On Hold? Here’s What You Can Be Doing Now at Home image
02 April 2020
Fertility Treatments On Hold? Here’s What You Can Be Doing Now at Home
As the world grapples with how to best control the spread of the novel coronavirus, one thing is consistent – we are all being advised to stay at home. Unfortunately, this means that many non-emergency medical appointments are also being postponed, including fertility treatments. If this is affecting you, we ar...
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After Over a Decade of Trying, Fate (and OvuSense) Stepped in for Paulina… image
24 March 2020
After Over a Decade of Trying, Fate (and OvuSense) Stepped in for Paulina…
After 10+ years of trying to conceive, and always being told that IVF would be their only option, Paulina and her husband had all but given up hope that they would be able to conceive naturally. But on their 14th cycle of trying, the universe had different plans. Read more about this couple’s journey to parentho...
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20 March 2020
Nurses & Advocates Speak Out for Endometriosis Awareness Month
Endometriosis Awareness Month takes place across the globe during the month of March with a mission to raise awareness of a disease which affects an estimated 200 million women worldwide. Similar to infertility, this condition can hold a lot of stigma so women are often anxious to speak openly about their experien...
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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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08 February 2016
Megan's fertility story

Hello!  My name is Megan, and I was diagnosed with PCOS at age 20.  Thanks to OvuSense, PCOS Diva Jumpstart Program and chiropractic help from my Doctor, I'm now pregnant with my first baby correlating exactly when OvuSense told me I had ovulated! 

My cycles used to be regular when first started getting my period in middle school.  However, once I hit high school, they became irregular.  Later on, when my husband and I wanted to start having kids, we first tried to induce ovulation with Clomid as prescribed by my doctor but, I did not ovulate according to the blood tests.  The same results came back when we tried Femara and an HCG trigger shot. All of these drugs made me feel very ill, and I believe contributed to weight gain and depression. My next step was to see a specialist; but, knowing that they would just include more drugs and shots, we decided to try some natural approaches.

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20 January 2016
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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14 January 2016
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

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08 January 2016
Fertility Terms and Acronyms

Trying to conceive is a very unpredictable and scary time. To add to this, you suddenly come across words and terminology that you never thought you would have to understand. Sometimes these unfamiliar words can come from your doctor or clinic and sometimes they come from forums or support groups.

We sometimes see from ladies that join our Facebook Support Groups, that they feel completely bewildered by the fertility terminology and acronyms that every one seems to know all about. If that’s you, don’t worry. You are not alone and everyone has had to learn these at some stage of their journey. Even the team at OvuSense had to get up to speed with these funny little acronyms pretty quickly!

So to make it a little easier for you, here is a list of the most commonly used fertility terms and acronyms. This is by no way an exhaustive list, so if you know one that isn’t included, feel free to comment on the blog and we’ll add it!

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06 January 2016
Fiona's story

I'm Fiona.  I was diagnosed with PCOS and struggled for 2 years to conceive.  Thanks to OvuSense, I'm now pregnant!

When I was 15 years old, I was diagnosed with PCOS after absent periods for over a year.  I was put on Metformin;  I suppose that I didn't realize the struggles I would face later on in my life when I wanted to have a child.

I met my now Husband in 2010. I  was upfront with him from day one that I may have trouble conceiving but that didn't bother him in the slightest; he said he would do whatever it takes when the time came for us to start trying for a baby!  Well, that time came soon after we got engaged in 2013.  After many months of unsuccessful attempts, we decided to wait till after our wedding in September 2014 to go see the doctor and see what they were able to do for us. I was 27 and my husband 30.

We (mainly me!) spent the next few months going for different tests to check what may be the issue. All tests came back clear except the cysts on my ovaries.

In January 2015, a lovely friend of mine told me about OvuSense (I had used Clearblue ovulation sticks for about 6 months unsuccessfully before realising they don't always work well with ladies who have PCOS!).  I spent hours reading through the OvuSense website with my husband and discussing the money. We decided we would try OvuSense with the 4 monthly payment plan, which worked out great for us! 

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