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08 January 2020
Priscilla G. On Advocating For Yourself and Your Fertility
By: Priscilla Goddard, Founder of Heirloom Fertility To the women sitting in the doctor’s office being told everything is normal or unexplainable: You know in your heart there’s a missing puzzle piece, but the results (that your doctor is telling you) say otherwise. Why am I not pregnant then, you ask yourself...
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06 January 2020
Taking Care of Your Body - Fertility Tips Part 1
The new year is often viewed as a time to restart, refresh, and refocus on your goals, whether they are for your fitness, career, or general well-being. Why not take the same approach to your fertility? No matter where you are in your fertility journey (or even the time of the year), a fresh start and new beginni...
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26 December 2019
Diagnosis of Anovulatory Infertility
By Dr. Irfana Koita The term ‘anovulation’ is used medically when your ovaries do not release an oocyte (or egg) during your menstrual cycle. In this instance, ovulation has not taken place within one or perhaps many cycles. Chronic anovulation is a very common cause of infertility. Women who suffer from chron...
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03 November 2015
Maintaining your relationship when trying to conceive

By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse

Experiencing difficulty in trying to conceive can have a profound effect on a couple’s relationship, and this is totally unique to the individual couple. I find that most couples are totally unprepared for the emotional upheaval and turbulence that can affect their relationship. However this emotional effect isn’t always negative.
 
 

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03 January 2019
How to increase your luteal phase naturally

 By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse

 

While trying to conceive, it's very likely that you spend time counting the length of your luteal phase and wondering if it is long enough. You are right to be considering it, as the luteal phase is a very important part of the menstrual cycle. During this phase, fertilization and implantation occurs. It is essential that the hormones are balanced to allow for a sufficient luteal phase in order to support an implanting pregnancy.
A too short luteal phase (less than 9 days) may cause complications in trying to conceive. The good news is that there are lots of things you can do to help increase your luteal phase.

Diet:  

Ensure an adequate supply of Vitamin C in your diet - research shows vitamin C improves hormone levels and increases fertility in some women with luteal phase defect. Foods rich in vitamin C are: papaya, bell peppers, broccoli, sprouts, strawberry and oranges. Essential fatty acids – these are vital for balanced hormone production.
Many women are low omega 3. Some foods rich in essential fatty acids are walnuts, salmon, sardines and scallops. Green leafy vegetables - green vegetables are rich in vitamin B complex and are necessary for good hormonal balance.

Herbs:

 Vitex (Chasteberry) This herb has been used for centuries to treat women’s health problems including infertility. Research has shown that this herb effectively lengthens the luteal phase. It also helps the body to increase its own production of luteinizing hormone (promoting ovulation to occur), which in turns boosts progesterone levels during the luteal phase of the cycle. Be careful with this supplement as it is very potent. If you are not careful you can end up doing more damage than good, so always consult a qualified herbalist if you are considering this treatment.

Antioxidants:  

Studies have been found to show that women who had luteal phase defect have significantly lower levels of antioxidants than healthy women. Around 40% of sperm damage is also thought to be cause by oxidizing free radicals. Make antioxidants part of your every day foods for the both of you by enjoying blackberries, blueberries, garlic, kale, strawberries, sprouts, plums, broccoli and red peppers.

Alternative therapies:  

Acupuncture has been scientifically proven to regulate the menstrual cycle and in particularly lengthen the luteal phase. Find an acupuncturist who specializes in fertility. For this type of treatment, most acupuncturists will recommend weekly treatments.

Medical treatment:  

There are medical treatments available to help with luteal phase defect and, if you are considering this option, take the opportunity to discuss the possible treatments with your doctor.

Book your FREE consultation with the OvuSense Fertility Nurse, Kate -  to assess your fertility potential, answer your burning fertility questions, get recommendations on how to optimize your fertility and have your charts analysed.

If you are an OvuSense customer you are entitled to a FREE 1 hour consult, if you are not currently using OvuSense you book a FREE 15 minute consultation. Consultations are held by Skype or Telephone. Don't see a time that suits you? Email Kate on kate.davies@fertility-focus.com

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03 November 2015
The cost of infertility

By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse

When faced with problems conceiving the furthest thought from your mind is money. Disappointment is most likely to be your initial feeling, followed quickly by anger, resentment and confusion. This is the emotional cost of infertility; an all-consuming state of utter despair. However after a while you pick yourself up, dust yourself down and begin to look at your options.
 
You probably think ‘We’ll do whatever it takes to have a baby’ but inevitably the reality of your situation creeps in and tough financial considerations have to be made. Have you considered how much you would be prepared to spend in order to conceive?
 
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03 November 2015
Smoking BEFORE you plan to get pregnant can affect your fertility!

Smoking BEFORE you plan to get pregnant can affect your fertility!

By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health, but have you really given any consideration to how smoking affects both you and your partner’s fertility?
 
 

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29 October 2015
Jenny's story

Secondary infertility, now pregnant with baby number 2

My name is Jenny and here is my fertility story. I am 27 years old and I have PCOS. I am married, with one daughter, and I just found out that I am pregnant with my second after using OvuSense realtime fertility monitor for just one cycle. Recently, I purchased OvuSense to know for definite if I was ovulating, or not. I used OvuSense each day for one cycle and it was great to see the messages each morning. It filled me with hope and confidence that my body was working in the way that it should. Continue reading

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29 October 2015
Amy's story

Diagnosed with PCOS at 19 years, now baby number 1 with OvuSense

My name is Amy and I just wanted to share some good news! I have PCOS and I managed to get pregnant after using OvuSense for 3 months. Here's my story.... I was diagnosed at the age of 19 with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). My doctor at the time actually told me that my chances of getting pregnant were pretty low with PCOS. I knew I wanted to be a mother one day so, as you can imagine, I was completely devastated by this news. Since being diagnosed, I have been on the drug, Metformin to try and help my symptoms. My partner and I have been together 7 years. He was my first crush as a teenager but, as he's 10 years older than me, we didn’t start dating until I was 23yrs (and he was 33yrs) and we have been together ever since! In 2014, I had a milestone birthday of turning 30yrs, and he turned 40, and we also managed to also conceive in 2014, so it has been a pretty big year for us! My partner and I knew we wanted a family as neither of us have children.

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03 November 2015
Clomid - your questions answered

By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse

When you are trying to conceive, words like ‘Clomid’ start to become commonplace in your vocabulary. However, despite being on first names terms with this medication, do you really understand Clomid?
 
In our online PCOS Support Group we’re hearing that many women still have lots of questions about this medication, and to many Clomid is shrouded in mystery. We have put together some of your most burning clomid questions and give you the no-nonsense answers below:
 
 

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27 October 2015
Amy's story

Baby number 3 with OvuSense

Hi, my name is Amy and this is my fertility story and journey...

I am 29 and with a new partner now and have been married previously to someone else. I'm studying at University part-time and I work part time doing nails and beauty. I have 2 children who are 3 and 9 but I would like another baby together with my new partner. I just want to say that although I already have kids, at no point is that less painful when you want another, even though people may think it is.

I found out about OvuSense after joining the support group (PCOS Fertility Support) on Facebook. I decided to buy OvuSense after seeing so many ladies posting their charts in the group. Continue reading

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27 October 2015
Pamela's story

My fertility journey so far, with OvuSense

My name is Pamela. I`m 34 years old and my husband and I have been trying to conceive for 16 years (since I was 18) and this is my fertility story so far...

I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 14. I had always wondered why my friends would get their period 4 weeks apart on the same day and I never knew when to expect mine! I always had very heavy periods and would be in a lot of pain; I took a trip to my doctor with my mum and she asked what they could do for me. It was then the doctor ordered a blood test for PCOS which confirmed my diagnosis. Continue reading

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26 October 2015
Suzanne's story

Multiple miscarriages and now success with OvuSense

Hello, my name is Suzanne and here is my fertility story and journey!

I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2010.   I have a son called Jake, who is 5 years old.  Since then, I have had two miscarriages and one therapeutic termination of my daughter unfortunately, at 15 short weeks.

Two years of trying after that and no ovulation.  I then lost weight, started taking supplements, was put on Metformin.  It was around this time that I found OvuSense and purchased it. Continue reading

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