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Finally the answer: How OvuSense helped Molly when doctors, drugs, and test kits could not image
09 July 2020
Finally the answer: How OvuSense helped Molly when doctors, drugs, and test kits could not
Molly initially thought that it would be easy to get pregnant, but she quickly realized that was not the case. After years of medications, blood tests, and OPKs, she was still having no luck. As she lives in the UK, she knew she would have to wait a while for an IVF referral – but she was afraid that time was ru...
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24 June 2020
Tracking Cervical Mucus As a Sign of Natural Fertility
Let’s talk about cervical secretions. Admittedly, not an everyday topic of conversation, but one that plays such an important role in natural fertility. If you’re just starting to think about trying to get pregnant, the concept of tracking your cervical mucus might be totally foreign – and may even make you ...
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Sarah Heywood, Founder of The Journey, Shares Her Journey with OvuSense image
18 June 2020
Sarah Heywood, Founder of The Journey, Shares Her Journey with OvuSense
Like many women, Sarah spent her 20s trying NOT to get pregnant, assuming that when she was ready, she would be able to conceive. But after experiencing irregular cycles her whole life, she quickly realized that her journey to motherhood wasn’t going to be as straightforward as she had hoped.  After being diagn...
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09 April 2020
How To Use Your HSA/FSA Funds For Fertility Support

As fertility treatments are currently on hold, there are still things you can be doing at home to learn more about your cycle and provide valuable information for when your treatments begin again. One of these things is using a fertility monitor, like OvuSense. 

Even better, you may be able to use your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to cover the cost. Both of these accounts can be used to cover or reimburse the purchase of many products and services associated with fertility treatment.

 

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06 April 2020
Nine Accounts to Follow for Some “Infertility Positivity” During Coronavius 

As the novel coronavirus continues to disrupt everyday life and puts many of our fertility journeys on hold, it can be hard to stay positive. While each situation is different, we understand those overarching feelings of frustration, uncertainty, and lack of control. 

To help you stay hopeful and harness positive energy, we are highlighting Instagram accounts that are continuing to share positive vibes. These accounts include those in our #TTCcommunity, those struggling with infertility, and professionals working in the fertility field. 

Practicing social distancing can result in a lot of time spent on social media, so let’s make sure to follow those that can lift us up - maybe even make us laugh - and stay hopeful during these trying times. We hope you find these accounts as helpful and inspiring as we do. 

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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 are so sorry for the frustration you may be feeling. 

When you’re trying to conceive, even a delay of a few weeks can feel like an eternity. However, there are a few things you can be doing at home to be working towards understanding and improving your fertility until your regular care resumes. 

 

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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 parenthood – expected October 2020 – and how OvuSense helped Paulina learn more about her cycles with PCOS! 

Paulina's Journey: 

I found out many years ago that I have PCOS with next to no periods and my husband had many issues with his sperm. After multiple appointments and over a decade of trying, the outcome was always the same: the only way that you would be able to get pregnant is through IVF. Over the years, I managed to lose weight (2.5stone) and managed to regulate my periods – all that was missing was “DID I OVULATE?” With Ovusense's help, it confirmed my ovulation every cycle as long as I didn’t miss a day.

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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 experience. Additionally, it can be challenging to receive an official diagnosis for this condition. 

Just as we look to bring a voice to women struggling with infertility, we would like to use this week’s blog to bring additional awareness to endometriosis, as this is a leading cause of infertility in women. 

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10 March 2020
The Road to Understanding Infertility
While many women aren’t diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) until later in life, some women find out as they are first starting their period – often without a proper explanation of what this means for their health or future fertility.
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06 March 2020
International Women’s Day 2020: Recognizing Women Who Are Changing the Dialogue Around Infertility

Celebrated on March 8th each year, International Women’s Day is an opportunity to recognize women who have made a difference in our past and continue to shape our society today. This year’s theme focuses on equality and raising awareness, and one of the biggest issues we’re working to raise awareness of at OvuSense is infertility. While infertility affects nearly 1 in 8 women, there is still so much taboo around infertility and barriers that remain in receiving treatment. 

International Women’s Day is also devoted to the idea of ‘Collective Individualism,’ which is the notion that each individual action and story can have an impact on our larger society. By learning from other women and sharing our own experiences and strengths, we can have a larger collective impact than we could alone. As such, we wanted to take the opportunity to recognize a few women who are changing the dialogue about infertility by speaking out about their own experiences and advocating for others. 

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02 March 2020
Katrina, blogger at Optimistically Hopeful, shares how OvuSense has helped her journey

This week on our blog, we're sharing the experience of one of our users, Katrina, who recently started the blog "Optimistically Hopeful" to share her experience with infertility. Read on to learn more about her journey, why she decided to give OvuSense a try, and how it's helped her so far. 

Katrina's Experience:

I experienced a miscarriage in October of 2018. Shortly after that, my husband and I conceived in February 2019. Unfortunately, we delivered our daughter at 20 weeks. After delivering our daughter it became challenging for me to track my ovulation which has made it hard for us to conceive again. It was then that I began my search for something that could help me along this journey. 

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18 February 2020
What is Ovulation Induction and How does it work?

By: Dr. Irfana Koita

Ovulation Induction is a type of fertility treatment that requires medication to encourage the ovaries to release eggs ready for fertilisation; either as part of a natural home conception or more commonly used within a tailored fertility treatment schedule such as IUI.

Why do I need Ovulation Induction?

Ovulation Induction is usually recommended as a fertility treatment for women who:

  • – Experience irregular or infrequent cycles
  • – Are not spontaneously ovulating
  • – Have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility

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13 February 2020
How Your Relationships Can Impact Your Fertility - Fertility Tips Part 3

If you’re trying to conceive, you likely spend a good amount of time thinking about what you can do to increase your fertility — external changes you can make in the hopes of impacting what will happen inside of you. The truth is that not only can your fertility be impacted by the environment around you, but going through infertility can have unintended impacts on other areas of your life as well. 

To finish out our three-part series, we want to talk about the interconnectivity of all aspects of your life, including how your professional environment can impact your ability to conceive…. and what you can do to not let your relationships suffer during what can be an extraordinarily emotional time. Continue reading for some insight into how your surrounding and connections can impact your fertility journey, and vice versa. 

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