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

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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27 October 2015
Akilah's story

First baby after two cycles with OvuSense

My name is Akilah and here is my fertility story... I am happy to say that the 2 week wait was well worth it this time. After using OvuSense for the second month, I finally have my BFP (big fat positive).

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My husband and I are both so very happy. Thank you to everyone in the OvuSense team and to all you lovely ladies here for all your advice and support in this group (PCOS Fertility Support). I truly believe we could not have done it without this group and OvuSense as my doctor has not been very helpful.

Thank you. Let the 9 month journey begin xx Akilah x

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29 October 2015
The guilt of secondary infertility

In our PCOS Facebook Support group we have a lovely mixture of group members, some who are trying to conceive for the first time and many who may already have children. I recently asked the women in the group suffering from secondary infertility (the difficulty in conceiving after having previously conceived and carrying the pregnancy to term or suffering a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy), how not being able to conceive again made them feel.

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27 October 2015
Miffy's story

Secondary infertility, now pregnant with baby number 3

Hi, I'm Miffy and here is my fertility story and journey.

I've be trying for baby no three recently. My first baby was a stillborn (conceived her naturally after 6 months of trying). We then tried for 18 months after that with no success and it was at this point that I found out I had PCOS.

The doctors said that I needed to lose weight and be put on medication. We tried again to conceive and we were successful. My daughter is now 5 years old, after trying for her for 4.5 years. It's not nice being on fertility medication. We wanted to have a third baby, so I underwent ovarian drilling and then lost weight (as my doctor suggested) only to be told that IVF was our only option. We were so upset. Continue reading

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03 November 2015
Must know fertility facts - Part Two

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

Welcome to Part 2 of must-know fertility facts. I hope you found Part 1 useful and you are ready to find out a little more. If so, get comfortable, sit down with a cuppa, and read on. In this blog we look at the reasons for infertility and what steps you can make to help improve your fertility.
 
 

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03 November 2015
Is your occupation affecting your fertility?

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

Is your work environment making it more difficult for you to conceive?

 

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Recent studies have looked into the impact various occupations have on the ability for both men and women to conceive. It appears that your fertility can be affected by many differing occupations.
 
Researchers at Southampton University studied data from 119,000 women who work night shifts on a regular basis. Not only did they find that these women had an increased risk of miscarriage, they also identified that women working nights found it more difficult to conceive.
The obvious logistics of not sharing a bed at the same time as your partner may have some influence on the time it may take for a shift worker to conceive, however the study found that lack of sleep and disturbed sleep impacted the most.
 
The physiological cycles of our bodies are regulated by the cycle of wakefulness and sleep, otherwise known as the circadian rhythm. If this cycle is out of balance our hormones can be disrupted leading to menstrual cycle disturbances and difficulties in conceiving.
 
 

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03 November 2015
Key fertility tips for trying to conceive

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

Here are a few more fertility tips you might want to consider. You may have already started to monitor and record your temperature every day and if so, this is an excellent step in the right direction to maximizing your chances of conception.

However, there is more that you can do. The next step is to start observing your cervical secretions. Healthy cervical secretions are a key factor in helping you to determine when you are fertile and likely to conceive.

Healthy, good-quality secretions are vital in helping sperm wait for ovulation and then navigate the long journey to reach the egg. Throughout the menstrual cycle your secretions change.

At the beginning of your cycle, during your period you won’t notice any secretions at all, as any that are present are likely to be obscured by your blood loss. After your period finishes, it is also normal not to notice any secretions for a few days, and this is what we refer to as ‘dry days’.

Around the second week of your cycle, you may start to notice secretions in your underwear or on toilet paper. You may also be aware of a sensation of ‘heaviness’ in your vulva and the presence of secretions. This sudden onset of secretions is caused by the fluctuations in your female sex hormones, namely due to the hormone oestrogen. At this time the secretions are generally scanty, white and thick in appearance. Any signs of secretions tell you that you are now in your fertile time.

As your cycle progresses the secretions will increase in amount and become thinner and cloudy in appearance. As you reach the middle of your cycle you will notice profuse secretions that are thin and transparent. You may also be aware of a ‘slippery sensation’ in the vulva. At this stage, if you were to do the ‘finger test’ you would be able to stretch the secretions between finger and thumb (you would not be able to do this with earlier secretions). This is your body telling you that you are, or about to, ovulate. As ovulation only last for 12-24 hours this is crucial time to have sex.

I recommend to all my patients that they observe their secretions throughout the day and record their observations in a diary at bedtime. If you put this information together with your temperature recordings, you will see how all the information comes together.

By recording your secretions you can tell when your fertile time starts and observe your temperature for confirmation that you have ovulated. Some women I see aren’t able to identify secretions at all, or find it difficult to tell the difference between the types of secretions. In some circumstances, this may be due to inadequate oestrogen levels, or lifestyle factors. Some things you can do to increase the quantity and quality of your secretions:

  • Ensure you are in a healthy weight range. A body mass index (BMI) of 19-24 is considered healthy.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking alters how the hormone oestrogen is metabolised by the body.
  • Avoid using soap or body wash as this changes the delicate pH balance of the vagina and secretions.
  • Don’t use any lubrication during sex as this may interfere with your observations and restrict the movement of sperm.
  • Some medication such as antihistamines can decrease the amount of secretions. However, do not cease any prescribed medication until you have discussed this with your doctor.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep yourself well hydrated.
  • Be careful with high doses of vitamin C as this may have the action of drying secretions.
  • Although there is no conclusive evidence, it is believed that eating foods with high alkaline properties may improve secretions. Enjoy foods like celery, cabbage, kale, pumpkins, watercress and almonds, and avoid highly acidic foods like beef, pork, bacon, wheat, corn and some dairy such as cheese and cows' milk.

I hope you have found today’s blog interesting and that it helps you to have the confidence to understand your cervical secretions and what your body is telling you.

If reading my blog today has made you think about your fertility and you would like to discuss this then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can reach me by emailing kate.davies@fertility-focus.com

Kate. xx

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03 November 2015
What is PCOS and what can you do about it?

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

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome can be divided into two distinct groups: Polycystic Ovaries (PCO) and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
 

What is PCO?

 
Women diagnosed with PCO will have many cysts on their ovaries. However, they will not have the severity of cysts or the hormonal imbalance and symptoms seen in women with PCOS. Therefore women with PCO are less likely to have problems conceiving than women diagnosed with PCOS.
 

What is PCOS?

 
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is unfortunately the cause of fertility problems in many women. This debilitating condition is often not diagnosed until a woman is unsuccessful in conceiving.PCOS is accompanied by a hormonal imbalance which makes it more difficult for eggs to mature adequately and be released at the time of ovulation. In many women with PCOS their condition is complicated further with insulin resistance.
 
It is believed to effect 5-10% of women in both the UK and US. PCOS is a chronic condition where the ovaries develop many tiny cysts caused by egg follicles that have not been able to develop as they should. 
 
 

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03 November 2015
Four reasons why I NEVER recommend ovulation predictor kits (OPKs)!

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

Have you ever used ovulation predictor kits (OPK’s) to predict when you ovulate? Have you had a good or bad experience of using OPK’s? I am very sceptical of the reliability of this ovulation prediction method and as a result, I don’t recommend them to any of my patients. Here’s why……….

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03 November 2015
Learning to love Mother's Day

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

For those of you living in the UK, you’ll be aware that Mothering Sunday occurs in late March. Additionally, Mother's Day in the USA is May, as it is in Canada and some parts of Europe. I suspect, when this time of year comes around, you feel a sense of dread. For many it will be yet another year when your arms feel empty and your longing for a baby to fill this empty space is intensified.
 
However, this year, I challenge you to think differently about Mother’s Day; I want you to learn to love it for totally different reasons and I want you to turn the idea of Mother’s Day on its head. I want you to flip it, and here's how: think of this day as not just for mothers, there are many different ways you can learn to accept Mother’s Day without being a mother yet yourself.
 
 

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03 November 2015
PCOS - ten great ways to beat the symptoms and feel better

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

PCOS is your worst enemy, we get that. Fight back with ten great ways to beat the symptoms and feel better:
 
 

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