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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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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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02 November 2015
It's National Fertility Awareness Week - come find us at the Fertility Show!

Did you know that this week in the UK it's National Fertility Awareness Week

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This year National Fertility Awareness Week is Monday 2nd November to Sunday 8th November 2015, culminating in the fabulous Fertility Show on Saturday the 7th - Sunday 8th in London.

Firstly let's talk about National Fertility Awareness Week. In the UK and worldwide #1in6 couples are affected by fertility problems. National Fertility Awareness Week aims to

  • Raise awareness of the #1in6 couples in the UK struggling to become parents
  • Explain what options exist for the #1in6 couples experiencing fertility problems
  • Highlight the emotional and physical impact of infertility

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This year the three key themes for the week are:

  • Our fertile future – promoting the importance of fertility education by increasing young people’s awareness of the facts about fertility
  • You are not alone – campaigning for better emotional support for everyone struggling to conceive, including improved access to counselling during treatment
  • Males matter too – focusing on how fertility struggles affect men

You can read more and find out how you can get involved to raise awareness and support this amazing charity here. Why not get active on your social media to get people talking and help to reduce the stigma of infertility? Run, walk or swim 5K? Or get involved in the Great Cake Bake. Want more inspiration? Listen to the Fertility Podcast for ideas on how you can get involved.

Here at OvuSense, we hope that National Fertility Awareness Week will highlight the need to get people talking about fertility and the #1in6 people who need help. 

We are so excited about this year's Fertility Show as once again OvuSense are going to be there exhibiting.

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We would love to meet you, so come along to Stand 93 and say hello. We have so much to tell you about the OvuSense Fertility Monitor. At the show you get to meet the team and I (the OvuSense Fertility Nurse) will be there on hand to answer any of your burning fertility questions. Like last year, we have two of our lovely customers who are using OvuSense, to tell you all about it. So come and hear what they think about their monitor, and how it is helping them understand their cycles and fertility and helping them make positive steps along their journey.

See you there!

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28 October 2015
Caroline's story

Late ovulation and pregnant after 3 years trying, thanks to OvuSense.

Caroline is 28 and has been trying to conceive for the last 3 years. After stopping the contraceptive pill, Caroline noticed that she started to gain weight and began to notice an increase in bodily hair.

Around this time, to help identify when she was fertile, Caroline decided to purchase a Clearblue fertility monitor. After a while she felt that the monitor she purchased just wasn’t working for her. "I have a whole drawer full of OPKs and strips, and I kept getting let down by them as I never experienced a peak when using them. I just knew that something wasn’t right". Continue reading

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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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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
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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