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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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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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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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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 fertility journey, feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression are incredibly common, and the connection between infertility and depression is more than just anecdotal — research has pointed to a high prevalence of major depressive disorders in people receiving treatment for infertility.

October 10th marks World Mental Health Day, and we would like to take the opportunity to remind women mental health can be just as important as physical health when trying to conceive. Take care of yourself by remembering these three things, and turn sources of anxiety into sources of positivity along your way.

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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 with your regular cycle – though much worse – making the disorder extremely difficult to diagnose. 

Our fertility nurse consultant, Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert, spoke with the Dr. Oz show about 7 signs of PCOS that you should not ignore. According to Kate, it can take up to 13 years on average to receive a definitive diagnosis of PCOS. A few of the symptoms you should look out for include… 

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09 September 2019
FemTech: 5 Things Clinicians Should Know

In today’s digital age, many people’s first instinct is to immediately hop on Dr. Google when faced with a diagnosis or health situation they don’t fully understand. While this provides seemingly endless information, it can be hard for clinicians and other members of the care team to stay up to date on all the new tools and technology on the market, and what offers true clinical value. This is particularly true in women’s health, which has seen almost $1 billion in funding over the last three years and a surge in new tools and technology on the market.

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19 August 2019
Homeopathic Fertility Treatments: Acupuncture, reflexology & more

With the rise of more testing and data in healthcare, it seems like infertility is becoming more common. This may be due to the rising age of parenthood across the globe, environmental issues, or a slew of other issues. Conventional infertility treatments can be extremely expensive and complicated, so many who struggle with infertility seek alternative solutions that are more manageable.

As a result, we’re seeing growing interest in homeopathic or natural fertility treatments, such as acupuncture, reflexology, or herbal supplements. While there remains some scepticism about these therapies and their effectiveness in improving fertility, a growing body of research supports the impact they can have. 

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31 July 2019
Fertility in Your 40s: What You Need to Know

The average age for first-time mothers in the US and UK has been steadily rising for decades. Due to the increasing cost of living, more education (& debt), and growing career opportunities for women – along with a slew of other reasons – it’s no surprise that many people are now waiting until they feel more financially stable to grow their families. In many cases, this means that women may not start trying to have children until their 40s. 

While there are some health risks to pregnancy as you age, we wanted to take a minute to review the facts about fertility in your 40s. Not sure what you need to know, why it may be harder to get pregnant, or signs to watch out for? Read on… 

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11 July 2019
User Testimonial: Emma, author of ItsMostlyOkay, discusses OvuSense & Secondary Infertility

Emma, author of the "ItsMostlyOkay" blog, discusses her struggles with secondary infertility and how OvuSense has helped her learn more about her cycle in a recent blog.

"During the last, nearly four years now, something I’ve never been 100% certain of is whether or not I’m actually ovulating. We started trying for a second baby back in 2015 and I duly bought and used ovulation sticks, given that they worked literally like a dream when we conceived Olivia. However second time round I found them to be increasingly unreliable. I seemed to get conflicting information from them – either nothing each month or several peak days. This meant I’d start using them really early to try and catch the right day, which ultimately meant spending loads of money."

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25 June 2019
Understanding the Lingo of Online Communities

As access to information and online resources continues to grow, online groups around specific healthcare topics are also popping up – particularly around infertility. Many people in these groups find solace in talking with a group of individuals who know exactly what they’re going through, which they may not have in their existing support system of friends and family. Even if they do, it can be helpful to talk to others outside your immediate circle where you can be bluntly honest about how often you BD [baby dance], or the insane thing your DP [darling partner] said. 

Not sure about these acronyms? Many aren’t when they first start looking through online support groups. For any newbies out there first dipping their toes into fertility communities online, it can seem like you have to learn a whole new language. But with a few basic acronyms under your belt, you’ll be able to quickly find your own CB [cycle buddy] in these networks! 

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19 June 2019
Key Fertility Terms – Simplified

When beginning your fertility journey, navigating the terms used in blogs, articles and doctors offices can be confusing, to say the least. This time of your life shouldn’t have to be scary or intimidating, and understanding the “language” can help ensure you’re getting the most accurate information about your health and fertility.

And we’re here to help! Read through our glossary of fertility terms to help familiarize yourself with them before your next appointment or online research session...

 

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04 June 2019
User Testimonial: Cassandra, author of FitCouchPotato.com

"OvuSense changed everything. It gave me back some of that control I desperately needed and it comforted me to know that all the data this medical device is gathering will help us conceive. The device gave us vital information. We saw that I ovulate incredibly late in my cycle, nearly a week after what we thought my fertility window was.

Not only did the device show that I tend to ovulate very late in my cycle, but it also showed that my luteal phase might be too short. Something that’s not the best when it comes to supporting a pregnancy. It also showed that I DON’T ovulate every month. I will definitely write a review about OvuSense and go into full detail in a separate blog but the short story is: I would recommend it to my fellow trying to conceive cysters."

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30 May 2019
User Testimonial: Deb, author of DrinkLiveThrive.com
“I bought my OvuSense in mid November 2018. We had 3 full cycles with OvuSense before conceiving on March 8th. This is a miracle device! Reading all of your posts for months gave me hope and I want to thank each and every one of you for that. I’m more of a quiet group member because I feared my comments or questions might be offensive or misinterpreted. I’ve learned so much from all of you by silently reading and seeing what worked and didn’t work for each of you! If you’re out there reading this, please know you’re not alone because I let the loneliness of this journey really eat away at me.
I added a blog post about my journey over on my blog and what I did to successfully conceive. We tried for 10+ months. Whatever season you are in, I truly believe everything happens for a reason and I have waited what seems like forever to share my story. I hope that at the very least, maybe just one of you doesn’t feel alone and can seek support or hope from me sharing. I share all of the products that we used and all of the research that I did to reach this stage. I’m 14 weeks today and I’m finally ready to share! Please feel free to ask me any and all questions!  This is a beautiful tribe of sisters that are here for one another during what seems like one of the hardest journeys there is.
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