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Testimonial: Morgan Used OvuSense Data to Get PCOS Diagnosis

When women struggle to get or stay pregnant, they often find themselves asking ‘why?’ — Unfortunately, the answer is not usually black and white. Morgan was no exception, and after nearly four years of trying to conceive, started using OvuSense to learn more about her cycle. 

In 2015, Morgan was recently married and ready to start trying for a family. However the challenges she would face along the way were already starting to appear. A year before in 2014, she had been diagnosed with uterine fibroids and recently underwent surgery to have them removed. Not long after getting married, doctors discovered they had returned, forcing her to have a second surgery. Only weeks later, while still in recovery, she was also diagnosed with a thyroid disorder.

Feeling disappointed but unwavered, Morgan began working with a reproductive endocrinologist in the hopes of getting to the root cause of her infertility and improving her chances of getting pregnant. For years, they tried various fertility medications and treatment options with no success. She eventually opted to undergo weight-loss surgery in an attempt to lower her BMI. The procedure took a toll on her body causing irregular, even non-existent cycles.

Making Sense of Irregularity

Unfortunately, finding a fertility monitor that worked for her was not easy. Because Morgan uses a CPAP breathing device when she sleeps at night, neither oral nor vaginal basal body thermometers were able to accurately detect her ovulation. She tried several thermometers and wearable products, but found that the information was ‘all over the place’ or inaccurate. When we learned of her story, we were excited to connect and see if OvuSense, a combination app and sensor which measures core body temperature and in-cycle data to predict ovulation, could help track her ovulation. 

After using OvuSense for several cycles, Morgan learned that she hadn’t actually been ovulating at all, despite getting a monthly period. She shared the data from OvuSense with her doctor who after some calculations confirmed what they had long suspected— Morgan had polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS. Without having the data from OvuSense, Morgan may have been one of the 50% of cases of PCOS that goes undiagnosed.

A Different Approach

Although being officially diagnosed with PCOS was not exactly a shock, it was a relief for Morgan. Having PCOS will likely affect the types and dosages of medications she will be prescribed moving forward, so this is vital information for future treatment. When she reaches the one-year anniversary of her weight loss surgery, Morgan plans to move forward with fertility treatments— feeling optimistic and empowered by the better understanding and additional information she now has about her cycle.  

You can continue to follow Morgan’s journey on her Instagram.

About our regular contributor, Kate Davies:

Kate Davies (RN, BSc (Hons), FP Cert) is a registered Fertility Nurse Consultant and IVF coach with over 25 years of experience in fertility and women's health. She worked in the UK's National Health Service as a specialist nurse in Gynecology, Sexual and Contraceptive Health and Fertility for 20 years before founding Your Fertility Journey consultancy company. A member of the British Fertility Society and registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, she is a practitioner with Fertility UK where she receives regular training and clinical supervision. She has a special interest in both natural contraception and PCOS and has taken specialist training in the latter to enhance her knowledge and practice. She carries out consultations either using online video or at her Harley Street Clinic in London, providing both emotional support and clinical advice to her patients.  In 2017, Your Fertility Journey was awarded Best Fertility Consultancy UK by Lux Health, Beauty and Wellness Awards, and in 2019 were given the title of Best Fertility Consultancy and Best Fertility Nurse by GHP's Alternative Medicine and Holistic Health Awards. Find her on LinkedIn, follow her on Instagram at @your_fertility_journey, and listen to her on The Fertility Podcast.

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