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We used donor sperm and OvuSense and conceived in just 3 cycles!

My wife and I wanted a baby and so we started looking for a donor in 2011.  As we are a same-sex couple, obviously our only choice is to use donor sperm in order to conceive.  It’s hard work to find the right donor and with AI (artificial insemination) but we are proof that miracles can happen!

Obviously, timing it all is really critical with a donor as you have to know exactly when you are ovulating and you only get one chance each month and you don't want to waste it! We found OvuSense and bought it thinking it would help us to get pregnant (and it did!).  Just 3 cycles and it happened for us!

We found 2 different donors which didn’t work out well.  We then we found our 3rd and final donor and got pregnant on 3rd cycle using OvuSense to time it and inseminating at home.  We’re so happy and excited to be pregnant!  Three cycles with OvuSense and it happened!

Our first cycle as you can see by the below chart my wife’s temps plummeted right after ovulation and we were out straight away, unfortunately.

You can see by cycle 1 and cycle 2 we kind of had an idea of when my wife was ovulating - she seemed to ovulate around the same time of the month according to OvuSense  - looking at Cycle 1 and Cycle 2, so finding this out was really helpful.   As we knew this, we then were able to time it with our donor in advance and give him plenty of notice.

The only thing we changed the 3rd month when inseminating the donor sperm was to a long thin 5ml syringe and used Conceive Plus applicators (alongside timing of ovulation with OvuSense) and this worked!  We were pregnant after 3 cycles using OvuSense to time it.

The OvuSense Users Group also was really helpful in supporting my wife and me.  We posted pictures of our charts and got support from the group.  We felt really supported along our journey.  I'm their biggest fan now and tell everyone in every group I'm in to buy OvuSense! OvuSense has taught me a lot and will continue to use the group indefinitely to help others achieve their dream just like we did!


We can’t wait to welcome our new baby and make our family complete.  We hope this story gives other couples a bit of hope.  You CAN get pregnant using donor sperm and inseminating at home -  we are living proof of it.

Thank you,

Sharlayne and Lori xx


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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