IVF Add-Ons – Are they worth the expense?

Many couples turn to IVF in pursuit of creating a family. These couples put their absolutely trust in their clinic and doctor to provide them with the most up to date and research based treatments and investigations. However there is increasing concern that many of the additional treatments and services offered by fertility clinics in the UK are not research based and are therefore misleading patients, increasing their financial burden and ultimately offering little more than false hope.

Male Infertility – Abnormal Sperm Tests

Male infertility accounts for almost half of infertility problems experienced by couples. However, men are more likely than women to feel embarrassed about their fertility problems and consequently find it difficult to get advice or talk to their doctor. It’s important to remember that men are half the fertility equation and therefore they experience the pain and grief of struggling to become a parent too. 

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Christine’s story

Hi, my doctor rang to confirm that I’m ovulating 🙂  😛  I’m so happy. Xx

OvuSense got my ovulation date exactly right!   I think my period is on it’s way however, I’m pleased that I had my bloods done as I can see a difference in the temperatures between last month (1st month using OvuSense) and this month.

This month’s temperatures are noticeably higher 😛 xx

 

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Really hoping it happens soon.  Don’t give up ladies!

Christine xx

Catherine’s story

Before using OvuSense, I had three progesterone blood test that said I wasn’t ovulating; they were always done at mid-point of my normal 28 day cycle.  I was being recommended to do a ‘super ovulation’ drug plan as a result!  

This cycle, I pushed for one more blood test and had it done seven days after OvuSense confirmed my ovulation date.  The blood test confirmed a high enough result of progesterone to confirm ovulation took place, just like OvuSense said.  It gave me some peace of mind back!

I am 100% confident in the technology of OvuSense! 

Best of luck to everyone trying.

Catherine x

Kate’s story

Hi, I used my OvuSense for a year and only ovulated 2 times, which I never would have known if I hadn’t been using OvuSense!  I have my period every 35-45 days so it was extremely difficult to determine when I was ovulating, if at all but OvuSense picked it up.  

Kate xx

Karen’s story

OvuSense is amazing!  I’m now pregnant!  

I have PCOS and we had been trying for 6 years with normal LH ovulation tests that never picked up anything. The consultants said we would never have kids and to consider adoption as we were not candidates for IVF or any type of ovulation induction due to my AMH levels being too high.

Always had my suspicions that I ovulated late in my cycle ( cycle was induced by Metformin controlling the insulin resistance related to the condition) so when the OvuSense arrived we opened it and I started using it right away, even though I was about 22 days into my cycle, just to see how it works.

Low and behold OvuSense detected ovulation 5 days before my bleed was due, so we ‘baby danced’ for joy (as that in itself was a miracle) and put extra effort into what we needed to for the next few days.

I’m now 25weeks pregnant! OvuSense was the last missing piece in our massive fertility puzzle! In addition, OvuSense worked perfectly with the vitamins, fertility friendly and PCOS lifestyle we had adopted.

Can’t thank the company enough.  Really pleased.

Best of luck ladies,

Karen xx

Fertility Apps and Monitors – Can they really help you conceive?

With advancing technology, we have come to rely on Apps for many things in our lives, be it shopping, music or social media and now even Apps for your fertility! Recently there has been a great deal of media attention surrounding the benefits of Apps and Monitors for fertility, but can they really help you get pregnant?

My patients tell me that they feel really confused as to which is the best fertility App or Monitor to use. Recent research studies have found that fertility Apps used alone are generally ineffective and do not accurately show a woman when she should try and conceive (Setton et al. 2016; Duane et al. 2016), resulting in even greater confusion.

In this blog I review the most commonly used fertility Apps and Monitors, explain what they are, how they work and who they are useful for.

Most importantly, I review their accuracy, including their ability to identify fertile days and ovulation, as well as considering the customer support they offer and the all-important cost. However, before I start it’s really important to explain one crucial difference between Fertility Apps and Monitors.

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Do You Have a Fertile Mind? How Positivity Helps You blossom and Grow.

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If you are trying to conceive it’s very likely that you have given some consideration to your current health. You may have reduce or cut down your alcohol intake, stopped smoking if you were, started to include exercise into your daily routine, eat just that little bit more healthily and even started having daily green juices!

However have you actually spent any time considering how healthy and fertile your mind is right now?

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Anca’s story

I’m Anca and here’s my story….

For 10 years, my husband and I have been trying to conceive on-and-off.  

In January 2015, I started taking inositol and my cycles came back with a bit of diet and swimming.  I would have a period about every 35-45 days.

I used OvuSense and it confirmed I ovulate late in cycle – but I do ovulate!  I know OvuSense got it right too; I had blood test to back it up showing that I did ovulate when OvuSense said I had.

Summer of 2015,  I had two rounds of Clomid and Trigger Shot but did not got pregnant.  

I then had a chat with the OvuSense fertility nurse, Kate Davies, in Sept 2015.   Kate pushed me to try acupuncture to help regulate my cycles more.  I started weekly with acupuncture sessions and with two cycles, I was pregnant in Nov 2015.  I sadly miscarried in January 2016.

Unfortunately, I put more weight on after the miscarriage.  On the second cycle post the my miscarriage, I was pregnant again!   For me, I really believed the acupuncture helped.

Keep trying ladies – keep going and try new things.

Best wishes,

Anca xx