The silent infertility

You spend all your youth trying not to get pregnant, then when you want to its not easy.
It comes as a surprise that you would face challenges.
Women having children later in life face this dilemma and you didn’t even know until you went looking.

Who knew that when you have found “the one” decided to have a family that your life would be turned upside down and you would begin a journey into a world filled of waiting, not knowing, and becoming a statistic where success rate is a lottery, funding is a postcode and tests just become integrated into your daily life.

What else in the world would you choose to gamble your life and money on, especially when it’s something that is not guaranteed?

When desperation takes over it’s an addiction that not even you have control of.

When you’re a young girl growing up you dream of the “fairytale” meet your handsome prince, fall
In love and live happily ever after.
You assume you will get married and have your own family. You take for granted it’s a given, you might even know the names.
You talk about what they will look like, who they will take after, how your life will be.
It’s accepted that you will be “older parents” but you see the positives in this. You’re more mature, financially more stable, you’ve grown older, more life experiences the list is endless.
All this seems perfectly normal, why would it be any different? Why would you ever think you would be faced with challenges.

Imagine being 34 and being told you have a lower than normal egg reserve caused by ovarian failure. What does that mean? How is it caused? How long has it been like this? The result; less than a 1% opportunity of natural conception.
There are no explanations no medical reasons just “one of those things” unexplained infertility is the medical term.

When you get told something like that it’s like a blow to the head, knife deep in your heart and makes you so incredibly angry followed by why me? Why not I guess?

You feel a failure as a woman, it’s your right isn’t it? if you want it of course. There are days and hours going over what ifs’ but nothing changes it. There is no resolution its not helpful just leaves you drained, more angry and even more unanswered questions.

Sadly on this situation those questions never get any answers.

You don’t need sympathy or words of wisdom just often a little understanding.

How many times has somebody said to you “just have IVF” like its a prescription for a headache and will take the pain away and the problem will be solved.

Why is it so misunderstood? Why as a nation are we misinformed? How are we in a position where if you’re ill you take medication, break a leg and it gets fixed, but infertility is still a taboo subject.

How many women are walking around not knowing anything about there fertility. How many of us have endometriosis and have not had a single symptom? It takes 7 years for somebody to be diagnosed, be which time the damage has been done.

How many women have had to push for testing, researched themselves and demanded more answers? This is the journey, this is what we go through but why don’t we know?

Along my journey from finding out about the low reserve, I found out about endometriosis but not because of symptoms because I pushed for a laporoscapy to look at other areas and there it was. “The hidden fertility killer”
https://www.endometriosis-uk.org
Knowledge is power and we need more awareness that when your in your 20’s your body is more likely to find conception easier but the older we become the more challenging it is.

Should your fertility be tested? Much like you are for smear tests, would this then provide you with choices to make an informed decision?

I know if this had been available to me I would have done things differently, it may have still been the same outcome.

So you get on the roller coaster and you start the journey of IVF.

Little do you know that it’s not always successful.

Ultra sensitive 25mIU LH ovulation tests in handbag friendly tube

 

ultra sensitive ovulation tests

Alltest ultra sensitive ovulation test strips in handy tube

Just a quick update to let you know we know now have the Alltest ultra sensitive 25mIU ovulation test strips in stock in tubes of 25 test strips for ease of use.
They are just £3.90 for a pot of 25 tests strips. They are highly accurate and very easy to use and can be easily and discreetly carried in your handbag.

See all ovulation tests

Pre-Seed review UK

Pre-Seed lubricant online UK

Pre-Seed Fertility Lubricant

We received these tips on using Pre-Seed lubricant through our reviews service last week and wanted to share it with you:

Feels natural, doesn’t sting and swimmer friendly!! To save a bit of money, as I know its more expensive than other lubes, i just use a small pea sized amount (approx) rather than fill the applicators. It seems to be enough and thus it lasts longer. Its my favourite.

if you have any tips or feedback on using Pre-Seed that you feel me be useful to others please fell free to share them in comments.

Use coupon code GUM this month to save 5% when you order Pre-Seed lubricant online in the UK from Access Diagnostics

 

Ovulation tests are our best sellers this month

Ovulation tests, Ovulation tests strips

Alltest ultra sensitive ovulation test strips

This month the new ultra sensitive Alltest 25mIU ovulation test strips are in our best sellers list at and with good reason.

The test strips come individually foil wrapped with a long shelf life. The detect just 25 mIU of LH hormone making them one of the most sensitive ovulation tests available. They are 99% accurate and at just £2.69 for 20 test strips are excellent value for money.

Use discount coupon code GUM before the end of June 2016 to save 5% on your order.

Pre-Seed lubricant back in stock in UK

Pre-Seed Lubricant UK £13.49

Pre-Seed lubricant back in stock in UK

Great news after over a month with no Pre-Seed lubricant, it is back in stock and flying off the shelves at Access Diagnostics. For those who don’t know Pre-Seed is a very, very popular fertility friendly lubricant for couples trying to conceive.

You can buy Pre-Seed lubricant in the UK from Access Diagnostics fertility shop from just £13.49

Use coupon code FAB to save 5% on your Pre-Seed before the end of April 2016.

Spend over £25 on goods and standard UK delivery is free

There are so many pregnancy test kits on the market. How do I know which one to use ?

With so many pregnancy test kits on the market how do I know which one to use ?

If you have missed your period and you are looking for a pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy then any chemist pregnancy test will do the job really well, and should hopefully give you a positive result. All modern home & professional pregnancy tests are very sensitive & accurate and false positives are rare. False negatives usually occur when the test is done too early or at the wrong time of day, so there is insufficient of the pregnancy hormone hcg in the urine sample.

Cheap pregnancy tests kits strips

Pregnancy test strips

If you looking for the cheapest pregnancy tests you will probably need to go online to purchase them. Pregnancy test strips are far cheaper than the leading brands of home pregnancy tests as they contain far less packaging and the technology is far simpler. You will be required to look for two lines on the test strip to confirm a positive pregnancy. They can also be bought in a range of sensitivities and can be bulk bought, if you are doing repeat or early testing before the missed period.

If you are testing early i.e. before you have missed a period , you will need to use an early detection pregnancy test kit which detects a lower level of the pregnancy hormone hcg in your urine sample. False positive can sometimes occur when you are doing very early pregnancy testing before the missed period, when you get a BFP followed several days later by a negative result or a period. This is usually referred to as a chemical pregnancy and means that for some reason the pregnancy did not continue.

More information on using ultra early detection pregnancy tests 

Pre-Seed out of stock

Pre-Seed Lubricant UK

Pre-Seed lubricant out of stock

Just a quick post to let you know we are out of stock of Pre-Seed lubricant and the next delivery is not due until Mid April.

If you need a fertility friendly lubricant in the meantime try Conceive plus or Astroglide TTCThey are both excellent lubricants and have been clinically tested to make sure they are fertility and sperm friendly.

If you use coupon code FAB this month or next you will save 5% when you order any fertility lubricant, ovulation tests, pregnancy tests or fertility products from Access Diagnostics

Whats in your self care tool kit ?

There are times in all our lives when we are under stress and everything starts to feel overwhelming. This is often when we are in a permanent state of ‘fight or flight’ and it is during these times that you need to have a good self care tool kit.

During times of extreme stress, good self care and making time to take care of yourself in little ways every day, becomes increasingly important.

Here is my self care tool kit i.e. the things I do when things start to feel overwhelming.

Do something physical-exercise is a great way to use up the hormones released by the fight or flight response

  • For me getting out in the fresh air and taking my dogs for a walk is a great stress reliever.
  • Gardening
  • Take a Pilates or exercise class
  • Go for a run
  • Go swimming
  • Housework can be surprisingly effective if done to some uptempo music

Spend time on hobbies

  • Spend time doing the things you love to do and that make you smile even if its just for 15 minutes a day. Those 15 minutes add up !

Do something relaxing

  • Hot bath by candlelight with calming music is a favourite of mine
  • Watch a chick flick
  • Cook or bake-this can be surprisingly relaxing if it is not pressured.
  • meal out
  • Take a Yoga or mindfulness session

Do something you have been putting off that you will feel better after you have done it

  • Tidy or re-organise your wardrobe
  • Clean out a cupboard or drawer
  • Declutter-very therapeutic

Meet up with friends

  • organise to meet for coffee or lunch or just a walk & talk
  • organise a girls only shopping trip
  • Join a book group

Plan something to look forward to

  • Maybe a weekend away
  • a meal out
  • have friends over for dinner
  • a holiday
  • a trip to the beach
  • a day trip somewhere new

Book some pamper treats just for you

  • a manicure or pedicure
  • a facial
  • a massage (very relaxing )
  • hairdresser

Learn something new

  • Attend a course
  • try a new hobby
  • Listen to an audiobook-I love audiobooks and find them very relaxing and reinvigorating.

Take care of your health

  • Book any healthcare or dental appointments you have been putting off

Support

  • talk to someone close either a family member or friend about whats stressing you
  • consider an online support group
  • join a support group
  • Join your local church

Your self care tool kit may be very different to mine. Its what works for you. Write a list and look at it when things start to feel overwhelming, and remember to practice some self care every day.

In our busy over scheduled days it can be all too easy to forget to look after our own needs both physical and spiritual. Make it an appointment in your diary to do something nice for yourself each day. That way it is more likely to happen.

 

Fertility clinic FAQ-common abbreviations

Medical terminology can be confusing at the best of times, but when it comes to infertility there are lots of very similar sounding abbreviations that mean very different things. You may here these terms bandied about by doctors and nurses, and used in fertility forums, and it can sometimes seem like a foreign language, when you are new to it.

Here is a quick round up of ones most commonly used by medical professionals:

  • TTC-Trying to conceive
  • AI-artificial insemination
  • AIH-Artificial insemination with husbands sperm
  • AID-Artificial insemination with donor sperm
  • IVF-in vitro fertilisation
  • IUI-intra uterine insemination
  • ICSI-Intracytoplasmic sperm injection
  • GIFT-Gamete intrafallopian transfer
  • ZIFT-Zygote intrafallopian transfer
  • BBT-basal body temperature
  • HCG-Human chorionic gonadotropin
  • LH-Luteinising hormoen
  • FSH-follicle stimulating hormone
  • AMH-Anti mullerian hormone
  • LMP-last menstrual period
  • EWCM-Eggwhite cervical mucus
  • PCOS-polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • CVS-Chorionic villus sampling
  • U/S-Ultrasound
  • D & C -dilation and curretage
  • LAP Laparoscopy
  • PCT-Post-coital test
  • EDD-estimated date of delivery
  • PMS-Pre-menstrual syndrome
  • PID-pelvic inflammatory disease
  • POF -premature ovarian failure
  • IUD-intra uterine device
  • OCP-oral contraceptive pill
  • HRT-Hormone replacement therapy
  • STD-Sexually transmitted disease
  • STI-Sexually transmitted infection
  • GC-Gonorrhea

New home fertility test for men

male fertility test kit uk

Home male fertility test kit

We have a new home male fertility test kit in stock for 2016. The test is quick and easy to perform and takes just 5 minutes. The test checks whether the semen concentration is above or below 15 million / ml. The fertility test kit has a 97.98% accuracy rate in clinical studies.

Use coupon code ADT before the end of January 2016 to save 5% when you shop online at Access Diagnostics UK fertility site

 

Our UK fertility site is finally mobile friendly

Access Diagnostics Fertility Site UK

Access Diagnostics Fertility Site UK

Great news after many months of work our fertility site is today going mobile friendly and to celebrate we have a 10% discount coupon MBF that will be active on the site until midnight on Monday 14th December. You can add the coupon code during the checkout procedure.

Use the online coupon code to save 10% at Access Diagnostics UK Fertility Site

We hope that you find the mobile friendly version of the site easier to use on your phones and tablets.

 

LH Ovulation Tests FAQ-what does it mean if I do not detect an LH surge ?

Ovulation test strips LH surge

Detecting LH surge with ovulation test strips

This is a fairly common question and one that causes quite a lot of anxiety, as not ovulating is a fairly common cause of infertility. However although this is one explanation,there are other possible reasons why you may not detect the LH surge with your ovulation tests.

  • The LH surge may have occurred before you started testing and you therefore missed it
  • The LH surge may have occurred after you stopped testing and you may have missed it.
  • The urine that you tested may have been too dilute, meaning that the concentration of LH in the sample was not sufficient, to give a positive LH test. Make sure you restrict your fluid intake for about 2 hours before you take the test.
  • You may have missed the LH surge because you tested at the wrong time of day. This is not uncommon. LH levels are low first thing in the morning and so if you test at this time, you may miss the LH surge. LH levels are usually highest at early to mid afternoon , so this is the best time to collect your urine for LH testing. Knowing the right time to test can be more tricky for shift workers, as their circadian rhythms are disrupted so they may also miss their LH surge.
  • LH surge may not be strong enough to be detected by the LH test. Most LH tests detect 40mIU/ml of Lh in the urine. It may be worth trying an ultra sensitive LH ovulation test that detects a lower level i.e. 20mIU/ml.
  • Insufficient urine may have been absorbed by the LH ovulation test. if this was the case then there would be no control line visible on the test. It is important to check that the control line is visible. if it is not it means the test has not run and so the result is invalid. If this happens it is worth quickly dipping the test into the urine sample again for a few seconds as it may still work. Do not delay doing this or the result will be invalid because too much time has elapsed.
  • The LH test could in fact be faulty, out of date or been incorrectly stored. Although this is quite uncommon, it can happen. To avoid this problem always buy from a reputable supplier.
  • You may be testing at the wrong time of your cycle. For women who have irregular periods, knowing when to test can be very difficult.
  • You may not have used the test correctly. Make sure that you read the instructions carefully before starting the test and use a timer.
  • You may not be going to ovulate this month. This may just be a one off, but if it happens repeatedly you should see your doctor, as it may mean that you are not ovulating and need further investigations.
  • You may already be pregnant. There is always a small possibility that you may already be pregnant. If your last period was different to usual, or very light it may be worth doing a pregnancy test.

To see more answers to FAQ’s regarding ovulation tests visit Access Diagnostics UK Fertility site 

Ovulation tests are available to purchase online from Access Diagnostics

Pre-Seed lubricant back in stock in UK

We have received our new stock of the Pre-Seed fertility friendly lubricant and we love the pretty new pink packaging.

Pre-Seed Lubricant UKJ

Pre-Seed lubricant UK

The current stock has long expiry date and contains the same winning Pre-Seed formulation that you know and trust.

The new stock of Pre-Seed can be purchased online in the UK from Access Diagnostics fertility site

Use discount coupon code ADSUM this month and next at Access Diagnostics fertility site to save you 5% on your order. Please feel free to share this offer with friends & family. Our standard delivery is free when you spend over £25

Astroglide TTC personal lubricant now available in UK #fertility

Astroglide TTC lubricant UK

Astroglide TTC Trying To Conceive Personal Lubricant

TTC is a water based personal lubricant from Astroglide that is especially for couples trying to conceive. It is available in 8 pre-filled 5ml applicators.

TTC is suitable for either penile or vaginal application and has been designed to supplement the bodies natural lubrication and is the ph and isotonic levels have been adjusted to support fertility.

Astroglide TTC lubricant is compatible with sperm, oocytes, and embryos and can be safely used by couples trying to conceive.

Click here for more information or buy Astroglide TTC Trying To Conceive personal lubricant online in UK

Pre-Seed lubricant due back in stock in UK this week

pre-seed lubricant where to buy UK

Pre-Seed lubricant available to buy in UK from Access Diagnostics

We are pleased to let you know PreSeed lubricant will be back in stock, we hope this week. We have released it for sale so that you can pre-order and as soon as it is with us we will dispatch it to you. Use coupon code ADSUM to save 5% on your order

Spend over £25 on goods and qualify for our current Free UK delivery offer

Buy Pre-Seed lubricant online UK from Access Diagnostics

How to use ultra early pregnancy test strips

ultra early pregnancy test strips

Ultra early pregnancy test strips 10mIU sensitivity

Ultra early pregnancy tests have been around now for about 8-10 years. They detect a lower level of the pregnancy hormone hcg ( human chorionic gonadotrophin ) than normal pregnancy tests, and so can be used to detect pregnancy even before the period has been missed. Ultra early pregnancy tests detect just 10mIu of the pregnancy hormone hcg which means they can detect a pregnancy at a very early stage. Hcg increases dramatically in the first 3 months of pregnancy from less than 5mIU/ml to over 100,000mIU/ml and it is the huge rise in this hormone that is responsible for many of the symptoms of early pregnancy including morning sickness.

Pregnancy test strips including ultra early 10mIU pregnancy tests can be purchased online from Access Diagnostics UK fertility site

How do I perform the pregnancy test using a test strip ?

  • Collect a fresh urine sample, ideally first morning void , in a clean dry container. The container does not need to be sterile.
  • Read the instructions before you start the test. You will need a timer to time the test as timing is very important. Most mobile phones have a timer you can set to the correct time.
  • take the strip carefully out of the foil. Hold the strip at the handle end and avoid touching the strip end that will go into the urine as grease from your hands can interfere with the test
  • Immerse the strip into the urine sample up to the the maximum dip line and leave it there for 3-4 seconds so that it can absorb the urine. Do not dip it any deeper than the max dip line.
  • remove the pregnancy test strip from the urine sample and lie it flat. Start the timer and time it for the specified time in the instructions. This may vary slightly from brand to brand.
  • When the timer goes read the result. You should have a control line showing . This means the pregnancy test strip has worked properly. Now look for the test line. A visible test line on the strip means the test is positive. An absent T line means the test is negative.
  • You can only read the result at the specified time after you started the test. Do not come back to the test later and read it as this will not be an accurate result.

Important factors to consider when using an ultra early pregnancy test:

  • As ultra early pregnancy tests detect very low levels of hcg , it is best to test on your first urine void of the day, as this is usually more concentrated and so the pregnancy hormone hcg levels will be usually be higher at this time of day.
  • Follow the instructions and wait the allocated time as per the instructions (usually a few minutes ) before you read the result. Because the levels are much lower in very early pregnancy the result may take a little longer to show then later in pregnancy.
  • You will need to be prepared to re-test. A positive pregnancy test before the missed period should be confirmed 72 hours later and you would hope to see a the positive result developing more quickly on the test line indicating increasing hormone levels.
  • You may detect a pregnancy that will then fail to progress. In this case you will get a positive pregnancy test followed by a negative pregnancy test. This is one of the down side of testing for pregnancy early. If you had not tested you would never have known that you were pregnant.
  • False positives can occur if there has been a recent miscarriage or pregnancy
  • False negatives can occur with ultra sensitive pregnancy tests. If you do the test before the hcg levels have exceeded 10mIU in the urine sample you will get a negative result. This does not mean that you are not pregnant, it may just be that you have tested too early or you’re urine sample was too dilute. In this situation you should wait 48 hours and retest with a fresh urine sample (the first urine that you do in the morning after rising is the most concentrated)

6 reasons to use a fertility lubricant when you are trying to conceive

  • Most intimate lubricants are not fertility friendly.
  • Many popular lubricants can actually harm or kill sperm.
  • Fertility lubricants have been created to mimic fertile cervical mucus and to be sperm friendly.
  • Using a fertility lubricant can increase the pleasure in love making for both partners, and increase the chance of orgasm.
  • Vaginal dryness can be a problem for many couples trying to conceive.
  • Using a suitable lubricant reduces the risk of discomfort during love making for both partners.

Buy fertility friendly lubricants Pre-Seed, Conceive Plus and Astroglide TTC online in UK from Access Diagnostics

Would you like to write for our Fertility Blog ?

We are currently recruiting bloggers to write for this fertility blog.

If you are working in a field of fertility or are an alternative health practioner who works with couples who are trying to conceive and you would like to become a contributor on the fertility blog then please send an e-mail to kate@adtuk.co.uk

If you currently trying to conceive and would like to share your journey with others ( anonymously of course) though our fertility blog then please contact us and we will set you up as a contributor.

Review of the new Core ultra early 10mIU sensitive pregnancy test strips

Thought you may be interested in this video review of the new Core ultra early pregnancy tests that we have new in stock this month.

The video discusses how to use ultra early pregnancy tests strips, how early you can take a pregnancy test before your period, the pros and cons of using ultra early pregnancy tests, and when to retest and how to interpret results.

The Core ultra sensitive pregnancy tests detect as low as 10mIU hcg and are available in boxes of 50 individually wrapped test strips.

You can purchase the Core ultra sensitive early pregnancy tests through Access Diagnostics fertility site 

Have you tried out the Pink Pad fertility app yet ?

UK's leading online fertility Shop

UK’s leading online fertility shop

We have noticed that a lot of our customers mention Pink Pad when we ask them how they found our fertility website.

Pink Pad is a great little free app that you download onto your phone for helping you track your periods & fertile times which is very useful when you are TTC. It also helps you to track and manage other things such as your weight & emotional health and there are also message boards to discuss all things fertility related.

Best selling Advanced ultra early detection pregnancy test strips 10 mIU back in stock

Advanced ultra early pregnancy tests 10mIU sensitivity

Advanced ultra early pregnancy tests 10mIU sensitivity

The best selling Advanced ultra early pregnancy tests 10 miu pregnancy test strips are now back in stock . These affordable high accuracy ultra early very sensitive pregnancy test strips are 98.98% accurate at detecting pregnancy and can be used to reliably detect pregnancy before the missed period. Thye are one of the best pregnancy test strips for early detection available in the UK. They are available in pack sizes from 2 test to 120 tests for frequent testers. Long shelf life.

Click here for more information or to buy our best selling Advanced ultra early detection pregnancy test strips 10 mIU online in UK

Use coupon code ADSUM to save 5% if you order before the end of August 2014

Latest Access Diagnostics Coupon Code

Just a quick post to let you know our latest coupon code. Use 5% discount coupon code ADSUM this summer to save 5% online at www.accessdiagnostics.co.uk and valuemed.co.uk

  • One coupon is applied per order.
  • Coupon may be used multiple times
  • Coupon active until the end of August 2014

Access Diagnostics Spring 2014 5% Discount Coupon

Thought it was about time we shared a new discount coupon code with you. Use coupon code sp5 to save 5% online this month and next at Access Diagnostics UK Fertility Site

  • The coupon code can be used multiple times between now and the end of April 201
  • Feel free to share the coupon code.
  • Only one coupon is applied per order
  • The coupon code can also be used at Valuemed Medical Supplies

Fertility FAQ-When am I most fertile ?

Ovulation tests

When am I most fertile ?

For anyone that is trying to conceive this is one of the most important things to know as the window for conception each month is actually quite small. If your menstrual cycle is very regular and the same length each month then it is very easy to predict your most fertile days using an ovulation calculator. There is a very easy to use one at BBC Health

http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/tools/ovulation_calendar/ovulation.shtml

If you cycle is irregular or unpredictable then it may help you to use an ovulation predictor to identify your most fertile days each month as these may will from month to month.

There are several methods to predict when ovulation will occur, the most commonly used method is to use a urine ovulation test or ovulation predictor kit which identifies your LH surge. LH is the hormone which triggers ovulation to occur and it peaks just before ovulation occurs each month & so is a reliable predictor of ovulation. The advantage of using an ovulation predictor is because you know that you are about to ovulate, you can have intercourse just prior to ovulation, as well as at the time of ovulation, to make sure that plenty of sperm are around to fertilise the egg when it is released, thus increasing the chances of conception.

Other methods to identify your most fertile time are looking for signs that ovulation has occurred:

  • changes in cervical mucus which becomes more stringy and appears like raw egg whites this method is known as the billings method.
  • your basal body temperature increases so many women use a high accuracy thermometer to chart basal body temperature
  • There are also changes in saliva around ovulation and this can be identified using a saliva ovulation microscope.

The disadvantage to these methods is they do not give you prior notice that ovulation is about to occur just that is has occurred. studies show that if you have intercourse just prior to ovulation as well as at ovulation it increases your chances of conceiving. It means the sperm are ready & waiting for the egg.

Click here for more information on LH ovulation predictor kits & tests, basal body temperature thermometers & ovulation microscopes from Access Diagnostics UK Fertility Site

Access Diagnostics Coupon Code

Use online coupon code aut5 to save 5% this month and next at Access Diagnostics Fertility site

http://www.accessdiagnostics.co.uk

Which fertility lubricant should I choose Pre-Seed or Conceive Plus ?

This is a common question that we are asked as the two products are very similar. They are both excellent fertility lubricants that have been designed specifically for couples trying to conceive, and are the two leading fertility lubricants in the UK currently.

We thought we would give you our opinion of the pros and cons for each, having sold them both for many years now ,to help you to choose which one will suit your needs.

Lets start with reviewing Pre-Seed lubricant

Pre-Seed lubricant is available to buy in the UK from Access Diagnostics Fertility Site

Pre-Seed lubricant is available to buy in the UK from Access Diagnostics Fertility Site

Pre-Seed has been around now for many years in fact we have been selling it for about 9-10 years I think. During that time we have lots of positive feedback about the product and very little if any negative feedback.

Originally it was only available in pre-filled applicators but it now comes in a 40g multi-use tube with applicators that you can fill yourself.

Pros for Pre-Seed

  • its been around for ages and has lots of positive feedback & successful pregnancies.
  • it is available in a multi-use tube with vaginal applicators that you fill yourself which means that you can use as little or as much as you like and you only need to buy one product
  • it can be used for intravaginal application & for external application to either partner
  • it has been clinically tested and shown to be sperm friendly & non irritant
  • it is reasonably priced at around £12-15 pound for a 40g tube
  • it is easy to use and comes with comprehensive instructions
  • it is the most versatile product of the two as it allows for both external and internal application

Cons for Pre-Seed

  • Currently at time of writing it is only available online in UK and mainly through specialist fertility suppliers
  • The lack of a small tube means you cannot try Pre-Seed before committing to a large tube

 

Now we will give our review of Conceive Plus

Conceive Plus

Conceive Plus is available to buy online in UK from Access Diagnostics fertility site

 

Conceive Plus has also been around a long time (although not quite a s long as Pre-Seed I think)  and also has lots of positive feedback & Successful pregnancies. It is available as 3 different products currently. Pre-filled applicators & tubes of Conceive plus in two sizes (small & large).

Pros for Conceive Plus

  • The small cheaper 30g tube allows you to try the Conceive Plus before you commit to a larger tube & is excellent value for money. It is ideal for external application to either partner for foreplay & intercourse.
  • It is widely available in Boots and also online
  • There is lots of positive feedback about the product and very little negative feedback.
  • The range of products means that there should be a product to suit you.
  • Reasonably priced at between £6 and £15
  • Easy to use and comes with comprehensive instructions from manufacturer
  • The small 30g tube is small & discreet for when travelling
  • The pre-filled applicator product allows you to insert the lubricant deep inside the vagina if dryness is a problem and you do not need to work out how much lubricant to use as this is done for you.

Cons for Conceive plus

  • The lack of a multi-use tube means that if you want to use intravaginal applicators & have the lubricant for external application you have to buy two products making it more costly.
  • Some women find the pre-filled applicators contain too much lubricant and so some is wasted-you are not able to choose how much lubricant you put into the applicator as this is done for you.

 

Conclusion-Is it Pre-Seed or Conceive Plus ?

Well our answer is it depends on how you wish to use the product.

If you are looking for a fertility lubricant that you can use internally as well as externally & where you can choose how much lubricant to insert into the vaginal applicator then I would try Pre-Seed multi-use 40g tube first and see if it suits you. This way you are only having to purchase one product.

If you are looking for a product just for foreplay and then external application to either partner then I would probably try the Conceive plus 30g tube first and see if it suits you. you can then go onto buy a larger tube if required.

If you are looking for a lubricant just for internal vaginal application prior to intercourse, with pre-filled applicators so that you do not need to decide how much lubricant to use, then opt for Conceive Plus pre-filled applicators.

Whichever one you choose they are both great fertility lubricants and we have no hesitation in recommending them both. Just choose the format that suits your particular needs.

How to use ovulation test strips & how do they work

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If you have not used them before and are used to a midstream ovulation test, then you may be asking yourself this question.

Ovulation test strips are much cheaper than traditional midstream ovulation tests because they are much cheaper to manufacture, and the packaging costs are much less. They are also cheaper to deliver, as they pack into a very small pack, and yet the accuracy if used correctly is just as good.

Ovulation tests detect a hormone in urine called LH or Luteinising hormone, that is the hormone responsible for stimulating the release of the egg from the ovary. High levels of LH usually indicate that ovulation is imminent and likely to occur in the next couple of days. This makes urine LH testing a useful way to predict ovulation.

How do you use an ovulation test strip ?

  • 1st thing to do is obtain a clean container in which to catch your urine sample. It does not need to be a sterile container. A clean plastic cup is ideal or one of those sample bottles your GP sometimes gives you. You can use the same container each time you do the test, just make sure you wash it & rinse it out thoroughly between uses.
  • Like any ovulation test you need to perform the test at the right time in your cycle.
  • Wait at least 2 hours after drinking before you collect your urine sample. It does not matter what time of day you do the test as long as you do it at approximately the same time each day. Best to avoid 1st thing in the morning as the LH levels can be lower overnight. For most people early to mid afternoon is a good time to test.
  • Read the instructions supplied with the ovulation test before you start the test
  • Follow the instructions for the test that you have as they may vary slightly, depending on which brand of ovulation test strip you have bought, although most instructions will be quite similar.
  • Collect the urine sample
  • Hold the test strip by the correct end (there will usually be a picture with the instructions to help you identify this ) and arrows pointing down to show you which way is down as in the picture above. Often the end that you hold has a plastic or shiny covering.
  • Immerse the strip into the urine sample, just up to the max mark for a few seconds (i.e. only the bottom half of the strip goes into the urine) You should be able to see the urine being absorbed up the strip. If you have got the strip upside down, you will not see any urine travelling up the strip.
  • Remove the strip from the urine sample & lie it flat.
  • Read the result after the designated time, as laid out in the instructions (usually a couple of minutes.)  I find it is best to always set a timer as the time that you read the result is very important, and it is so easy to get distracted. Timer keeps you focussed.
  • If the test has run correctly you will have a control line  C visible which means the test has absorbed enough urine. If the control line is not visible, then check that you have put the correct end of the strip into the urine and re-immerse the strip into the urine for a further few seconds, until you see the urine start to be absorbed.
  • If you have a visible control line then now look the for test line usually marked T . For the LH test to be positive, the T line should be as dark or darker than the C line. If you get this result then you can stop testing & it likely that ovulation is imminent and so this & the next couple of days is your most fertile time.
  • If the result is not positive then you should repeat the test the next day, and keep doing so until you detect the LH surge.

This all sounds very complicated when I write it down, but in fact it is incredibly easy to do, once you get the hang of it. The key is to follow the instructions to the letter the first few times you do it, and to use a timer. After you have done it a few times you will find it very easy to remember.

Click here to see full range of ovulation tests including ovulation test strips at Access Diagnostics Fertility website

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Early Detection Pregnancy Tests

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Early detection pregnancy tests are the pregnancy tests that can detect a pregnancy at the earliest stage before the period has been missed.

They are more sensitive than a standard pregnancy test kit and detect lower levels of the hormone hcg . This hormone is released in large quantities during early pregnancy  and rises rapidly. It can be detected in the urine They are also know as ultra pregnancy tests or sensitive pregnancy tests.

Most standard home pregnancy test kits will give a positive result when the level of hcg reaches 25mIU in the urine. An ultra early detection pregnancy test will give a positive result when the hormone level reaches just 10mIU hcg in the urine making it far more sensitive and able to detect a pregnancy at an earlier stage. This can be as early as 8-10 days after ovulation or assisted conception.

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Click here to see frequently asked questions about using & interpreting early detection pregnancy tests 

 

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Fertility FAQ-Which are the best ovulation test strips ?

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As the choice in ovulation test strips increases we are frequently asked which are the best ovulation test strips to buy.

The choice depends on three main factors-budget, accuracy of the tests, the sensitivity of ovulation test strip required & how often you will be performing the ovulation testing.

All ovulation test strips are relatively cheap to buy when compared to midstream pregnancy tests. The reason for this is that there is far less packaging and the test strips are much cheaper to manufacture.

If you have used ovulation test strips before without success or not had clear results then opt for the ultra sensitive 25mIU ovulation test strips by Blue Cross

If you have a very limited budget then opt for the cheap ovulation test strips which we have manufactured for us by BlueCross. At just £3.99 for 25 test strips they offer excellent value for money and are a trusted & reliable branded ovulation test strip

If your budget is higher then the Advanced LH ovulation test strip is our best quality & highest accuracy  (99.98% ) ovulation test strip. We have been selling this brand for about 7-8 years now and have found them to be highly accurate & reliable. They sensitivity of the Advanced LH ovulation test strips is 40mIU LH and these are what we would recommend for most testers. They still offer excellent value for money and work out cheaper per test than most over the counter ovulation test kits.

If you are a healthcare professional and will be doing large numbers of ovulation test then the professional ovulation test strips are the ones to choose. These are highly accurate and reliable tests from Instalert brand and we have been selling this brand now for over 10 years and been very impressed with their quality & accuracy.

Click here to see our full range of ovulation test strips & ovulation test kits

 

Pre-Seed Lubricant

 

 

Pre-Seed lubricant is available to buy in the UK from Access Diagnostics Fertility Site

Pre-Seed lubricant is available to buy in the UK from Access Diagnostics Fertility Site

Pre-Seed lubricant can help you to conceive by providing sperm friendly lubrication for your baby making activities.

PreSeed lubricant has been developed by doctors to mimic your fertile fluid, and is used by fertility clinics in the USA.

Why choose Pre-Seed ?

  • Clinical trials have shown Pre-Seed to be fertility friendly.
  • Pre-Seed is odourless & non irritant
  • Pre-Seed lubricant feels natural
  • Pre-Seed allows the sperm to move freely

Click here to buy Pre-Seed online in UK for just £12.75

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Home Fertility Test For Men

Fertilityscore male fertility test

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The Fertilityscore home fertility test for men tests both the sperm count & the sperm motility. The pack comes with everything that you need to cunduct the fertility test in the privacy of your own home including full instructions.

Each pack contains 2 home male fertility tests so that you can test yourself twice over a 10 day period. The fertility test is easy to use and accurate in clinical studies and highly reccomended by men.

Click here for more information or to buy Fertilityscore home male fertility test online

Ultra Early Pregnancy Tests 10miu Review-pros and cons

Ultra early detection pregnancy tests have been available now for several years  and are proving very popular & reliable at diagnosing pregnancy before the missed period.

If you are using an ultra early sensitive 10miu hcg pregnancy test you need to test 1st thing in the morning on the first urine that you pass after waking, as the hcg level will usually be more concentrated then, and so you have a higher chance of detecting if you are pregnant or not.

Advantages of ultra early pregnancy test strips:

  • they detect lower levels of the pregnancy hormone hcg
  • they are easy to use
  • you find out sooner
  • the ultra early pregnancy test strips are excellent value for money

Disadvantages of ultra early pregnancy tests:

  • They may detect a very early pregnancy that then fails to continue, that you would otherwise not know about.
  • false negatives are more common, as the pregnancy hormone level in the urine, may not be high enough even for the ultra sensitive pregnancy test to detect.
  • you may need to test repeatedly until you get a positive pregnancy test or your period starts

Click here to buy ultra early detection pregnancy tests 10miu sensitivity

 

 

New Conceive Plus multi-use 30ml tube

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Conceive Plus® fertility lubricant is now available in a handy 30ml tube.

Its advanced formula contains magnesium and calcium ions, which are essential to prolonging sperm viability (keeping sperm healthy) and motility (helping sperm to swim).

Conceive Plus Fertility Lubricant is pH and electrolyte balanced to imitate the body’s own natural fluids and is completely safe for sperm and embryo development. It also helps with the fertilisation process to increase your chances of actually getting pregnant.

Conceive Plus is suitable for all couples who want to have a baby, whether you are just preparing to conceive or have been trying to get pregnant for some time.

Clinically tested with data published by the American Society For Reproductive Medicine in 2009.

How to use Conceive Plus: Apply a teaspoon sized amount on both him and her and re-apply as often as needed.

Click here for more information or to buy Conceive Plus