Causes of spotting before period – the most common causes.

What causes a woman to spot before her period arrives?

This is a question I asked myself when I came off the contraceptive pill to try for a baby in 2013. I found that after I ovulated I would spot on random days during the run up to the day my period was due. Sometimes it was brown and sometimes it was pink and even red. Many times I was convinced it was my period arriving early but then when the spotting would stop for a few days I found it quite confusing and frustrating.  I never had cramps with the spotting and sometimes it was as soon as 2-3 days after ovulation. I did lots of research on this and I will share with you my findings.

 

Ovulation spotting

Spotting after you have ovulated or ‘Mid cycle spotting’ is very common and I have experienced this several times, especially when my ovulation pain has been particularly bad. It occurs within a few days of ovulation so spotting at this time in your cycle can be quite surprising for many woman. Ovulation spotting is nothing to worry about and up to 10% of women experience this at some point during their fertile years. Spotting occurs because of a brief drop in estrogen levels following the release of an egg from the ovaries.

The spotting usually happens around 10-14 days before your period is due. I have read on many trying to conceive forums that ovulation spotting corresponds with a ‘strong ovulation’ but what this means I’m not sure. Many woman seem to think it is a positive occurrence and can be linked with a good ‘strong’ egg being released.

 

Implantation bleeding

If your menstrual cycles and luteal phase length is normal and you never usually have spotting between ovulation and your period, then you could be experiencing implantation bleeding. Light spotting of brown or pink (and sometimes even red) discharge around 6-12 days after ovulation could indicate implantation of a fertilised egg into the walls of the uterus. This could be a very early sign of pregnancy. Implantation bleeding is usually very light and occurs when the egg attaches to the lining of uterus i.e. implantation. When the egg attaches, a small amount of blood may be shed. This blood may then pass through the cervix and out of the vagina.

You may notice this small amount of blood after you wipe. Implantation bleeding usually stops as quickly as it starts but if you carry on spotting and you find out that you are pregnant then speak to your GP.  Likewise if you have unusual bleeding at any point during your cycle and you are not pregnant, then you should consult your doctors advice. There are many photos of implantation bleeding on google images and you can look up some images to get an idea of what it may look like.

 

Vascular cervix

This reason is not so well known and I haven’t found much about a vascular cervix online but when I went to see my doctor about my spotting she examined my cervix and told me it was very vascular. I had ovulated a few days prior to my doctors visit and I had light spotting so went in for some tests. She said that the blood vessels are often more visible, prominent, swollen and more dense during the luteal phase of a woman’s menstrual cycle. This is due to the effects of progesterone levels being higher during this phase. Pregnant women may also have a vascular cervix for the same reason i.e. they have high progesterone levels and their cervix becomes engorged with blood. If you have a vascular cervix during your luteal phase then any light trauma e.g. through sex, could cause you to have some spotting.

If you experience spotting after sex during the luteal phase then this could be your problem. You should however have yourself checked out by your doctor if you ever experience any abnormal spotting throughout your cycle or after intercourse just to be safe. When I was on the contraceptive pill called ‘Cilest’, which is a progesterone only pill, I would spot now and then after sex which makes sense to me now. I was young and so I didn’t go to my GP although I did have several smears over the years which were all normal. It is usually nothing to worry about but it is better to get checked anyway.

 

A Luteal Phase Defect

This issue is very common and is a problem I have suffered from since coming off the contraceptive pill in 2013. My cycles have always been on the longer side and I would spot for up to 5-7 days before my period was due every cycle. After much research and a few cycles charting my temperatures I discovered my luteal phase was short at 10-11 days, meaning I had a ‘luteal phase defect’. What this means is that your progesterone level peaks as it should around 5 days after ovulation but then levels starts do drop sooner than they should. With a slight drop in progesterone your lining may begin to shed early and you may see spotting for several days before your period arrives.  The day your period arrives is when levels of progesterone plummet.

If you have a luteal phase defect and you are trying for a baby you may have some issues conceiving. Your lining may start to shed before the fertilised egg has time to attach. There are several ways you can help with this issue naturally or you can try progesterone after ovulation. You may only be able to obtain progesterone suppositories from a gynaecologist as your GP usually will not prescribe it. I have a separate post titled ‘What is a luteal phase defect‘ and ‘Progesterone and Fertility‘ if you would like to know more and I also described how I overcome my issue to conceive successfully.

 

Cervical erosion (cervical ectropion)

Cervical erosion is now more commonly referred to as cervical ectropion or cervical eversion. It is quite a common condition and is harmless.  There is no evidence to suggest it is associated with cervical cancer or other cancer causing conditions. The condition occurs when cells from the inside of the cervix appear on the outside of the cervix.  Cervical ectropion may be diagnosed during an examination of the inside of the vagina e.g. during a smear test, as the cervix will appear redder than normal. The condition is often caused by hormonal changes and is more commonly seen in young girls going through adolescence, pregnant woman or woman on the contraceptive pill . Many woman can be born with the condition also. Cervical ectropion often causes no issues and may disappear without any treatment. The cells on the outside of the cervix may however cause spotting and pain during or after intercourse. If you are taking the contraceptive pill then switching to a different pill may help or if you are not on the pill and are not trying for a baby, then taking the contraceptive pill may also help. Speak to your GP if you are experiencing any symptoms and they can examine you and confirm if this is your issue. If you are suffering considerably from the condition then the cells may be cauterised to prevent any further bleeding.

 

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

If you have PCOS then you will probably experience irregular bleeding from time to time. PCOS is caused by a hormonal imbalance which may prevent ovulation. If a woman is not ovulating then the lining of the uterus is not shed on a regular basis and may become thickened.

Other symptoms of PCOS is high testosterone levels, obesity, excess hair (hirsutism) on the face, back, arms and legs and chest and balding of hair on the head. Your doctor can undertake a simple blood test and even an ultra sound examination to confirm if you have PCOS and can prescribe you treatment and give advice which should help.

 

Cervicitis – Inflammation or infection of the cervix 

Cervicitis is a condition where the cervix becomes inflamed and a woman may suffer from bleeding at unusual times during her menstrual cycle as a result. The condition is also linked to painful sex and abnormal vaginal mucus. Cervicitis is most commonly caused through a sexually transmitted infection such as gonorrhea or chlamydia. Many woman see no signs or suffer no symptoms of the condition and have no idea they have an STI for a long period of time. A woman with no symptoms may be diagnosed during a routine vaginal exam such as a smear test. If you are suffering from vaginal bleeding that is not associated with your period or if you experience painful sex or abnormal vaginal discharge then see your GP straightaway. Cervicitis may also be caused by an allergic reaction to latex condoms or spermicides or woman who regularly perform douching can suffer (cleaning of the inside of the vagina).

The cervix may also become inflamed if there is an overgrowth of the normal, natural occurring bacteria inside the vagina. This condition is called bacterial vaginosis. If is important to treat the underlying cause of cervicitis as the cervix is key in preventing bacteria and viruses from entering the uterus. If the cervix is infected and inflamed then this barrier is compromised and may lead to an infection of the reproductive organs which may lead to fertility issues later on.

 

Sexually Transmitted Infections/Diseases (STIs, STDs)

I have mentioned this briefly above as STIs such as gonorrhea or chlamydia may lead to cervicitis and abnormal vaginal bleeding.

 

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) 

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is when the uterus, ovaries and/or fallopian tubes become inflamed. PID is commonly caused by sexually transmitted infections  such as chlamydia or gonorrhoea. Treatment is usually successful and involves one or two courses of antibiotics. If a woman has a severe infection or if a  she has had PID for a long time and has not been treated, she could develop fertility issues e.g. blocked fallopian tubes and risk of an ectopic pregnancy. Symptoms include bleeding between periods, pain in the abdomen, pain during sex, unusual discharge and often heavy periods.

An ovarian cyst

An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac which grows on a woman’s ovary. They are extremely common, usually do not cause any symptoms and often disappear in a few months without treatment. If the cyst ruptures however it may cause a woman to experience pain in the pelvis area, pain during sex and abnormal periods (irregular, heavy or lighter than normal).

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine Fibroids  are abnormal growths of muscle tissue that develop within or around the uterus. They are non cancerous  growths (often referred to as uterine myomas or leiomyomas) and often do not cause a woman any symptoms. When symptoms occur they can include abnormal vaginal bleeding bleeding between periods, lower back and abdomen pain and pain during intercourse.

Uterine Polyps

Uterine polyps are growths which appear within the inner lining of the uterus. They are often attached by a thin stalk and extend into the uterus. They are usually noncancerous.

Stress

Stress can cause changes in to a woman menstrual cycle and some women may suffer from vaginal spotting due to fluctuations in stress hormones, Stress may also delay ovulation or even prevent it altogether.

An Early Miscarriage – Chemical Pregnancy

Early miscarriages or chemical pregnancies are extremely common accounting for 50 to 75 % of all miscarriages experienced. They usually occurs shortly after a fertilised egg has implanted and often following a very faint positive pregnancy test. I experienced a chemical pregnancy myself and it was shocking to get a positive pregnancy test only to have spotting and then my period arrive a few days later. Often woman find they have spotting and the pregnancy tests from one day to the next do not get any stronger. If you think you are pregnant and experience any spotting then it is always better to contact your GP for advise. If you do have an early miscarriage then inform your GP also as they need to put it on your medical records. Some woman experience several chemical pregnancies one after the other and as you only get help after 3 miscarriages it is best to keep your GP informed. Often it is nothing to worry about but there are tests your GP can perform to see for what reason the implantation process is unsuccessful.

Approaching menopause

When a woman is approaching the menopause she can begin to experience pink or brown spotting and even light bleeding before her period is due.

 

Low thyroid levels.

A woman might start to produce too much estrogen if she has a thyroid problem. An underactive thyroid may lead to over production of estrogen and spotting between periods.

 

Adenomyosis

Adenomyosis occurs when cells lining the inside of the uterus are found within the uterine wall. This can cause the uterus to become enlarged which may be very painful and cause spotting between periods and also heavier periods. This condition usually occurs after the menopause has begun.

 

Ectopic pregnancy 

An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilised egg has implanted outside of the uterus, usually in one of the fallopian tubes. If you know you are pregnant and experience the following symptoms then contact your GP immediately – Abdomen pain which is low down and focused on one side, bleeding or spotting pr brown watery discharge , shoulder pain and discomfort when weeing or pooing.

 

Malignant cancer

If you have been experiencing any unusual spotting or bleeding in between your periods it is extremely important to see your GP. It is usually something that can be treated but if the worst case scenario occurs it is better to get a diagnosis sooner rather than later.  Your doctor will have heard and seen it all before and it is always best to get peace of mind or to get treatment as soon as possible. Don’t put it off and always make sure you  have a smear test performed when advised to and when they are due.

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Baby memorial keepsakes – Bracelets, key rings, Necklaces and Pendants.

Baby loss/miscarriage/Memorial/Fertility charms – Key rings, Bracelets, Necklaces, charms for necklace (pendant) – Free postage on all items – UK post only. 

 

These charms are discrete and can be kept on you as a keepsake to remember your lost baby or as a thoughtful gift for someone you know who has lost a baby or who is trying to conceive. I was bought one of these charm sets by a friend after my second miscarriage and it really helped me to get through such a tough time. I placed my pendant on a chain and wore it throughout my sons pregnancy until I gave birth and it is now in his memory box.

The heart charms come in silver coloured metal or in pink and blue flattened pearl glass.

The remember beans have ‘remember written on one side and a footprint on the other.

The Fertility Venus charm size is approximately 3.9cm x 1.3cm.

As this jewellery is composed of small parts they are designed for adults only. Please keep out of reach of small children at all times as these small parts could be a potential choking hazard. 

Memorial Bracelet: £2.99p.

A 20cm black faux leather bracelet with lobster clasp. The bracelet can extend to 22-25cm as as additional rings are added to the bracelet. You get 3 lovely charms with each bracelet. If there is a combination not shown then please email me as I am sure I can accommodate your needs.

This Bracelet is available in several colours. Please email me with which colour you would like – takecontrolofyourfertility@gmail.com

 

Bracelet with remember bean, angel wing and silver heart – £2.99p

 

Bracelet with remember bean, angel wing and pink heart – £2.99p

 

Bracelet with remember bean, angel wing and blue heart – £2.99p

 

 

Bracelet with believe bean, rainbow and silver heart – 2.99p

 

Bracelet with believe bean, rainbow and pink heart – 2.99p

 

Bracelet with believe bean, rainbow and blue heart – 2.99p

 

 

Bracelet with believe bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.99p

 

 

Bracelet with baby feet, angel wing and silver heart – 2.99p

 

Bracelet with baby feet, angel wing and pink heart – 2.99p

 

Bracelet with baby feet, angel wing and blue heart – 2.99p

 

 

Bracelet with remember bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.99p

 

 

Bracelet with baby feet, believe bean and silver heart- 2.99p

 

Bracelet with baby feet, believe bean and pink heart- 2.99p

 

Bracelet with baby feet, believe bean and blue heart- 2.99p

 

 

Bracelet with Remember bean, baby feet and silver heart – £2.99p

 

Bracelet with Remember bean, baby feet and pink heart – £2.99p

 

Bracelet with Remember bean, baby feet and blue heart – £2.99p

 

 

Bracelet with believe bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.99p

 

Bracelet with believe bean, baby feet and rainbow – £2.99p

 

Bracelet with remember bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.99p

 

Key rings – £2.99p.

The key rings are 25mm in diameter and are m ade from a polished silver coloured metal. They come with a short chain to attach your charms. You get 3 lovely charms with each key ring. If there is a combination not listed please message me as I am sure I can accommodate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key-ring with Fertility (Venus charm), baby feet and silver heart – £2.99p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key-ring with Fertility (Venus charm), baby feet and believe bean – £2.99p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key-ring with Remember bean, baby feet and silver heart – £2.99p

 

Key-ring with Remember bean, baby feet and pink heart – £2.99p

 

Key-ring with Remember bean, baby feet and blue heart – £2.99p

 

 

Key-ring with remember bean, angel wing and silver heart – £2.99p

 

Key-ring with remember bean, angel wing and pink heart – £2.99p

 

Key-ring with remember bean, angel wing and blue heart – £2.99p

 

 

Key-ring with believe bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.99p

 

Key-ring with believe bean, baby feet and rainbow – £2.99p

 

Key-ring with remember bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.99p

 

 

Key-ring with baby feet, angel wing and silver heart – 2.99p

 

Key-ring with baby feet, angel wing and pink heart – 2.99p

 

Key-ring with baby feet, angel wing and blue heart – 2.99p

 

 

Key-ring with baby feet, believe bean and silver heart- 2.99p

 

Key-ring with baby feet, believe bean and pink heart- 2.99p

 

Key-ring with baby feet, believe bean and blue heart- 2.99p

 

 

 

Key-ring with believe bean, rainbow and silver heart – 2.99p

 

Key-ring with believe bean, rainbow and pink heart – 2.99p

 

Key-ring with believe bean, rainbow and blue heart – 2.99p

 

 

 

Black faux leather braided Rope necklace: 

A 46cm faux leather necklace with lobster clasp. The necklace can extend to 48cm as as additional rings are added to the necklace. You get 3 lovely charms with your necklace – choose from the drop-down menu. If there is a combination not listed please message me as I am sure I can accommodate.

Black necklace with Fertility (Venus charm), baby feet and silver heart – £2.99p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black necklace with Fertility (Venus charm), baby feet and believe bean – £2.99p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black necklace with Remember bean, baby feet and silver heart – £2.99p

 

Black necklace with Remember bean, baby feet and pink heart – £2.99p

 

Black necklace with Remember bean, baby feet and blue heart – £2.99p

 

 

Black necklace with remember bean, angel wing and silver heart – £2.99p

 

Black necklace with remember bean, angel wing and pink heart – £2.99p

 

Black necklace with remember bean, angel wing and blue heart – £2.99p

 

 

Black necklace with believe bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.99p

 

Black necklace with believe bean, baby feet and rainbow – £2.99p

 

Black necklace with remember bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.99p

 

 

Black necklace with baby feet, angel wing and silver heart – 2.99p

 

Black necklace with baby feet, angel wing and pink heart – 2.99p

 

Black necklace with baby feet, angel wing and blue heart – 2.99p

 

 

Black necklace with baby feet, believe bean and silver heart- 2.99p

 

Black necklace with baby feet, believe bean and pink heart- 2.99p

 

Black necklace with baby feet, believe bean and blue heart- 2.99p

 

 

 

Black necklace with believe bean, rainbow and silver heart – 2.99p

 

Black necklace with believe bean, rainbow and pink heart – 2.99p

 

Black necklace with believe bean, rainbow and blue heart – 2.99p

 

 

Silver metal flat ‘snake’ loop chain necklace:

One 50cm silver metal necklace chain with flattened snake loops and lobster clasp. You get 3 lovely charms with your necklace. If there is a combination not listed please message me as I am sure I can accommodate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snake loop necklace with Fertility (Venus charm), baby feet and silver heart – £2.99p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snake loop necklace with Fertility (Venus charm), baby feet and believe bean – £2.99p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snake loop necklace with Remember bean, baby feet and silver heart – £2.99p

 

Snake loop necklace with Remember bean, baby feet and pink heart – £2.99p

 

Snake loop necklace with Remember bean, baby feet and blue heart – £2.99p

 

 

Snake loop necklace with remember bean, angel wing and silver heart – £2.99p

 

Snake loop necklace with remember bean, angel wing and pink heart – £2.99p

 

Snake loop necklace with remember bean, angel wing and blue heart – £2.99p

 

 

Snake loop necklace with believe bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.99p

 

Snake loop necklace with believe bean, baby feet and rainbow – £2.99p

 

Snake loop necklace with remember bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.99p

 

 

Snake loop necklace with baby feet, angel wing and silver heart – 2.99p

 

Snake loop necklace with baby feet, angel wing and pink heart – 2.99p

 

Snake loop necklace with baby feet, angel wing and blue heart – 2.99p

 

 

Snake loop necklace with baby feet, believe bean and silver heart- 2.99p

 

Snake loop necklace with baby feet, believe bean and pink heart- 2.99p

 

Snake loop necklace with baby feet, believe bean and blue heart- 2.99p

 

 

 

Snake loop necklace with believe bean, rainbow and silver heart – 2.99p

 

Snake loop necklace with believe bean, rainbow and pink heart – 2.99p

 

Snake loop necklace with believe bean, rainbow and blue heart – 2.99p

 

 

 

Silver metal round ‘O’ chain necklace:

    

One 50cm silver metal necklace chain with rounded loops and lobster clasp. You get 3 lovely charms with your necklace. If there is a combination not listed please message me as I am sure I can accommodate.

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with Fertility (Venus charm), baby feet and silver heart – £2.99p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with Fertility (Venus charm), baby feet and believe bean – £2.99p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with Remember bean, baby feet and silver heart – £2.99p

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with Remember bean, baby feet and pink heart – £2.99p

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with Remember bean, baby feet and blue heart – £2.99p

 

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with remember bean, angel wing and silver heart – £2.99p

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with remember bean, angel wing and pink heart – £2.99p

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with remember bean, angel wing and blue heart – £2.99p

 

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with believe bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.99p

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with believe bean, baby feet and rainbow – £2.99p

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with remember bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.99p

 

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with baby feet, angel wing and silver heart – 2.99p

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with baby feet, angel wing and pink heart – 2.99p

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with baby feet, angel wing and blue heart – 2.99p

 

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with baby feet, believe bean and silver heart- 2.99p

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with baby feet, believe bean and pink heart- 2.99p

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with baby feet, believe bean and blue heart- 2.99p

 

 

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with believe bean, rainbow and silver heart – 2.99p

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with believe bean, rainbow and pink heart – 2.99p

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with believe bean, rainbow and blue heart – 2.99p

 

 

Pendant:

You can chose to have just the charms on a small split ring to thread through a necklace – £2.79p.

 

Pendant with Fertility (Venus charm), baby feet and silver heart – £2.79p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pendant with Fertility (Venus charm), baby feet and believe bean – £2.79p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pendant with Remember bean, baby feet and silver heart – £2.79p

 

Pendant with Remember bean, baby feet and pink heart – £2.79p

 

Pendant with Remember bean, baby feet and blue heart – £2.79p

 

 

Pendant with remember bean, angel wing and silver heart – £2.79p

 

Pendant with remember bean, angel wing and pink heart – £2.79p

 

Pendant with remember bean, angel wing and blue heart – £2.79p

 

 

Pendant with believe bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.79p

 

Pendant with believe bean, baby feet and rainbow – £2.79p

 

Pendant with remember bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.79p

 

 

Pendant with baby feet, angel wing and silver heart – 2.79p

 

Pendant with baby feet, angel wing and pink heart – 2.79p

 

Pendant with baby feet, angel wing and blue heart – 2.79p

 

 

Pendant with baby feet, believe bean and silver heart- 2.79p

 

Pendant with baby feet, believe bean and pink heart- 2.79p

 

Pendant with baby feet, believe bean and blue heart- 2.79p

 

 

Pendant with believe bean, rainbow and silver heart – 2.79p

 

Pendant with believe bean, rainbow and pink heart – 2.79p

 

Pendant with believe bean, rainbow and blue heart – 2.79p

 

 

 

All items are presented in a lovely butterfly organza bag.

 

 

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Ovulation and Pregnancy test packs.

Ovulation and Pregnancy test packs – Free delivery

 

Ovulation and Pregnancy test packs include varying quantities of ovulation tests and pregnancy tests.  If you need any help with using ovulation tests then see the page on ”How to use Ovulation Tests” from the drop down menus. If you would like product information on the ovulation tests or pregnancy tests please see the individual product pages from the drop down menu. Free postage on all packs – Dispatch within 1 working day and delivered by 2nd class Royal Mail (2-3 working days). (If you live outside the UK and would like one of my products I can send but there will be a £2.65 or £3.85 postage charge (depending on weight). Please contact me at takecontrolofyourfertility@gmail.com for details or a quote.

SAFETY: Please dispose of the tests, silica pouches and empty packages safely after use. Keep out of reach of children at all times. The silica pouch inside the test foil is present to keep the test free of moisture but is a potential choking hazard and may cause injury if ingested. 

2 Ovulation tests + 2 Pregnancy tests – £1.80p

 

 

5 Ovulation tests + 2 Pregnancy tests – £2.18p

 

 

10 Ovulation tests + 2 Pregnancy tests – £2.65p

 

 

20 Ovulation tests + 5 Pregnancy tests – £4.08p

 

 

30 Ovulation tests + 5 Pregnancy tests – £4.98p.

 

 

40 Ovulation tests + 5 Pregnancy tests – £6.64p

 

 

50 Ovulation tests + 5 Pregnancy tests – £7.59p

 

 

50 Ovulation tests + 20 Pregnancy tests – £8.82p

 

 

60 Ovulation tests + 10 Pregnancy tests – £8.92p

 

 

60 Ovulation tests + 20 Pregnancy tests – £9.87

 

 

80 Ovulation tests + 20 Pregnancy tests – £11.77p

 

 

100 Ovulation tests – 20 Pregnancy tests – £12.34p

 

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Fertility Packs/Fertility Kits

A fertility packs/kit – Free UK delivery. 

A fertility packs/kit include everything you need to start charting your ovulation. The packs contain an Ovulation Thermometer (2 decimal places) which reads in Celsius, a free ovulation chart and various quantities of ovulation kits and pregnancy tests. If you need any help with charting your ovulation or using the ovulation tests then check out my sections on ”charting your ovulation” and ”How to use Ovulation Tests” from the drop down menus. If you would like product information on the ovulation tests, pregnancy tests or ovulation thermometers please see the individual product pages from the drop down menu. If you live outside of the UK and would like one of my products please be aware there would be an additional £2.65 or £3.85 postage charge (depending on weight). Please email at takecontrolofyourfertility@gmail.com for a quote and further details.

SAFETY: Please dispose of the tests, silica pouches and empty packages safely after use. Keep out of reach of children at all times. The silica pouch inside the test foil is present to keep the test free of moisture but is a potential choking hazard and may cause injury if ingested. The thermometers contain a cell battery which may also be a choking hazard and may cause harm if ingested so please keep out of reach of children.

 

One Ovulation Thermometer – no ovulation or pregnancy tests – £3.49p

 

 

One Ovulation Thermometer, 5 ovulation tests and 1 pregnancy tests – £3.94p

 

One Ovulation Thermometer, 5 ovulation tests and 5 pregnancy tests – £4,65p

 

One Ovulation Thermometer, 10 ovulation tests and 5 pregnancy tests – £5.03p

 

One Ovulation Thermometer, 10 ovulation tests and 10 pregnancy tests – £5.69p

 

One Ovulation Thermometer, 20 ovulation tests and 10 pregnancy tests – £6.93p

 

One Ovulation Thermometer, 30 ovulation tests and 10 pregnancy tests – £8.07p

 

One Ovulation Thermometer, 40 ovulation tests and 10 pregnancy tests – £9.02p

 

One Ovulation Thermometer, 50 ovulation tests and 10 pregnancy tests – £10.44p

 

One Ovulation Thermometer, 60 ovulation tests and 10 pregnancy tests – £11.99p

 

One Ovulation Thermometer, 70 ovulation tests and 10 pregnancy tests – £12.99p

 

One Ovulation Thermometer, 80 ovulation tests and 10 pregnancy tests – £15.99p

 

One Ovulation Thermometer, 90 ovulation tests and 10 pregnancy tests – £15.99p

 

One Ovulation Thermometer, 100 ovulation tests and 10 pregnancy tests – £16.99p

 

Free Ovulation chart with every purchase

 

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By purchasing your ovulation tests, pregnancy tests, ovulation kits or ovulation thermometers through My Fertility, you are not only supporting a small UK business but you will also receive premium customer service from myself.

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I will dispatch your items within 6-24hour after successful payment (depending on the time of day the purchase has been made) and I send all items free of charge through Royal Mail second class.

Please be aware that my prices are 5% more expensive on ebay due to their seller fees. You can buy direct from My Fertility ”here” securely and cheaply using Paypal and I will message you to confirm dispatch.

 

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Digital Ovulation Thermometers – 2 Decimal places – £3.48p (Free P&P)

Digital Ovulation Thermometers – 2 decimal places 

Free Postage and Packaging for £3.48p.

 

If you live outside the UK and would like one of my products I can send but there will be a £2.65 or £3.85 postage charge (depending on weight). Please contact me at takecontrolofyourfertility@gmail.com for details or a quote.

As these thermometers are composed of small parts (including a cell battery) please keep out of reach of children at all times as these small parts could be a potential choking hazard and may cause harm if ingested. 

If you want to begin charting your ovulation using your basal body temperature then a reliable thermometer is needed. By taking your temperature daily throughout your cycle you can confirm when ovulation has taken place and start to get an idea about the regularity of your cycle and when you are most likely fertile.  

 

 

1 x Ovulation Thermometer – 2 decimal places – £3.48p

 

If you would like some ovulation tests and pregnancy tests along with the thermometer then please see product page for –  Fertility/Ovulation Packs, Ovulation tests and pregnancy tests. Free postage on all items. 

How to calculate your ovulation?

When trying for a baby, you probably ask yourself every cycle ‘when will I ovulate’. You can use an online ovulation calendar to calculate your ovulation date, but these just ask you to input your average cycle length. They will probably place your ovulation date around 14 days before your next period is due or halfway through your cycle which may be fine for many women. It is not helpful however, for women with irregular cycles or for women with longer or shorter than average luteal phases. The only reliable way to calculate your ovulation date and to predict when you may next ovulate is to chart your cycles.

To chart your ovulation you need to record your lowest body temperature each day and it is advised to take your temperatures’ first thing in the morning, when you have just woken up. You should take your temperature as close to the same time each day as you can e.g. if you wake for work at 6-7am, take it at 6-7am every morning before you get out of bed. It is advised to start recording your daily temperatures at the beginning of a new cycle (cycle day 1) i.e. the first day of your period. The temperatures’ before ovulation will be your pre-ovulation temperatures’ and your baseline. 

A day or so before you ovulate, you will get an increase in a hormone called luteinizing hormone (LH) which will give you a positive ovulation test AKA LH tests or OPK if you use them. As luteinizing hormone levels increase it reaches its threshold level and an egg is released. Once the egg is released, your levels of progesterone will start to increase which warms the body. Once you have ovulated you should see a rise in your basal body temperature (BBT) on your chart. You need to see at least 3 high temperatures’ above your pre-ovulation range for 3 consecutive mornings to confirm ovulation. They should then stay high until your period arrives or until you give birth, if you are lucky enough to fall pregnant.

You can chart your ovulation easily with this digital thermometer and once you have your baby you can go on to use it as a baby thermometer. You will receive a free ovulation chart to help you get going which may be photocopied to use each cycle. 

For more information on Charting your Ovulation check out my section on this ”here”. 

CE Approved – see product label. 

Product description

Description:

Thanks to its soft flexible tip you can comfortably use this thermometer orally, rectally or under the armpit. Approximate measuring time is 60 seconds with an accurate temperature reading to within 0.01℃. Easy to operate, simple one touch button and an easy to read LCD display. The thermometer will store the last reading and recall when it is next switched on. Comes with a clear plastic case for storage making it hygienic and great for travel.
Notice:
1. This thermometer records temperature in Celsius only (no Fahrenheit option).
2. Only the probe is waterproof, do not immerse it into water (wipe clean only).
3. Always keep it dry.
4. Keep it away from Chemical cleaner. and out of reach of children.
5. This thermometer reads to 2 decimal places which is desirable for charting your ovulation – see photo of chart for example. 
How to use the thermometer:
The mouth (oral cavity) is considered to be a reliable representation for human bodies core temperature. The thermometer needs to be placed underneath the tongue to the back of the mouth. It is advised that you keep your mouth shut for a minute or so before placing the Thermometer under the Tongue as mouth breathing can reduce the temperature reading. Do not drink any hot or cold drinks prior to taking your temperature as this will affect the accuracy of the reading also. 
Taking an armpit temperature is not considered as accurate as oral or rectal but can still be performed to give a reading. To increase the reliability keep the arm close to the body for 3 minutes before recording the temperature. Taking your temperature vaginally is also particularly reliable but care must be taken not to cause trauma to the vaginal or urethra and the thermometer should be cleaned thoroughly after use to prevent introducing bacteria into the vagina. 
Package included: £3.48p
1 x Digital Thermometer with a Transparent plastic carrying case.
1 x Thermometer instruction sheet. 
1 x Free ovulation chart. 

 

 
 
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Ovulation Test Strips – 10miu – Ultra sensitive – FREE DELIVERY.

Ovulation Test Strips – 10miu – Ultra sensitive. 

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Payment can be made securely using Paypal and all prices include FREE POST to your door.  I also sell these tests on Ebay if you prefer, however due to the Ebay seller fees they are slightly more expensive.  If you live outside the UK and would like one of my products I can send but there will be a £2.65 or £3.85 postage charge (depending on weight). Please contact me at takecontrolofyourfertility@gmail.com for details or a quote.

SAFETY: Please dispose of the test, silica pouch and empty package safely after use. Keep out of reach of children at all times. The silica pouch inside the test foil is present to keep the test free of moisture but is a potential choking hazard and may cause injury if ingested. 

These Ovulation tests are ultra sensitive at 10miu. Most of the ones for sale on Ebay and Amazon are half as sensitive at 20miu. You can be sure not to miss your surge in the hormone LH before ovulation with these ovulation tests. And with a 5% discount off Ebay prices for buying direct from My Fertility ( FREE DELIVERY) you can get even more for your money. For more information on how these tests work scroll down the page or click ‘here

  Example of a positive test.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 x  Ovulation (LH) test – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £0.94p            

 

 

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INTRODUCTION:

Ovulation is the release of an egg from the ovary. The egg then passes into the fallopian tube where it is ready to be fertilised. A baby is conceived when the male sperm successfully fertilises the female egg. When a woman is about to ovulate, her body releases a large amount of a hormone called L.H. (Luteinizing Hormone). L.H. is always present in your urine but the levels increase (surge) around 12-16 days before your period is due, causing you to release an egg from the ovary.

INTENDED USE:

An Ovulation (LH) Test Strip can detect the surge in luteinizing hormone (LH) in your urine and once this surge occurs a woman usually ovulates within 12-24 hours. By using ovulation tests you may predict impending ovulation. The test detects the sharp increase in LH concentration in your urine, the so called ”LH surge” which precedes ovulation. Conception is most likely to occur within 24-36 hours following the LH surge. By having regular intercourse in the lead up to ovulation you have a great chance of having a store of sperm present in the fallopian tubes ready to fertilise the released egg. By having intercourse when you get a positive ovulation test this increases your chances enormously of timing things correctly.

CONTENTS:

Each pouch contains one immunochromatographic test. Each test contains a membrane with anti-LH antibodies and conjugates, in a stabilising matrix containing proteins and sodium azide.

STORAGE AND STABILITY:

Store below 30°C; do not freeze.

LIMITATIONS:

The  Ovulation Test is for in vitro diagnostic use only. · Elevated concentrations of Human Chorionic Gonadtropin (HCG – the pregnancy hormone) interfere with LH testing. These tests will read positive if a woman is pregnant or if she has a pathologic condition causing higher HCG levels. · The Ovulation Test is not designed to prevent conception. As sperm can survive for 72 hours you might still become pregnant if you had intercourse before you detected your L.H. surge.

WHEN TO BEGIN TESTING:

First, you must determine the length of your menstrual cycle. This is the number of days from the first day of your menstrual bleeding to the day before your next bleeding begins again, count the first day of bleeding as day 1. Calculate what the usual length of your menstrual cycle has been over the last few months. Once you have worked out the length of your cycle refer to the chart in the photos to determine on which day of your menstrual cycle you should begin testing.

Example: If your cycle is normally 28 days, the cycle chart above indicates you should begin testing on Day 11. The calendar in the photos section shows you how to work out when day 11 is.

NOTE: If your cycle is shorter than 21 days or longer than 40 days, consult your doctor. If you do not know your cycle length, you may begin the test 11 days after your first period since the ”average” cycle length is 28 days. Perform 1 test each day, (I find late afternoon or evening is best  as levels can be lower in the morning) until the LH surge has been detected. If you can refrain from drinking lots of fluids or urinating for a few hours before testing this will give more accurate results.

SPECIMEN COLLECTION:

Once you have identified what day you should begin testing you should then begin to collect your urine on a daily basis. 1. Do not use first morning urine samples as LH is synthesized in your body early in the morning. It will not show up in your urine until later in the day. 2. The best time to collect your urine is between 11am – 8pm. Pick a regular time that suits you best. 3. Collect urine at about the same time each day. Reduce liquid intake about 2 hours before collecting your urine as a diluted urine sample can prevent the test from detecting LH surge.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN:

1. Read the instructions thoroughly before you begin. 2. Do not open the foil pouch until you are ready to begin the test. 3. Make sure you have a watch, clock or timer ready. 4. Allow urine samples and test kit to reach room temperature before testing (approx 20 mins).

Important note: These tests are not midstream tests and the strip needs to be dipped into urine to work. If you urinate directly onto the test then not enough liquid may reach the control and test area of the test leaving it blank (no lines will appear). Please follow the instructions below carefully to gain a valid result.

TEST PROCEDURE:

1. Determine the day to begin testing. 2. Collect urine sample in a clean and dry container. 3. To begin testing, open the sealed pouch and remove the strip. Do not remove the strip until you are ready to begin testing. 4. With the arrows pointing downwards, dip the tip in the urine placing the test strip vertically (straight) into the sample, for at least 10 seconds. DO NOT allow the urine to go above the MARK level line. 5. Remove the strip from the urine and place on a clean, dry surface. 6. Wait for coloured bands to appear. The control line usually appears first. Depending on the concentration of LH in the urine specimen, positive results may be observed within 1 minute. However, to confirm negative results, the complete reaction time of 10 minutes is required. Results obtained after 30 minutes may be considered invalid.

INTERPRETATION OF RESULTS:

After each test, you must decide if you are having a L.H. surge. To determine your result, you must compare the colour intensity of the test band to the control band. The control band is used to compare the test band against and also confirms that you have completed the test correctly.

Positive for L.H. surge:  If two colour bands are visible and the test band is of almost equal, of equal, or of greater colour intensity (darker) than the control band, this is a positive result and a good indication that the L.H. surge is occurring. You should ovulate within the next 24-36 hours. Sexual intercourse is advised at any time after the first positive test.

Negative for L.H. surge: If two bands are visible but the test band is of a less intense colour (paler) than the control band or cannot be seen, this means the L.H. level is at or near its normal level and that the surge is not in progress. You should continue with daily testing.

Invalid result:  If no control band appears within 5 minutes, the result is invalid. The test may still work as the control line only appears if a liquid (urine) reaches that area. You may try to re-dip the test tip back into the urine for another few seconds. A visible control line is needed in all cases to confirm a proper test result.  If you do get unexpected results you should discuss them with your doctor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anovulation – What is it and how can it be treated?

What does anovulation mean?

Anovulation is when your ovaries have not released an egg in a given cycle. It could occur as a one off but if you are not ovulating regularly then this is a serious hindrance to getting pregnant and you should seek help from your GP.

Why am I not ovulating?

There are many causes of anovulation such as weight loss, being overweight, exercising too intensely, hyperprolactinemia (high prolactin levels), premature ovarian failure, low ovarian reserve, thyroid problems and being very stressed. More often than not, the root cause of anovulation leads to a lower level of estrogen, which is an essential hormone needed to induce ovulation. Often you will never really know why you didn’t ovulate on a certain cycle or why you are not ovulating in general but you need to speak to your GP if you suspect it is a regular occurrence.

Symptoms of anovulation.

The main sign that you are not ovulating is absent periods i.e. amenorrhea. You may not know if you are ovulating or not if you have regular periods however. If you want to be 100% sure you are ovulating you can begin to chart your daily temperatures (see ‘Chart you Ovulation’ section) or you can ask your GP to do a blood test around 9 days before your period is due. The blood test measures your progesterone levels which should be nice and high if you have ovulated.

The black line represents progesterone levels which increases after ovulation.

 

Likewise, if you decide to chart your temperatures, a sustained increase in your basal body temperature (BBT) for a 12-16 days before your period is due would indicate you have ovulated.

BBT chart showing ovulation (red vertical line) followed by a rise in BBT. The rise is sustained for 14 days prior to a temperature dip and menstruation.

 

If you are having periods but your progesterone levels and your BBT  does not rise, then it is likely you are having anovulatory cycles. From charting my own ovulation, I know I have had at least one anovulatory cycle at a point when I was very stressed out. This cycle was short (22 days) and instead of ovulating I got my period early and it was lighter than normal.

BBT chart showing my anovulatory cycle. There is no ovulation detected on my chart and no sustained rise in BBT, despite getting positive ovulation tests on two separate occasions..

 

Treatment for anovulation.

If you have been diagnosed with anovulation by your GP and you are trying to conceive then you will probably be referred to a gynecologist who will do further tests and try you on some medication. You would probably be given a drug called clomid which stimulates the body to ovulate and this drug is found to work very successfully.

Clomiphene citrate stimulates ovulation.

How does Clomid work?

Clomid has a similar structure to estrogen and attaches to estrogen receptor cells in the hypothalamus (in the brain). With the estrogen receptor cells blocked, your brain thinks that you have low estrogen in your body. As estrogen is usually released from the maturing follicles on your ovaries, the brain thinks the follicles are not maturing so it produces more follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). The FHS stimulates the follicles to mature and they release estrogen and its levels will become nice and high and will then induce the all important peak in luteinizing hormone (LH). The peak in LH causes the release of the egg from the ovaries. You can only get Clomid with a prescription from your doctor or gynecologist.

How to stimulate ovulation Naturally.

If you are ovulating but not very often, or your cycles are very long and infrequent, there is an alternative natural treatment you can try to naturally stimulate ovulation. To induce ovulation naturally there are several routes you can take. You can take fertility herbs to try to balance out your hormone levels (which I have described in the ‘Fertility vitamins and Fertility herbs section‘) or you can try Soy isoflavones. I have written a separate post on ‘Soy Isoflavones‘ which may be of interest to you.

If you have any questions or if you have had any experience with anovulation or Clomid, please share below.

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Soy Isoflavones and Ovulation – the natural alternative to Clomid.

When I was researching how to induce ovulation earlier in my cycles, I kept reading about the prescribed medication called Clomid (clomiphene). This treatment acts in such a way that it stimulates our ovaries to produce more estrogen, which in turn can cause a peak in luteinizing hormone (LH) to its threshold level. This rise in LH induces the release of the egg i.e. ovulation.

How does Clomid work?

Clomid has a similar structure to the hormone estrogen and it attaches to estrogen receptor cells in the hypothalamus (in the brain). With the estrogen receptor cells blocked, your brain thinks that you have low estrogen in your body. As estrogen is usually released from the maturing follicles on your ovaries, the brain thinks the follicles are not maturing so it produces more follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). The FHS stimulates the follicles to mature and they release estrogen. Estrogen levels should become nice and high and this will then induce the all important peak in LH and the release of a mature egg.

You can only get clomid from your doctor or gynecologist on prescription.

Maturing follicle on the ovary.

A Natural Alternative to Clomid.

If you discovered that you are not ovulating regularly, or if your cycles are very long and you ovulate late, you can try to induce ovulation naturally with Soy isoflavones supplements. Soy Isoflavones can work as a natural alternative to Clomid. They are phytoestrogens and you can buy them here online for around £16.99 for 90 capsules. They are thought to act in a similar way to clomid by weakly attaching to estrogen receptors in the brain.

Although there is no actual scientific data on the use of soy isoflavones to induce ovulation, there are lots of woman on trying to conceive forums that have tried them and it helped them to ovulate earlier. I was really interested to see if they would induce my ovulation earlier so I gave them a go.

I am not giving medical advice here and you should do your own research. You should also consult your GP if you are on any other medication before trying them. As they are a natural supplement used during the menopause or for symptoms of PMS (Premenstrual syndrome), I thought they would probably not do me any harm.

 

How should soy isoflavones be taken?

All the advice I found online said the best time to take them is at the beginning of your menstrual cycle (just like Clomid) and most women were taking them on days 3 to 7 of their cycle. You can take them on cycle days 1 to 5 or on days 5 to 9, but you will then either produce lots of immature eggs or a few very mature eggs. Taking them on days 3-7 seemed like the happy medium.

Soy Isoflavones should be taken at the same time every day and with food. I suggest taking them in the morning with breakfast.

They should be taken for five days in a row only and no longer. If taken for longer than 5 days in one cycle they can have negative effects on your ovulation and your cycle will be wasted.

The recommended dose for Soy Isoflavones is around 100mg per day, but you should use the lowest dose that works for you. Try and keep the dose lower than 160mgs a day and never exceed 200mg a day.

You can buy 90 x 50mg capsules here and you can take 2 together for 5 days in a row on your chosen days i.e. cycle days 1 – 5, 3 – 7 or 5 – 9.

Warnings: There are certain medications that you should not take soy isoflavones with and antibiotics are one of these. You should also not take soy isoflavones and vitex together.

Do Soy Isoflavones work? I will share my experience with you.

After chatting to lots of women online who had tried Soy Isoflavones, I decided there were enough success stories for me to believe it could work. I decided to try them as my cycles were really long (40 days plus) and I was ovulating really late around cycle day 30. I was hoping they could shorten my cycles by helping me to ovulate earlier.

I tried them for 3 cycles and took 100mg in the morning with breakfast on cycle days 3 to 7.

Cycle 1. The first cycle taking them, I ovulated on cycle day 18 and this was a vast improvement. As I was charting my cycles, I discovered that my luteal phase was only 10 days long.

Cycle 2. The second cycle I took them I had all my fertile signs and a positive ovulation test around cycle day 16-18. I thought I was going to ovulate but I started to spot instead and I came on my period. This cycle was 22 days long and was an anovulatory cycle. I remember being particularly stressed out that cycle as I was struggling emotionally after a miscarriage I had suffered a few months earlier.

Cycle 3. The third cycle I took them, I ovulated on Cd14 and again and my luteal phase was still 10 days long.

The next few cycles I decided to stop using them to see what my body would do. I was concerned that the Soy isoflavones were giving me the short 10-day luteal phase. The next 3 cycles without using soy isoflavones I ovulated on cycle day 22, 30 and 22 and my luteal phase was still 10 days long. This confirmed that the Soy Isoflavones were not causing my short luteal phase. I had seen a gynecologist at this point and was prescribed progesterone and conceived the following cycle.

I cannot be 100% sure that it was the soy isoflavones that shortened my cycles but it was a bit of a coincidence that 2 out of the 3 cycles I took them were the cycles that I ovulated the earliest and were my shortest cycles.

Should you give them a go?

If you ovulate later in your cycle and your cycles are irregular then maybe give them a go. I didn’t have any side effects that I can recall but if you are concerned about side effects then there are lots of information online about them. Also, check out the forums on trying to conceive websites such as baby centre regarding soy isoflavones as there are lots of useful information on there too.

Buy Natures Aid Soy Isoflavones here – 50mg – 90 Tablets for £16.99.

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​Natural Killer Cells and Miscarriage.

What are natural killer cells?

Natural killer cells (NK cells) are part of the white blood cell family and they play a vital role in defending our bodies against disease and infection. All of the organs in the human body have NK cells, and a woman’s uterus has a huge number to prevent infection getting into this very important reproductive organ. In essence, we are all animals and the basic purpose of our lives is to reproduce and pass on our genes to the next generation. Our reproductive organs are therefore very important in evolutionary terms.

Not only do NK cells help prevent infection but they also aid in conception. They can recognise a growing embryo as a ‘foreign but friendly’ group of cells/tissues and they do not attack them. This is obviously very important if a pregnancy is to be successful.

Natural Killer Cells and fertility.

Some women have an abnormally high number of these NK cells in the uterus and this can cause a big problem if they are trying to conceive. Rather than seeing the embyo as ‘foreign but friendly’, they may attack it and this may lead to infertility and recurrent miscarriages.

In some incidences, NK cells may even prevent implantation in the first place. If you have had recurrent miscarriages then you should ask your GP to check your levels of NK cells. I have a friend who had tests done after her 4th miscarriage and she discovered this was her issue. She is now 6 months pregnant after being treated.

Treatment for high Natural Killer Cells.

It could be as simple as placing you on steroids to calm your immune response to foreign cells. Steroids may reduce the number of NK cells present in the uterus to within normal range, thus allowing you to conceive and maintain a pregnancy. Your doctor should refer you to a specialist if you are found to have high NK cell levels, as treatment needs to be balanced. Treatment should reduce NK cell number to prevent damage to your precious baby, but your body must still be able to prevent infection of the uterus. By week 10 of a pregnancy your baby will start producing its own steroids so treatment can slowly be tapered off from week 12 or so. You may also be given progesterone treatment and baby aspirin. 

To find out more about Natural Killer cells and other infertility issue or reasons for miscarriage, this is a great book recommended by lots of ladies on popular trying to conceive forums. Amazon customers have given it 4.5 out of 5 stars. and you can buy a copy from Amazon here.

 

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