Delivery and returns policy.

Delivery information.

All UK orders received from Monday – Thursday before 8.30pm will be posted for the 9am collection the following morning. Orders received on Fridays or on Saturdays (before 9am) will be posted to make the Saturday 11.30am post collection. Orders made on Saturdays after 9am or on Sundays will be posted for the Monday 9am collection.

All orders are posted using Royal Mail second class post and take 2-3 working days to be delivered. All items are dispatched within 24 hours following payment. Delivery may be delayed during November/December due to Christmas post delays. I endeavour to have your item with you as quickly as possible and I will message you to let you know when the item will be posted.

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

All packages have no indication of content, and the contents are not visible or identifiable from the outside of the package. All shipments are fully covered in the event of loss or damage.

Faulty or missing Goods.

If there is an item missing from your order or the item you receive is damaged or defective then we will send you a replacement where possible. If a replacement is not available then we will refund your purchase in full.

If you do receive faulty or incorrect goods then please hold onto them as we may require you to return them to us. If you are returning an item because of an error on our part or because it is damaged or defective, we will refund your payment in full and pay your costs of posting it to us. Refunds are issues once the items have been received by ourselves.

We will check all items returned as damaged or defective. In the event we find no fault, we reserve the right to cover our fees and expenses from you by only refunding the price of the item/s.

Business seller information

My Fertility
Vicki Magnusson
114 Bridwell Road
Plymouth
Devon
PL5 1AF
United Kingdom
Email:takecontrolofyourfertility@gmail.com

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 £2.80 or £4 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

 

Testimonials

Welcome to My Fertility!!

 

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.

I value every customer that orders either direct from this website or through my ebay listings and  I will endeavour to reply to any queries within 1-24hrs. I am confident I can help you with any problems you may have with the products I sell, as I have tried and used them all myself.

 

Below is a selection of feedback comments submitted by my ebay customers. If you would like to purchase your ovulation kits and pregnancy tests through ebay, then please visit my seller page ”here”. I maintain a 100% positive seller record on ebay and I always message each buyer to confirm when their item will be sent out.

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.

 

‘ Seller made 100% effort with my test and communication was perfect, thank you”

 

”Thank you so much! Great seller & service! Will def buy from again & recommend”

 

 

”Very pleased, would buy from again”

 

” Extremely happy super fast delivery a very reliable seller thank you”

 

 

”Ov tests arrived so fast! Good quality strips with accurate results”

 

 

” speedy delivery and item as advertised Lady is lovely”

 

 

”Great item fast delivery”

 

 

”Arrived quicker than expected. Seller kept in contact to advise shipment time”

 

”Absolutely genuine seller A star highly recommended very helpful”

 

 

 

 

”Great Ebayer!”

 

”Received this morning very fast and efficient thank you”

 

”Good value for money and quick delivery A*”

 

”My item came so happy 😊and so excited 😊😊😊”

 

Digital Ovulation Thermometers – 2 Decimal places

Digital Ovulation Thermometers – 2 decimal places  

 

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. I highly recommend this thermometer from ‘Baby Mad’. It is cheap but great quality and I own two of these myself which I have used with no issues for 4 years (with the same battery). I prefer to measure my temperature in centigrade but they also sell a version that measures in Fahrenheit

 

 

You don’t need anything expensive to track your ovulation but there are more expensive, higher quality thermometers if you prefer, such as this one by Ferometer Vinca which has blue tooth and an app for your phone.  This thermometer has been given 4 or 5 stars by 78% of Amazon customers. 

There is also this clever thermometer by Ovy which is quite nice as well as it sends your temperatures straight to their phone app. This thermometer has been given 5 stars by 82% of Amazon customers.

 

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 a digital thermometer and once you have your baby you can go on to use it as a baby thermometer. 

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

 

ONE STEP PREGNANCY TESTS – 10miu – Free Delivery on all orders.

ONE STEP PREGNANCY TESTS – 10miu.

 

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. For further information on these tests scroll down the page. If you live outside the UK and would like one of my products I can send but there will be a £2.80 or £4 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. 

 

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Example of a positive test

 

 

1 x One Step Pregnancy test – 10miu – £0.94p   

 

 

2  x One Step Pregnancy tests – 10miu – £1.23p   

 

 

                                              3  x One Step Pregnancy tests – 10miu – £1.38p                                                 

 

 

                                                                                    4 x One Step Pregnancy tests – 10miu – £1.51p

 

 

                                                                            5 x One Step Pregnancy tests – 10miu – £1.61p                                                                              

 

 

                                                                           6  x One Step Pregnancy tests – 10miu – £1.66p                                                                              

 

                             

                                                                                 7 x One Step Pregnancy tests – 10miu – £1.89

 

 

8 x One Step Pregnancy tests – 10miu – £2.18p

 

                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                              9 x One Step Pregnancy tests – 10miu – £2.27p                                                                              

 

 

  10 x  One Step Pregnancy tests – 10miu – £2.37p

 

 

                                                 12 x One Step Pregnancy tests – 10miu- £2.46p                                               

 

 

       15 x One Step Pregnancy tests – 10miu – £2.99p

 

 

                                                                       25 x One Step Pregnancy tests – 10miu- £4.08p                                                              

 

 

                                                                       30 x One Step Pregnancy tests – 10miu- £4.27p                                                              

 

 

                                                                     40 x One Step Pregnancy tests – 10miu- £5.27p                                                              

 

These strip tests are at a sensitivity of 10miu and work to an accuracy level of 99%. They can be used up to 6 days earlier than a standard pregnancy test kit. One Step® are the number one best selling online pregnancy test in Europe.
INTENDED USE:

One Step HCG Urine Pregnancy Test Kit (Strip) is a rapid chromatographic immunoassay for the qualitative detection of human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) in urine samples to aid in the early detection of pregnancy by both professional and home users. SUMMARY AND EXPLANATION During pregnancy, the placenta produces HCG after the embryo attaches to the uterine lining. As pregnancy progresses, the levels of HCG in your urine increase. The concentration of HCG in non-pregnant women is normally <5.0mIU/mL. At the time of the last missed menstrual period, urine HCG levels are about 100mlU/mL with peak levels of 100,000 to 200,000mlU/mL seen at the end of the first trimester.

CONTENTS:

Each pack contains:

1. One Step HCG Urine Pregnancy Strip Test.

2. Desiccant (Discard – Do not eat).

The test kit can be stored at room temperature (4-30 degrees Celcius) in the sealed pouch to the date of expiration. The test kits should be kept away from direct sunlight, moisture and heat. Do not freeze.

 PRECAUTIONS:

1. For in-vitro diagnostic use only (IVD); not for internal use.

2. Read this instruction set carefully before performing the test. Perform each step exactly as described.

3. Do not use beyond the expiration date marked on the foil pouch.

4. Each One Step HCG pregnancy Test can only be used once; do not re-use the One Step HCG pregnancy

Test 5. Do not use the Test if the foil pouch is damaged.

6. Once the foil pouch has been opened, the Test should be used immediately.

7. Discard each One Step HCG pregnancy Test after use. Treat urine samples and used test devices as if they were potentially infectious. Avoid contact with skin.

8. 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. 

 

TEST PROCEDURE SPECIMEN COLLECTION AND HANDLING:

You can take this pregnancy test from the first day you suspect you might be pregnant, but for the most accurate results it is recommended to wait until the first day after your missed period. A urine specimen must be collected in a clean and dry container. The first morning urine specimen is preferred since it generally contains the highest concentration of HCG; however, urine specimens collected at any time of the day may be used.

TO CARRY OUT THE TEST:

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.

1. Bring the sealed test pouch to room temperature.

2. Open the sealed pouch and remove the strip.

3. Immerse the test strip vertically (straight) into the urine sample for at least 15 seconds, making sure the arrows are pointing downwards. Do not allow the urine level to go above the MAX (maximum) level line (marked by arrows) on the test strip.

4. Remove the strip from the urine and place the strip on a non-absorptive, clean and dry surface.

5. Wait for the coloured bands to appear. Positive results may be visible within 40 seconds depending on the concentration of hCG present but to confirm a negative result wait up to 5 minutes and until the background is clear. Results obtained after 5 minutes may be considered invalid.

6. Discard the test after use.

INTERPRETATION OF RESULTS:

Negative: If one coloured line appears in the control region on the test strip and there is no line in the test region, then this indicates a negative result and no HCG has been detected in the urine. This means you are either not pregnant or you have tested too early. If you are not sure repeat the test in 48 hours.

Positive: If two coloured lines appear on the test strip, one in the test region and one in the control region, then this means HCG has been detected in your urine and there is a strong possibility that you are pregnant. One line may be lighter than the other, but this is still a positive result.

Invalid: If a red line appears in the test region but there is no visible line at all in the control region of the strip then the test is invalid. If no lines appear anywhere on the test strip then the test is also invalid and should be repeated using another test strip.

Invalid Test Results can be caused by: – The absorbent tip not being wet thoroughly. – Reading the test result too early or too late. A 5-minute reaction time is required. 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.

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

Ovulation Test Strips – 10miu – Ultra sensitive. 

Grab yourself a 5% discount off my Ebay prices today with Free Delivery.

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 £2.80 or £4 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            

 

 

2 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £1.23p

 

 

3 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £1.38p

 

 

4 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £1.47p

 

 

5 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £1.57p              

 

 

6 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £1.71p              

 

 

7 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £1.85p              

 

 

8 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £2.08p              

 

 

9 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £2.23p              

 

10 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £2.36p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £2.84p     

 

 

15 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £3.13p              

 

 

20 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £3.56p

 

 

25 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £4.17p                     

 

 

30 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £4.74p

 

 

40 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £5.56p              

 

 

50 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £7.12p 

 

 

100 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £12.34p 

                                                        

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matched betting for dummies: earn 100s in tax free cash.

Matched betting – What is it and how do I get started?

As stated in my post – ‘How to make money while on maternity leave‘ – Matched betting is a great way to earn £100s in tax free, risk free cash from home.  We are NOT gambling money with matched betting, we are just taking advantage of the free bet offers betting sites run to attract new customers.

But I don’t like sports and don’t know how to place a bet.

Before I started matched betting I have never placed a single bet online. I am not interested in sports or gambling but as so many people were making lots of money from matched betting, I didn’t let it put me off. I was very dubious and nervous at first about trying matched betting, as it seemed too good to be true. I felt uncomfortable with the idea of signing up to betting sites and was worried I would do something wrong that would cost me money. After reading reviews on trustworthy websites like the ‘Betfair’, ‘Money saving expert‘ and the ‘Guardian newspaper‘ I gave it a go and I haven’t looked back.

How to win at the bookies 100% of the time!! Is it possible?

It is very important that you do not go it alone when you begin matched betting and you should do some research before you begin. There are many websites that can help you get going and my favourite is a website called Profit Accumulator.

Not only do they provide a step by step guide to matched betting, a matched betting calculator and oddmatching software, they also walk you through your first two promotions/sign up offers for free. I took away £40 from these first two offers. Not bad for someone who had never placed an bet online before.

What is matched betting?

Matched betting involves placing two different types of bets’ –  A back bet and a lay bet.

The Back bet” – This is when you place a bet backing a certain outcome to happen on the bookie offering the promotion e.g. England to beat Belgium in a football game. You are backing England to win so this is your back bet.  You probably know how to place a back bet and may have placed a back bet yourself on different occasions e.g. backing a horse on the grand national.

Sounds simple so far, but what if the bet you place at the bookies loses? Isn’t this just gambling? Well this is why it is called matched betting.

”The Lay bet” – This is when you place a bet against a certain outcome on a betting exchange (such as Betfair Exchange). You are betting for an outcome NOT to happen e.g. for England NOT to beat Belgium in a football game. With the lay bet you are covering the draw or Belgium to win outcome. Using https://www.profitaccumulator.co.uk/worldcup/“>Profit accumulator’s free odds calculator you can calculate exactly how much money you need to place on the lay bet. It is often more than you have placed on your back bet as you are covering 2 outcomes. https://www.profitaccumulator.co.uk/worldcup/” target=”_blank”>Profit Accumulator have a step by step guide on how to do this too.

Putting it all together.

So in basic terms, matched betting involves placing a back bet and lay bet on the same event and market to qualify for the free sign up offer. These two bets need to be placed with odds that are as evenly matched as possible e.g.odds of 2.0 for your back bet and odds 2.05 lay bet would be good odds for your qualifying bet. You can use Profit Accumulator’s free odds matching software to select which market/event you will bet on. You may lose a few pounds on this bet depending on how closely matched the odds are. Once you have received your free bet you then do the exact same process again, placing a back bet and a lay bet to cover all outcomes. This time the stake is not your own money i.e. this is a ‘free bet’, and you can extract up to 60-70% of the stake amount. How good is that!!

If you understand everything so far, you are well on your way to making £100s in tax free cash!!!!

Sign up to Profit Accumulator today for free and earn up to £45.

If you don’t love it then you do not have to continue. If you love it then they have a monthly subcription of just £17.99 a month. What are you waiting for!!!

 

The 4 step process with Profit Accumulator: How to place a matched bet.

Matched betting involves 4 steps and Profit Accumulator walk you through them all. Once you have signed up to Profit Acculmulator you will have access to their odds matching software (which is where you will find the markets to bet on), and their matched betting calculator. You will need this to calculate the stake amount you will need for your lay bet to cover all outcomes.

Step 1. You need to meet the requirements to qualify for the free bet/sign up offer. This requires you to open an account with the bookie and sometimes you need to opt into the offer. You then deposit a set amount of cash (usually by visa/master card – Please note that e-wallets such as paypal, skrill and neteller are often not accepted.

Step 2. Once you have signed up you will often see odds given in fraction form. Change this to decimal form straight away. You now need find an event  and market to bet on which you can find on Profit Accumulators odds matching software page. The event/market needs to have odds over a certain threshold and each bookie states their minimum odds requirement in their terms and conditions which you MUST READ thoroughly!!Once you have found a market with good matched betting odds (e.g. Liverpool to win Man U), you need to then enter the stake amount (e.g. £30) and back bet odds (the odds for Liverpool to win the game) into Profit Accumulators matched betting calculator. You need to select ‘normal’ mode. This is very important and is usually the default setting.

Again Profit Accumulator guides you through this process step by step, telling you all the terms and conditions that you need to know for each bookie, the markets which have good matched betting odds, and helps you to input the stakes and odds into their matched betting calculator. For your qualifying bet, stick to odds that are as low as possible but are still above the threshold amount stated in the terms and conditions e.g. if the minimum odds required is 1.5, then look for markets with odds just above e.g. 1.8. The higher the odds, the more of your initial stake you will lose.

Step 2. As well as finding your back bet at the bookie offering the promotion, you need to cover the other outcomes of the bet on a betting exchange (e.g. Betfair exchange). You need to find the same market and event (i.e. Liverpool V Man U), but instead of backing e.g. Liverpool to win you place a lay bet against Liverpool winning (covering the draw and Man U win). You need to then enter the odds for this lay bet into the calculator so you can see the stake amount you need to place and the liability (which is the amount you need in your betting exchange account to cover the bet). It will also calculate how much you stand to lose on your initial stake.

Once again Profit Accumulater walks you through this whole process.

Please note: There are 3 betting exchange sites that you can use (Betfair, Smarkets and BetDaq). I use Betfair as they have great odds, lots of fluidity in the market and also have a great sign up offer for their sports book site (see here).

Once you have placed these two bets you need to wait for them both to be settled before you receive your free bet.

Betfair affiliate once page is done. 

Step 3. Once you have placed your qualifying bet and it has been settled, you should receive your free bet at the bookie offering the promotion. You will either have won your initial stake over to the betting exchange (which is preferable) or you will have money in at the bookie you are using for the sign up offer. Once you have your free bet available in your account it is now time to make your profit.

You follow step 1 and 2 above, placing a back bet and a lay bet on the same market. This time select markets with higher odds to extract more of the free money. HIgher odds means you will need more money in the betting exchange to cover the bet however. Once again Profit Accumulator will take you through this process step by step and gives you all the markets to chose from on their oddsmatching page. You then need to enter the back and lay odds into their calculator but this time select ‘Free bet SNR (stake not returned). This once again shows you how much to place on the lay bet, your liability and the all important profit you can extract from the ‘free bet’.

How much can you make from one free bet?

This depends on what the offer is. I was given an offer with a bookie in June 2018 which required me to deposit and bet £100 and they would give me a £100 free bet. After following steps 1 to 3, I lost £5 on my initial £100 but gained £68 from the free bet. This meant I was up £63 for a few minutes work over 2 days, risk free and tax free.

I made over £600 in my first month matched betting and although once all the sign up offers are completed, things slow down, there are plenty of reload offers and promotions on online casinos which you can take advantage of. Profit Accumulator keep track of all offers and they have a great online community that share hints and tips.

 

Is matched betting for you?

This is a great opportunity to good to miss. You can make some serious cash very quickly from your computer if you follow a couple of very simple steps. You do not need to know anything about sports or individual teams and even if you have never placed a bet before, you can get the hang of it very quickly. It is actually a saying in the matched betting world that ‘if you care about what you are betting on then you are not doing it right’.

I know of experienced matched betters that earn well over £1000 every month consistently for a few hours work a day at home.

Which matched betting site should I chose?

There are several matched betting sites out there including a big player called oddsmonkey. They also offer a free membership were you can earn up to £45 from two sign up offers. I have read amazing reviews of Oddsmonkey and their monthly subscription is only £17.99 a month also. The reason I signed up to ‘Profit accumulator‘ was simply that it was the first matched betting website I came across. I have not been a member of Oddsmonkey so I cannot give an honest review of their services. You could always sign up to both and see which one you prefer. Oddsmonkey also provide free guides to matched betting, oddsmatching software and a matched betting calculator.

With Profit Accumulator or Oddsmonkey you can earn up to £45, so you have nothing to lose and £45 to gain with maybe 20 minutes work!

You make think matched betting is too good to be true but it is a real way of making actual money. It is 100% legal and as gambling profits in the UK is tax free, the profit is yours to keep!!!!

Select a link below and get started today!!! What are you waiting for!!

 

 

How to make money while on maternity leave – My top 5 ways to make 1000s.

Make money online in the UK.

So you are on maternity leave and you are receiving statutory maternity pay. In the UK this is 90% of your average weekly earnings for 6 weeks and then £145.18 for the remaining 33 weeks (2018 figures). After this you are on your own. What will you do?

With the cost of childcare so high, most new mums cannot afford to go back to work even if they wanted to. This was the predicament I was in after having my two children. If I went back to work full time and put my kids into nursery, I would take home hardly any money once the extorionate nursery fees were deducted. I didn’t want to leave them at such a young age anyway, so I started to wonder if there was something else I could do.

How to stay at home and earn money?

I have always been very independant, especially when it came to supporting myself financially, and I found it very difficult to hand over the reins to my husband. Although I knew I had the hardest job in the world…..being mum of two young kids 24hrs a day, 365 days a year, I still wanted to feel like I was contributing in some way to our monthly income. I started doing some research looking into ways to earn money online from home and I felt swamped with all the information.

I surfed the net for months looking for easy ways to make money on the internet and I tried out all the usual suggestions on most ‘make money at home’ websites, such as answering questionaires or earn while you surf the net. I joined several websites where you answer questionaires e.g. opinion post, swagbucks and Toluna, but I didn’t earn very much at all and it was really tedious. I also attached Qmee to my web browser in the hope I could make money while I carried out my general activities online, but I just wasn’t making any money. I wanted to earn at least a few hundred pound a month and I wasn’t getting close to this using these methods.

After about 3 months of research I found 5 legitimate ways to make money online and I will share them with you.

My top 5 legitimate ways to earn money online:

These are my top 5 ways to make money as a stay at home mom. I have tried all 5 from the list and can honestly recommend each one as a way to make a monthly income.

1. Wealthy Affiliate – My number one way to make money online at home.

Ever dreamt of owning your own online business and working from home? Well while you are on maternity leave, you are in a prime position to start making that dream a reality.

Ever heard of affiliate marketing? I hadn’t until I started researching how to set up an online business. Most people make money online by setting up a website/blog to help people out within a certain niche market. Your niche could be anything you like e.g. pet products, cookery books, holiday destinations, hair products, dieting tips. There are literally millions of niches out there to chose from. Once you have set up your website, written some useful content and started to gain traffic/visitors, your site will move up the rankings in search engines such as Google/Bing and Yahoo. When a website is ranked higher up in the search engine results, the website gains more traffic and gains authority in that particular niche resulting in more visitors.

Once your website has daily traffic and people are reading your content, you can begin to advertise and recommend products e.g. from Amazon or ebay. If someone clicks on a link from you page through to the website and buys something, then you get a commission. The customer does not even need to buy the product you are advertising. As long as they click through to the site from your affiliate link, you gain a commission from whatever they buy.

Sounded pretty straight forward to me but I didn’t have a clue where to start and had no idea how to set up a website, never mind buy a domain name and attach affiliate links to my posts/page to start earning cash. It was then that I started to look into training programs to help me set up my very own website and online business.

I did a lot of reasearch and over several weeks I found a few companies that looked promising, but after reading customer reviews, there were too many negative experiences and the monthly fees were too high. I wanted to spend as little as possible to get started and I almost gave up on the idea.

While at a local baby/toddler group with my two kids, I got to speaking to one of the other mums and she told me she had an online business selling shoes. She told me she was an affiliate marketer and although she was only earning a few hundred pound a month, she had only been doing it for 5 months. Her business was expanding every week with increasing numbers of visitors and customers to her website. When I asked her for some advice on how to get started, she told me about the affiliate marketing platform she uses – Wealthy Affiliate.

Sign up here for free with just an email address.

When I got home I started to do some research into this company I had never heard of before called Wealthy Affiliate! I started to read review after review and there were so many people praising this platform as they were able to set up their own website and earn a great monthly income. I read how Wealthy Affiliate can teach you to set up an online business from scratch with no previous experience necessary. Not only this, but they let you set up 2 websites free of charge.

Members are earning £1000s a month and there are 100s of success stories. Members are quiting their day jobs, travelling the world and earning real money at home from their computer. Sounds too good to be true? You can try it for yourself for Free. 

The FREE Membership – $0

When you sign up to Wealthy Affiliate, you are automatically enrolled onto their free membership plan. You do not need to enter card details and you can get started with just an email address. The free membership is very good and you can learn  how to set up a website and make money from it. They give you free access to Word Press (an online website creation tool) and you can chose a website theme and get started writing content on your very own website. You can set up 2 free websites that you can develop while you complete the entry level course which is a step by step guide containing 10 lessons. You can remain as a free member for as long as you like.

The free membership package is designed to show you what is available for you at Wealthy Affiliate before investing any money. Unfortunately you do not get all the lessons and training that Wealthy Affiliate has to offer with the free membership but it is a great way to see if you really want to set up an online business. Setting up your own website takes dedication and hard work but once you start to achieve results, you won’t look back. If you try it out and like it then there is the option to upgrade to the premium package which I will discuss below.

 

Wealthy Affiliate Free vs Premium package

As I mentioned above, you can remain a free member for as long as you wish, but there will be some limitations. The real perk of using a platform such as Wealthy Affiliate is not only the training, but the community of over 100,000 members that are at your disposal. You can ask members to visit your site, read your content, give feedback and write a positive comment on your posts. All of this gets you ranked higher in google/bing and yahoo. You can talk freely with other members, ask questions, follow members, read 100s of success stories and send private messages. There is also a 24hr live chat option which always has someone who can answer any questions quickly and proves extremely useful.

 

What training is available?

When going premium, all levels of training will be available to you including a 50 lesson ‘Online Entrepreneur Certification’ course and a 70 lesson ‘Affiliate Bootcamp’ course. You are shown countless ways to improve your rankings in search engines to gain more visitors, and you can monitor visitor numbers using a free analytical program. There is also a free research program incorporated into the software which you have unlimited access to. It is called Jaxxy and it helps you to come up with low competition keywords for your site that are searched for often. This is a great way to gain authority within your niche and you will get ranked higher by search engines. You also get access to 100s of training videos which make things a lot more easy to follow and understand.

So how much does it all cost?

A lot less than you may think for your very own online business. As stated above, the free membership is designed to show you what Wealthy Affiate is all about and it will help you to decide if you want to commit yourself fully to the training and your online career. If you decide to upgrade to premium, your first month will set you back just $19.99 for 30 days (£15.30 or €17.20). That is better than half price. You can try out all that Wealthy Affiliate has to offer for 30 days at just 50p a day.

Premium Membership – $19.99 for the first month, then $49  per month thereafter. Cancel anytime hassle free.

After the first month, the subscription increases to just – $49 (£38 or €43) which you will soon see is an absolute bargain with the amounts of tools, training and support you receive. You can also cancel anytime from within your account. There is no need to call or email them. You can leave whenever you want. It is that straightforward. Wealthy Affiliate is my number one way to make money online at home while on maternity leave.

Sign up for free today here.

 

2. How to make money from matched betting.

Firstly, I have never been a gambler and I had not placed a single bet before I started matched betting. Secondly, it is  extremely easy once you have done it a few times and you can earn £100s in risk free, tax free cash. If you are not into sports or gambling on sports, please do not let this put you off. We are not gambling money here. We are just taking advantage of the offers betting sites run to attract new customers.

Free Bet anyone?

Most online bookies or betting sites offer promotions to new customers to encourage them to sign up. This usually involves offering free bets (eg, “deposit and bet £30 and we give you a free £30 bet”). Sounds a bit risky as your initial £30 may be lost? Be assured that there is no risk involved if the steps are followed correctly.

With matched betting we place 2 separate bets in a strategic way so we cover all outcomes of an event (e.g. Win, lose or draw in a football game). We may lose a few pound on our initial qualifying bet, but we can extract around 60-70% of the free bet as tax free cash so can make a good profit.

Guaranteed profit!!!

So in the example above, ”bet £30, and get a £30 free bet”, we may lose £2-3 of our initial £30 we have deposited and bet with. This is no big deal as we can extract around £20-£25 of the £30 free bet given to us by the bookie. We are therefore up £18 – £23. It is that simple.

You can read reviews on trustworthy websites like the ‘Betfair’, ‘Money saving expert‘ and the ‘Guardian newspaper‘. I used a matched betting service called Profit Accumulator who provide you with a step by step guide on how to earn up to £45 from just two sign up offers free of charge! It you enjoy using their service and want to earn more, you can sign up to their monthly subscription for just £17.99 a month. I made over £600 in one month using their matched betting service  and I am also earning money each month from reload and online casino offers including £100 in 2 days during the World cup.

For more information check out my post on ‘Matched betting for Dummies” or click here to go to Profit Accumulator’s home page . What are you waiting for?

3. What is arbitrage sports betting? and how much can I earn.

So I have covered matched betting, but what is arbitrage betting? Once I’d used up all my free sign up offers given to new customers at each bookie, I started to look into other ways I could make tax free cash from sports betting. I wanted it to be risk free once again as I am not a gambler. It was then that I found arbitrage betting.

Arbitrage betting has been around for many years and is completley legal. In simple terms, you are covering all outcomes in an event to make a profit no matter who wins. Arbitrage betting is also known as Surebets or Arbitrage Trading. A ”sure bet” comes about when different bookies disagree on the odds for the same market.

To find a sure bet you will need some arbitrage betting software to help you and this comes at a price. It is big business and there are several big players in the sure bet software market. I tried a few of these but it was all so complicated with all the handicaps and different abbreviations for the different markets and it almost put me off. It was far too complicared for someone with as little betting experience as me.

I was thankfully recommended a company called ‘Betslayer‘ on an online betting forum and I signed up for their  Free 7 day trial and loved it. Betslayer is cheaper than other arbitrage betting software at just £49 per month for their gold package and it is so simple to use. You can access the software online with no software download needed and there is tons info on their website to help you get going. The owner of ‘Betslayer‘ is called Max and he is always on hand to answer any questions and there is a great online community that you can compare notes with

Arbitrage betting is ever green and opportunities come up daily for you to take advantage of. You can make a few pound off each sure bet, so if you place 10 bets a day that could make you £20-30 a day,every day for literally an hours work. That soon adds up to £600-£900 of tax free cash each month, every month.

You can see a short video on the Betslayer website by clicking here or you can start your free trail by clicking the link below.

Betslayer free trial

4. Social Trading with eToro trading platform.

Ever thought about buying stocks and shares in big companies like Google or Amazon but didn’t know where to start? Well now trading is at your finger tips with online brokers such as eToro. With trading you need to think of it as a long term investement as you are not going to be making an income from this every month. You need to invest money to make money over a long time period, so never invest more than you can afford to lose. I had a dabble in trading a few months ago and although I made a bit (one trade made me 60 dollars in 10 minutes from a 100 dollar investement in netflix), I was also very silly and lost what I made very quickly.

Those in the industry call it the ’90/90/90 rule of trading’ i.e. 90% of people will lose 90% of their investement in 90 days. This is because they do not research properly before they start to trade. I learnt my lesson very quickly the hard way, but trading is a long term investement and I am confident I can make back the money I lost. I would advise at this moment in time to steer clear of cryto currencies and stocks as there seems to be on a downward trend in recent months and a lot of people are losing a lot of money. Usually if Donald Trump sends out a stupid tweet, US stocks plummet and UK, European and Asian stock markets usually follow suit. When the US sneezes, the whole world catches a cold as they say. Foreign exchange and commodities seem to be the best way to ride out the Trump storm.

The great thing about eToro’s social trading platform is that you can open a free account and start trading virtually with virual money. This way you can open trades without risking your own hard earned cash and see how you go. It doesn’t cost anything and you have around 1 million dollars to mess around with. If it actually really fun and you should do this for at least 6 months before using real money. I cannot stress this enough especially of you have no previous exerience.

Alternatively, you can copy people that are experienced traders. Every trade they open, you open the same (as a % of your investement) and when they take profit, you do to. You can also copy people on a virtual account to see how much money you can make from investing in them. Traders who are copied have to obide by certain rules so they can’t do anything silly with your money and they mostly keep risk to a minimum.

I followed a few foreign exchange traders (Forex traders) and stock traders for a while now and I have settled on a few to copy in my virtual account first and I am doing ok. I would definitely recommend using the virtual account for a few months before copy trading with real money. I cannot stress this enough.

Below I have given my top 4 traders to copy as they have many years of experience and keep risk to a minimim. There are literally 1000s of people you can copy however so play around with you copy trades in the virtual account risk free. You can see traders statistics and monthly/yearly earnings on their profile page and many have their own websites as well giving more information about how they trade and what analysis tools they use. You should find someone that is consistently earning every year and has more good months than bad. Preferably someone that has been trading for a good few years.

Stock traders:

MrThor3374 – Thomas Barson – he has made around 60% on his investement in the last 12 months and has a very diverse portfolio of stocks, currencies and commodities.

DavidGiles – David Andrew Giles – he has made around 33% on his investement in the last 12 months and has 3 yrs of steady results. He focuses on stocks and crypto currencies.

Forex Traders:

goodgoing – Wayne Ryan – This guy is brilliant. He made around 23% on his investement in the last 12 months and has had over 25yrs of experience trading currencies. I trust this guy knows what he is doing and as he doesn’t touch crypto currencies or stocks, he can would be a great addition to your portfolio.

big-profits – Enmanuel De Jesus Bautista Lopez – he has made around 16.44% on his investement in the last 12 months and usually has 60% of his investement in currencies.

Why not open a free account here and give it a go using their virtual account.

5. Making and selling things on ebay.

This was my first online venture and I did quite well as I had the time when I initially went on maternity leave. Being heavily pregnant and then having a newborn to look after can be quite boring and lonely at times as they sleep quite alot. I took it upon myself to try and stay busy. As I am quite artistic I tried my hand at a making/producing unique items and selling them at a profit on ebay.

The first thing I tried was painting peoples pets and celebrities in a pop art style. A customer would send me a photo through ebay and I would reproduce it on a canvas using acrylic paints. I really enjoyed this but it was very time consuming.

I then started making pebble art pictures which I would sell these on ebay. This proved very successful and the pictures where very quick to make and sold very well around fathers day, mothers day and Christmas.

I then decided to hand make gem art pictures which did not do so well. They took a long time to make and unfortunately were a big flop.

My final venture was to make rustic signs for outdoor weddings. These proved very successful but once I had my son I couldn’t find the time to carry on with them.

I know lots of ladies who do very well from knitting baby clothes and blankets in their spare time. They just sit and watch TV or watch their kids playing in the garden and knit.

When you are making something to sell online, you need to come up with an idea that people will like, but that does not take a lot of time to do. Even if something sells really well, if it takes you hours to make then your hourly wage is stretched thinner and thinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Thanks.

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.