I have noticed a pattern with my thoughts this time. Often I think I am happy with just one child. We are in a groove, lots of the baby stuff is behind us and we have a great life as it is - a baby would be hard. I can almost talk myself out of this whole TTC thing... until about 4 days before I am due to ovulate, then all of a sudden I really want another baby! Hormones are amazing, aren't they!
This month we tried a couple of extra things. Firstly a fellow SMC on Fertility Friend recommended that I tried Instead Cups. These are increasingly being used by people TTC and worked for her, so I thought I would give them a go. The idea is that they keep the sperm close to the cervix, and there are a lot of success stories out there. I have to say I didn't find it particularly comfortable, but perhaps I didn't position it quite right as most people say they are quite comfortable. They are also hard to get hold of in the UK. I finally found some in the UK amazon store but they still had to be sent from the US, so if you order these allow at least a week for them to arrive.
I was also contacted after my last BFN by a digital marketing agent for Balance Activ, who have launched Balance Activ Conceive Fertility Gel designed to make getting pregnant easier. They offered to send me a free sample if I gave them a mention. I said yes of course - how could I resist?
Balance Activ Conceive Fertility Gel is a sperm friendly lubricant which, unlike other fertility lubricants on the market, contains Hyaluronic Acid (HA) which plays an important role during and after fertilisation. HA has been proven to positively affect sperm mobility, and although HA is naturally present in the vagina and cervical fluid, Balance Activ Conceive Fertility Gel has been shown to make an improvement with sperm mobility and the levels of HA in the vagina.
As well as increasing mobility, Balance Activ Conceive Fertility Gel also creates a sperm friendly pH level in the vagina making a suitable environment for sperm. A healthy vagina has an acidic pH level that is aggressive to alkaline sperm, but by using Balance Activ Conceive Fertility Gel as a routine conception aid allows the sperm to move more easily towards the egg and the chances of getting pregnant during the ovulation cycle are greatly enhanced.
Balance Activ Conceive Fertility Gel is available from the Balance Activ website (I have also seen it in Boots and on Amazon), along with further information about the Balance Activ product range and information on women’s intimate health.
I actually really liked this. It is great in that it comes in tubes that make it easy to insert and it works well with the cups, making it more appropriate for people like me than the tubes of lubricant.
So all that, along with the Clearblue Fertility Monitor, OPK tests, Temperature Charting, Pregnacare supplements, Evening Primrose Oil, Omega 3 Fish Oil, Agnus Castus, a healthy diet and recent weight loss, you can't say I haven't tried!
We'll see if it worked in about 12 days time!
No financial compensation was received for this post, but I did get sent the Balance Active Free of Charge, in exchange for giving it a mention on my blog.