The easiest way to track your ovulation

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A friend of mine is trying to fall pregnant – and it’s kinda made her a little bit crazy. She’s suddenly gone from being a rational, easy-going girl, to someone who now goes for weekly ‘chakra cleanses’ (to ‘open up her channels of fertility’), won’t eat gluten/dairy/tinned fish/refined sugars/processed food/unwashed vegetables, and freaks out if she thinks she’s drinking anything other than organic bottled water. Oh, and if she thinks she’s ovulating, whatever she or her husband may have been doing…well…let’s just say getting to the bedroom becomes top priority.

Unfortunately, this has been going on for a few months and my friend is still not pregnant. Now, while this may be due to several issues on his or her end, it could also be down to the fact that they’re just trying at the wrong time. ‘But surely she knows her cycle!’ I can hear you all say. Well, maybe not. According to recent studies, one in two couples planning pregnancy are trying to conceive at the wrong time*, with as many as 36 per cent of women incorrectly identifying the best time to conceive a baby, and 17 per cent of women admitting they don’t know the best time to conceive at all**.

So when is the best time to conceive? The average lifespan of a woman’s egg is only 24 hours, whereas a man’s sperm can survive in a woman’s genital tract for up to three days, so the best time to conceive a baby is said to be the day before and the day of ovulation. Since there are a limited number of days in each cycle when a woman can conceive and this differs from woman to woman and cycle to cycle, if you’re trying to fall pregnant it’s best to know exactly when you’re ovulating, as this will increase the likelihood of conception.

At home ovulation tests, like the Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test, can take the guesswork out of conceiving a baby. The test, which can help you get pregnant naturally by identifying the best two days to conceive in every cycle, is proven to be more accurate than the basal body temperature method (BBT) at identifying the most fertile days. In fact, Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test is more than 99 per cent^ accurate in detecting the surge in Lutenising Hormone (LH) in urine, which occurs 24 – 36 hours prior to ovulation.

Available in packs of seven, the test gives women a higher chance of finding their most fertile days when compared with five-pack test kits. When used each day on the days around the time in the cycle when the LH surge is expected (the instruction leaflet explains when and how to test), you can identify the two days each cycle when you’re most fertile and, therefore, most likely to get pregnant. Plus, the Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test is also super easy to understand. Within three minutes, clear results are indicated on a digital screen without the hard-to-read lines. The appearance of a smiley face indicates that the LH surge, which precedes ovulation, has been detected – so you know you’ll be good to go!

Always read the label. Use only as directed.

Do you know exactly when you’re ovulating? Have you, or someone you’ve known, ever had to calculate the date of ovulation to fall pregnant or prevent falling pregnant?

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*Data on file. How Knowledgeable Are Women About Their Menstrual Cycle? A survey of 463 women, 18 to 45 years of age. GfK Roper Public Affairs, 2005.
** Galaxy Research, Pregnancy study, June 2010 – Ref 100635
^ Brezina, PR,  Fertility and Sterility, 2011

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Posted by: Coconal (Australia)

Oh dear, that sounds like something out of a romantic comedy but I can just imagine how tiring and frustrating it must be! I do wish her good luck, I have heard many stories about how it just happened once they gave up/decided to take a break, sometimes I think stress plays a huge part in it all too!

I am quite a ways off getting married/having a baby but I do love these tips and how they take the guesswork out of trying to figure out the timing.

Also, one more quick tip, I use a period tracker app to let me know when I can expect my period (handy for planning trips away/to the beach) and it also has a function to indicate when you're most like to ovulate.

Posted on: June 29, 2012 (Jun 29, 2012 12:15pm)

Posted by: Deantra728 (Australia)

Whilst I agree it's handy to know, why not do it the "old fashioned" fun way and bonk like rabbits!? Just have sex every day or more importantly, when you feel like it! Where's the romance in contraception when you have to pee on a stick in the morning to tell you, you have the green light to go will happen when it happens :)

Posted on: June 29, 2012 (Jun 29, 2012 12:16pm)

Gallery: Celebrity age defyers - she’s HOW old?

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There’s something to be said about ageing gracefully, and while some women find comfort in travelling down the plastic surgery path I often find that women who choose to age gracefully can end up looking the most youthful.

You may not believe me – but it’s true.

Now I’m not trying to say that this flock of fabulous (slightly more mature) celebrities haven’t had help along the way, I know for a fact that Demi Moore is a fan of an extremely uncommon facial treatment (that would make most people squirm) and Jane Fonda believes that facial expressions should be kept for times when you’re with company, only.

Take a look at these celebs – read some of their best anti-ageing tips, and see if you can guess just how many candles would be on their cake…

Which celebrity do you think looks the best for their age? 

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Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

Hard to tell from these photos, but I reckon Tina Turner and Barbra Streisand are doing everything right, Tina especially - no way does she look 72. Susan Sarandon looks stunning considering she's 65 - she has fabulous skin, and a flawless neck/decolettage. Any of the gals over 60 are an inspiration to me, and I hope I'm loving life as much as Betty White when I hit 90 :-)

Posted on: June 29, 2012 (Jun 29, 2012 5:42am)

Posted by: cherie470 (Australia)

Helen Mirren looks incredibly beautiful as does Meryl Steep. If I can look that good when i'm 60 I'll be ecstatic!

Posted on: June 29, 2012 (Jun 29, 2012 6:46am)

Love or loathe: Hayden Panettiere’s rainbow hair

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Hayden Panettiere, you are utterly adorable. I used to think you were quite stiff, and a little too prim and proper for my liking. (You can blame the strict ‘dos and grown-up make-up looks you always seem to sport, for that…)

But after gazing my eyes over these TwitPic images you posted of your crazy-bright, rainbow-coloured hair, I’m starting to think I’ve misjudged you. You look fun! Cheeky even! Like you’re out to have a fantastic time and get a little silly. And I like it. A lot!

Posing with your best friend Allie while wearing your Chain Gang LA jewellery, these photos not only show off your mischievous side, but your ability to rock a serious hair trend, too. Pastel balayage is insanely popular right now (just ask Australian Hairdresser of the Year Joey Scandizzo. He said so, and boy, does he know his stuff), and you’re totally rocking it.

What I love most is the abundance of hues. I mean, I can spot green, blue, pink, purple and even yellow hair dye in your strands. Most celebs are only brave enough to roll with one or two. (Hello, Nicki Minaj and Snooki.) You’ve also gone bold. Really bold. No need for glasses when it comes to spotting those rainbow colours – they’ve been applied in an intense manner and it works. They amplify the shininess of your super-blonde bob, which is actually a really cute cut on you. Is that fringe new? It works so well, I’m thinking you should keep it.

I don’t care if people don’t understand your need to add colourful hues to your ‘do – I love it, I get it, and I think you look sensational. I have no doubt the boys will love seeing this sexy, playful side to you as well. So, enjoy the attention, HP. Here’s hoping you inspire all blondes to rock this look at least once…

Sidenote: You also get bonus points for the bold pink pout. It takes more than a wee bit of courage to rock a bright lip at the best of times, let alone with rainbow strands, too. Respect, girl. Respect.

Want to copy Hayden Panettiere’s rainbow hair? Liv’s got the goods to show you just how easy it is to get beautifully curled, dip-dyed ends. (Note: you’ll need KEVIN.MURPHY COLOR.BUGS [$24.95, 1800 104 204] or Fudge Paintbox hair colours [$18.95, 1300 764 437] to work this trend.)


Photo credit: Kim Wigaard Johansen, via the Twitter accounts of @haydenpanettier and @ChainGangLA


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What do you think of Hayden’s multi-coloured, dip-dyed strands? Love? Or loathe? Is it something you’d copy?

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Posted by: discomilk (Australia)

It looks cute and fun, but I'd only do it for a party or clubbing. Since I'm brunette, I'd get coloured clip in extensions lol. Its easier to do coloured hair if you are blonde.

Posted on: June 28, 2012 (Jun 28, 2012 5:04pm)

Posted by: Divine Diva (Australia)

It would look cute on someone her age, however I'm a little older at 37 and I don't think I will be doing this any time soon unless it's for a dress up party! Cute colours though. :P

Posted on: June 28, 2012 (Jun 28, 2012 5:08pm)

NIVEA knows women

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Wouldn’t it be fabulous to have the time to look as preened and polished as Victoria Beckham each morning? Between rushing for work, stressing about getting the kids ready for school and attempting to get our eight hours each night, there aren’t a lot of ‘maintenance hours’ left.

That’s where NIVEA comes in. They understand that we don’t have hours to wait for our body lotion to sink in and to tend to our faces with a plethora of skin pampering products. That’s why they specialise in providing fast-working, effective products that will have you out the door and ready for anything, fast.

Don’t believe me? See if any of these stressful situations sound familiar to you…

STRESSFUL SITUATION #1: You’re rushing to get home from work, shower and get ready for an important birthday dinner. Just as you’re about to walk out the door you spy white marks down your black dress – courtesy of your deodorant. Cue panic attack.

SUPER SOLUTION: NIVEA Deodorant Invisible For Black & White Aerosol for Him and Her. Perfect for when you don’t have time to worry about whether you’ll be left with stained clothing. Black clothing is guaranteed to be free from white marks, and light clothing will not be left with yellowish stains – which means that the version for Him is perfect for his white shirts, too.

STRESSFUL SITUATION #2: You apply body moisturiser post-shower and then realise you’re running seriously late for work. You’d jump straight into your clothes and get going, only your body lotion hasn’t absorbed yet – and you can’t get dressed feeling so ‘sticky.’ Uh, gross.

SUPER SOLUTION: Sticky body lotions can sometimes tempt us to go sans body moisturiser because you just don’t have the waiting time to spare. That’s fine (if you like the scaly look), but don’t you know that NIVEA Body Express Hydration Body Lotion and Express Hydration Hand Fluid sinks into your skin almost instantly and keeps your body and hands hydrated non-stop for 24 hours!?

STRESSFUL SITUATION #3: Your skin is in a bit of a state, and you can’t wait to give it the proper attention it deserves before bed, only the kids are still wide awake and demanding your attention. You need a quick fix, but nothing you have will do as much as the mini facial you’d planned but no longer have time for.

SUPER SOLUTION: a double-sided wipe that works to eliminate skin impurities, cleanse and gently exfoliate your skin. Oh it exists – and it’s all you need to achieve the pampered, rejuvenated skin you crave. Get your mitts on NIVEA Visage Pure Effect 3 in 1 Daily Deep Cleansing Exfoliating wipes and then tend to the little terrors.

STRESSFUL SITUATION #4: After a big night at the footy you realise hubby is way too exhausted to get up and get to that Sunday BBQ anytime soon. That means you have to give it a miss (boo!) or turn up solo. 

SUPER SOLUTION: tempt him with the offer of a bacon sandwich and a cup of tea and then hand him NIVEA Skin Energy Moisturiser to apply to his face. Not only will enzyme Q10, vitamin E and provitamin B5 strengthen and protect his skin, but added guarana will help to perk him up – and ensure he’s ready for the day!

What is your biggest stressful situation saver?

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Posted by: Coconal (Australia)

Hmm, I know it's naughty but I tend to just skip moisturising completely if I'm late! I do like the sound of those wipes though!

I don't think I have a situation saver per se, but if time is really short I might just put on my lips/blush in the car using the Bobbi Brown pot rouge. Love that product!

Posted on: June 28, 2012 (Jun 28, 2012 12:10pm)

Posted by: kireina (Australia)

If I am in the car on the way to a do or appointment and my hair is full of flyaways and frizz I use a smidgen of handcream to smooth the culprits, works well in an emergency.

Love Nivea body lotion for it's quick sink-in factor!

Posted on: June 28, 2012 (Jun 28, 2012 12:15pm)

Best niche anti-ageing brands

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The battle against fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, dull skin, and pigmentation can be pretty tough, but if you have the right weapons on hand (effective anti-ageing products, that is), looking after your skin can be a whole lot easier.

We’re sure you know all about the Lancômes, Estée Lauders, and Elizabeth Ardens of the anti-ageing world, but if you want a different option (that doesn’t involve going under the knife) there are a few niche brands that are also super-effective in ensuring your skin looks more youthful and radiant – and we’re here to tell you all about them!

JK Secret Cosmeceutics
This anti-ageing skin care range was specifically designed and formulated for women who want to retain their youthful skin and stop premature ageing, without the use of nasties, like petroleum, preservatives and chemicals.
Product we love: Instant Collagen Fix. No matter what your skin type, you can use this wrinkle-reducing wonder product to infuse your skin with pure, concentrated collagen. Bye-bye wrinkles!

The Environ skin care system, developed by world-renowned plastic surgeon, Dr Des Fernandes, is all about maintaining and restoring healthy skin, making the range perfect for treating problematic skin, scarring, pigmentation, rosacea, fine lines, sun damage, and photo ageing.
Product we love: Ionzyme Focus Frown Serum. It will help reduce and soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on your forehead and around your eyes.

The products in the Abeeco range contain bee venom, which works to trick your skin into thinking it’s been lightly stung, stimulating the production of naturally-occurring collagen and elastin and leaving your skin smoother and tighter. Cool, huh?
Product we love: Bee Venom Mask. Natural ingredients, including manuka honey and jojoba oil, will leave your skin as soft and smooth, while the bee venom ensures your complexion is left wrinkle-free.

Made in Japan, Taut has only recently hit Australian shores and is bound to become one of your go-to brands when it comes to replenishing and maintaining the collagen in your skin.
Product we love: Collagen Infusion Mask. The high-intensity mask reduces the visible signs of ageing, dryness and dullness in minutes. Yep – in.minutes.

It’s the battle of the skin refiners. Who’s your winner?...

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Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

I've been a loyal Lancome Visionnaire fan, but I'm sitting on the fence at the mo' due to the L'Occitane trial - ask me again when it's over, ha ha... But I might just have to try the Environ Ionzyme Focus Frown Serum - I need major help for my forehead!

Posted on: June 28, 2012 (Jun 28, 2012 5:31am)

Posted by: cherie470 (Australia)

Much like Katshepsutt's comments above, i've been loyal to Lancome (Renergie) for some time now but i'm loving the L'Occitane trial too! I hadn't heard of any of the other brands listed though.

Posted on: June 28, 2012 (Jun 28, 2012 6:42am)