Using a Fertility Monitor to track Ovulation, is a great way to improve the chances of achieving a pregnancy. Women may believe that they know when they are ovulating. But, many times, they are not correct. Because there is such a small time frame that the egg is viable and able to be fertilized, it is imperative that Ovulation is accurately detected. If you are off by even 12 hours, it could ruin your chances of conceiving that particular month.
Using one of the options below will improve your chances of pinning down your Ovulation time frame and therefore improve the odds of a succesful month for pregnancy to occur.
- OPK (Ovulation Predictor Kits) – Ovulation Predictor Kits can be purchased at nearly any drugstore or department store. But, finding a source on the Internet that deals exclusively in fertility related products will offer you the option to purchase a larger quantity with a better quality test strip for a cheaper price. OPK’s detect the Lutenizing Hormone surge before the egg is released. The surge generally happens about 12 to 36 hours before ovulation. The OPK stick looks like a pregnancy test. You use urine to determine when the LH surge is happening. When using these tests the test line must be as dark or darker than the control line for it to be considered positive. Sometimes, it takes a few cycles to be able to correctly interpret the test. The upside to this method is that you can get these tests for a very small price. The downside is that you have to interpret the results and then keep track of the information yourself.
Saliva Based Ovulation Tests – A Saliva Ovulation Test is a small handheld microscope with a light on it. To use it, you place a little bit of saliva on the glass and let it dry. After it is dried you look at the glass through the eyepiece with the light on. If you see a fern pattern then you are nearing ovulation. The changing hormone and electrolyte levels, immediately before ovulation, is what causes the fern pattern to form. This is a neat little tool because you will start to see a change in the pattern before ovulation occurs, which gives you time to have intercourse so that you can "catch" the egg. The coolest thing about this method of monitoring is that you only have to buy one of these once and you can use it over and over again. There is no need to buy anything else to use this method. And, the price is about the cost for one box of Fertility Test Sticks at an average drug store, which would last about one month. One downfall to this method is that it takes time to learn and interpret the test results appropriately.
Clear Blue Easy Fertility Monitor – The Clear Blue Easy Fertility Monitor has had many good reviews. To use this monitor, you place a disposable stick into the device and then urinate on it. The machine then tests your urine for two different types of hormones. Through this testing it will tell you what your fertility level is for that particular day. The monitor will display low, high or peak fertility. This will give you plenty of time to have intercourse before the egg is released. It also records this information over time so you can look back at previous results. And, you can transfer the results to you computer. One con to using this type of a fertility monitor is that you must buy the test-sticks to use in it each month. If you do not conceive in a month or two it may get costly. You may help to curb this cost by purchasing your test-sticks online at a discount.
- Ovacue Fertility Monitor – The Ovacue is a set that consists of a handheld monitor and a tongue sensor and an optional vaginal sensor. Testing takes about two minutes a day. Upon awakening, you simply use the tongue sensor to take an oral reading. This tests the electrolytes in your saliva. By using the tongue sensor daily the monitor gives an estimate of when ovulation will occur and generally notifies you about a week before ovulation is set to happen. By using the optional vaginal sensor the monitor will confirm ovulation. Use the vaginal sensor at night by taking a 5 second reading. This tests for electrolytes in the reproductive tract. The monitor will display “Ovulation Confirmed” once ovulation has taken place. This monitor is a bit pricey, but I really liked using it. While the monitor can seem very costly at first glance, you must remember that there are no other additional costs after the initial investment of the monitor. Many other monitors require the purchase of sticks that are needed every time a reading is taken. This can add up quickly if it takes more than a couple of months to conceive. And, once you have conceived, you have the option to re-sell the monitor and making most, if not all, of your money back.