Product Type: Clearblue health products
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A fantastic product - will massively increase chances of conception
Clearblue Fertility Monitor
Member Name: brightlight
Clearblue Fertility Monitor
Date: 12/02/11, updated on 14/02/11 (425 review reads)
Advantages: Accurate, gives you the best chance of becoming pregnant
Disadvantages: Expensive, not suitable for people with very long or short cycles
I purchased the Clearblue Fertility Monitor because I wanted to get pregnant and had absolutely no idea when I was supposed to be ovulating.
Let me tell you a little bit about my personal circumstances before I move onto explaining more about the monitor. My partner has a high sperm count, but low sperm mortility (low movement) and low sperm morphology (imperfect shape). This was caused due to a vasectomy which he had over 10 years ago. We paid privately for the operation to be reversed, however unfortunately, having a vasectomy can affect the quality of the sperm even if it successfully reversed.
As a result, I have been trying for 3 years to get pregnant with no success. Then against all of the odds, I became pregnant , but unfortunately had a miscarriage 6 months ago. With the realisation that I could become pregnant, after I had all but given up, I decided to start tracking my cycle and ovulation dates properly, to ensure that I at least had the best possible chance of becoming pregnant naturally.
I immediately started to research information about ovulation and what products were available to track it. It emerged that there were a number of different methods, however some sounded unreliable and time consuming.
I therefore decided to purchase some clearblue ovulation sticks. I found these to be expensive but quite reliable. I won't review these on here, please refer to my other review for this product.
Following on from purchasing ovulation sticks for one month this I decided to purchase the Clearblue Fertility Monitor as I felt it would give me a fuller and more concise understanding of my cycle and ovulation dates.
****What is the Clearblue Fertility Monitor?****
The monitor is a small device which is basically a way of tracking a woman's ovulation cycle, which also provides far more detail than could be provided by simple ovulation sticks.
The monitor identifies the two peak fertility days in your cycle (when you are ovulating) and tells you when these are so that you can make love and increase your chances of becoming pregnant.
Of course, this is exactly what Ovulation sticks do, however the monitor takes this further by informing you about other peak fertility days leading up to ovulation.
Let me explain.
The monitor tracks not one but two hormones which rise on or near ovulation. The first of these is a surge in luteinising hormone (LH) which triggers ovulation, just prior to when your ovaries release an egg. Following the surge of LH ovulation takes place - any time within the next 24 48 hours. This is why the monitor shows 2 peak days. It is best to make love at least once on both of these days just to be sure, as the egg is usually only present for 24 hours, yet the monitor will show the full 48 hours as it can only track the hormone, and not the precise point of ovulation.
When the surge of LH is detected, a circle with an egg in it will appear on the monitor, to tell you that you are due to ovulate. This circle will remain for 48 hours on the screen, and you will see it when you turn it on.
The other hormone detected is estrogen. Estrogen rises in the body prior to ovulation, and several days before the LH hormone rises. Sperm can survive for up to 72 hours in the body, so the logic is that if you have sex up to 72 hours before ovulation, you can potentially increase your chances of conception as there may be sperm waiting in the body for when the egg is released.
The monitor is unique compared to ovulation sticks because it informs you when estrogen is released, meaning that you are due to ovulate, and are especially fertile. The monitor can tell you when estrogen is released anywhere from 1- 5 days before you ovulate. For me I was informed of 2 high fertilty days.
There will be a 3 tier bar on your monitor, when there is no estrogen present, you will see one bar, when you are increasing fertilty, you will see 2 bars, and when you are highly fertile, you will see 3 bars. Shortly after this (within 1-5 days) you may see the round circle which will tell you you are actually ovulating.
The research shows that if you make love on high fertilty days and also ovulation days, you will dramatically increase your chances of conception, up to 89% over the first two cycles.
***How to use the monitor***
Full instructions come with the monitor, and although it initially looks complicated, it actually is quite simple to use.
Firstly, you will need to wait until the first day of your period. You cannot use the monitor half way through a cycle. You will then need to press a small button called the 'm' button, which informs the monitor your cycle has begun.
Turn the monitor on each day in the morning. It will tell you what day of your cycle you are on. Eventually, it will start asking you on the screen to insert a test stick. You will need to have purchased some additional test sticks, which you buy specially for the monitor. You will need to set a testing time window for each day (it gives you six hours in total to allow for flexibility).
You will have to urinate on the stick or place it in a sample of urine, ideally collected first thing that morning so that it is concentrated.
Your fertile status will then be displayed, in terms of 1-3 bars. You do this every day until ovulation. After this point, you no longer need to use any testing sticks until the next cycle.
When your period starts again (should you not have conceived), then you just press the 'm' button on the first day and the process will start again. The monitor can store your cycle information for up to 6 months, and becomes more accurate after each cycle.
I found that I needed to use about 10 sticks per cycle, however some women may need more or less. You can buy the test sticks in packs of 20, so if you use less this can be a bonus as you can use them next month too. Sticks can be an additional expense, costing between £15 - £23 depending on where you buy them.
***Is it for you?***
The monitor is suitable for most women, with the following exceptions:
It may not be useful for women who have cycles shorter than 21 days or longer than 42 days.
If you have recently been pregnant or are taking any hormonal treatments which may affect your cycle, this can impact on the results, as the monitor works by measuring cycles. I waited a month after my miscarriage before using the monitor, but it is recommended you wait for two cycles.
Some medical contitions such as polysistic ovary syrome could impact on the results, so if in doubt talk to your GP. Please refer to the instructions for full details.
Before purchasing the Clearblue fertity monitor, I did lots of research online. I read lots of positive reviews, but did not feel confident it would work for me, as although it increases your chances of conception, it cannot guarantee this. My partner has poor sperm quality, so I felt that even if I pinpointed my fertile days, it may still not be effective. However, I knew it would give me the best possible chance.
Well I have to say, it has worked for me! After two cycles and two attempts using the monitor, I am pregnant. I had my first scan two days ago and am now 13 weeks pregnant! To me this is a fantastic product, and I wish I had used it ages ago. If only I had known about it!
It's not perfect - and the cost for the product is high. It costs £99 in Boots, however I bought it off Amazon for £58. You also have to buy sticks which can be expensive, again, it's cheaper on Amazon. You may have to buy these each month.
However, I think it is money well spent. When I think of how much money I was going to have to spend on IVF, I am glad I used this product first. If it does not work, at least you will know you have done everything you can before looking at other more expensive medical intervention.
Give it a try!!!!!!
Summary: Well worth purchasing
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