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These are simple and easy to use. The instructions tell you exactly when to start using them judging on your menstrual cycle. I am pretty regular and therefore didn't find it a problem to know when to start testing for ovulation. They are nicely compact and you can carry then around with you if you need to test whilst out and about. All you do is pull off the pink cap, wee on the stick for the time indicated and then wait a few minutes. If you are ovulating a smiley face appears, if you are not a circle appears. This is the best thing about them compared to other cheaper brands. Unlike pregnancy tests where a line, no matter how faint, is a sure sign of pregnancy with non-digital ovulation sticks a line does not mean you are ovulating, it has to be a prominent dark line and this is often very confusing as I personally was never sure how dark was dark enough. With these clear blue ones it is impossible to get it wrong and it is not open to interpretation.
Obviously a smiley face does not indicate that you will definitely ovulate, just that your hormones have rose which they do 24-48 hours before ovulation. The instructions even tell you when the best days are to have intercourse once you have the smiley face in order to have a greater chance of pregnancy occurring.
They are expensive, I paid around £20 a pack for them and if you have irregular periods you would need to use a lot of sticks in order to detect ovulation. However, that aside, it does take the guess work out of baby making and if you don't have any fertility problems getting the days right is often the biggest obstacle and these sticks help you to overcome that.
Exactly as the summary says. Really pleased with this product, we bought a 21 pack which was just as well as although I got my smiley face on days 14 and 15 on month one I didn't fall pregnant right away. The second month I was suprised I got my smiley face on day 12 of my cycle which was alot earlier than I had expected, turns out we must have been getting the timing wrong every month,
These sticks really have been amazing I can't praise them highly enough we have been trying for over 2 YEARS!!! I suffered a miscariage almost a year to the day when I conceived after using these sticks, they were really our last hope. I am now 6 and a half weeks pregnant!! I wanted to share my story so other people can really appreciate just how well they work after lots of heartaches every month when my period came
Hopefully this pregnancy will stick, keep your fingers crossed for me x
I never used to spend money on digital ovulation tests. I've been trying to get pregnant for years, and usually I use cheap internet ovulation tests. But I've noticed I don't get a clear positive sometimes on the plain "two line" tests, so I bought these.
They aren't cheap, to buy in boots is £22 for 7 or £39 for 20. On amazon you can pick them up for around £20 for 20.
Ease of Use
Simple slot the test stick into the holder and remove the cap, then urinate on it or urinate in a cup and dip it. Then replace the cap, put it on a flat surface and wait. It should start flashing and then some time later it will show a smiley face if you are ovulating and blank face if you aren't. Then simply press the button to remove the stick and either throw it away or keep it for future reference if you are like me, and obsessive about these things
I love how the answer is clear - smiley ovulating, blank not ovulating, but it does take ages and ages and meanwhile I'll be sitting on the toilet waiting for it to turn positive. But it does take the wondering out of ovulation time. No more staring at lines to see if they are dark enough or not. But considering the cost, I tend to stick to my cheap ovulation tests and back them up with a digital if it looks like they might be positive. This wouldn't be a problem if you haven't been trying to conceive for years and years like me, but the costs can really add up!
As you may know I have been married for almost a year now. My husband and I were trying to have a baby until about a year ago when I had some health problems diagnosed and was advised that it was best to refrain from conceiving despite having a very low fertility rate anyway. During the times that we were trying to conceive we used a number of ovulation tests and this review is based on my use of a Clearblue ovulation test kit that I was using last year but has been updated in places (price etc).
There are different aspects to falling pregnant, as well as fertility levels (sperm count and quality of eggs) you need to conceive at a specific time in the woman's cycle to ensure that you fall pregnant. Ovulation tests are designed to make it clear when that specific time of ovulation occurs (accurate to the day) and allows you to have sex on the best days of your cycle.
For many women the day of ovulation is around the 13th-15th day of their cycle but if you have an unpredictable cycle then it can be hard to know when this day would be anyway. This ovulation test can detect when the ovulation occurs because it detects the level of LH hormone in your urine and this level will raise significantly around 24-48 hours before the egg is released from the ovary. As sperm can live for up to 5 days this is the best time to have sex to maximise your chance of successful conception.
The tests are incredibly simple to use. You have a small hand held stick that looks very similar to a plastic pregnancy test. The hand held stick is the holder for the test sticks. You insert a test in to the stick holder and then it is ready to use. The arrow on the test will show you where this needs to be inserted too and makes the test almost foolproof to insert and prepare for usage. This test should be held in your urine flow for 5-10 seconds and then it will begin to work. Lay the test on a flat surface like you would a pregnancy test and then wait up to 3 minutes for the results to be indicated. A round circle indicates that today is not the day for your LH surge and a round circle with a smiley face in indicates that the surge has been detected.
If you test in the morning and from around day 10 or 11 then the 7 test kit may well last you two cycles. You can buy a test with 7 days tests for around £20.00 and one with 20 days tests for around £40.00 obviously this is quite expensive but if you want to be sure of the right days then this is a real reassurance.
When using these tests I was sure to use my first urine of the day (ie upon waking). This is because you need to have not gone to the toilet for at least a few hours (4 I think) to be sure of the best LH surge.
Overall my experience of using these ovulation tests was positive. I felt reassured knowing when my ovulation days were (or weren't) and was safe in the knowledge that if I had not ovulated that I could go out drinking and generally being naughty without worrying that we might be about to conceive! I know the price is expensive but I would definitely use these again in the future.
I had been trying for a baby for a while before I decided to use an ovulation kit. I thought that maybe I wasn't ovulating, or timing making love at the wrong times of the month.
I had a little browse through the pregnancy test/ovulation kit area of Boots to see what sort of things they had an offer. The ClearBlue Digital Ovulation Kit caught my eye, as it looked very simple and easy to use and wasn't as horrifically priced at the others. Boots do packs of 7 or 20, so depending on your budget depends on how many you buy. The 7 packs costs £22.49 and the 20 pack is about £41.00.
The idea of this kit is to pinpoint the best 2 days to get pregnant naturally. The test detects the LH surge 24-36 hours before ovulation. It works exactly the same way as a pregnancy test; you wee on the stick. However, this kit comes with 7 or 20 sticks, and when you have done your business on it, you click it into a little reader which displays a smiley face for if you are about to have an LH surge, or a blank circle for no result. The test is over 99% accurate and really is very easy to use.
Make sure you read the instructions, as you have to start testing on days depending on your cycle, which is different for every woman. The instructions show you diagrams of the best day to start testing.
I felt that by using this cycle, I was taking control of my fertility, and had a great knowledge of exactly when I was about to ovulate, and the best times to make love would be. It also helps if you undergo a fertility examination, as the doctor will ask if you are using one and they will test anyway to see if you are ovulating. Using this kit skips this step in the long process of fertility referrals.
It may be expensive, but it works!
I used this product EXACTLY as instructed. I'm an educated professional person and not silly. I started using the sticks when I was supposed to, used the first pee of the morning, carefully used the sticks and digital reader as instructed. All I got were circles (negatives, not ovulating) - NO smiley face (positive, ovulating). So after using all the sticks I'm feeling quite stressed because this test is supposed to be so accurate. I started to think I wasn't ovulating (especially as I have polycystic ovaries) and worry kicked in. Turns out, I needn't have worried as I became pregnant that very month. I would have conceived during the actual period of time when all I was getting was circles (negatives). My advice is, if you use this test and receive only negatives, take it with a pinch of salt - please do not worry.
As some of you may know I am trying for another baby. With my first it happened very quickly (about 3 weeks) but this time it is taking a little longer, a few months now. I am not the most patient of people, if I want something, I want it now and so I decided to not leave everything to chance and to try the Clearblue ovulation tests.
Getting pregnant is a lot more complicated than most people realise I think, so many different aspects need to be aligned in order for conception to take place and so just having sex is not always a guaranteed option. The best time to get pregnant each month is when ovulation occurs (this is when an egg is realised from your ovary) but it is not always easy to predict when you ovulate. Generally this is about 14 days in to your cycle but as not everyone has a regular cycle who is to say when day 14 occurs. With this in mind a ovulation test will show you when you ovulate and when is the most fertile time of your cycle.
According to the Clearblue literature it works by detecting the increase (surge) in the hormone called Luteinising Hormone (LH) in your urine. The LH surge occurs approximately 24-36 hours prior to the release of an egg from your ovaries - a process known as ovulation. You are at your most fertile on the day your LH surge is detected, and the day after.
These tests are very easy to use. They are basically just like a pregnancy test and work and look like one too. The kit comes with a test holder and test sticks. The test sticks are inserted into the test holder, each have a pink arrow on and you need to line these up in order to insert the test stick properly. Then you basically pee on the stick for 5-7 seconds and wait for the test to work. You know the test is working as a little test symbol on the result reader will flash. You will get your result in about 3 minutes. If you get a round circle with nothing in the middle then you know that there is no surge. If you get a round circle with a happy face in the middle then a surge has been detected and you are at your most fertile. The kit comes with 7 test sticks and you do not start testing until day 10 of your cycle so you will generally get a happy face result within the 7 testing days. It is best to test the dame time each day and I tend to do it in the morning with the first pee of the day as the literature says it is important that you have not urinated for at least 4 hours before testing. 4 hours, I can hardly go for about an hour during the day without needing the toilet so morning is best for me. Also it tells you to not drink excessively before testing too.
The test obviously does not guarantee that after testing and detecting your most fertile days that you will definitely become pregnant. It is more about giving you an idea about your cycle and helping to predict the days. Obviously you need to have sex at that point and have an element of luck too. I used these sticks a month or two ago and they did not result in a pregnancy but I am hopeful for this month as I am using them again, so we will see.
They are a fairly expensive way of testing too as a pack of 7 cots me £19.99. You can get cheaper ones such as Boots own brand but I like Clearblue and like the digital readout they give so for now I will stick with these and keep my fingers crossed.
After many months of trying to get pregnant naturally, I have finally thrown in the towel and decided to buy an Ovulation predictor kit.
I am not one of these women who keeps an eye on my cycle duration and I have no idea when I should be ovulating! Of course we all know people who seem to look at a man and fall pregnant, but for many of us, it isn't that straightforward!
Of course I am aware that there are other ways to track ovulation, however they seem faffy and time consuming, and are not always 100% reliable.
I had a look online and decided to try out the Ovulation sticks. The reason I chose Clearblue, was because they offer digital testing kits. This makes it easier to understand the result. Many other kits out there, require you to interpret the boldness of a blue line, and this can leave women unsure as to the result.
The good thing about Clearblue is that you are left in no doubt - a smiley face means: Ovulation - go for it!! Where as a blank circle means - no ovulation - don't bother!
How it works:
It really is very simple. You buy a box of ovulation sticks. They tend to come with 7 kits. The instructions advise you which day to start testing on, depending on the length of your cycle. So if you have a regular, 28 day cycle - you would start testing on day 10 after the first day of your period. If you are not sure of your cycle length, you should start testing a little bit earlier.
Basically, this is a 'pee on the stick' method. The sticks work by detecting a surge of the LH hormone in your urine. LH hormone is released in greater levels, just before you ovulate. So in the day or two before your body releases an egg, more LH will be detected in your urine.
In order not to dilute the LH in your urine, you are advised not to go to the toilet for at least 4 hours before testing. It is also advised that you drink less in these 4 hours and that you test at a similar time each day for the best results.
You pull of a pick protective cap on the stick and slot it into another base stick which comes included in the pack. Once you insert it, a symbol of a stick will be seen in the base stick. This means you have inserted it correctly, and that you are now ready to test. Do not remove the testing stick from the base stick.
Finally either urinate on the testing stick or place it in a pot of your urine for approximately 15 seconds. Lay the base stick and testing stick down flat and within 3 mins a result should flash up on screen. Smiley face means that you are ovulating (or about to) and that you should make love to increase your chances of conception. A non smiley face means better luck next time!
You should keep testing until you have a smiley face - after this, there is no point in carrying on testing as you have reached your peak fertility.
It is estimated that women will use 7 sticks on average, but if your cycle is longer, you may have to buy another pack. However, if you hit lucky straight away you will have some spare for next time.
I have only recently started using this kit so I will have to update you later if it works for me! However, so far I am impressed. It is easy to use, and will certainly assist me as I have no idea when I am due to ovulate. I like the digital factor, as it makes the results clear.
The downside is that it is very expensive to use. I paid £21 in boots for 7 sticks. It will be worth the money if I get pregnant but if it takes a while I could be extremely out of pocket! I don't know why each pack cant include more sticks or be cheaper. However, I do know that you can buy these cheaper online. I would recommend Amazon.com.
So far, I would recommend. Despite the price, I will be getting them again if it doesn't work the first time around. However I will also be trying the clearblue fertilty monitor, so look out for further reviews.
Expensive but I would still recommend
When I decided to try for a second baby I decided to use ovulation tests to help me conceive quickly. I tried quite a few brands before using the Clearblue digital ovulation test and deciding it was by far the easiest to use. For starters the clearblue test comes with 7 sticks whereas most of the others only come with 5. This gives you 2 extra days to try and find your fertile period. This was particularily important for me with my irregular cycles. Also it's much easier to read than the non-digital versions. If the result is positive it comes up with an unmistakeable smily face. With the others I tried a positive result was if you had 2 lines appear with the test line the same intensity or darker than the control line. Believe me, they are quite hard to read as the control line is always very dark to begin with. Also the clearblue test gives you a result within 3 minutes. Some of the other brands I've used take up to 15 minutes! It is very easy to use too. Just remove the cap off the stick, match up the arrows on the stick to the digital ovulation test and push it in. A picture of the test comes up on the digital display to show you it's ready to use. Place the absorbent part of the stick in your urine stream for 5-7 seconds then replace the cap with the stick pointing downwards and lie it flat. Within 3 minutes you get your result. The only downside is the price. Most shops charge £19.99 but you can get it cheaper by searching on the web. In my experience buying cheaper versions are a false economy as they've never given me clear results, so I'll be sticking with the Clearblue digital.
Me and my partner recetly decided to try for a baby and with me being the impaitent person that I am and wanting to get everything as quick as possible began to research into the qucikest wat to become pregnant. It wasn't long before I found reviews on the clearblue digital ovualtion test and so quickly headed to the supermarket to purchase it!
It's not a cheap product to buy I must admit as it cost £19.99 and with this you get 7 ovulation tests, which should be enough to find the day you ovulate however if you dont you may find you have to buy another kit so it can become costly.
I ready the instructions and they were simple enough with pictures to show you how to use the test and so when it got to the day I needed to begin testing (you have to test each day until the smiley face appears) I didnt even need the instructions as everything was easy.
Literally all it took was to wee on the test how you would a pregnancy test, and then wait 3 minutes. After that time you'll either get just a round circle or a smiley face. The circle means you are not yet ovualting and the smiley face means you'll be ovulating in the next 12-48 hours and so for the next two days should have sex as these two days will be your most fertile and therefore the most likley days you will conceive.
I have to admit that when you get the smiley face it's almost like you've just seen a positive pregnancy test as it's nice to know your body is working properly!
I have only used these so far for one cycle and unfortunatley I didnt conceive however I will be using them again this month, as it's nice to know the best days to conceive!
Previously, when I've decided to have a baby, I've simply thrown contraception to the back of a drawer and got jiggy with it with, resulting thankfully, in fairly swift and easy conception. However, I know my biological clock is ticking and the risk of various genetic disorders increases with each passing month, so now that the decision has been made to try for one more baby, my other half and I have decided to add a bit of science into the mix. At 38 I don't have many baby-making months left so I have decided to leave nothing to chance.
One thing I have noticed about getting older (how odd to think of 38 as 'older') is that my menstrual cycle has become slightly less regular. Nothing spectacular, just 27 days one month, 28 the next, with the occasional 35 day cycle thrown in to send me into a frenzy. Another reason for using an ovulation testing kit. I could get jiggy with it every night to make sure there's tadpoles ready to meet the eggy, but come on folks, I'm 38, the other half is considerably older and we've got 8 kids between us...... sleep is so much more attractive some (most!) nights.
With age, irregular cycle and stamina (or lack of) in mind, I paid almost £20 for a Clearblue Easy Digital Ovulation Test. I got mine from Asda, but I've seen them in all the major supermarkets, Boots and other chemists. The product name is a little misleading as the box actually holds one digital test reader and seven tester sticks, so peronally I would rename it Clearblue Easy Digital Ovulation TestS so that purchasers would know that more than one test can be completed for £20. Indeed, if you're lucky and get the date for ovulation spot on you could use the same pack over several months (hoping, however, that one positive ovulation result would result in conception, making the other six tests redundant of course).
Testing is easy. You can test using mid-stream urine or you can pee in a pot. I use the pee in a pot method (less likely to end up with a wet hand!). The test can be carried out at any time of the day, although apparently most women test first thing in the morning. This is probably because you must not have urinated for at least four hours previous to testing so that the hormone level is concentrated enough for the test to detect. The test works by detecting the Luteinizing Hormone (LH) surge. This occurs approximately 24-36 hours prior to ovulation and is indicated on the test reader by the appearance of a smiley face. If the LH surge is not detected an empty circle (minus eyes and smile) appears on the digital display.
As my previous menstrual cycle was 27 days long I started testing on day 10 (counting the first day of my period as day 1) of my cycle. A leaflet is provided in the box, which tells you when to begin testing dependent upon the usual length of your cycle. I'm not particularly well co-ordinated first thing in the morning so I decided to test in the evening. Not easy as I have the bladder capacity of a hamster, but I managed to hold on for four hours (just) each night. I peed in an old, clean plastic cup and then my partner timed the 15 seconds that the testing stick had to sit in the urine (it's only fair that he plays a role too!). Prior to placing the stick in the pot I had to remove it from its foil wrapper, remove the pink cap on the absorbant tip and then insert it into the digital reader. Both the digital reader and the testing stick have pink arrows printed on them and these must be lined up for correct insertion of the stick (I'm hoping pink is a good omen as we really, really want a girl this time).
Once the stick is inserted in the digital reader a mini picture of the test appears in the digital display window. Once the 15 second dip has been completed the test is removed from the urine and the test cap replaced. The digital display picture then begins to flash. The test must be left on a flat surface for 3 minutes before reading the display. Once again, my partner did the timing. After the 3 minutes is up the digital display has changed from a flashing picture of a test stick to either a circle (no LH surge detected) or a smiley face (LH surge detected).
My surge was detected on day 17 of my cycle. I used all seven test sticks before getting a smiley face. I will admit to a brief panic that I might not be ovulating at all when the sixth test produced an empty circle. However, on the seventh day a smiley face did appear and I breathed a sigh of relief, maybe 38 isn't that old after all.
Once we had a smiley face in the display window we STOPPED getting jiggy with it. We are hoping to conceive a girl and have read various articles on gender selection, most of which suggested a cut off period before ovulation occurs as female sperm live longer and are stronger swimmers than male sperm. However, for people who are not concerned about the gender of their baby and who just want to get pregnant it is best to have sex when the smiley face appears as your chances of conception are higher once the LH surge has occurred.
So, did it work...... Yes, it detected when I would ovulate. Twenty four hours after the appearance of the smiley face I had all the physical signs and symptoms that I have become accustomed to and that I know mean I am ovulating. Am I pregnant? It's too early to tell. Taking into consideration that I used the test to tell me when to STOP having sex, the chances of me becoming pregnant this month are not as great as they would be if I carried on baby dancing through ovulation. Has this method increased my chances of conceiving a girl? Once again, as I do not know if I am pregnant yet I don't know if we've successfully scored pink. Will I find out the gender during a scan? Not on your nelly, I'm in the lemon team on this one, girl or boy I'll adore it.
Warning: Ovulation tests should not be used as a means of contraception. Although they pinpoint when an LH surge is due, sperm can remain viable for up to three days in a woman's body so some may still be swimming around when the surge happens. Also, women can have other periods of increased fertility during their cycle and other fertility monitors would be required to detect these. And for heaven's sake, who'd use a £20 ovulation test kit for contraception purposes anyway!!
A digital test that helps you to identify the 2 best days to conceive in a given cycle.