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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!!!!!!
I bought the clear blue fertility monitor as i wanted to get pregnant with my partner. I had already had a child from a previous relationship, so i knew my body was fine.
I bought the clearblue monitor along with the monitor testing sticks. What happens is you turn the monitor on when your period arrives (you can set it up until day5 of your period), and then usually it asks you to do a urine sample on day 6 for approx 10 days. This will give you the days that you are low fertile, high fertile, and peak fertile.
Usually, ovulation is around day 14 of a 28day cycle, so the monitor would pick up on a couple of days before ovulation (approx day 12,13) which are high fertility, as sperm can live for around 5 days inside your body). Then the monitor will detect the day when you are at your most fertile, which is peak fertility.
It is best to have sex every couple of days from around day 10, to give it a good chance of success. Aim to have sex when the monitor is at peak fertility.
Unfortunetly it didnt work for me, as my partner has a low sperm count, so we need IVF/ICSI for us to conceive.
I bought one of these about two years ago when i was thinking about trying for a baby and was having a very irregular cycle. I wanted something that was easy to use and would give me an accurate idea of what was going on with my body and if eveything was working as it should and from the blurb on the packaging this seemed to be a good idea.
At the time I bought it, it cost £99.99 and the sticks were £20 a box but we women will do anything to have babies so it seemed money well spent. Besides, ovulation tests themselves are not much cheaper and this seemed more accurate and as a device that would monitor my whole cycle and tell me when to test it also appeared to be foolproof!
After getting it home and reading the instructions I thought it would be very complicated but it wasn't. You simply press the 'm' button the first day of your period and after that it counts each day and tells you what cycle day you are on, how fertile you should be and whether you need to take a test. If a 'stick' symbol comes up on the screen them you simply pee on a stick and insert it into the meter and it tells you quickly whether you are low, medium or high chance of pregnancy depending on the results of the hormone readings. It usualy asks you to start testing on day 9 and asks you to test for 10 days but if you have a long cycle like I do then it will ask you to test for 20 days and this gets a bit expensive at £20 for 20 sticks but they claim that if you time sex correctly to fit in with the results then you should acheive pregnancy within 3 months.
Sadly, I cannot report if it works or not as health problems menat we had to stop trying but I am hping very soon to get it back out again and see if it really helps acheive pregnancy quickly! However it is fascinating just to watch how your body works and there is something special about knowing your are ovulating and therefore have a chance of becoming pregnant that always made me smile on the day the 'egg' symbol appeared :)
If you have any problems at all with the monitor or you are not getting the results you expect then there is a customer services phone number to ring and they are incredibly helpful. I phoned up one month for advice and they couldnt have been more reassuring or knowledgable if they had tried. They really made me feel like this was a product I could trust and in the very emotive subject of conception and babies that is especially important.
Overall I really recommend this product and I hope to give it a proper test soon!
The Clearblue fertility monitor is a more comprehensive version of a single home ovulation test.
Most home ovulation tests identify the 2 peak fertility days during your cycle by detecting the surge in the hormone that triggers ovulation.
The Clearblue Fertility Monitor tracks 2 hormones to identify up to 6 fertile days, it not only shows you your 2 peak fertility days, it can also inform you of an extra 1-5 days of high fertility prior to your peak fertility.
Since your other half's best swimmers can survive in your body for several days, making love on all of these days can lead to conception!
The Monitor records your personal cycle to build up a picture of your most fertile days. It counts the days and tells you when to test. Tells you if you're on a low, high or peak fertility day, and even warns you when your next period is due.
According to Clearblue info, recent research shows that the Clearblue Fertility Monitor increases the chances of conceiving by 89% over the first two cycles of use.
The monitor arrives well packaged with full comprehensive instructions included. It's a discreet plain white hand held monitor - which would easily fit in a hand bag should your test window be when you're at work. Boxes of test sticks and batteries need to be purchased separately.
HOW TO USE
You start using the monitor on the first day of your next period.
On this day, you set the 'm' Button, which tells the monitor that your period has started and a new cycle has begun. It also establishes the 6 hour Testing Window in which you can do a test, so it's a good idea to do this at a time when you normally get up in the morning.
Then all you need to do is switch on your Clearblue Fertility Monitor every day at any time in the 6 hour Testing Window. You'll see the 'm' Symbol displayed for the first 5 days of each cycle. The number on the display screen changes each day to show you which day of your cycle you are on. On days when the Monitor needs further information about your hormone changes, it will request a test.
When your Monitor asks you to perform a test, you remove a test stick from its wrapper and use it immediately. You take a sample of your urine by holding the sampling end of the test stick pointing downwards in your urine stream for 3 seconds only. Or, you can collect a sample in a clean, dry container and hold the sampling end in the urine for 15 seconds. It's important to use the first urine after you wake up, as this contains the highest concentration of hormones.
Then, keeping the test stick pointing downwards, you take the cap off the handle and place it over the sample end of the Test Stick. You are now ready to insert the test stick in the appropriate slot on the monitor. It's very easy and just clicks into place. Full instructions are included with the monitor.
When you have inserted the test stick correctly, a symbol flashes for 5 minutes while the monitor interprets the information from your sample. At the end an arrow will flash to the right of the stick symbol indicating its time to remove it,
And the monitor will then display your fertile status.
1 bar = low fertility, very little chance of conceiving
2 bars = high fertility, increased chance of conceiving
3 bars = peak fertility, highest chance of conceiving.
The Clearblue Fertility Monitor lets you know when you are approaching the end of your cycle - the 'm' Symbol begins to flash.
The majority of women will need 10 Test Sticks in each cycle. Women with irregular or long cycles may have to use 20 Test Sticks each cycle in order to detect their most fertile time.
The Clearblue Fertility Monitor is suitable for women whose natural cycle normally lasts between 21 and 42 days.
If you've recently been breastfeeding, using hormonal treatments (the contraceptive pill, emergency contraception, fertility treatments, HRT), or any other treatment that might affect your cycle, you should wait until you've had at least two natural periods before using the monitor.
Also if you have recently been pregnant they advise you to wait until you've had at least two natural periods before using the monitor. This is to ensure that the results are not affected by any pregnancy hormones you may still have in your body.
Please speak to your doctor if you need further advice.
Certain medical conditions and medications COULD affect the performance of the monitor. If you have menopausal symptoms, PCOS, impaired liver or kidney function, or have recently been pregnant, you MAY get misleading results.
You may also get misleading results if you are using certain antibiotics, hormonal treatments (the pill or HRT), fertility treatments containing certain hormones, or if you're undergoing any treatment that might affect your cycle.
There are a few other conditions the monitor may not be suitable for, the Clearblue website gives a comprehensive list.
WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?
Yes definitely - it worked for us! I was surprised as I was ovulating a lot later than I thought I was - so for the last few months we'd been completely missing my fertile window. 2 months of using this showed me my cycle pattern and we fell pregnant in the 2nd month of trying!
I have packed it away carefully and will use it for a couple of months to gauge my cycle next time we try for a baby. However as I appear to ovulate regularly I wouldn't use it religiously because the test sticks are quite expensive - £20 for a box of 20, however I believe you can get them cheaper online.
Please Note: There are no products available that can guarantee success in achieving pregnancy. The Clearblue Fertility Monitor is designed to help you become pregnant and is NOT intended to be used for contraception. Some medications are contra-indicated in pregnancy and we therefore recommend that you consult your doctor if you are taking any medication before you try to conceive. Couples with medically diagnosed fertility problems should consult their doctor before using this product.
Clearblue Fertility Monitor can maximise your chances of becoming pregnant by reliably indicating the days of your cycle when you are most likely to conceive ? the days closest to when the egg is released from the ovary. This process is called ovulation. Making love on the day of ovulation or the days leading up to it gives you your best chance of conceiving.The Clearblue Fertility Monitor is suitable for women whose natural cycle normally lasts between 21 and 42 days. The earliest you can begin to use the Monitor is the first day of your next cycle (but not before). The Monitor records your personal cycle to build up a complete and accurate picture of your most fertile days.The Clearblue Fertility Monitor gives you comprehensive, personal information about your cycle. You can relax as the Clearblue Fertility Monitor will count the days and tell you which days to test, when you are having High and Peak Fertility days and it will even warn you when your peRiod is due. This allows you to prepare for your next cycle, or, if you think your peRiod is late it may be that you are pregnant. You can find out if you are pregnant by using a pregnancy test such as Clearblue which gives you a clear result and is more than 99% accurate when used from the day your peRiod is due.