In August last year my periods had their own little hiatus; I didn’t have one for 4 months. It was so frustrating because that meant there was zero chance of getting pregnant as I wasn’t ovulating.
Luckily, in December I came on. I was so happy that I was back in the game and immediately started using ovulation sticks again. But there was a problem. I didn’t seem to get a positive test; the result line wasn’t as dark as the test line. This had been the case before my break in periods so I started to panic that my body just wasn’t ovulating at all.
This is where the monitor comes in.
It is a digital ovulation testing machine so monitors the levels of your hormones throughout your whole cycle and stores the information. You test with the first wee of each day using a stick and then insert it into the machine. It then takes 5 minutes to analyse your hormone levels and tells you whether you have a ‘low or’ ‘high’ chance of conception. When the machine detects an LH surge, you are ‘peak’ and this is the most fertile time of the whole cycle. You get 4 pregnancy tests per box of tests too, so if you do think you are pregnant you can test this using the machine. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to use any yet so I currently have 20 pregnancy tests ready to use!
You also record the days you have sex and if you start to bleed, you can select how long your period lasts and how heavy the bleeding is.
It is a little pricey (£80) and a box of tests is £25, each lasting me one cycle. BUT it has been worth every penny. This is why:
- I now know that my cycle lasts around 35 days, longer than average. Before monitoring my cycle, I thought that my periods were just irregular but it doesn’t look that way – I do have a regular cycle but it is just a long one!
- I do have an LH surge each month around day 22 which means I am ovulating – hurrah! This makes me feel so much better and less like ‘I’m not working properly’.
- If I do have to return to the doctor’s having not been able to conceive then I’ll have solid evidence to take with me of what my cycle looks like.
- It gives me something to do. There is nothing worse than feeling helpless when TTC so it is keeping me sane!
I would definitely recommend using it if you’re at a similar point to me in your journey. It is so good to have something to focus on when everything is outside of your control.
Here’s hoping I don’t have to use it for much longer!