Clear Blue Fertility Monitor

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.

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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!

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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.

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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:

  1. 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!
  2. 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’.
  3. 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.
  4. It gives me something to do. There is nothing worse than feeling helpless when TTC so it is keeping me sane!

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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!

K x

Tale of Mummyhood

 

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6 thoughts on “Clear Blue Fertility Monitor

  1. Zoe says:

    I think this is an amazing piece of kit. It took a while for me to get pregnant with our first and I remember feeling hopeless and constantly wondering if I was ‘working’. I wish you every success lovely xxx Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

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    • readytomum says:

      I didn’t know PCOS would affect the tests! I just thought I was doing it wrong when I was never getting a positive test. It does tell me that an LH surge is detected and then bang on 14 days later I get my period so it must be working! You should try it!

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      • Journey Through The Storm says:

        I am definitely going to try them! I didn’t know it could affect the test either until I got the same result every day for a month! Mine were so close to positive that I thought surelyyyy it will be positive in a day or so but it never changed. Then my doctor told me some people with PCOS won’t get accurate results from opks. That is one of the hardest things for me because it’s impossible for me to narrow down my cycle length because it changes so frequently and opks don’t work 😭😭😭

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      • readytomum says:

        This is exactly the problem I was having! I had no idea when I was ovulating so ended up just guessing. This machine has definitely helped though so I hope it will work for you too! X

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