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#1 Covert

Posted 21 March 2012 - 10:07 PM

Does anyone have any experiances or any feedback about the Clearblue Fertility Monitor?


#2 Covert

Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:24 AM

QUOTE (fertile woman @ 21/03/2012, 08:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
No experience but my opinion would be to save your money and track your fertile mucous and temperature for a much more accurate result.

Yeah, that did cross my mind but unfortunately charting doesn't alert you to your ovulation date until that date was passed and with irregular cycles it is not that helpful in predicting when to BD.

#3 Futureself

Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:34 AM

I looked at this when TTC. In the end, I decided that my internet cheapie OPKs would do the job just as well as it really is the LH surge you're looking for.
I too had irregular cycles so was testing everyday from CD 10 often up to CD 30. It;s a lot of test strips to go through but at least the Internet cheapies were just that, cheap! The strips for the monitor I think are petty expensive, Amazon has them $47 for 30.
IMO I would do OPKs for a few months combined with temping and see how you go.

Edited by futureself, 23 March 2012 - 09:35 AM.

#4 Loulla

Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:37 AM

Hi OP, it looks like an expensive more developed form of OPKs? (Ovulation predictor kit)
It looks good because it says how it measures another hormone as well as LH, and indicates the 5 fertile days leading up to your peak.
When I used OPKs I had to get to know that brand in particular and gauge the progressive darkness of line in the lead up to O day to figure out my fertile pre-o days. Where as maybe with this one it's a little more clear cut?

I was lucky though because I have regular cycles most of the time and obvious fertile CM.

Hopefully someone will reply who has tried it. Have you googled reviews for it?

It can be hard with an irregular cycle. You just need to DTD all the time lol!

Good luck

ETA you could ask your GP to track your LH, P4 (prog) and E2 (estrogen) and as the LH and E2 rises it means you are getting closer, and then progesterone will spike a lot after O, to confirm it. But maybe then they will refer you to an FS if they are not specifically interested in fertility. And it may be a pain in the butt for you to fit this into your week  original.gif

Edited by Loulla, 23 March 2012 - 09:41 AM.

#5 leebec

Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:39 AM

I can tell you from my personal experience of the monitor.

I agree with your comment above of temping and mucus watching not working until after the fact.

I bought my monitor in September 2010 when I was in Las Vegas for my honeymoon. $400 US later....that was for the monitor and 2 boxes of sticks.....expensive little toy. Some may be horrified and baulk at the cost but if it pinpoints O for you by giving high days as well and it works first go that money is worth it especially when you think I have spent $23,000 on fertility treatment since March last year.....not very expensive at all.

Anyway we used it first cycle after our wedding when we got home and started trying and it worked. I had 11 high days and then my 2 peak days and I ovulated on the afternoon of the first peak day. We made sure we BD every second day in the high period and then we bd both peak days as well.

The machine is really easy to use. I still take my temp with it. I take my temp when I wake up at 5.15 every morning. When I am using the monitor I then get up, go to the loo, POAS and then put it in the monitor. I always set my monitor on first day of AF at 6.30 am. That way I have 3 hrs leay way each way....so if i had to do it at 3.30am I could and if I slept in and wanted to do it at 9am I could.

As I said first cycle worked and we got pregant. I lost that baby at 9 weeks.

I then did not get AF back so went on to see a FS and was diagnosed as PCOS.

I did not use the machine again as I went on to use Clomid and they say not to use it with clomid. I used it again for the first time in December as I was on a break month after my first 2 failed cycles of IVF as we could not guarantee transfer before christmas.

I got 5 high days and then got my peak on xmas day...was very excited by that as it was on cd19 which was heaps earlier then I had when I used it the first time.

I have used it again this month. I am doing a FET cycle and was taking Femara to ovulate so that we could do the transfer. I started getting highs on cd13 and got my peak on cd16, and I ovulated that afternoon. Some say you ovulate on your second peak. I have ovulated on 1st peak and 2nd peak so it just depends. If i surged the afternoon before getting the peak thats about right.

Its funny when you look at the window on the sticks as you can see the estrogen & LH lines changing and going from estrogen (left line when inserted into machine) being dominat to LH (right line - the line next to the bit you hold) going to be dominat. I knew before I even put it in the machine last saturday that I would have a peak as that line was really dark even before the other line came up.

I think it is worth its money. I have used it and had success straight away.

I really dont have a ewcm. I would say this is my first month EVER of having noticeable EWCM. If I tracked with that & temps I would never have gotten pregnant.....I also thank the machine because if it had not worked and we had happen what happened we would never have discovered our fertility issues and I would not be anywhere near doing the IVF that I am.

So if you are thinking about buying one I say do it.

Edited by leebec, 23 March 2012 - 09:45 AM.

#6 Melidia

Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:55 PM

I also have the monitor.  I use it in conjunction with temping and charting, and I think it is fantastic.  The monitor tells you when ovulation is about to happen, the temps confirm it with the dip afterwards.  It gives you a very clear picture of your ovulation patterns and if you track your BD then you will see if you are doing it at the right time too.

I would recommend one for sure.

#7 2mummys2kids

Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:10 AM

We have the monitor as well. We fell pregnant on the 2nd month of trying, 1st month using this. Very good odds when you consider we concieved using at home insems, and only did 2 insems. We will be using it again when it is time to TTC #2(and 3 and 4 lol) I bought ours from america on aus ebay and the strips from the UK on aus ebay. It worked out cheaper this way. Money well spent. I also bought ours second hand.

#8 Covert

Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:12 AM

Thanks girls.

#9 MUA

Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:31 AM

I wont use anything else. The expense is worth seeing a smiley face because I was using the ones that give you the coloured lines and the lines on it would always become half coloured even if it was the same colour as the control line, I was getting frustrated. I was also charting my temperature and checking cm but I just wanted that re-assurance.

If you dont want to pay the $57 for the clear blue each month I find that if I can figure out which days I should start from and the days which will be closest to the day of ovulation, Then I only say have to use 3-4 tests out of the seven leaving more left over for the next month. I get really excited when I see the smiley face because I can imagine the smiley face on a positive preg test, when it eventually happens.

Apart from the cost I would recommend the Clear Blue.

Good Luck Everyone xo

#10 leebec

Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:40 AM

MUA - what you are talking about and what OP asked for are two different things.

You are talking about the Clear Blue OPK which gives a smilie face where as OP is talking about the Clear Blue Fertility monitor which gives you low, high & peak fertility through measuring estrogen & lh surge and you dont get smilie face. It measures more so gives you more "fertile days"

Also the CBFM brand new is $300 and the box of sticks - 30 in a box is $50. This is only available in US or Uk cant buy here.

#11 MUA

Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:48 AM

I have never seen the Clear Blue Fertility Monitor, it sounds like the same thing, they both have the same objective dont they, to find out when you are fertile and when your going to ovulate! I;m very sorry I got your knickers in a knot!

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