Confirming ovulation….with saliva!?!

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Huh. I’m commenting to follow. So curious if anyone has used this!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I used one called OvuPlan* and it was quite interesting to see. I used to get ferning for approximately 5-6 days with 2 days really strong ferns (which should be the 24hr or so before O) – it did coincide with the temping saying I O’d – my main concern was that the sample sometimes took ages to dry (as in nearly an hour some days and it wasn’t like I used a huge sample just some days it wouldn’t dry very quickly (usually around the FW so that was an indication for me too). i stopped using it because I found temping easier and quicker in the end – plus after a few months I pretty much knew my cycles and when I O so time BD around past info and wait til temping confirms O. I used it for about 5 months (the month before we TTC and the first 4-5 months of trying)

 

I dont regret using it but for me it was just a tool to understand my body better – because I have been trying for  9 cycles now it is definately not something i could’ve continued for the whole time (but that may be because I’m lazy hehe). That said if I am lucky enough to get KU when we try for #2 i’ll use it again to help work out my cycles.

 

i hope that helps – oh as another thing my DH was so interested in the scope hehe he thought it was awesome that it showed ferns on the more fertile days – he was also interested in the temping thing the first month too thou – I think he was just amazed at what signs there were to O 🙂

*ETA: ooops was OvuPlan not OvuScope as I first said. Here’s the link…

http://www.keypharm.com.au/products/how_does_ovuplan_scope_work.php

Doesn’t look the same but it’s the same idea (the other option I had in Australia was nearly 3 times the price and I wasn’t willing to pay so much eeep) 

 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

@Treejewel19:  I heard about his option, but I rather test using OPKs. They are much faster and reliable if used consistently. I think saliva test is good as a third type of ovulation confirmation.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Treejewel19:  i’m using one of these called “maybe baby”. This is only our second cycle TTC but I’ve found it fantastic so far. I have very irregular cycles because I have PCOS and I knew that OPKs that require urine would mean I would have to be doing it just about every day. this method is so simple and I was thrilled to discover I actually ovulated!

im surprised to hear the bees above saying it was too time consuming because my kit takes 5-10 mins and if it takes any longer than this it means you’ve used too much saliva.

This video might help give you a better overview:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=c4mWsfLT8ps

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Katchin:  most of the time mine took 5-10 but during the FW sometimes it took ages?! No reason why because I was using it for 5 months hehe. I find that because I have fairly regular cycles temping to confirm O works for me (because I O within a 3-4 day window each month) I definitely see the benefits for PCOS and people with irregular cycles thou because esp here in Australia (I see youre a fellow Aussie :)) OPKs are expensive (I know I could order online when I do my HPTs but meh I figure between the saliva microscope and temping I’m covered :))

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

i used it a couple times. it’s called ‘ferning’ because your saliva makes a fern-like pattern when you are close to ovulation. it’s nice if you don’t like catching your own pee.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@ShellVee:  that’s really interesting. I too have had a few times when it’s taken ages to dry but I just assumed that was because I’d put too much saliva on it. the maybe baby one says the results must be read within the 10mins or they may be effected by the air. So you use temping as well as the saliva OPK? I’m new to all of this so very interested in hearing what others do.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Katchin:  yeah I used the micro scope the month before TTC and then 2 months of TTC – at cycle 3 I added temping too because I wanted to confirm that the OvuPlan was accurate… It was 🙂 I am now back to temping again this month after taking a break but I haven’t started the saliva one again.

With the longer to dry – I found that just in some FW days my saliva seemed thicker or something so even thou it was a small sample it took a while to dry – i could predict ferning based on saliva thickness hehe I might be weird thou. I did a fair bit of research on the microscopes before buying one and I never read about anyone else having saliva thickness issues 🙂 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@rosworms:  yep I was a little put off with the idea of catching my pee for OPKs originally but after months of HPTs I am kinda over it hehe I have become skilled at pee catching 🙂 it cool having something else to indicate O and I found the whole concept really interesting.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@ShellVee:  Now that you say that I agree! I swear my saliva is thicker during ovulation because the test always seems to take longer to dry than at other times. Who needs scientists? lol

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