Ava Bracelet?

posted 2 weeks ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - York, ME

I haven’t tried the Ava Bracelet, so I’m not a great resource there. But I got pregnant my first cycle using OPKs, and I just tested once per day, right when I got home from work. It was quick, easy, cheap, and low stress.  I know temping is the best way to predict/confirm ovulation, but from my time on TTC boards, I think it leads to a lot of stress too.  Another theme on the TTC boards is that the ava bracelet isn’t very accurate, and most women are suggesting the Tempdrop instead. Not sure if that is covered by FSA but may be worth looking into!

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

dianaj17 :  I have it and have used it for a few years. I love it, I could never oral temp because of fluctuating wake up times. I can answer any specific question you have

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

Lke you i haven’t stared to ttc yet but I too wanted to get something to help me track ovulation so we didn’t waste any time getting pregnant once we were ready. (2 months from now we will ttc) I looked at the ava bracelet and did tons of reasearch and read reviews and i honestly don’t think its worth the money. I got the opk strips on amazon. The onese with the cute blue bag with what looks like alphabet letters all over it. I took a journal book and starting day 7 of my cycle peed on those sticks and taped them in with the date and cycle day written. I found that amazingly helpful to actually be able to see the ovulating hormone get darker each day. It actually made me feel very in control. I feel like there is also a lot of detail with those strips. Instead of getting a yes or no, i can actually see the progress of the hormone building. Then on the day the line gets pretty dark you can watch for other signs too. The next day I peed on an opk strip after the dark line, it was back to almost no line at all! That fast! Bye bye egg lol. 

YOu might want to start with the opk strips and see how you feel before going all in on the high cost of an ava. I don’t think i would get the ava until i had gone like a year with no baby or something. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

I researched the Ava when we were preparing to start TTC, and like PP, it just didn’t seem worth the money to me.

I bought some OPK test strips and a BBT thermometer on Amazon instead ($20 total), and downloaded a tracking app (Glow). I got pregnant my 2nd cycle trying.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

The Ava bracelet was more accurate for me than OPKs.  It had me ovulating a few days later than the OPKs and was right because I got pregnant on the fourth cycle.  Definitely money well spent in my case!  It was nice getting confirmation that I ovulated and seeing all the stats because I couldn’t be bothered with temping either.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

dianaj17 :  temping is definitely more accurate than opk for confirming ovulation (as there can be multiple LH surges in a cycle and some women no matter what do not test a blazing positive, also some women like me will get a blazing positive for 2-3 days before the temp shift). Ideally you would both chart/temp and do opk to narrow down the FW.

As far as comfort I don’t have any issues wearing it when sleeping, the original versions would sometimes fall off but that isn’t an issue anymore. I find the battery life to be fine (I synch in the am and leave plugged in until I go to bed, but if I can’t recharge it’s good for 3 nights). I find the data accurate (skin temps are much different than oral temps). 

I prefer the interface of fertility friend app, so I just plug my temp and heart rate into FF (and opk data etc), but I find the predictions to be similar. Ava has not be tested for long cycles or PCOS so it will be less accurate for predicting fertile window in those individuals, but it still gives accurate temp and Hr data. 

I’ve had an issue with the sensor on the back (this has also changed with the new version), when I sent customer service an email with a picture they shipped me a new one free of charge within 24 hours – exceptional customer service.

I bought mine when we were TTC on cycle 10. We are now 2+ years into and doing ivf but I still wear it.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

dianaj17 :  If you want, check out the TempDrop! That’s the one I have. It’s way cheaper than the Ava and works amazingly well for me with taking my BBT. I looooove it to bits. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

I just ordered the Ava!  Excited to try it!

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I used the Ava and am currently 13 weeks pregnant.  Darling Husband and I tried for a year before I bit the bullet and bought it. We were headed towards IVF or other expensive fertility treatments, so we figured this was a baby step in that direction. Sure, it was $400, but it wasn’t the $25,000 IVF would cost us if we had gone straight there.  Plus – they have a money back guarantee if you don’t get pregnant within the year (and you wear it like 80% of the days in that year).

I’m not sure if I attribute my pregnancy entirely to Ava, but I think it certainly helped. It was interesting seeing the data it collected and how things changed day to day. I wore it for 5 cycles before getting my BFP. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - California

I tried Ava and it was always off by several days, and given that a fertile window only lasts several days, it was useless. I knew this because I was also using OPKs and TempDrop and oral temping (I was going extremely overboard with tracking/charting and I’m no longer doing that). After a few months, I noticed definite patterns. My Ava was always off by several days as compared to my OPKs and other temperature devices (normal oral BBT thermometer and TempDrop). In the end, I preferred the oral BBT thermometer and it seemed to have a lot less random fluctuations than TempDrop (whereas the opposite really should have been true). Since my temping (other than Ava) matched my OPKs I think for my cycle using OPKs is more than enough. You might find Clear Blue Advanced OPKs helpful, or you might find that Ava/temping works. I think it’s worth trying a bunch of things over the course of a few months to see what’s most helpful and what you will be able to stick to consistently over time. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

zstbee84 :  Did you like TempDrop overall? Was it acurate? 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - California

AstonMartin :  It seemed ok but it had random big dips at times  that didn’t make any sense, so I didn’t end up liking it. 

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