(Closed) Clear Blue Easy Fertility Monitor

posted 6 years ago in TTC
  • poll: What was your experience with using OPK's vs CBEFM?
    I only used OPK's and it worked fine. : (4 votes)
    36 %
    I switched to the fertility monitor after being confused by OPK's and then got my BFP. : (2 votes)
    18 %
    Peanut Butter Jelly Time : (5 votes)
    45 %
  • Post # 2
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

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    CestTresJolie14:  How often are you using OPK’s? I know a lot of women can miss their surge if they only test once per day.  

    I never used any OPK’s or anything before or during infertility treatments.  My doctor basically told me they were a waste of money, just aim to have sex every other day and if/when you ovulate you’ll hit the window at least 2-3 times which is more than enough. 

     

    Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’ve used it! I got pregnant the first cycle I used it (second cycle TTC) but I also don’t want to give false hope with that. I charted for a long time before that and used OPKs successfully. I didn’t even get a peak (or positive OPK until after my DH had to go away for work. We just got lucky with our timing. That being said, the monitor is fantastic for people who don’t want to use charting or OPKs. It was very accurate, since I could confirm with temps and OPKs. 

    With your first cycle you’ll get way more HIGH days than subsequent cycles. I got my first high day on CD 12 and ovulated on CD 21 (that was my first peak day). I would play it safe and BD anyway but you’ll probably get a lot of high days before peak.

    Good luck! The monitor is a great tool!

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

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    CestTresJolie14:  This sounds gross, but what color is your urine? If it’s basically clear you might be too hydrated for the tests to pick it up… How long have you been trying? Has your doc mentioned monitored cycles or fertility meds? 

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

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    CestTresJolie14:  Ah, yes! I remember now – sorry I’m terrible at remembering usernames/stories.  You may just be too hydrated for the tests, some brands are more sensative than others.  I’d definitely ask your doc about femara, but given that you are ovulating, there may be something better that I’m not familiar with (I never did manage to ovulate on my own, so I’m not sure).  

    It’s frustrating, but it does sound like you’ve got a plan in place.  Personally I wouldn’t spend the money on the monitor because it’s likely not going to give you a whole lot more new information/insight than you already have.  I’d suggest sticking to the current routine (or even skipping the OPKs in total) for the next few cycles. I know the cycles where I tried to temp/time everything we so much more stressful when they didn’t work, taking a step back for a time really helped my mental state about the whole process, and ultimately the successful cycle for us I didn’t monitor/test at all, I just took the meds on schedule and went in for the ultrasounds and labs and started hpts when the time came. 

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

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    CestTresJolie14:  Honestly, family history isn’t always helpful… my mom never had any issue getting pregnant and  my sister got pregnant in her second cycle TTC (ectopic) and again in her third (my nephew).  And of my closest cousins, 2 of the 3 had shot-gun weddings… so I definitely didn’t follow the family trends there.  

    On the calendar it might not seem that long, but I know what you mean about it feeling like forever – especially when you KNOW there’s an issue contributing to it.  

    I am definitely not trying to imply that not tracking somehow makes it easier to be pregnant (this was the most insulting advice I ever got in my opinion!) just that there’s a mental benefit to not thinking about it as much and just trusting that you’re doing it “right” and if it’s your turn to be in the 33% then it’ll happen.  It’s not easy to take that step back either though, I dealt with intense guilt over NOT tracking too – so sometimes obsessing is just a part of the package. 

    Is there any way you can talk to your doctor about doing the dye test now? Just to ease your mind? I know my doctor let me get started in our IF plan a month early since it was obvious that things weren’t happening anyway and it didn’t make sense to waste another cycle when we fully expected nothing to change.  Especially since it’s all self-pay anyway, there’s really no strong argument for waiting when it’s causing you so much anxiety.  

    I don’t know if you’re a religous person or not, but I will definitely keep you in my thoughts! 

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

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    CestTresJolie14:  Apparently the monitor is learning your cycle so there would be less high readings the next cycle. For TTC #2, I used it for two cycles before deciding I didn’t need it and I had only a few days of high readings for that second cycle. I wouldn’t bother staying horizontal after. Whatever nees to get up there, will! We are moving on to cycle #4 for baby #2 next week. We tried for three cycles before having to take a break (to work around an important family wedding we have to travel for), so we’re about the same timeline for trying. It sucks, I know!

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Temping and charting was my favorite method. I felt like I really knew what was going on in my body. I very highly recommend it. 

    the monitor was nice because it is simple. You just use it once a day. And it is conservative, like Newfie said. until it learns your cycle better, it’ll tell you you’re fertile like all the time. πŸ™‚ annoying, but at least you won’t miss your window. There’s a great explanation of it in the book “Impatient woman’s guide to getting pregnant” but not sure if you want to buy the whole book just for that. It kinda has to be conservative since you only test in the morning, and your surge is likely to be in the afternoon, so it won’t see it until the next day. But at least it’s simple that way. I liked using it.

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

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    CestTresJolie14:  Oh good – I definitely didn’t want to offend, but I will be praying for you.  I know what it feels like to be in that position, I never thought I would be able to either, but modern medicine truly is a miricle to me, and I just hope that your doctors are able to help you reach the same goal! 

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

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    CestTresJolie14:  My philosophy is if you’re gonna use a tool, use it as directed. It is not an OPK. You can’t read the sticks like an OPK either. But if you’re well educated in the hormones it’s reading and feel like you’ve got a handle on it – go for it.

    It’s a good book! Easy to read and very informative. Doesn’t go over every detail (that would be a book for paitient women who read long books), so it might not address the issue you’re facing, but it really touches on every topic. I think the best part is it addresses the emotional and mental sturggles of it all, not just the physical problems. It tries to help you stay calm.

     

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I started using it this month. I just got over my AF yesterday so I know I’m not fertile yet. It will be interesting to see if it gives me many fertile days. I have a friend who swears by it which is one of the reasons I bought it. I always know someone it worked for twice. Everyone is different though so we will see. 

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