- 4 years ago
- Wedding: December 2016
I wanted to write a review about the ClearBlue OPK that I am using because I have gotten a lot of questions about it and even some pm’s. When I first started using it I HATED IT…. so I did a lot of research about it online and read reviews. I now actually really like it and will stick with it (though if the TTC journey takes too much longer, I would eventualy stop because it isn’t cheap)
There are three types that I usually see in the store, the basic one, the advanced one (that I am using) and the actual monitor (which is even more money and I havent bought yet, maybe another bee can tell of her experience with it)
This is the one that I have…. but I paid about ten dollars more at CVS in Florida.
This test says it measures Estrogen and LH surge, so not only do you get 2 days of peak, you should also get 2 days of high fertility.
Cons – price (I paid around 48 bucks and it should last only 2 cycles). If you have long cycles, it might not even make it through one. You get 20 sticks in a package, so if you O differs a lot cycle to cycle, you may use them all up.
You can only test once a day with FMU. So if you are a frequent POAS Bee, you wont like it. Once you hit PEAK (solid smiley face)…. you CAN NOT test anymore. It wont let you. (you just know that you should BD that day and they next) So my first cycle, I didnt realize that I had a slow climb of temps. Since I didnt have a huge jump, I wanted to keep POAS and I was frustrated that I couldn’t! THIS IS THE BIGGEST CON.
If you have a long or irregular cycle, it might not be for you. You should get two days of high (blinky smiley) followed my 2 days of peak. The problem is that I get 4 days of smiley (this cycle 6). So my first cycle I BD like 9 days in a row! A lot of girls were complaining online because they were using so many sticks waiting for a peak reading. Now that I know my cycles better I like this feature because I can either just wait until I get peak (knowing it is coming), I can BD EOD while waiting for peak (knowing that I am still fertile), or I can BD just in case I ovulate ealry and then take a few days off so he can build up more little swimmers.
It is pretty easy to get a invalid reading…. I have had two becuase I only held it in urine for 3 seconds not 5.
It takes 5 full minutes to read…. not too bad but first thing on the morning, I dont want to wait for anything.
Pros – Easy to read…. I have also been using cheap ones and I understand the frustration… is it darker, light almost as dark. ?????????? etc.
Length – I dont feel like I am worried about “missing” the LH surge with this test
Stregnth – It hasnt been wrong yet about me ovulating (always 2 days after peak, some girls 1 day after). And depending on the concentration, I have had some funky readouts on the cheapies.
The test says that it actualy saves your info and uses that to base its readings on. Dont know if this is true, but that is why it is more sensitive, because it is basing your Estrogen or LH on what you did yesterday, so that is why it goes up and down easier. So if some of you dont get readings on a regular OPK, you might on this?????
Hope this helps!