(Closed) Should I drop the cash on a Clear Blue Fertility Monitor?

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would just start with the wondfos since they are cheap.  And they usually are very accurate if you have a regular cycle.  You might get pregnant right away, so I wouldn’t invest in $200.  I am not sure I would like the smiley face ones.  I like the lines so I can see the darkness/light of the test line.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

SLOBee:  I use the ClearBlue Advanced Fertility tracking kit – it’s about $50 at a local drug store. I like it because it’s very easy to read. You get an O on low fertility days, a blinking smiley face on high fertility days and a solid smiley on peak fertility days. I’m 35 and have the same concerns as you do, so I don’t really want to wing it since I figure I need all of the help I can get. Good luck to you Bee!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

My periods are kind of all over the place and feeling my cervix gives me an idea of where I am in my cycle. You have to get up close and personal with yourself, but it really does feel very different depending on where you are in your cycle. There’s info on the internet about how you can expect it to feel at different times.

If you’re that concerned with being able to conceive, I would go off the hormonal BC now and switch to a barrier method until you’re ready to TTC. It can take a really long time for things to go back to normal in that department, sometimes up to a year. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

SLOBee:  wondfos or the [email protected] brand.  Both are cheap.  I had a great batch of wondfos first and then this last batch hasn’t been as good (I haven’t been getting as dark of positives and one month I didn’t get a positive even though I confirmed O as normal through charting and CM).  If you combine this with temping and tracking cervical mucus you should be able to get a clear understanding of your cycle after 3 months or so.  Since I know when I O normally I can interpret my current less-than-stellar batch of wondfos based on my other signs.

I guess they can be tricky the first few months because you need to figure out when you O and when you can get a + OPK depending on when your LH surge is.  Wondfos say not to use with FMU but the only time I can get a + wondfo is with FMU because otherwise my urine is too diluted.  So stuff like that took me a few months to figure out but once I understood what is particular to my body I only need to use 1-4 wondfos a month.  So that $20 for 50 tests goes a long way!

 You’re supposed to test multiple times a day so you don’t miss your surge.  Because it’s possible to miss it.  Just takes some practice I guess.

Cervical mucus will become clear to you once you start doing it.  I started tracking cervical position, this is my 2nd cycle doing it and you have no idea what you’re doing at first but if you keep doing it you’ll understand what is what for your body.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

My wondfos stay very light until the day before O, when they darken up, and then I get a positive (or close to one- either way much darker than the real negatives) the next day.  And then they go back to very light.  Not too much room to misread that.  Temps and CM confirm it was or should have been read as +.

Post # 9
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Honey bee

SLOBee:  If you want something that’s easy to read without dropping $200, I would highly recommend trying the clearblue digital OPK. It’s around $35 a box I believe and will give you a smiley face or an open circle, so very easy to read. I used those and found them to be the most helpful. I also didn’t really want to have to pee on sticks through my whole cycle, which I think you have to do if you’re using the fancy monitor no?

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I charted for a long time for two pregnancies and definitely recommend doing it, even if you get the monitor. I like knowing my cycle so we’ll with charting! I used the monitor when we TTC first but I bought a used one for $70, I was way too cheap for a brand new one. I really liked it!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have one and have used it for the past year, and would highly recommend it. It works great and takes out all the guesswork. For me, it seemed like the most straightforward and convenient option, and since we’ve been TTCing a year now, I’m glad I made the investment. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

SLOBee:  IMO, Wondfos are fairly easy to read, especially if you are familiar with your cycle. I know you said you’re not sure what your cycle will be like once you stop BCP, but I would totally start with the $20 Wondfos just to see what happens before I dropped $200!

Post # 13
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Busy bee

I was 37 when I got off the pill (I had been on it for 10 years and also did not remember my last period…). I charted for two months – I used the free version of Fertility friend – and got pregnant. I used an ovulation test once – more for the peace of mind to make sure that I actually ovulated, but charting on its own turned out to be sufficient to pinpoint ovulation. In short, just like you, I was very nervous given my age and my complete inexperience in matters of TTC, but it all worked out. So, I say you don’t need it – but of course, only you can decide.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

SLOBee:  I’d also go with the Wondfo’s… they’re cheap and reliable. I just start using them daily the day after my period is done.

I’m 34 (will be 35 in about a month and a half). We just started TTC back in September once I got off BC (after 13 years), but had horrible timing the first 2 months of trying (and I was very sick during my fertile window in September). So, my first OPK tests were done in November, and again this month. Both were right on using the Wondfo’s.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I hated the idea of trying to see if a line was “dark enough” so I did the smiley face combined with charting. It’s clear and simple and I got pregnant on my second cycle using them.

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