OT--fertility monitors

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OT--fertility monitors
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Thu, 06-17-2004 - 11:35pm
Well, I spotted a bit today which means AF is on her way tomorrow, right on schedule. SIGH.

Has anyone used one of those high tech fertility monitors? I'm trying to get DH to let me spring for the OvaCue (which checks your spit, I don't think I'd buy the optional vaginal monitor for another $100) but don't know anyone whose actually used them w/great success. I know HOW to temp, but checking my spit for 8 seconds a day would be so much easier...

Thoughts? Experiences? I haven't ruled out the pee ones, but spit seems cleaner, KWIM?

TIA--C

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Thu, 06-17-2004 - 11:56pm
My galfriend at work used one of those (not sure if it was OvaCue specifically, but it was one that checked your spit). She and her DH had been trying for #2 for almost a year, she started using it and now she's almost 3 months PG. :)

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Fri, 06-18-2004 - 12:44am
The spit one is OvaCue. I keep trying to talk DH into it, but he doesn't get the point. He'd try forever if it were up to him. Do you know how long it took?

Perhaps this one will come out of my renter's acct...

C

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Fri, 06-18-2004 - 7:09am
One benefit of temping, though, is that it tells you whether you actually ovulated. OPKs tell you you're about to O, but your body can rev up for it and never actually do it.

Edited to add: Temping also made it possible for me to get pg this time because 9 days of high temps made it *very* obvious that I was having a progesterone problem. I was o'ing, but there's no way 9 days of high temps can sustain a pregnancy. In fact, I had +hpts followed by af two months in a row. First month on progesterone supplements, I got pregnant and stayed that way. OPKs would not have pointed out why I kept getting +hpts followed by af.

Can you tell I'm a big temping fan, lol?


Edited 6/18/2004 7:12 am ET ET by pjp2

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Fri, 06-18-2004 - 11:18am
I think once she actually started using it and knew when she was ovulating in only took two months (maybe three?) She's out on vacation this week or I'd ask her right now. :)

Are you temping at all?

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Fri, 06-18-2004 - 1:29pm

I finally broke down and spent the $200 on the Clearview one (you pee on sticks, insert the sticks into the little machine, and it tells you your high and peak days).

Of course, since I spent all that mula, I was pregnant the first month I used it.... LOL


Turns out I was O'ing closer to day 17 than 14 which is probably why I wasn't timing it right sooner. I had NO patience for temping whatsoever.

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Fri, 06-18-2004 - 1:46pm

Can I be nosey?

 

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Fri, 06-18-2004 - 2:37pm
Just curious...how did you know you needed progesterone from using a fertility monitor?
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Fri, 06-18-2004 - 2:50pm
No, but I'm going to start when AF when gets here. I've been going by cervical fluid more than anything else, just b/c it's so easy to check.

I know, TMI...

C

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Fri, 06-18-2004 - 3:00pm
You're not being nosy at all. It took over three years for me to get successfully pg w/DS (he was born almost 4 years to the day I went off BCPs). I had an ectopic after 15 months, then a miscarriage 11 months later. 12 months after that (on my one and only clomid cycle), I conceived DS. DH and I have both had infertility workups done, but they never found anything (other than his super swimmers, sigh). Even w/the ectopic, my tubes are clear. The plan for now is to try for six months on my own, then we'll try clomid again (say, in October). Given the fact that there is a history of multiples in my family (I'm a twin, in fact) and that I do ovulate on my own (well, I was ovulating when I was temping the 1st time we TTC and I've resigned myself to the fact we're going to have to do that again once the next cycle starts in a few days)--my ob is a bit reluctant to just hand over a clomid 'script after only 2 months of TTC. While part of me is frustrated by that, the other part appreciates her conservative approach. So...I was basically thinking the fertility monitor could tide me over until the clomid 'script, if that makes any sense at all.

Thank you for your input! C

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Fri, 06-18-2004 - 3:02pm
If the second half of her cycle was too short to support a pregnancy. I actually brought this up w/my OB at my last visit b/c my cycles have been 26 days long the last few months. However, since I've been ovulating on day 14 (EWCM dries up), she said a 12 day luteal phase wasn't a problem.

C

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