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Old 10-15-2006, 04:50 AM   #1
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Fertility monitors

hi ladies
i have a question about fertility monitors.
i understand they work in a similar way to OPK's in the way that they determine your most fertile days, except that they can also detect the most fertile days leading up to the LH surge, i presume this is done hormonally.
As my cycles are irregular ive been just using OPK's when i notice fertile CM, and only starting BD'ing when i get a positive. The only thing that worries me is still getting a positive OPK after ovulation, meaning i could miss the egg. I realise i really need to be testing before i even notice fertile CM, but I was worried about spending a lot of money on OPK's (i use digital ones) as it would mean starting to test on about day 10 possibly through to us late as day 22, as my cycles are so irregular that ovulation can vary that much.
I just wondered if there would be any benefit to using a fertility monitor in this situation? Or would i be best just to start testing earlier with OPK's Financially it wont make a lot of difference as the monitor is £100 and the test sticks are going to be £20 or even £40 a month, which would be around the same as what i would have to pay out on OPKs.
Surely the LH surge is the most important thing to detect,as it would mean i was BD'ing right before ovulation. I know that the 5 days leading up to ovulation can also help, but surely the closest you BD to ovulation the better. so would i best off just sticking with OPK's? Or does the monitor tell you anything else?
Also, is it possible to still pick up positive or high fertility on a monitor but not actually ovulate, the same way you can with OPKs? i got a positive OPk and fertile CM this month but it doesnt look like ive ovulated
thanks in advance

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Old 10-15-2006, 09:31 AM   #2
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Re: Fertility monitors

The fertility monitor is a glorified OPK in my opinion. It tests the same way that an OPK does, and you still have to buy sticks for the fertility monitor.

The fertility monitor gives a few more days notice as to when you will be fertile, a build-up, if you will. However, if you think that you are not releasing the egg even though you are getting a + on the OPK, the fertility monitor will be no different.

Fallen, I know what you are going through not getting pregnant. It's frustrating, confusing, and downright irritating to be usure of how our bodies are working (or not working!). You might consider a full course of testing to try to determine what is going on. It turns out that I have unexplained infertility. I am not thrilled to get this diagnosis, but I am happy that my fertility specialist agrees that there is some kind of problem and he is willing to do what he can to try to help us reach our dream -- to have a child.

Best wishes and patience dust!

Old 10-15-2006, 10:39 AM   #3
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Re: Fertility monitors

Thank you for your reply Golden, and for explaining things a bit more clearly for me.
ive decided against the fertility monitor as it is expensive, think i will just stick with OPK's.
Glad to hear you got a diagnosis, even though it might not be the one you want. But like you said you are a step closer to reaching your dream now. And i really hope it happens soon for you.
I know im very impatient and often get a bit obsessive about the whole TTC thing, but ever since i was really young ive had this awful feeling that i would be infertile, and it would break my heart if i wasnt able to have children. So sometimes i get really paranoid thinking it will never happen. Id only been TTC for 4 months when i went to my doctor the first time, and he started running the 21 day progesterone tests which showed i wasnt ovulating (or at least, was ovulating late so the tests weren't catching it). My doctor then suggested me trying for another 4 months and if i had no luck going onto Clomid, as i think he presumed annovulation was the problem. I actually split from my BF for about 3 months not long after this. so TTC got put on hold. And before that he had been working away anyway so BD wasnt very well timed. Its only been the past two months since charting and using OPK's that i have actually been tracking my cycles properly and timing intercourse. And i know that two months is nothing.
I will see what results the 21 day progesterone has tomorrow, if im still not ovulating i will suggest femara to my doctor like you said.I guess if that doesnt work i will be referred for other tests.
I know how much we are all going through on here, im just glad we can support each other, i would be lost without this board

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