A fertility monitor is a computer that collects data to help you to predict ovulation. Monitors are great for planning intercourse for the best chance at conception.
Your most fertile days are during the few days before ovulation. This way the sperm is ready and waiting for the egg to be released. Using ovulation monitors will help you to predict the best days to get pregnant.
ClearBlue Easy and Persona work by detecting the estrogen and luteinizing hormone (LH) peaks just before you ovulate. Estrogen levels build up in your system as the follicles and eggs mature in the ovaries. Once estrogen peaks then LH surges and 12 to 48 hours later ovulation occurs.
By also detecting estrogen peaks it gives you more time (up to 6 days) to plan intercourse. With this system of monitoring fertility, you can collect urine to be tested at any time of the day. But most do it in the morning and keep it consistent.
OvaCue measures the electrical resistance of saliva to determine when you ovulate.
OV-Watch, wear it on your wrist like a watch at night. OV-Watch detects changes in your perspiration to detect your fertile time.
DuoFertility uses a thermometer. You wear the device under your arm and a hand held reader that collects temperature data to predict your fertile days.
Petit Sophia, Babycomp, and Pearly use basal body temperature and cycle history to determine peak fertility days.
The down side of using a fertility ovulation monitor is that they can be pretty pricey. But depending on your budget, it can be well worth the ease and convenience of use for predicting the best time to conceive.
I'd also like to add that using a fertility monitor is not essential to predicting ovulation. Most women find that using OPK's (ovulation predictor kits) and observing their body's signs of ovulation can predict their best fertile time to get pregnant just fine not to mention cheaper.
However, if you have been having trouble getting pregnant and wonder about your fertility, or have problems reading OPK test sticks, then monitors may be your best option. I find it's a personal choice.
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