251 of 258 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2014
I use this next to tracking my body temperature. While I had difficulties interpreting cheaper ovulation test sticks, this one does the trick wonderfully. Make sure to carefully read instructions, though. Also, note that it is possible that more than two days of high fertility (i.e. high estrogen = blinking smiley) are possible.
172 of 178 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2014
Not sure I like it or not. I tested and was get negative results then day 11 went straight to my peak. I know it says not to test after peak but I had more sticks so I figured ah should get a negative but I got another peak? I'm not on any fertility drugs or do I have health problems. Very lost and confused.
176 of 188 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2014
I read many of these reviews before I bought the product last month, and was interested to see how this product worked for me. It is very important to read ALL of the directions and use the kit as instructed, and if you do, then it will work well for you, whether you have regular or irregular cycles. I started using it on the 8th day of my cycle and received a few days of "low" fertility, 11 days of "high" fertility, and then received the "peak" fertility reading on day 22. The instructions indicate that, on average, women will receive 2 days of "high" readings before they receive a peak reading, but don't let that lead you to believe that it's not working if you receive more than 2 days of "high" fertility. It just means that your estrogen is increasing many days in advance of your LH surge, and that is okay. In fact, it is for this reason that I think the Advanced Digital kit is GREAT for women with irregular cycles, because it tells you when to be prepared for your LH surge, even if that takes 11 days like it did for me. I found it very helpful, because I wouldn't have known that I ovulate three weeks into my cycle (compared to the average of 2 weeks) if I hadn't used this kit. So if you are receiving many high fertility readings, keep testing! I used a store-brand set of OPK strips my first month trying to conceive, and let me tell you, this product is infinitely better and well worth the cost.
The first month I used this product I had a positive pregnancy test 12 days after my peak fertility reading, so it clearly accurately predicted my LH surge/ovulation. I have seen some reviews noting that this product must not have worked because they received a peak reading but didn't get pregnant, so of course it's important to remember that detecting an LH surge doesn't guarantee that you will get pregnant, as there are many other factors that come into play when conceiving.
If you are on the fence about buying this, you should! It is worth the money, but make sure to read the directions!
97 of 102 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2014
Got two high fertility blinking smilies and then got a peak fertility solid smiley. This last month AF came twice within 2 weeks, but I plan on using it again next cycle. I can't test at work so I love that I use FMU with this one and I don't mind not seeing the lines increase in darkness with regular opk's.
51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2015
I bought this test only after doing much research online and looking at reviews here and on other sites. The negative reviews really almost swayed me into not trying this product; but, I researched more and then closely looked at exactly what the negative reviews were complaining about. So, I bought it, used it, loved it, waiting to see if this month is my BFP. Here's a rundown of this ovulation kit and here's hoping that I can answer some of the questions and concerns that others might have that are considering this product. This information is also available on the website, and in the instructions.
This kit is designed to test over a number of days. In this way, it will catch the rise in estrogen levels that precede the LH surge (ovulation). A blank circle is low fertility. A flashing smiley face is high fertility. This means that the meter is showing a rise in estrogen levels in your urine. Most women will have 2 days of flashing smiley faces before the peak fertility is reached. Peak fertility is a smiley face. Once peak is reached, the meter shows the result for 48 hours, which is a reminder to you that your best chance to conceive is the next 48 hours. Now, a lot of confusion seems to center around the flashing smiley. Generally, most women will see this for 2 days before peak fertility. That's a general statement. Each of us is different and unique and your result may be different. If you get a flashing smiley face for more that 9 days, then there are a couple of things to consider. One: did you start testing too early? If you test too early, estrogen is the leader of the pack for the time around your period and testing too early will pick up that higher estrogen level. There is a clear chart of when to test. It will also line up with any ovulation/fertility app or fertility prediction chart. Testing too early won't give you a headstart, it'll give you a headache. If you find that you are testing during that time frame and NOT seeing LH surges, then you would want to talk to your doctor. Two: we don't always ovulate every cycle! I know that's the last thing we want to hear when we are peeing on a stick, taking temps, performing midnight fertility dances under the full moon and so on; but, it's true. Third: sometimes the LH surge is so small that the meter can't pick it up.
Sometimes the meter will go from LOW to PEAK from one day to the next. This typically means that you started testing too late for the meter to catch the high fertility days and it only caught the LH surge. Next cycle, start at the recommended cycle day to begin testing and this should give you the low-high-peak progression that you are looking for.
Once that static smiley face is reached, your LH surge has been detected and you are at your highest chance of conception. The meter will show that smiley face for 48 hours as a reminder to you that you are at peak fertility. Once the smiley face goes away, the fertile window has closed. You CAN'T test with the meter after peak fertility is detected. Well, you can think that you are. You can throw a test strip in there, not look to see the symbol that says "ready to test" and proceed to test tap water, dr pepper, sam adams, kool aid or whatever you feel like testing and the meter will still show peak fertility because it ISN'T ACTUALLY TESTING. If you want to test again after peak fertility has gone (that means the display is blank and you get the new cycle symbol and the ready to test symbol when you insert the stick) then, and only then, can you test again. I don't know why you would need to test again, but if you absolutely feel the need to, you could. But, chances are, your ovulation is long past.
I saw a couple of posts where this test kit was compared to wondfo or other test strips. Those test strips can be pretty tricky to read. Just because you have two lines there, that doesn't mean you have an LH surge. For those types of tests, the test line must be as dark as or darker than the control line. If you prefer to use a lot of sticks, those would be your best economical strips to use. I would recommend that you place them in a notebook or on a notepad with the cycle day and time of test, glued in place, and watch the progression. That will show you how best to look for the dark line that tells you that your LH surge is on its way. But, those strips can make you want to tear out your hair if you don't do that, because it's really hard to catch the pattern if you don't save the strips. I used those for several months. They are messy and difficult to read. The clearblue test is easy and mess-free.
I also hear (read) a lot of complaints about the price, and this one confuses me. Yes, it's about $40, but it should last 1-2 cycles (it might make me 3) and this cost is far less than the cost of an infant when you figure in medical costs, clothing, diapers, etc.
It's a good test. It really works. I got 2 days of low, 2 days of high and then peak. I highly recommend it. But, read ALL the instructions and begin testing on the day that they recommend, or you might find yourself frustrated and confused. It is different that most of the other OPK out there, and I wonder if that causes a lot of the confusion.
57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2014
This was the best item I ever bought. I had irregular periods, and it helped me to know when I was ovulating. After months of trying without it without success, I got pregnant the first month after using it. I suggest doing the deed for sure on the day you get a solid smiley face and the day after. Baby dust to everyone!
45 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2014
I was using this test, the Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test (pink test, NOT the 'advanced' version here), and Wondfo ovulation predictor tests. I wanted to cover all my bases! I went in to the doctor today for blood work and was told it showed I am in my LH surge period. I then took all three types of tests. The Wondfo showed up positive very quickly and clearly. The Clearblue Digital (pink one, not this one) showed a happy face after just a few minutes. The Clearblue Advanced Digital (this one, purple test) took much longer, and once it appeared it was a zero! No happy face! Yet my ovulation was confirmed by blood tests and ultrasound and two other positive tests. I will never buy this type of test again. It is not trustworthy at all.In my picture, you can see the Clearblue Advanced is on top with a blank circle indicating I was not ovulating; the middle test is a Wondfo and the bottom is the non-advanced regular Clearblue Digital test.
51 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2013
I had been going to my ob/gyn for just over a year to try and regulate my periods. It was so frustrating because we had tried on our own for 1 year to get pregnant and then 1 year with our doc. I went to a fertility specialist and he prescribed me progesterone and clomid as he diagnosed me with PCOS. It says right on the box that it won't work for women on fertility medicine or with pcos. I figured that it was only $30 and it would be nice to know if it actually works. Since I was having blood tests done everyday (I work in a hospital, so that was easy for me to get done) to track my hormone levels, it would be easy to confirm. I started testing 3 days after my last dose of clomid, which was CD12 for me. It gave me low fertility for two days, the next two days it gave me high fertility and then today I reached peak. All of my blood tests confirmed that I was ovulating and the test did to! I chose to use a clean cup to put my urine in and dipped the stick. There was never any mess from the test which was nice. I put the cap back on and laid it down and went about my business while the test ran. I did find that the test seemed to take a while to read the results, but I'm impatient. Once the result was on the screen it was very easy to read. The sticks were very easy to insert into the holder and came out smoothly as well. What I didn't like about the CB OPK...the packaging of the sticks was very hard to get open. They are all individually wrapped, but I had trouble getting them out and when I have to pee that isn't something I want to mess with. I really wish they had refill sticks for the holder. At $30 for each kit, it may not be realistic for some women to be able to buy each cycle. That is why I'm giving it 4 starts out of five. We obviously know the product works, but because of price and packaging I'm withholding the last star
40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2014
I'm currently using the CB advanced for the 2ed month. Last month I tested for 6 days before reaching my "peak". This month when I started testing and on day 1 I got a empty circle or "low fertility " reading. On day 2 of testing I got a solid smiley or "peak" fertility. What happened to the flashing smiley face for "high fertility" ? I have a basic 28 day regular cycle so getting a peak fertility reading on only the 2ed day of testing with no high fertility readings has me so confused! Anyone else have this issue?
58 of 70 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2014
I've never written a review before, but promised myself I would if this product worked for me - and I've just had my first positive pregnancy test so I couldn't be any happier! My husband and I have been TTC for 10 long months and as we watched so many of our friends announcing pregnancies we were becoming more anxious that it just wasn't going to happen for us. While researching online, we discovered this product and decided to give it a go (couldn't find "Advanced" in any stores in Australia so had it shipped from America). I followed the instructions exactly and quickly discovered I ovulate much later in my cycle than I had thought - I have 30 day cycle I started testing on day 13 (tests didn't arrive until this date). I tested first thing each morning and had 2 days of low, 3 days of high and 1 day of peak - I was so tempted to keep testing after this to see how long my peak would last, but the instructions say to stop after the first reading. The test worked perfectly and the results were very clear, and now I'm exactly 5 weeks pregnant with my first baby due in January 2015! Can't wait to meet you xo