5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2010
4 stars because i never got a high or peak fertility symbol. however, i have very irregular cycles and i decided to purchased this anyways to see if it would work. been trying for 9 months, used this product for 1 month, and got pregnant. i am 6 months along now and my husband and i are so happy. i believe the monitor just took the stress out of the guessing game and helps your mind and body relax which could be a reason why i got pregnant right after i got the item. stressing over ovulation days and when it will happen can make you crazy. so if you want peace of mind, have the monitor tell you instead of guessing, this item is a good buy!
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2007
I had been trying to conceive for about 4 months before deciding to use this monitor to help me understand my cycle and to shorten the time to conception by helping me identify my high and peak fertility days. I used this for six cycles without success and then chose to consult with my ob/gyn. She put me on the generic version of clomid, and for the first two months (cycles 7 and 8 using the monitor) it appeared to work by identifying peak times for conception. However, the third month on the medication (cycle 9 using the monitor), I had only high fertility readings, but no peak. Yet this was the month that I conceived. My research online seemed to suggest that this system isn't always compatible with Clomid.
In the meantime I had also purchased "Taking charge of your fertility" and used the information about the physical signs of fertility in conjunction with the information I had previously learned from the monitor to understand my own signs better. All this information together allowed my to successfully identify my peak days during the one cycle when the monitor didn't register. Although it is tedious to test 10 times during each cycle and the cost of this unit was a little on the high side, I am so thankful that it helped me conceive that I don't mind the downsides.
UPDATE: This monitor helped us conceive twice. I got pregnant after only three cycles the second time.
48 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2004
Let me just start off by saying that I am a spaz with the little sticks that you pee on. So that might have something to do with my experience.
Here's the deal: You are given a 4 hour window of time to pee on the stick and put it in the monitor. You set the 4 hour window, but probably it's in the morning because when you choose to do this, you shouldn't have been to the bathroom for 4 hours previously. So if you're like me and you wake up around 4 am to pee, but you have to wake up at 7 for work and you'll undoubtably want to go again at that time, you're stuck doing this test at 4 am.
So you're half asleep and you're trying to pee on the stick for 3 seconds. Not more, not less. Either of those could affect the performance of the monitor. Another option is to pee in a cup and dip the stick in the urine for 15 minutes. Who wants to be up for 15 minutes in the middle of the night? The good news is that you can put the stick in the monitor and go back to sleep. When you wake up in the morning, you can turn it on and get the reading then, instead of waiting 3 minutes for the results at 4 am.
Now, my experience with this thing was mixed. The monitor is supposed to register when you're having an estrogen surge, which preceeds ovulation. That's way better than the disposable sticks that you buy at the drug store, because it's important to start having sex before you ovulate to maximize your chances of fertility. Then the monitor is supposed to show a little egg in the window when you are actually shooting out an egg, based on another hormone.
Here's the thing. Out of the 4 months, only once did I get the monitor to do that. The other months I either got the estrogen surge and no egg indicator, or I got an egg indicator and no estrogen surge. But like I say, I am kind of lame at peeing on the sticks. So maybe it's not like that for everyone.
On the flipside, I did figure out when I was ovulating, because I definitely seemed to be getting these readings at the same time every month. Plus I found the fact that it kept track of the days of my cycle helpful.
So all in all, it was a good thing to use. I am 36 and I'm pregnant after only 5 months of trying. According to the statistics, people my age usually take 12 months or more to conceive. So I think it helped me.
PS: During the month I conceived, the monitor only showed the estrogen surge. According to the monitor, I never ovulated.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2012
I recieved the Clearblue easy monitor from a friend who had used it successfully. You can reset it between users - the instructions tell you how if you read all the way through them. I'm 41 years old and just had my first baby! He's 10 weeks old and perfect! My cycles are short, only 22 days and very regular. For 3 months in a row the monitor gave me high readings on days 7 and 8 and peak on days 9 and 10. The next month it only gave me highs and no peak. So I started using clearblue OPK's as well (the smiley face ones). For the next 2 months the monitor only gave me high days and no peak but the OPK's kept showing me ovulating on day 9. I then stopped using the monitor and just used the OPK's and got my positive pregnancy test on the 7th or 8th month. I gave the monitor 4 stars because it worked great for 3 months in a row and helped me learn exactly when I ovulated. The sticks are sold separately and were about $50 a pack. I would recommend the monitor but would also recommend the OPK's. I would like to give my monitor away to someone who can't afford it since I don't plan on using it again. If you are interested, comment on my review with your email.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2006
We conceived the first month using the monitor where I had a strange cycle and ovulated on day 9, I never would have known about this ovulation. Unfortunately I had a very early miscarriage. Later I checked it for two months with BBT and found it to be accurate. Once we started trying again we happily conceived again within a few months. It takes stress out of the timing and is easy to use. I'm 38, and I was very nervous about the clock, the monitor gave me a sense of having more control over the thing .....
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2005
My husband and I had been trying in the past three years with no luck, so we finally purchased clearblue under the recommendation of my coworkers. After 4 months of using clearblue (when we were almost convinced that we needed infertility treatment), I found that I was pregnant!! It turns out that my ovulation is not always on the 14th day. In fact it's sometimes on the 12th and sometimes on the 16th. I am glad I used this tool and I will highly recommend it to whoever wants to get pregnant!
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2009
1. This is a terrific tool for helping you understand your cycle, most especially if yours is irregular. It took me about a month to wrap my brain around it, even with the user manual. But it's easy to use once you understand how it works.
2. Great data. Even if you're not getting pregnant overnight, this gives you the data you need to take to a fertility specialist and help them immediately understand your cycle. It was a HUGE help in diagnosing what might be up with hormones, ovulation timing, etc. I kept an Excel spreadsheet with one line per month.
1. The monitor does not adapt well to travel and time zone changes. When you set the system at the start of your cycle, you get a fixed window of a few hours during which you need to do the test. If you have to travel far away during your cycle, your new window might end up being at 4pm at your new location and make accurate testing impossible. This isn't good for business travel. It also fell off of my bathroom counter one night and the batteries came out. Somehow that re-set the test window to later in the day and I couldn't figure out how to fix it. That ruined a month's worth of data and was frustrating.
2. Unless you are on a textbook regular cycle, one box does not equal three months of testing, especially when you first start and it's "learning" your cycle. I think the "all sticks must be from the same box" instruction is bogus--the company should be able to guarantee quality and consistency. One box I bought really DID have problems with absorbency--the wick didn't pull enough moisture up for the sensor to detect. I called the company and complained, and they sent me a replacement box of sticks, but only after telling me I'd been doing everything wrong and their products were perfect.
New or used?
Could you buy a used one? You could, if you want. The monitor says it stores your history so it can adjust its measurements to fit your cycle...but the user manual says there's a way to erase the history and start over again. As for sanitation, I don't care what anybody says, but at some point the previous user got a drop of urine on it somewhere. If the seller swaps it down with sanitizer, the buyer wipes it down with sanitizer as well, and the buyer and feels comfortable with the whole idea, then go for it. Personally, I'd buy a new one.
Just using it and learning your cycles does not guarantee that you'll get pregnant. there are far more factors than ovulation timing. Still, it's helpful and I recommend buying it, but keep your expectations in check. It's not a magic wand, even if you get the numbers right.
In the end, I used it for about two years, and the data was really helpful to a fertility specialist...especially for comparing clomid cycles to non-clomid cycles. The monitor wasn't my magic wand...IUI was, but this helped me get there.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2007
Just like many of you, once I decided I wanted a baby I wanted instant gratification. Well, there is no magic pill, device or method to insure that happens. I had been ttc #1 for a little over a year when I stumbled on this device. I also chart my basal body temperature and cervical mucus and use "Pre-seed," a sperm-friendly lubricant, on my dryer fertile days. My doctor put me on Femara which is a fertility drug similar yet different than Clomid when I went for my first infertility workup at 8 months ttc. My doctor diagnosed me with a hormonal imbalance and he wanted to correct that with the fertility drug. I was convinced that it was too early to be on a fertility drug but tried it anyway. On my first month of using this monitor I noticed that I had 15 days of high fertility and no peak - keep in mind, I was using Femara at that point. I went off the fertility drugs at that point, started an organic diet and herbal regimen to naturally correct my hormonal imbalance. The second month, I was stressed out and ovulated very late (CD 22). By using the monitor and taking my bbt every day, I realized that my body ovulated late and the monitor was very helpful. On the 2nd month, I had 3 days of high and no peak. I continued with the herbs and organic diet in an effort to balance my hormones. This is now my third month of using this monitor and I finally have had a normal cycle off fertility drugs with 2 days of high fertility and 2 peak days. To sum this up, anytime you are ttc, you need to have some patience and learn how to interpret what your body is trying to tell you. For me, I think this device gave me peace of mind and it is very helpful when you combine the information with your basal body temperature. I give this product a 4 because it does a great job for most women if you give it a chance. The reason I did not give it a 5 was two-fold: 1) customer service is terrible (the 1-800 help line) and 2) the company will not tell you how the product works (it's top-secret). After 3 months, I am still not pregnant, however, the high and peak days on my fertility monitor have let me know that I am ovulating and my hormones have returned to normal. This gives me peace of mind. For any woman reading this that is having problems conceiving, do your research and keep trying until you find something that works for you! Below I've pasted two links to products that have helped me.
Pre-Seed Intimate Moisturizer - Free Shipping and 2 Free Early Pregnancy Tests
The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2011
I think this monitor is unbelievable. I have read so many positive reviews on this product(and some negative) so I do not want to be redundant. However, there is one point that I want to make that I have not come across that often. It could be the simple mistake some are making when they find their monitor to be faulty or inconclusive. DO NOT STORE YOUR MONITOR OR YOUR TEST STICKS IN THE BATHROOM!! I swear the moisture from a steamy shower day after day after day can really screw things up. Think of what happens to your cell phone when it gets a touch of moisture inside?!?!?!? Store your monitor and your test sticks in a room temperature dry place (dresser drawer). I know it is not all that convenient but isn't the end result worth it? GOOD LUCK!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2007
I used it a couple of months before I got pregnant (twice, first was miscarriage). I was trying to have a boy and bd0ng only when it showed peak. That was my mistake. The thing is that not all bodies are the same, and created fluid is the same that helps the sperm to swim to the egg. I think in my case the sperm probably took longer to reach to the egg and by the time it was there the egg was no longer available. After a couple of months finally I decided to just babydance during high as well. Plus I would stay laid in a bed and my legs up on the wall :) And it worked!!! In my case it would show low only 1-2 days, then high till day 10-12, that's when peak would show up either 10 or 12. If it showed up on day 10, my cycle would be 26 days and if it showed up on 12, my cycle was 28 days. First time when I got pg, I never even had a peak day, it stayed high the whole time. I think may be my hormones wheren't enough to show high or to hold the pregnancy so I lost it a couple of weeks later. Even pg test was weak pink line. Second time it was bright red line and it was strong to survive. I am 37. I had created an excel chart and charted every single day and color coded low, high, peak and the days we danced :)...
Now I am over 4 months pg and expecting a girl :)
Good luck and Babydust to EVERYONE!!!
UPDATE: I sent it to my friend in Canada and she got pregnant with the boy in 3 months!! She was having a hard time before the monitor and she is my age... I sent it to Armenia for my relatives who are having a hard time there.