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Using a Fertility Monitor to Get Pregnant

This post is part of a series following us as we TTC (Try to Conceive) our third baby using a Clearblue® Touchscreen Fertility Monitor. Post #1 can be found here. 

We’ve been using a Clearblue® Fertility Monitor since February 8 as part of our TTC arsenal. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how it works, so I’m going to do my best to answer them in this post. 

Isn’t the Clearblue® Fertility Monitor just a fancy way to chart your cycle? 

There are tons of apps for your smartphone that allow you to enter data about your cycle and then use that data to predict when you will ovulate. You can also enter data into this monitor, but that’s not the only information it uses to predict your fertile days. The way it works is it detects rises in estrogen and LH (luteinizing hormone) in your urine to determine the days when your fertility is lowest, highest and at its peak. 

Before I began using this monitor I had been using an app on my iPhone for several months with no success. There are two reasons I believe charting alone didn’t work for me. This first is that I am not able to get an accurate basal body temperature. My toddler still wakes me up frequently during the night, so taking my temperature first thing in the morning doesn’t give me usable data. The second reason is that my cycle length varies anywhere from 26 to 31 days, so the days my app predicted that I would be fertile ended up being off every month. 

Aren’t OPK (Ovulation Prediction Kit) Sticks just as good? 

I’d say no. Regular OPK sticks only measure LH, not surges in estrogen. The days your estrogen is high are high fertility days. Knowing when those days are, in addition to your peak days (when LH surges) means you have more chances to get pregnant.

How to get pregnant using a fertility monitor

My impressions of the monitor so far:

I’ve completed one cycle of test days so far using the Clearblue® Fertility Monitor. I’m still enjoying its design. While that may not be the most important consideration, I’m much more likely to use something that’s cute and purple and looks like a makeup compact than some huge eyesore. I keep it in my bathroom in a makeup bag with testing sticks and its instruction manual. That way, if I need to go somewhere during my testing window, I can just throw it in my purse.

I set up the monitor when my cycle began, entered my preferred testing times (you have a 5 hour window to test) and then waited to be prompted to test.  

Setup was very simple. It took me less than five minutes and the touchscreen interface was very intuitive, which is great because I am not good with technology. You can store up to six cycles of information in the monitor, which would be very helpful for sharing with healthcare professionals. 

It reminded me to test a few days into my cycle, first with a flashing light, followed by beeping after a while. This is a great feature for me because I tend to be forgetful. Testing was simple, just hold one end of the testing stick in your urine stream for three seconds and insert the other end into the fertility monitor and wait. It counts down from five to one and then reads Low, High or Peak. On peak days you also get a smiley face on the screen. I don’t know why, but I really got a kick out of the smiley face. 

Knowing that we don’t have to guess or stress out over decoding charts and graphs has taken a huge weight off our shoulders. We’re also feeling more confident that we’ll get a positive pregnancy test soon. My husband keeps saying I’m already pregnant and it’s a girl. There is a running joke in his family that Bakers only make boys, and so far that’s been true. Of course we don’t care at all if we have a boy or a girl, we just want one more baby. 

Stay tuned for more updates, I’ll be posting regularly.

  • Learn more about my #BabyMakingDays journey by checking in on my blog and learn more about Clearblue’s® Fertility Monitor with Touchscreen by following them on Facebook and Twitter  and by visiting the Clearblue® website.

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Hi! I'm Kelley. Real foodie and crunchy mom to a teenager and a toddler. My husband and I live in Southern California.

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