Monday, June 20, 2011

Review: OvaCue Fertility Monitor and FertilAid

I have charted my cycle for two and a half years.  (For a quick rundown of how to chart your cycle to conceive or avoid, check out my post from last week).  Most the time I don't do my basal body temperature, only because I don't need it.  If I was charting to try to not get pregnant, I would absolutely use it to make sure I was in the clear and had already ovulated before doing the deed again without protection.  Since we are trying, it is much easier to monitor ovulation since I really only need it to tell me when I will either start my period or when to test for pregnancy.

This is where the Ovacue Fertility Monitor becomes so much more than a useful tool for charting and changes into the perfect companion for anyone trying to get pregnant or even those trying not to get pregnant.

Many women have heard about Fertility Microscopes, where you test your saliva every morning to see if you are ferning as another indication of fertility.  (You can find information on that HERE).  But, I have found something better!


The OvaCue Fertility Monitor has an oral sensor that you place on your tongue first thing in the morning and it tests the electrolytes in your saliva.  Depending on the time in your cycle, you have different levels of electrolytes (ie potassium, sodium, etc) which help the OvaCue pinpoint your peak days before you are even fertile.

Each morning, you wake up, then stick the oral sensor on your tongue.  It takes maybe three seconds to get a reading, it records it, and then you shut it off.  That's it!  About a week before you ovulate, the OvaCue will have a higher reading with the oral sensor and then the next day it will drop back down.  This indicates that you will be fertile soon and you should ovulate soon.

The idea that I could know when I might become fertile was huge for me.  Just going by the classic signs of fertility (cervical mucus/cervical position) I only have a couple days before I ovulate.  With the OvaCue, I was able to better plan my fertile days because I had a heads up.

Another fantastic part about the OvaCue is that it uses a color code to let you know your peak fertile days.  On the home screen of the OvaCue, it has your calendar.  Each day is given a color based on the oral/vaginal reading you get.  White is your non-fertile days, light blue is possibly fertile, medium blue is high fertility, dark blue is highest fertility, and pink is the confirmation of ovulation (to get the confirmation, you have to use the optional vaginal sensor, which I will talk about in a second).

Just looking at my chart on the OvaCue, I loved how I could know what my readings were just by the color.  It made my cycle come alive, and I didn't have to worry as much about completely charting my cervix and mucus, though I did anyway.

This cycle I also took FertilAid, a fertility supplement for women also by the same company as the OvaCue.  It contains all of the herbs and vitamins I currently take but in a single pill.  The only things I take in addition to this is a little bit of extra vitamin B6 and D.  I had more energy, I slept better, and with my cycle, and I ovulated earlier!  I haven't had reactions to the supplement like I sometimes do with different herbs, especially vitex, and I absolutely love taking it.  Three pills a day, and it enters my system fairly quickly.

Since I try to live more naturally, I have trouble going to the doctor for simple things I can do myself that have more effect than medications and tests I would get there.  Which is another reason why I absolutely love my OvaCue.  I received the optional Vaginal Sensor, which sounds a bit weird and looks a bit intimidating at first (the black probe looking thing in the picture above), but the information I was able to get with just a three second vaginal reading every day was priceless.

Unlike the oral sensor, with the vaginal sensor you need to be up and about for a few hours before you take a reading, and it needs to be taken at least eight hours after having sex.  You insert the vaginal sensor until you feel it hit your cervix, then you pull back 1/4 to 1/2 an inch and then push the tip of the sensor towards your tailbone, so the handle you are holding is more towards your front than your back.  Here, it sits in a pool of mucus and secretions and is able to get the best readings.

The vaginal sensor can completely confirm ovulation based on the change from estrogen to progesterone that happens the day you ovulate.  A few days before ovulation occurs, your mucus and electrolytes go from progesterone dominance to an estrogen dominance and your numbers on the OvaCue will drop.  As soon as ovulation happens, you will have a spike which will remain higher and level throughout your luteal phase, if your hormones are balanced and your body is working like it should.  This is handy for any woman whether they are trying to get pregnant or trying not to get pregnant.  Knowing when your fertile period ends helps you know if you cycle is balanced, it can help you know if you have any issues with hormones or your luteal phase (from ovulation to your period), and for those avoiding pregnancy, you know exactly when your fertile period ends so you know you can't get pregnant anymore.

The vaginal sensor also does something else that I absolutely fell in love with.  The vaginal sensor can tell how your progesterone levels are doing after ovulation.  For someone like me that has progesterone issues and a luteal phase defect, knowing if my levels were dipping, knowing each day what was going on, gave me peace of mind.  It gave me one more levels of knowledge that I needed to know for not only peace of mind, but information I could take to the doctor when and if I decided to go in for testing.  Being armed with this information has made me even more knowledgeable about my own body and has helped me become more informed on issues surrounding my trouble getting and staying pregnant.

Also, for those that want to chart their OvaCue graphs, they have an amazing service, OvaGraph!  If you want to see sample charts, you can use OvaCue's sample graphs, or you can views my chart here as an example.

For a one month's supply of FertilAid, it is $28.95, but it has a very good balance of vitamins and herbs which are perfect for fertility.  They are able to give your body a supplement that is necessary for a healthy cycle and healthy start to a pregnancy.  Plus, considering how much money a lot of us in the natural community spend on vitamins and herbs, $28.95 for most of what you take in three pills a day can actually cut your budget by a little bit.

Now, the OvaCue is a little bit more pricey.  For just the OvaCue and oral sensor, it is $249 with free shipping.  If you get the bundle with the OvaCue, oral sensor, and vaginal sensor, it is $329 with free shipping.  The price is a bit steep when you first look at it, but think of it this way.  The knowledge gleamed from the OvaCue can help not only with a natural cycle and give you more information on how your body works, but it can help with a medicated cycle too.  Through the course of our three years trying to get and stay pregnant, I have probably spent more than that on vitamins and herbs and tests.  Having the extra bit of information that the OvaCue is able to give you can make you more prepared to take control of your care should you need testing, and can help your provider know what tests you might need more than others.  Paying $250 or $329 now could save you a lot of money on unnecessary testing because you will be armed with even more information about your body.  Plus, if you don't want, you can use the OvaCue to help with your own home care, like I am doing for now.  The more information, the better your chances of understanding your body and getting pregnant.

Both of these products are absolutely amazing for those trying to get pregnant (and the OvaCue is amazing for those trying not to!).  Charting can seem like a little bit of a hard thing to do and seems a bit complicated at first, and the OvaCue is a perfect alternative, and even an aid, for those that want to know more about their own bodies.

Fairhaven Health sent me the OvaCue and FertilAid to review, no other compensation was given, and the views expressed are my own.

19 comments:

rico said... [Reply to comment]

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Mischna Ong said... [Reply to comment]

This post actually helped me to choose what better monitor to get. Since my brain is still marinated in all the pregnancy juices, I'm not so thrilled with the decisions I make. Thanks a lot!

-Mischna Ong

Bethany Morrison said... [Reply to comment]

You know, I've tried this before because my husband and I are having a hard time conceiving. I refused to believe there was a problem and we kept on trying. Then when we finally consulted an expert, I was devastated to learn that I am indeed the problem and tried different treatment to help me get pregnant. Everything failed so we did the next best thing, we adopted and we've never been happier in our marriage.

Behany Morrison

Camille Valdez said... [Reply to comment]

My name is Camille bruno Valdez my partner and I have been trying for a baby for over two years now, We were going to a fertility clinic for about 5 months before somebody told us to contact this spell caster who is so powerful, We contacted him at this email; arewaspecialistttemple@gmail.com , for him to help us, then we told him our problem, he told us that we will either conceive in February 2014 or March 2014,but after two years of trying we were at a point where we were willing to try anything. And I'm glad we came to Dr Dahiru, Because his pregnancy spell cast put us at ease, and I honestly believe him, and his gods really helped us as well, I am thankful for all he has done. contact him via email: arewaspecialistttemple@gmail.com if you are trying to get a baby or want your lover back. he has powers to do it, he has done mine,

Wayne Faith said... [Reply to comment]

Whoever it may concern I just want to let the entire world know how grateful I am today is my sons 2years birthday and am dedicating it to telling every one how I got my lovely child, I have been married for so many years without any child because of this my husband no longer love me and am 34years old I became worried I tried so many means both scientific and other wise with no result, my whole life was upside down I prayed both day and night I went to the hospital but the doctor said there is nothing wrong with me,so I decided that maybe its not my destiny, so one day as was browsing the internet I saw a testimony of a great spell caster Priest Babaka so I copied the email and I sent him a mail he replied me and I told him all my sorrow and pain,he then told me that I should wipe my tears with such comforting words he told me to buy some items that his going to use to cast the pregnancy spell I did and he made the spell for me and told me when next I meet with my husband I we conceive,at first I thought it was a scam but I just followed my inner mind and I sent the money for him to buy all the items after some months I went to check with my doctor and I was 4weeks pregnant, thanks to Priest Babaka spell temple,I want to use this medium to tell everyone having similar problem to contact Priest Babaka for help this his personal email: babaka.wolf@gmail.com thanks to Priest Babaka once again and happy birthday ALEX mummy loves you

Camille Valdez said... [Reply to comment]

My name is Camille bruno Valdez my partner and I have been trying for a baby for over two years now, We were going to a fertility clinic for about 5 months before somebody told us to contact this spell caster who is so powerful, We contacted him at this email; arewaspecialistttemple@gmail.com , for him to help us, then we told him our problem, he told us that we will either conceive in February 2014 or March 2014,but after two years of trying we were at a point where we were willing to try anything. And I'm glad we came to Dr Dahiru, Because his pregnancy spell cast put us at ease, and I honestly believe him, and his gods really helped us as well, I am thankful for all he has done. contact him via email: arewaspecialistttemple@gmail.com if you are trying to get a baby or want your lover back. he has powers to do it, he has done mine,

raymond Cynthia said... [Reply to comment]

17th august will make it 8 years of marriage no child to show now i have a baby, my husband relation called me all sort of names that i have eaten the baby in my wombs, i try all Chinese drugs to make sure i get pregnant also visited alot of place , no goodnews too i was refer to contact priest babatayo of BABATAYOO@GMAIL.COM temple i write to priest babatayo and he prepare a Maxorin P1 &P2 herbal remedy drugs for me to drink and i did accordingly to what he told me a month later i took in and i gave birth to my first son Michael and now i,m 2 months pregnant i want to testify again for my second upcoming babe that this Maxorin p1 & p2 herbal remedy drugs really work 100% what other drugs can not do this drugs did it for me.. no one is created to be barren just visit or email priest babatayo BABATAYOO@GMAIL.COM and your dream we come to pass because people that are suffering from any disease and any problem have testify also about is numerous herbal healing remedy drugs. is really powerfull

Moore Juliet said... [Reply to comment]


I am MOORE JULIET from Australia, I have been trying for 5years to get pregnant and needed help! i have Been going to the doctors but still nothing. The doctor said that me and my husband are fine and I don't know where else to turn, until one day my friend introduce me to this great spell caster who helped her to get back her lost husband back with love spell and also made her pregnant, So I decided to contact this spell caster Dr.Sam on his email after interaction with him he instructed me on what to do, after then i should have sex with the my husband or any man I love in this world, And i did so, within the next one months i went for a check up and my doctor confirmed that i am 2weeks pregnant of two babies. I am so happy!! if you also need help to get pregnant or need your ex back please contact him for help via email: miraclefertilitysolutiontempl1@gmail.com or miraclefertilitysolutiontemple@yahoo.com or through his website: http://miraclefertilityso.wix.com/dr-sam You can also contact him through his mobile: +2348110496031. YOU CAN ALSO READ MY TESTIMONY ON MY BLOGGER LINK: http://moorejuliet.blogspot.com He is a good spell caster

Moore Juliet said... [Reply to comment]


I am MOORE JULIET from Australia, I have been trying for 5years to get pregnant and needed help! i have Been going to the doctors but still nothing. The doctor said that me and my husband are fine and I don't know where else to turn, until one day my friend introduce me to this great spell caster who helped her to get back her lost husband back with love spell and also made her pregnant, So I decided to contact this spell caster Dr.Sam on his email after interaction with him he instructed me on what to do, after then i should have sex with the my husband or any man I love in this world, And i did so, within the next one months i went for a check up and my doctor confirmed that i am 2weeks pregnant of two babies. I am so happy!! if you also need help to get pregnant or need your ex back please contact him for help via email: miraclefertilitysolutiontempl1@gmail.com or miraclefertilitysolutiontemple@yahoo.com or through his website: http://miraclefertilityso.wix.com/dr-sam You can also contact him through his mobile: +2348110496031. YOU CAN ALSO READ MY TESTIMONY ON MY BLOGGER LINK: http://moorejuliet.blogspot.com He is a good spell caster

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oLIVIA said... [Reply to comment]

What a surprise, I must confess that over here in the United States, it is very difficult to get a powerful spell caster that will be able to restore broken marriages or relationships, But through the help of the internet, i was able to get in touch with this powerful spell caster called Grace, after reading a lot of good reviews about her on the internet, so i contact her through these details via email: greatspellofsolutiontemple@gmail.com, And after i told her about my relationship stress then Grace told me to calm down that my lover will come back to apologies to me, for leaving me, I never taught that this was going to be possible, Just within 48 hours that i contacted Grace, my lover sent me and a sms text saying that i should forgive him and before i knew it he was already at my place begging me to accept him back. you can contact her on greatspellofsolutiontemple@gmail.com

Kawanna Griffin said... [Reply to comment]

This great man called Priest Babaka of babaka.wolf@gmail.com helped me with a pregnancy spell. i have been married for the past 9year without a child i and my husband has went for many check up but the Doctors always bring positive result that we are okay, we have been hoping that we will get bless one day but every day just look the same i always touch my stomach but nothing happens. But with the great help of Priest Babaka i have have my first baby this year April 22 2014 i am really thankful for the great help he render to me in case you need his help just email him on : babaka.wolf@gmail.com for help

Tia Mosby said... [Reply to comment]

my partner and I have been trying for a baby for over two years now, We were going to a fertility clinic for about 5 months before somebody told us to contact this spell caster who is so powerful, We contacted him at this email; babaka.wolf@gmail.com , for him to help us, then we told him our problem, he told us that we will either conceive in February 2014 or March 2014,but after two years of trying we were at a point where we were willing to try anything. And I'm glad we came to Priest Babaka, Because his pregnancy spell cast put us at ease, and I honestly believe him, and his gods really helped us as well, I am thankful for all he has done. contact him via email: babaka.wolf@gmail.com if you are trying to get a baby or want your lover back. he has powers to do it, he has done mine

Dr.sherry allison said... [Reply to comment]


Hi,i wonder why people still don't believe that roots and herbs are very essential and fruitful in different aspect,especially when you can't conceive and bear children. I am a living witness because i tried all i could to be pregnant but all to no avail,until i contacted DR BOSUN,who gave me some roots and herbs syrup and told me when to have sex with my man.I missed my menstrual flow within a short period of taking it,and the doctor confirmed that i am pregnant.
I am very glad to tell the world that i am a mother of a bouncing baby boy,contact him for your own testimony on: bosunherbalcenter@outlook.com or http://bosunherbalcenter.wix.com/herbs Tel: +2348035394535

raymond Cynthia said... [Reply to comment]

I have been trying to conceive for over 6yesr of my marriage all my efforts failed until I met this Priest online called Priest Babatayo. He prepared a herbal product for me and a month after I took it, I became pregnant. Today am having my own baby. I recommend Him to any woman here who is seeking help to conceive. His email is babatayoo@gmail.com give him a try and I assure you will glad you did.

PAUL said... [Reply to comment]

ALL THANKS TO DR WILLIAMS WITH HIS HERB MY WIFE WAS COMPLETELY CURED FROM FIBROID.
Is my pleasure to comment on this site and i thank the admin of this site for his/her great work so far.one of the happiest moment in life is when you see your own wife put to bed.this awesome moments makes you a man, I really don't know how to thank DR WILLIAMS for helping my wife get cured for over how many year of suffering from FIBROID. i came across DR Williams contact through a headline news on internet about how DR Williams help a woman to get cured of his fibroid and so many other with similar body problem ,i contacted him and he told me how to get his herb,few day later he sent me the herbal portion which my wife take every morning for 21 days, and his medicine was able to shrike the fibroid naturally,and now my wife is 4months old pregnant for our second child, and now she very okay without any side effects whatsoever, If you have fibroid, you can contact him on his email address drwilliams098765@gmail.com for advice and for his product.

Cole Brown said... [Reply to comment]



My partner and I have been trying for a baby for over seven years, Finally i am now a mother now

Anyone with this problem should please do contact doctor climent Scott now he will help you too

-- trying to get pregnant for years
-- Irregular Menstrual Cycles
-- Delayed Periods
-- Endometriosis
-- Ovarian Cyst
-- Miscarriages
-- High Prolactin
-- Hormonal Imbalances
-- Low Sexual Drive

I will only advice every other woman TRYING TO GET PREGNANT or have Fallopian tube issues, pcos and other infertility problem too do their research and don’t base your option only on anyone’s advise, I did and it resulted in waste of money and time. contact Dr climent on email: drclimentscott@gmail.com because I have discover Dr climent. long time ago and I would have been pregnant earlier if I follow my heart and buy the herbal herbs but I disregard it because of my doctor’s advice and I am annoyed at myself but at the same time I am happy that I made the wise decision by going back to Dr climent, for his herbal herbs. Now I am a strong believer of this herbal herbs natural medicine. Thank You.contact Dr climent for bringing this joy into my home am so happy at last am now a mother of twins am the happiest woman on earth thank god i came back for your herbal herbs i no so many marriages out there finding it difficult to conceive i will surely encourage them to have fate and contact you on your email or number for help contact Dr climent now via drclimentscott@gmail.com drclimentscott@gmail.com Or his whatsapp number. +2347036879479 drclimentscott@gmail.com
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Cole Brown said... [Reply to comment]




My partner and I have been trying for a baby for over seven years, Finally i am now a mother now

Anyone with this problem should please do contact doctor climent Scott now he will help you too

-- trying to get pregnant for years
-- Irregular Menstrual Cycles
-- Delayed Periods
-- Endometriosis
-- Ovarian Cyst
-- Miscarriages
-- High Prolactin
-- Hormonal Imbalances
-- Low Sexual Drive

I will only advice every other woman TRYING TO GET PREGNANT or have Fallopian tube issues, pcos and other infertility problem too do their research and don’t base your option only on anyone’s advise, I did and it resulted in waste of money and time. contact Dr climent on email: drclimentscott@gmail.com because I have discover Dr climent. long time ago and I would have been pregnant earlier if I follow my heart and buy the herbal herbs but I disregard it because of my doctor’s advice and I am annoyed at myself but at the same time I am happy that I made the wise decision by going back to Dr climent, for his herbal herbs. Now I am a strong believer of this herbal herbs natural medicine. Thank You.contact Dr climent for bringing this joy into my home am so happy at last am now a mother of twins am the happiest woman on earth thank god i came back for your herbal herbs i no so many marriages out there finding it difficult to conceive i will surely encourage them to have fate and contact you on your email or number for help contact Dr climent now via drclimentscott@gmail.com drclimentscott@gmail.com Or his whatsapp number. +2347036879479 drclimentscott@gmail.com
+2347036879479 +2347036879479

rakia lulu said... [Reply to comment]

I want to use this means to let the world know that all hope is not lost Getting pregnant after having tubes clamped and burned, I know IVF and Reversal could help but it way too cost, i couldn't afford it either and i so desire to add another baby to my family been trying for 5 years, not until i came across Priest Babaka, who cast a pregnancy/Fertility spell for me and i got pregnant.l hope that women out there who are going through the same fears and worries l went through in GETTING PREGNANT , will find your contact as i drop it here on this site, and solution will come to them as they contact you. Thank you and God bless you to reach him email via: babaka.wolf@gmail.com or visit his website: priestbabakatemple.webs.com

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