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Offline spjulac

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Clearblue Fertility Monitor
« on: 6/06/08, 22:32 »
Although we have come to the end of infertility treatment, DH and I are still trying the more traditional method of conceiving  ;D. Has anyone had any experience of using a Clearblue fertility monitor? I am also charting BBT to try to identify ovulation. Can anyone reassure me that I'm not wasting time and money?  I have used it this cycle and only ever got a "Low" fertility reading (but it has been an oddly short cycle for me). I would gladly hear of anyones experience of using this monitor whether good or bad.

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    Offline janinec

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    Re: Clearblue Fertility Monitor
    « Reply #1 on: 7/06/08, 16:48 »
    i have also just started using this monitor - first month currently, the pee stick ones didnt show any ovulation, but so far this one has shown high and peak fertility days, and still breastfeeding so dont know how reliable that is ?

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    Re: Clearblue Fertility Monitor
    « Reply #2 on: 8/06/08, 13:43 »
    Hi

    We began using it in Jan, then stopped in Feb to do an IVF cycle (BFN). When you first start using it you do get odd cycles with lots of highs or no highs as the monitor is still getting used to you. We started again in March and, to our surprise, got a BFP at the end of last month. Sadly I m/c at around 5 weeks but I certainly think the monitor is a useful tool, as it helps you keep a very accurate track of your cycle in a simple way. We are certainly going to carry on using it while we are waiting to start another tx.

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    Re: Clearblue Fertility Monitor
    « Reply #3 on: 11/06/08, 22:24 »
    Thank you peppermintT, its helpful to know that its not fully accurate for the first cycle. It was rather depressing to have a "Low" all through the cycle. I will resist the temptation to sell it on eBAY, and persevere for a few months.

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    Re: Clearblue Fertility Monitor
    « Reply #4 on: 13/06/08, 09:18 »
    i am using the clearblue monitor - first cycle - and its still asking me to do daily tests - i am on day 25 and i started testing on day 6 - is this right ? good job i bought another box of sticks (very expensive)

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    Re: Clearblue Fertility Monitor
    « Reply #5 on: 18/06/08, 17:32 »
    Hi Janiec

    yes - just carry on peeing! Eventually you will probably be asked to start about day 9 or so through to the day after your peak fertility. My usual cycle is 28 days and it generally asks me to test from day 10 to day 16.

    BTW - the instructions say you should never start a new cycle with a box that's half used as the stick sensitivities may vary from pack to pack. Well given the extortionate price of these things I have ignored that advice and just used up boxes as I go. I think you would only use their advice if you had money to burn!

    good luck with the testing

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    Re: Clearblue Fertility Monitor
    « Reply #6 on: 23/06/08, 11:03 »
    thanks for the tip about using all sticks from the same box ! they are expensive ! yes this month hopefully wont need to use quite so many ! used 22 last time ! for a 28 day cycle !

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    Re: Clearblue Fertility Monitor
    « Reply #7 on: 26/06/08, 21:42 »
    I had understood that the batch number was important and it was variation in sensitivities between batches was the problem. So I bit the bullet and bought 2 boxes from the same batch, its expensive, but at least I will avoid using tests from different batches with different sensitivities if I change boxes during a cycle. I am still pessimistic about a BFP, so anticipate using it for a few more cycles yet!

    Better result this cycle with the Monitor, I had 2 Peak days about day 12 which is when I might have ovulated, and my BBT went up as well indicating I have ovulated. At least if you do both you can confirm whether the Monitor missed an ovulation.

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    Re: Clearblue Fertility Monitor
    « Reply #8 on: 3/07/08, 20:48 »
    I agree Lexey - I got mine off eBAY at half usual price. I tried cheapy eBAY pee sticks but found them unreliable. I hoped that using Clearblue would be more reliable because it checks oestrogen and LH combined. This cycle certainly reassured me that it can work well- shame AF arrived today  :(

    I'm not sure using Clearblue will help me get pregnant, but at least I feel I am doing something to try. We have decided not to have any more IVF cycles, and although the test sticks are expensive they are still so much less expensive than IVF, its incomparable. By the time you have spent doing this already the monitor thing seems cheap. (One days IVF drugs on my last cycle cost nearly 100 and I still didn't get any eggs).

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    Re: Clearblue Fertility Monitor
    « Reply #9 on: 11/07/08, 21:34 »
    I have been doing some thinking. I think I bought it to give myself maximal chance of detecting an ovulation if there was one. Having been told last year that I have an AMH of 0.4 (indicative of low ovarian reserve) and being a non-responder to IVF, I guess I have been clutching at straws hoping to find something to prove I can still make eggs. The monitor seems to be giving me some hope, and that worth 10 a month.

    Good luck to everyone else out there. Thank you to anyone who is interested enough to read and brave enough to reply!