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Digital Fertility Monitor

Digital fertility monitors are one of the gadgets that you’ll find people recommending to you a lot as they find out you’re trying to get pregnant. The promise of these products is that they can help you get pregnant, so if you’re experiencing difficulties and waiting longer than you expected for a positive result on the pregnancy test, it can be hard to resist the lure of these devices. If they don’t work, then you’re wasting your time and giving yourself false hope, but if you can find one that’s useful for you, then you really are giving yourself an advantage!

Today OvuSense is helping you make a decision by taking a look at digital fertility monitors: what they are, how they work, and if they’re the right choice for you.

Why Are They Useful?

A digital fertility monitor promises to help you get pregnant by identifying when you are most fertile, and predicting when you are likely to reach this peak fertility next. This allows you to target your attempts to conceive in your ‘fertile window’ – that time of peak fertility when the lifespan of sperm in a woman’s body after ejaculation overlaps with the period an egg is active for after ovulation.

You can boost your chances of pregnancy by consciously targeting your fertile window, so if you don’t know when it is, you’re cutting down on your opportunities to get pregnant. It’s especially important when you ovulate irregularly or rarely. This can happen occasionally due to stress or illness, or it can be a lifelong part of your menstrual cycle due to conditions like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. If you ovulate infrequently it becomes even more important to identify and capitalise on the times that you do, as they are your opportunities to get pregnant!

How Do They Work?

There are two major methods that fertility monitors use to give you predictions about your fertility: some measure your hormones, and others work using your Basal Body Temperature. These two methods have different advantages and drawbacks, and you need to choose the one that’s right for your situation.

Hormone-based monitors work by checking your urine for the hormones that stimulate your body to ovulate. When they detect a surge of Luteinising Hormone, they know that you are due to ovulate. The most basic versions of these kits return a simple yes/no result: either you’re ovulating that day or not. More sophisticated versions track your hormone levels over time, letting you know how close you are to peak fertility.

Unfortunately, they can’t give accurate results if your hormones are being disrupted and distorted, with a condition like PCOS for example. This means that as it becomes more important to you to know when you’re ovulating it gets harder for these tests to tell you!

OvuSense uses your Basal Body Temperature to monitor your fertility. This is not affected by your hormone levels, but it is harder to access. You need to take your temperature first thing in the morning after you wake up, in order to access that low level it drops to while you’re asleep. Using a fertility monitor like OvuSense takes some of the stress out of BBT tracking by taking your temperature automatically during the night, recording the results and using an algorithm to turn the data into a prediction of when you’re next going to be at your most fertile.

Find out more about core temperature technology and fertility here