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Cherry Tart

Fertility Monitor?

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Hello! I was just wondering if anyone has had luck w/ the Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor? :blink: I've been trying to get pregnant for a couple of years without success. Please let me know if it's worth the $200. Many thanks!


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Hi Cherry Tart,

I can't help you with your answer about the monitor, I have also wondered myself. I just wanted to say good luck, as I am in the same boat.

Tephie


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Have you looked into Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) as a means of pregnancy timing/achievement? I found it invaluable for knowing exactly what was happening during my cycle, and when the optimum timing for pregnancy would be. As well, I was able to time for choosing the sex of my last child as well (well, I'm assuming it worked as we planned, because we got a girl after two boys.)

With FAM you chart your basal temperatures, cervical position, and cervical mucous and learn to read when ovulation happens for you from this information. As well, if there are problems with acheiving pregnancy, charting can provide important information about what is/isn't happening in your cycle. Finally, you can tell from charting whether you have achieved pregnancy without using a pregnancy test.

The book "Taking Charge of Your Fertility," by Toni Weschler is a great resource. Not only does she explain FAM, but discusses the best timing for pregnancy achievement, myths about cycles, etc. Also check out http://www.ovusoft.com/ for further info and software for charting.

Michelle

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ME! We were trying for a year and then my doc. suggested we try that first before going into clomid etc. I'm 14 weeks pregnant and we used the monitor for the first time in July :D Apparently, we were five days off on "knowing" when I was ovulating. If you have been checked out by your doc. for hormone imbalances and the like to make sure there isn't something else going on, I'd definitely give it a try. On Amazon I think there is a package that includes the monitor and a pack of test sticks for $200. Much cheaper than at a drug store. Very easy to use also. Good luck!!!! PM me if you have any questions!

The book mentioned "Taking Charge of your Fertility" is also a good read. Enjoy!

Amy


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Ditto on TCOYF. That is a great book. I use Fertility Friend to chart (the website). It is 45 a year for the premium membership, but you don't have to pay for that to just chart. That is for the forum and extra stuff. Good luck!


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Ladies, thank you all for your info/suggestions. I'm just so frustrated - I feel so helpless :( I can't take clomed (sp?) because I have problems w/ cysts. I appears that I'm ovulating and that my levels are good. My husband has been tested and has an exceptionally high count. I guess I was hoping that it would just happen the "old fashioned" way.....just having fun and not thinking about it. I really didn't want to be one of those gals who has to consume themselves with charts, temperatures, and positioning, but I guess it has come to that....oh well! I guess its all worth it in the end, isn't it?

Thanks again girls - I feel much better now that I have some new info to explore! ;)


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Ladies, thank you all for your info/suggestions. I'm just so frustrated - I feel so helpless :( I can't take clomed (sp?) because I have problems w/ cysts. I appears that I'm ovulating and that my levels are good. My husband has been tested and has an exceptionally high count. I guess I was hoping that it would just happen the "old fashioned" way.....just having fun and not thinking about it. I really didn't want to be one of those gals who has to consume themselves with charts, temperatures, and positioning, but I guess it has come to that....oh well! I guess its all worth it in the end, isn't it?

Thanks again girls - I feel much better now that I have some new info to explore! ;)

I wouldn't look at it as being "consumed" with charts, temps, etc. (positioning has little to do with it though!) I found charting was very empowering. For once I really understood what was going on with my cycles and body!

I charted for a long time (used it as birth control after going off the pill) before I chose to become pregnant. I don't chart now. I've learned to read my cycles quite well...and no longer am concerned about pregnancy prevention.

Do check out the book...you may find that it can happen the "old fashioned way"...or if not, then maybe you'll get a clearer picture of what is going on.

Michelle

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