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Frequently Asked Questions
How do you use Clearblue Fertility Monitor? Is it worth it?
So I've been researching Clearblue Fertility Monitor, and am considering buying it. Has anyone had success with it? How exactly do you use it? Do you have to pee on a stick every day, or only certain days? Was anyone able to conceive with the help of it? I have heard OPK tests can sometimes be unreliable, or difficult to determine if they're positive or not. I have heard that the monitor gives a clear answer to when your fertile days are.
Thanks, and good luck to all TTC!
Hi! I have used Clear Blue Fertility Monitor and had success within the second month. I actually got my BFP two days ago at 8dpo!! The monitor is very picky and you must follow all the instructions carefully, but it is well worth the money!! I still can't believe I got pregnant using it! I told myself that if I got pregnant, I would answer some yahoo questions about the monitor to help others see the value and give them hope.
Sorry this is long:) but here's how it works:
You must buy a pack of ClearBlue easy Fertility sticks made for the monitor. No other sticks works with the monitor, and unless you buy a package that includes the sticks and the monitor (amazon sells them together) you must buy the sticks separately. They usually come in a three month supply assuming that each month the monitor only asks your for 10 sticks. However, if your cycle is long and you don't ovulate until later, the monitor will ask you for 20 sticks a cycle. When you buy the monitor you will set a little "m" button on the side, which means menses. You must start it within cycle day 5 of your cycle. Meaning if you buy the monitor and you are on cycle day three, you can still set the monitor, but you will have to wait for the next cycle if you are past cycle day 5.
Also, you must set it within a time frame that is reasonable for you to take pee samples everyday. When you set your monitor using the "m" button, you only have a three hour window each way to dip your stick in pee and let your monitor interpret the stick when it starts asking you for samples (usually on cycle day 6). For example, if you set the m button at 6 am in the morning on cycle day 4, cycle day 6 the monitor will flash the stick sign when you turn it on from 3am until 9am. This is the only time the monitor can read the sticks.
You can either pee in a cup or dip the stick a urine stream. I find that dipping it in a cup is much much more accurate, because again, the monitor is very sensitive about how long the stick is dipped in the pee. If you use a cup, you can only dip the test stick in it for 15 seconds.
When you are done dipping the stick, you turn the monitor on and it will flash a pee stick symbol to you. You will then put the stick in the monitor and it will flash for 5 minutes. When you take it out, it will give you a reading via bars on the screen. You will be either low fertility (one bar), high fertility (two bars), or peak fertility (three bars with an egg symbol). The days of high fertility vary between cycles and people.
The monitor does get to know your body for the first three months, so give it time, and don't get discouraged. Not everyone gets pregnant right away with the monitor because ttc is very sensitive even with perfect timing.
The first cycle I used it, I got high fertility from days 15-18. I peaked on day 19 and 20 and it followed with another high day. I did not get pregnant that cycle.
The next month I used the monitor, it showed only ONE day of high fertility and I peaked on day 17 and 18. I did get pregnant that cycle.
Each cycle, my monitor asked for 20 sticks because I have very long cycles. The hardest part some people say is remembering to put the test stick within the time window. For me, it was A LOT of fun. I would wake up every day and remember because I wanted to know what my "fertility status" was.
Most of all, it gives you peace of mind. I must say, I was disappointed I did not get pregnant in the first month, but knew that without the monitor it would have taken much longer. We tried for 5 months prior to using the monitor and I already have a baby so was disappointed when it didn't happen quickly.
The only thing that I can say is not to get your hopes up, and give the monitor a shot. There are hundreds of reviews on amazon and other websites and I would frequently read them to get hope and encouragement.
I hope this helps and I hope you get your baby:)
Oh, I also used preseed which I think was very helpful in me getting pregnant. Its a sperm friendly lubricant! If you try the monitor for 3 months and no luck, try using preseed, it helps with your cervical mucous needed to have a baby.
Can you test with first morning urine after the testing window ends on the ClearBlue Easy Fertility Monitor?
I woke up late this morning (and of course it's Sunday so can't get any help from the ClearBlue hotline), and my monitor didn't ask for a test because it's after my testing window. Can I still test now with my first morning urine? It's like 5 minutes past my testing window and I don't want to lose a day of testing. Unless it doesn't matter? Please Help!
I have this monitor also and you can't test if its not asking you. I have woken up past it may times. When I miss it I have sex that evening so I know that I'm not missing out. But also if it hasn't given you two bars before today then don't worry, it gives you a few days (more than a few at beginning) of high before ovulation 3 bars.
Fertility monitor still says "low fertility" and I'm on day 15 - is this normal?
I have a Clearblue fertility monitor and this is the first month I've used it. I'm on day 15 and it still says that I have low fertility. It's also been asking me to do a test stick every day. Is all of this normal? Seems like a long time to have low fertility.
I have no clue how long my cycles are normally, but they're not unusually long/short.
I never got a High reading until atleast Cycle Day 21, but I was a late ovulater, with a 36ish day cycle. Also, if this is your first month using the monitor, it may not pick up your peak/high days. I DID get a peak my first month but in the user manual, it says the monitor has to get used to your hormone levels and may take 2 cycles to pickup your surge. The information below (pasted from google) is helpful as to how the monitor decides what days it asks you to test. Good luck.
On mornings when the Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor requires further information about your hormone levels, a test will be requested. You can only test on the mornings when the Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor requests a test. Tests must be performed with the first urine of the day, within the testing window. In cycle 1, your first test will be requested on day 6. The Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor will request a test every day for 10 or 20 days depending on your cycle length and when it sees Peak Fertility. In subsequent cycles, the first test day will vary according to what the Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor has learned about your cycle. You will still be asked for a test every day for 10 or 20 days. If you want to, you may stop testing after your Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor has shown you Peak Fertility. If you have 10 tests or more left over, then you may save them and use them during your next cycle. If you have less than 10 tests left, you should discard them and purchase a new pack for your next cycle. It is important that you always use your test sticks in sets of 10 from the same pack.
How does the ClearBlue Fertility Monitor work?
I am not sure of this product, how is it used? and is it a machine that you use with test strips? or is the whole thing a disposible product?
If someone could kindly explain to me how this works and if anyone had success using it. Thanks!
i have used this before but unfortunately it didn't work for me, but that's because:
1-i have one blocked tube and one open but damaged tube making me in the high risk of ectopic
2-i have endometriosis
3-i don't ovulate.
you use test sticks which you either pee on like a pregnancy test or stick it in a cup of your urine at the same time each morning, until you are told not to. you buy special test sticks for it. you put these sticks in the machine at the same time each day (you get a 6 hour window which you set on the 1st day of your period), then it tells you when it has detected you LH surge, indicating that you SHOULD, NOT WILL ovulate. at the beginning, it will say 'low', when you're getting close to ovulating, it'll say 'high', and when it's detected the LH surge, it'll say 'peak', so you know exactly when to have sex.
it's not disposable, you use it each month until you're either pregnant or go to the dr to carry out investigations.
i hope i explained this well enough for you. when you buy it it comes with full instructions anyway, and there's always the clearblue fertility monitor website if you need further help.
How does the Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor work?
I bought mine off Ebay brand new for like , but that was three years ago. I don't know where the instructions are. I started my cycle yesterday, so when would I start using this kit to see if I am ovulating and to know the best time to get pregnant? I have PCOS. Aren't there some limitations to using that monitor when you have PCOS?
Setting the m Button
1. If your period starts during the day, after your chosen m Button setting time, you should WAIT until the following morning before pressing the m Button. You should set this as day 1 of your cycle. Press the m Button firmly for 5 seconds. Release it when an ‘m’ and the day number ‘1’ appear
on the Display Screen.
2. If you forgot to set the m Button on day 1 of your cycle, don’t worry! The Monitor can be set as late as day 5 of your cycle by simply holding the m Button down and releasing
it when the correct day number is shown on the Display Screen.
3. When you have set the m Button correctly, the day number ‘1’ and an ‘m’ will appear, indicating it is the
first day of your monthly cycle. A Fertility Status bar will also appear on the screen to indicate that your fertility is presently at a Low level, which is normal at the start of a cycle.
• Turn on your Clearblue Easy® Fertility Monitor every morning within your Testing Window and before going to the bathroom. You will notice that the ‘m’ symbol is displayed for the first 5 days of each monthly cycle, and that the number on the Display Screen changes each day to tell you which day of your monthly cycle you are on.
• On mornings when testing is required, the Monitor will display "Insert a Test Stick” symbol. (test stick with arrow pointing in) Tests must be performed with the first urine of the day, within the Testing Window.
• In cycle 1, your first test will be requested on day 6. The Monitor will then request a test every day for a total of 10 or 20 days depending on your cycle length, and when it sees your Peak Fertility. In subsequent cycles, the first test day will
vary between cycle day 6 and 9, according to what the
Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor has learned about your cycle. You will still be asked for a test every day for 10 or 20 days.
To Perform a Test
1. Remove the Test Stick from its protective foil wrapper and use immediately.
2. Hold the Test Stick pointing downwards in your urine stream for 3 seconds only. This is long enough to ensure the sampling end is sufficiently wet.
3. Keeping the Test Stick pointing downwards, take the cap off the handle and place it over the ‘wet’ end of the Test Stick. If, after you have placed the cap on the wet end of the Test Stick, urine droplets are visible, gently wipe the stick off with tissue to avoid urine leaking into the inside of your monitor. Liquid inside your monitor can cause permanent damage and is not covered under your warranty.
4. You are now ready to insert the Test Stick into the Test Stick Slot of the Monitor.
Inserting a Test Stick
• To turn your monitor on, press the On/Off Button. You will see a red light flash in the Test Stick Slot. You should not place a Test Stick in the Slot until the red light has gone out and you see the "Insert a Test Stick” symbol on the display
• The Test Stick should be placed into the Test Stick Slot within 15 minutes of wetting it. You should only insert a Test Stick when you see the “Insert a Test Stick” symbol.
• Holding the Test Stick by the cap with the cut corner of the
Test Stick pointing downwards, put it into the Test Stick Slot . Push the Test Stick down until it lies flat and clicks into place. The Test Stick will not be recognized until correctly inserted. The “Insert a Test Stick”symbol will continue to be displayed until the Test Stick has been properly inserted. When you have inserted the Test Stick correctly, the “Test Stick” (no arrows) symbol will FLASH for 5 minutes while the Monitor reads and interprets the information in your urine. Do
not remove the Test Stick while it is being read.
That's it! It will display one bar (low fertility) two (high) and three (peak). The directions say to have sex during 2 and 3 bars!
I have heard that PCOS does not affect the test if you have somewhat regular cycles; however, any medication might affect the test as it is testing LH in your urine.