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Why use a Fertility Monitor?

A common reason why it can take couples longer than they expected to conceive, is not having sex at the right time during a woman’s cycle. A woman has a fertile window of approximately six days per cycle, commencing five days before ovulation and including the day that she ovulates

Baby dancing regularly (every couple of days) during your fertile window will give you the best chance of getting pregnant. However, if this is not possible, 2 to 3 times per week is adequate. For various reasons, some couples may be having sex less often or are keen to maximise their chances of conception by predicting their fertile window. 

What is a fertility monitor?

A fertility monitor is an electronic device that helps you to track your cycle to learn more about your body and when you are fertile. Many fertility monitors are linked to an app that will visually display your data, removing any guesswork.

Fertility monitors track various fertility indicators such as hormone levels in your urine (Luteinizing Hormone & estrogen), body temperature and pulse rate. 

What is the difference between an ovulation test and a fertility monitor?

In general, fertility monitors offer you much more than a standard ovulation test, by giving you the ability to:

  • - Track your unique cycle data to better understand your fertility and to identify any potential issues
  • - Predict more fertile days - some can predict your entire fertile window, 
  • - Store your personal information such as cycle length, menstruation, and sexual intercourse dates 
  • - Share your data with your partner and health care professionals if required

In addition, if you are 1 in 10 women who suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome then you may have elevated Luteinizing Hormone (LH) levels, therefore ovulation tests may not be accurate. For further information please read our blog Why all women can't use standard ovulation tests? 

Finding the right fertility monitor for you

It is important to understand that not all fertility monitors are suitable for all women and to make sure you do your homework. For example:

Women with naturally high or low LH levels – some fertility monitors, like ovulation tests, measure an LH surge prior to ovulation using an ‘average’ baseline. Women with naturally high or low baselines, for example, women with PCOS, would need a monitor that identifies the baseline LH levels numerically to identify the surge or measure a different natural fertility indicator, such as core body temperature.

Women with irregular cycles – not all fertility monitors are suitable for women who have irregular, very short or long cycles.

Women on certain medications – it is important to research whether a certain fertility monitor can be used with certain medication e.g. fertility treatments, Clomid.

At Dr Fertility we help you to make an informed decision by summarising the advantages, disadvantage and ‘who should use’ for each individual fertility monitor. You can always contact us if you need help finding the right monitor for you and your needs.