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ClearBlue Monitor: Fertility-Friendly
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Screen Shot 2014-12-18 at 1.02.12 PM Screen Shot 2014-12-18 at 1.02.01 PMThe ClearBlue Fertility Monitor is an easy-to-use fertility tracker that detects both LH and estrogen hormones, and provides indicators for Low, High and Peak fertility days.

It’s non-invasive, and the manufacturer contends that results are comparable to serum-hormone measurements and ultrasound technology in gauging fertility–yet you can test yourself at home.

Test strips are sold separately.

The ClearBlue Fertility Monitor stores up to six months of your daily records at a time, and provides advance notice for peak fertility. It tells you when to test and the level of fertility every day, requiring no subjective interpretation.

(Note that the monitor does not accurately work for women with PCOS, and for women taking some antibiotics.)

Instructions are as follows:

  1. On the first day of your period, you will press the M button to let the monitor know a new cycle has begun.
  2. Each day, you must switch on the Monitor and follow its directions.
  3. On mornings when the Monitor requires further information about your hormone changes, a test will be requested.
  4. Simply remove the test stick from its wrapper. (The majority of women need 10 test sticks each cycle. Women with irregular or long cycles may have to use 20 test sticks each cycle.) Point the Sampling End of the test stick downward in your urine for 3 seconds.
  5. Take the cap off the handle and place it over the Sampling End of the test stick and remove any excess urine.
  6. Holding the test stick by the cap, insert the test into the Monitor’s Test Stick Slot, pressing down until it clicks into place.
  7. The display will flash for approximately 5 minutes while reading your information.
  8. After 5 minutes, the Remove Test Stick symbol will flash. Once you have removed the test stick, your fertile status will be displayed.

The ClearBlue Fertility Monitor is available here.

 

 

Best Time for Baby-Making

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The makers of the Ovatemp fertility tracking app are now offering the complementary ONDO digital thermometer to monitor the start of ovulation.

A woman’s fertility cycle can be measured based on basal body temperature throughout the month, TechCrunch reports, and the thermometer makes it easy to check that, sending the temperature information via Bluetooth to your iPhone when you stick the thermometer under your tongue.

Ovatemp says its methods are based on traditional Chinese medicine.

The ONDO will ship next Spring, and is available for pre-order now for $75 here.

 

Track your ovulation and fertility with Glow
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Can you “Take control of your reproductive health” as the developer of Glow claims? A recent review of the free app on the Gizmodo technology site says: Yes, you can.

Glow says its will let you pinpoint your ovulation day and track your period with its “advanced proprietary algorithms and its ability to crunch vast amounts of data at multiple stages of the reproductive journey.”

The article on Gizmodo notes “actually made gathering information about cervical mucus (CM) pretty fun (well, as fun as it could be). Using the app was enjoyable. I’d tap in my temperature and other fertility cues during my morning Instagram-feed viewing. Later, I’d fill in basic health information about my day—exercise, alcohol consumption, energy—while riding the bus. (Now the app syncs with fitness trackers to import all that data as well.) When I didn’t log information, the app would ping me. But I didn’t need the reminders very often. I became diligent about tracking. My husband was able to download the app, too, and have access to all my information. Dare I say, it was almost fun.”

The complete review is here.

The company also offers Glow First, which it says is “the world’s first fertility funding community, for those wanting to have a baby as soon as possible.”

The free app is here.

 

 

Implant controls fertility remotely

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You might soon be able to better control your fertility with a contraceptive-deleveraging implant that can be deactivated wirelessly, MIT’s Technology Review reports.

The device measures 20 x 20 x 7 millimeters, and dispenses 30 micrograms a day of levonorgestrel, a hormone already used in several kinds of contraceptives.

To conceive, women turn off the implant with a remote control; another click of the remote restarts it. It is designed to last 16 years.

Developed by MicroCHIPS, the device will begin pre-clinical testing next year in the U.S., and may be on the market by 2018.

There’s more information here.

 

Find out if you’re Fertile

 

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One primary problem in getting pregnant: pinpointing when your most fertile.

Fairhaven Health says its OvaCue Fertility Monitor can identify when ovulation will occur to increase your chances of becoming pregnant.

The fertility monitor predicts ovulation up to seven days in advance, and is 98 percent accurate. It’s not a pee-on-a-stick test, either: The OvaCue uses saliva samples to measure changes in electrolyte concentration. You just place the sensor on your tongue for five seconds each day.

It’s $280 here. (Affiliate link.)

 

You’re glowing, says fertility app

 

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Glow is a new fertility tracking app that helps couples trying to conceive a baby.

The free iPhone app collects information about menstrual cycles, cervical mucus, and other physical and emotional states — from which it discerns and advises on how to maximize your chances of pregnancy. The advice comes from medical consultants, as well as anonymized, aggregated data collected from other users about what worked best.

“Our emerging ability to crunch and analyze vast quantities of data will be specifically used to help get you pregnant,” the developer says. “There is nothing more exciting than starting a family. But, the first step of getting pregnant can seem surprisingly difficult at times. Don’t lose hope. Pregnancy is a special experience, and our mission is to bring that experience to you as early as possible.”

Time writes more about it here.