The OvaCue Advantage: A Comparison of Fertility Monitors
With so many different fertility monitors on the market, it can be hard to decide which is the right monitor for you. Different methods are used to determine your fertile window and increase your chances at conception. It is important to understand exactly how the monitor is predicting your ovulation and the accuracy of these results. Accuracy, ease of use, and having ample notice of ovulation are important considerations and the reason we believe the Ovacue Fertility Monitor to be the optimal choice. Here’s a breakdown of the competition:
Urine-Based Electronic Fertility Monitors
Urine-based monitors uses LH and estradiol to predict peak fertility and ovulation. With notice only a day before ovulation and the day of ovulation on average, it provides little advance notice. Urine-based monitors are designed to detect ovulation due to a pre-determined level of estrogen (E3G) in the urine. As all women are different, this is less accurate for those not at that pre-determined level. On top of the cost for the monitor, additional test sticks are needed and must be purchased continually for use with these monitors.
See a detailed comparison of the Ovacue and Urine-based fertility monitors.
The OvWatch requires wearing a watch on a daily basis and wearing a sticky patch on your skin to monitor changes in your perspiration. Similar to the ClearBlue Monitor, you have a continued expense, purchasing additional patches for use with the OvWatch. Unfortunately, this is device is not recommended for use if you have an irregular cycle or are currently taking ovulation inducing medications. There are many conditions (e.g. anxiety or hyperthyroidism) and medications that increase perspiration, reducing the reliability of the OvWatch. As you can see, many factors could reduce the reduce the reliability of the OvWatch.
See a detailed comparison of the Ovacue and OvWatch.
Basal Body Temperature
Basal Body Temperature charting is an older approach to track your ovulation. Charting your basal body temperature is useful only to confirm ovulation, not for prediction of your fertile window. It can be used to notice trends and patterns in your cycle if you happen to have a regular cycle. Once you notice a temperature rise, ovulation has happened and it is too late to conceive. This method was used before products such as the OvaCue Fertility Monitor were developed.
Urine LH Sticks
Similar to the use of basal body temperature, using LH urine sticks once again gives little to no advance notice of your fertile window. The LH surge first peaks in your blood and then travels into your urine, leaving little time to determine your fertile window and time intercourse appropriately. It can require testing multiple times a day to catch the LH surge and even with a positive result, it may be difficult to interpret.