K.P. asks from Ballwin, MO on October 01, 2007
Over the Counter Ovulation Predictors
I am curious if anyone has had success with over the counter ovulation predictors. I used one last month and it showed I never ovulated?? I assume I used it improperly or bought too cheap of a brand. Can anyone offer some advice on how to get accurate results or a brand that you have had success with? Also I have heard some information on foods that can increase your fertility and was curious if anyone can expand on this. Thanks!
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Thanks everyone. I'll keep you posted!
M.R. answers from Columbia on October 02, 2007
I used a cheap brand and it worked. This was at the advice of a fertility specialist. You may need to consult your GYN or a specialist.
M.J. answers from St. Louis on October 02, 2007
Hi K.- I used Clear Blue Easy and it did appear to work, however I didn't always ovulate either, or else the line wasn't real dark so it was hard to tell. Of course I was no spring chicken when I tried them and had other problems, so that may be the issue too!
T.H. answers from Bloomington on October 07, 2007
The funny thing is.. the ones at the dollar store are the same as the ones at the main store!!!
Why fork out all that money...
I was on depo and I went through a TON getting my cycles back and so did a ton of other women..
The dollar store was our friends...
Cuz they work.. many MAIN brands did not work and the dollar store did..
And you dont have to feel bad if you use them like mad!! ahahah as we did!!!!!
are you charting too!!!!
Fertility friends is a good site!!! and wal mart had the thermomiter you will need!!!!
J.R. answers from Bloomington on October 02, 2007
I used over the counter ovulation predictor tests when trying to conceive my first child because we had tried for 6 months with no luck. I conceived on the second try using the tests! Sad to say I miscarried at 7 weeks. But using the tests we conceived a second time after only 2 more months! They worked for us! I do not remember the brand name of the tests I used, but I went to Walmart and bought the cheapest test available.
Don't assume that you used the test you bought improperly. You may not actually ovulate EVERY month... keep trying :)
B.P. answers from St. Louis on October 02, 2007
I'd advise getting the one they sell behind the pharmacy counter called Clearblue easy. Works like a charm! It's pricey, so I always bought one on ebay and then resold it. There are always tons of them listed. Just a thought!
J.S. answers from St. Louis on October 02, 2007
I had the complete opposite issue with the over-the-counter ovulation predictors...it told me I was ovulating every day, which I knew wasn't the case. With my first child, I took fertility drugs (lowest dose for 5 days and then I got pregnant!) because my doctor said he thought I wasn't ovulating. Since my son, my cycles have become more regular, but I am still have problems conceiving on my own. I am guessing I may have to try the drugs again. My doctor explained that sometimes your ovaries just need a "jump start." I also have heard that every month you alternate which ovary releases the egg, so maybe the month you took the test that ovary didn't release an egg. Sorry if this is not any help. If you do come across an ovulation kit you are pleased with, please pass it along!
T.N. answers from Peoria on October 02, 2007
I used a saliva ovulation predictor. You basically lick a little slide and then look at the slide to see the patterns in the saliva. It worked for me.