G.M. asks from Watertown, MA on December 27, 2009
RE: Ovulation Predictors
Hi all. When I was trying to get pregnant with my first child I ended up using chlomid as I did not ovulate on a regular basis.
Now after having a child my periods are far more regular. I would like to use one of those ovulation kits that I see at the drug store - but there are so many, they are expensive, and I heard they do not always work. Though my cycle is now more regular, it is 30-37 days apart, so not regualr enough to KNOW when I am ovulating.
I also know babyhopes.com sells those sticks you can pee on, but I also know those do not work for everyone.
Any advice or thoughts would be great to help me get pregnant again!
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D.M. answers from Hartford on December 29, 2009
I bought 30 days worth of fertility strips online for really cheap and when a got a 2nd line on one of those I used the First Response or Clearblue Easy ovulation kit (you can get coupons for both online). It saved me some money and I got pregnant the 2nd month w/ my 2nd child. I also used the kits the 1st time I get preg. and have recommended them to friends. As others have said, just follow the directions to a tee. Good luck!
C.F. answers from Boston on December 28, 2009
Hi, I have had great luck using the ovulation kits. I know one mentioned that they are all the same. The way they work it, however, the cheaper ones that when the second line appears and you read it against the test line I think aren't as good. It was always hard for me to read them and I would stare at them not knowing if it was working. I started using the clearblue easy. they are expensive but look on ebay. It is so easy to use because when the surge is predicted, it gives you a smiley face; when it is not, it is an empty circle so there is no guessing involved. it worked every time for me and I have had multiple pregnancies. Good luck!
C.F. answers from Pittsfield on December 31, 2009
The best ovulation predictor I know of (and the cheapest) is your own body. I have very irregular cycles and have always been pregnant within 3 cycles just by reading my body. You have to observe your mucous discharge every time you go to the bathroom and it changes drastically when you are going to ovulate. If you are interested in hearing more specifics, email me and I will be happy to provide, but I didn't want to get too graphic if you're not interested. It's a really easy way to both achieve and avoid pregnancy. Good luck.
L.M. answers from Boston on December 28, 2009
I bought the CVS brand and had luck with it mainly I think because I buy the one that has 20 strips. I don't know I would have had the same success with the tests that only give you 7 sticks. With a longer cycle you start using the kit 7 days after you period and continue until you find when you are ovulating.
Hope this helps,
J.M. answers from Boston on December 27, 2009
Get the cheapest brand you can - they all work the same. The only tip about them is to use them at night (unlike pregnancy tests, which you use in the morning). They are much more reliable that way. The first month or two you might need to use two kits (I know!) but then you should have a sense of when in your cycle you ovulate. Also, not all women have this, but you might have some mild pain around the time that you ovulate (middlesmertz) and that's a way cheaper way of knowing too. Good luck!
L.M. answers from Springfield on December 28, 2009
I got pregnant twice using the 7 stick kits, both within three months (and I was OLD at the time with an irregular cycle). I used the Wal-Mart brand and the Target brand. I used them in the am, since they both said that was ok and that you should have had the urine in your body for at least four hours (which wouldn't have worked well for me during the day!). I agree with a previous poster that sometimes the lines were hard to interpret - is it dark enough, etc? I like the Wal-Mart ones better. If you have the time and the cash, you may want to go with a more expensive option, and also see if your insurance covers it!
M.S. answers from Boston on January 02, 2010
has very cheap packs that even with shipping are insanely cheaper than the CVS or other store brands. It ships fairly fast. I've used their pregnancy tests and ovulation tests. I highly reccomend them!
also, like another mom said, reading about cervical mucous and how it changes during your cycle will tell you tons about when you ovulate. just a quick check every day will help you understand your body.
J.B. answers from Boston on December 28, 2009
Hey there. I used the least expensive brand, probably even no-name if it was available! The first time, I used a kit that had 7 - 10 strips and you pee on them and when the color matches what it says, the hormone is present that indicates ovulation in the next some-odd hours. I did get pregnant. The second time I used them, I got one of those kits that had 30 strips in them, bc like you, my cycles were on the long side and I wanted to be sure I caught it. That one worked the same way as the first, just many more test strips, in case you didn't ovulate in the 7 days. I got pregnant using that predictor kit as well. (Both came from CVS)
Hope that helps, and good luck!
E.R. answers from Boston on December 28, 2009
I used the basic pee-on-a-stick CVS brand ones and it worked just fine. The key is follow directions to a T! They were cheap enough that I didn't care that I ended up buying a few months worth. Good luck!