Are you trying to conceive? have PCOS or it is taking longer than you expected to fall pregnant? I have been for many years and so I was delighted to be accepted to trial OvuSense Realtime Fertility as part of mumsnet Blogger Network review programme.
OvuSense is a new, highly accurate fertility monitor. OvuSense consists of a personal sensor and a data reader. The sensor is placed in the vagina (similar to a tampon) overnight – the only place where accurate readings of core body temperature can be made. OvuSense uses patented technology to measure core body temperature every 5 minutes, inside the vagina, while you sleep, providing you a complete picture of your personal cycle. OvuSense predicts ovulation in real time in each cycle, and detects the exact day of ovulation with 99% accuracy. In just two weeks, OvuSense can tell you when you are going to ovulate, and then calculate the exact day for you with 99% accuracy. Only OvuSense can calculate this much personal information about your cycle with this much accuracy.
I received the OvuSense Reader and Sensor at the beginning of my cycle so I could start straight away. The first thing I did was read the instructions while I was charging the reader. First things first though I had to know how to switch it on and off and the buttons were not clear for this but after taking a look at the instructions I found that the on/off button was also the confirm button. There is also an up, down, download and start sensor record button. I was still unsure which was the download and sensor record button during the month but it was not an issue as I just referred back to the instructions.
I also set it up for my cycle which was really easy, setting up the date, time etc. Then I put in when my period started and that was all I had to do.
You can add if you have had a fever by selecting You Health on the reader. Check your cycle by selecting Your Information. Create a New Cycle when your period comes and can change the time when the clocks got forward or back by selecting Set Up.
The sensor has a new nickname as I thought yes it may look like a tampon but it looks like a giant sperm too so it was named Spermy. When I say giant it isn’t that big really, probably smaller than a tampon but it is giant compare to a regular sized sperm. It is recommended that you start using it once bleeding has stopped. This sensor is a clever little gadget and it records your basal body temperature (BBT) internally overnight all the time throughout the night so it gets an accurate reading every time.
It is very important to activate the sensor every night before use and to download the data in the morning. You must clean the sensor before inserting it and again once you have taking it out in the morning.
Inserting it is very easy, it is similar to inserting a tampon and you should be able to get at the tail like you would a tampon string to remove it. Only once so far have I managed to not put it in correctly and it to fall out as it was not in far enough. Although this wasn’t a problem I just washed it again and re-inserted it.
I thought I may be able to feel the sensor inside, that it may be a little uncomfortable especially using it for a length of time, I was pleased that I did not feel it at all and it caused no issues.
I did have an issue after 3 days of using the reader as I forgot to charge it and it wouldn’t switch on. When I charged it I had lost my first 3 nights of data and had to set it all up again. This did not happen again as I made sure that I kept it charged.
I carried on using the sensor every night and finally I got a message although it was later than I had expected.
I was a little gutted that I did not get a fertile window beforehand at all, just the you are ovulating today message. But hopefully that is just a one off while the reader and sensor get to know my body.
The next morning I put my sensor into its slot of download the data and much to my surprise my ovulation date had changed again.
I had ovulated on the Thursday before hand and I had totally missed it. Although I was disappointed it has also made me realise that we should be doing the deed every other day even if we are outside of the fertile window as we don’t want to be caught out by waiting for it like we did this month for it not to come.
I have also realised that my luteal phase is shorter, I thought it was 13-14 days but this month it was 11 days so I will definitely be keeping an eye on that and if it stays the same in length I will look out for something natural to help lengthen it if needs be.
I am really liking the OvuSense and I do genuinely think that my last cycle was a dodgy cycle due to more stress than usual and no heating over the coldest weather conditions of the year so far so I am hoping that the OvuSense will confirm my theory this cycle.
I like how accurate it is, 99% accuracy is a lot better than the ovulation test sticks, saliva ovulation prediction that are much lower in accuracy and if you have PCOS these may not ever show a sign of ovulation even if you do ovulate.
Fingers crossed we get there in out fertility journey soon and with the help of OvuSense I think we may just do it.
I will post an update of this cycle once it is over to compare last month to this.