Throughout our TTC journey, I have a love-hate relationship with ovulation test kits.
I like the fact that they are so handy in giving you “notice” that ovulation is near – you just need to pee on a stick anytime between 10am to 8pm.
The only thing I detest about these kits is the result reading part. The intensity of the test line can really mess up your head!
Is it dark enough to be considered as a +ve OPK?
Oops, did I leave the strip for too long, and is my result still valid?
These are just some questions that one would inevitably ask while using OPKs.
And then, there is the Clearblue Advanced Digital Ovulation Test Kit – the “lifesaver” who makes the entire process so simple and fool-proof!
I had a good experience with their digital pregnancy test kits before while planning for our #1. And now that we are onto project #2, I decided to try out the digital ovulation test kit.
I got this box which came with a digital monitor and 10 test sticks. This equates to about a month’s supply. It is retailing for $49.90 on Qoo10.
One of the key features of this product is that it identifies your 4 best fertile days to “do the deed” in order to get pregnant. This is signified with either a flashing smiley face (high fertility) or just a static smiley face (peak fertility). Once you get a static smiley face, this will stay on the screen for the next 2 days – and ideally, you are to get “busy” during those 2 days to really maximise on your fertile window.
However, while using the kit, the most I got was a notification of 2 fertile days. One day with the flashing smiley and on the next day, the smiley will be static. According to the instructions, you can stop testing once you get the static smiley.
Ease of use:
When using any kit for the first time, it gets a little getting used to at first. But the instructions that came with the box was clear enough to understand, and it provided a few sample scenarios of when the test is not working and why these would happen in the first place.
While I love using the Clearblue Advanced Digital Ovulation Test Kit, the only thing that’s stopping me from relying on this product only during my cycle is the price. Forking out $49.90 for 10 sticks every month can get a little tedious on our pockets!
On average, we’d need a minimum of 10 test sticks to test on until we detect our peak fertility days. And for those like me with irregular cycles, we tend to need a little more as our ovulation days might shift to a later date on some months. That only means that we’d then need more than 10 sticks to test on.
So to save a bit on the cost, here’s what I did: Test using the cheaper test strips during the earlier days of your cycle. Chances are, the results during this time would be a negative, and these are quite easy to read from the normal strips. At the same time, observe the condition of the cervical mucus. Once the egg white cervical mucus (EWCM) is detected, it means that ovulation is near. And that is when you can test with the Clearblue Advanced Digital Ovulation Test Kit, and hopefully you’ll find a smiley face popping out on the screen.
Baby dust to all of you who are on the TTC path right now 🙂