Clearblue (R) are well-known for producing pregnancy test kits, but they also offer the Clearblue fertility monitor to help you know when you are most likely to get pregnant. This kind of tool is great for anybody who is trying to conceive. It makes the process much more predictable and helps you to know exactly what is going on in your body.
Unlike some other test kits, the Clearblue fertility monitor measures two different hormones to determine when you are ovulating. Many kits only track luteinizing hormone or LH, giving you a ‘window’ of two days when you are most fertile. By tracking a second hormone alongside LH, Clearblue says that their Easy Fertility Monitor is able to identify up to 6 fertile days per month.
Of course, this does not mean that you are actually fertile for longer. Strictly speaking, a woman is only fertile for 12-24 hours a month, during the time when the released egg is in the fallopian tubes. However, sperm can survive for anything for 3 to 7 days in the right conditions. So when ovulation occurs, the egg may be fertilized by sperm that already entered the woman’s body during sex several days earlier.
Changes in the woman’s hormone levels make her body create these ideal conditions so that she can keep the sperm alive until the egg is released. This is why tracking your hormones with an ovulation monitor can help you to identify how many fertile days you may have.
This means that you have more flexibility in planning your attempts to conceive, so you can both be more relaxed about it. Having a relaxed approach is a very important factor in conception. Being stressed can even stop you getting pregnant. So all these factors could help you to conceive the baby that you want.
The Clearblue Fertility Monitor is a hand-held device that reads the hormone levels from a urine test. You will need to use the first urine passed each morning for the test. Read the full instructions that come with the kit to know exactly how to use it. The monitor will then tell you whether this is a Low, High or Peak fertility day. Peak days give you the best chance of getting pregnant.
Understanding your fertility cycle has many advantages in addition to helping you conceive a baby. Usually, we think of the menstrual cycle, which just revolves around the outward sign of the menstrual period. That’s a kind of negative way of considering your cycle.
If you think of it as your fertility cycle instead, it takes on a new, exciting and largely unknown dimension. You will be focusing on the positive, looking for signs of ovulation and tracking the changes in your hormone levels through the month. The Clearblue fertility monitor and similar tools can help you do this so that you have the chance to develop a much more positive approach to the rhythms of your body.