How easy is the OvaCue to use?
It's very easy! It simply requires that you take an oral reading every morning for 3-5 seconds (at the start of your menstruation) and a vaginal reading daily for 3-5 seconds (once menstruation has ended). With this information, the monitor is able to populate a predicted fertile window up to 5-7 days in advance as well as pinpoint your ovulation day.
What does the OvaCue measure?
It measures the changes in electrolytes in salivary and vaginal fluids that signal the onset and completion of the ovulatory process.
Does it work? Is it accurate?
Yes. The OvaCue has been clinically proven to be 98.3% accurate in predicting and confirming ovulation. See the references to these studies.
How much advance notice of ovulation will the OvaCue give?
The OvaCue can give 5-7 days advance notice of upcoming ovulation.
Why is advance notice of ovulation important?
It is important because sperm needs time to travel to the proper place in the Fallopian tube for fertilization of the ovum. Therefore, having intercourse on the days leading up to ovulation as well as the day of ovulation is optimal.
How does the OvaCue differ from urine-based fertility monitors?
The OvaCue offers a higher degree of accuracy in predicting ovulation when compared to urine-based fertility monitors, while also providing the convenience of saliva and cervical mucus-based testing. Urine-based fertility monitors base their prediction on the presence of a specific level of an estrogen metabolite in urine. OvaCue bases its prediction on changes in saliva produced by the hormone interaction that triggers this rise in estrogen. The OvaCue does not require that the hormone reach a specific predetermined threshold, but rather it reports the individualized hormone pattern.
The confirmation signal in urine-based fertility monitors is the presence of luteinizing hormone (LH) in the urine. Sometimes this signal is seen on the day of ovulation and sometimes on the day after ovulation. (Note that one can not achieve pregnancy after ovulation has already occurred.) The OvaCue signal is based on the shift from estrogen dominance to progesterone dominance, which produces changes in the electrolyte characteristics of the vaginal mucus. The lowest OvaCue vaginal reading occurs on the day before the shift; a marked rise in OvaCue vaginal reading usually occurs on the day of ovulation, followed by continued elevated vaginal readings. An additional advantage of the OvaCue is that there are no recurring costs for test sticks.
For additional information, visit the comparison chart on our fertility monitors comparison page.
I have irregular cycles; can I still use the OvaCue?
Yes. The OvaCue was designed to be used by women with varying cycle lengths. Please note, for women with irregular cycles, it may be necessary to not rely solely on the color coding provided and instead interpret the raw data. For interpretation help, please contact us.
I am in my 40’s; can I still use the OvaCue?
Yes. The OvaCue was designed to be used by women of any age, once they have begun to ovulate.
I have long cycles; can I still use the OvaCue?
Yes. The OvaCue was designed to be used by women with very long or unpredictable cycles. Please note, for women with long and irregular cycles, it may be necessary to not rely solely on the color coding provided and instead interpret the raw data. For interpretation help, please contact us.
Can I use the OvaCue for Birth Control/Natural Family Planning (NFP)?
The OvaCue is not approved for use as a contraceptive. Although the OvaCue will inform the user of precisely which days you can or cannot conceive, the use of the monitor as a contraceptive has not been approved by the FDA.
Will the OvaCue work for me if I'm taking fertility drugs?
Yes. The OvaCue can still be used by those taking Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid, Serophene, etc.) and other fertility drugs. If you are taking an ovulation inducing medication like Clomid or Femera, please make sure you input this information into the Meds Start field in your settings.
Does the OvaCue work for women who are breastfeeding?
Only if your menstrual cycle has returned. If your cycle has not returned, the OvaCue will not be able to correctly identify your fertile window. Please note, for women who are breastfeeding, data interpretation may be necessary - therefore, we recommend you don't rely solely on the color coding provided. Feel free to contact us for interpretation assistance.
Is it safe?
Yes. The OvaCue is a safe and effective aid to assist with conception.
Can I get pregnant after ovulation?
No. Once the egg has passed the Fallopian tube without being fertilized, you cannot become pregnant in that cycle, except in rare cases.
Are there recurring costs for using the OvaCue?
No. There is nothing more to buy with your OvaCue (except replacing the battery) and it can be used safely for many years.