How easy is the OvaCue to use?
Very easy - It requires that you take an oral reading by placing a spoon-shaped sensor on your tongue every morning for 3-5 seconds to predict ovulation. To confirm ovulation, all that is required is that a vaginal reading be taken daily after the end of your period until ovulation is confirmed (usually about 6-8 days).
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.
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-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. 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. The vaginal sensor is essential to provide more accurate results.
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. The vaginal sensor is essential to provide more accurate results.
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.
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 identify your fertile window.
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.