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Hi! My name is Whitney, and I work for Fairhaven Health. We thought it might be helpful for people considering purchasing the OvaCue to see it in action. I also use the OvaCue on a daily basis to track my cycle. We're hoping this blog can be helpful to women with all different cycles who use the OvaCue. In addition to us posting our own cycle data, we'll be providing "guest" charts to help interpret cycles that may not be so black and white.
Hello! My name is Trudy, and I too work at Fairhaven Health. Currently I’m the newest member of the team, and to OvaCue. I recently started charting and it has been exciting to watch and learn about my cycle, trends and gain a solid understanding of my body. I’m most excited for the chance to help women learn about charting and someday achieve their goals.
We both will touch upon many of the common customer service questions we receive. Hopefully, this blog will provide you with a better understanding of how the OvaCue works, and the valuable insights it can provide into your monthly cycle. And of course, if you have any questions, we’re always available to help.
Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a great President’s Day Weekend! We had a chill weekend at home, no soccer games or races to go to. It was nice to get a few projects out of the way!
I’m currently on CD 12, and I had mentioned before that I have implemented the BBT readings
in addition to my OvaCue oral and vagianl readings. It is taking me awhile to get the hang of it let me tell you! I currently wake up at night around 2:00am and usually have a hard time going back to sleep, lots of tossing and turning. I’m currently taking my BBT readings at the same time as my OvaCue readings, usually around 6:30am. Well, I’m finding this may not be the best time for me to take my BBT readings. I have a feeling it is affecting those readings and making them inaccurate! I think I will continue to take them this cycle at 6:30am but next cycle, I’m going to try and take them when I wake up at 2:00am, since I wake up at 2:00am almost every night it will be consistent. It will be interesting to see the difference that could make.
Have a great night!
I just realized I didn’t mention anything about my chart yesterday. I got too excited about the acronyms I guess. MB (My Bad) Just kidding, I made that up.
I started a new cycle on 02/10/2017, I’m currently on CD 7. I have also started tracking my BBT readings as well. Ya know, I sure wish I would have done this when I was younger and TTC. It would have made life so much easier. My BBT temps are already on the fritz, my first reading was very low followed by a relatively high reading. It very well could be user error! I think I need to get better at consistency and placement of the sensor. I’m worried with such a high reading on CD 7, will cause my coverline not to populate. I will keep you all posted.
Have a great weekend.
Happy Valentines Day! (a day late)
I hope everyone got spoiled this Valentine’s Day! Not me, I had a touch of the flu, thanks to my lovely children and husband! Grrr…
Today I thought it would be fun to go over a few acronyms that come up on a daily basis. Before I started working here, I never knew what DPO, CM, PCOS or NFP were. I was answering an email the other day and used CM (cervical mucus) and just assumed they knew what I was talking about, they didn’t! So, I’m going to list the most common acronyms for you today, as a reference you can use in the future! Anything helps right?
AF (Aunt Flow)
BABYDUST (Good wishes for getting pregnant)
BBT (Basal Body Temperature)
BD (Baby Dancing-Love Making)
BFN (Big Fat Negative-Pregnancy Test)
BFP (Big Fat Positive-Pregnancy Test)
CD (Cycle Day)
CM (Cervical Mucus)
DPO (Days Past Ovulation)
EWCM (Egg White Cervical Mucus)
HPT (Home Pregnancy Test)
LP (Luteal Phase)
NFP (Natural Family Planning)
OPK (Ovulation Predictor Kit)
PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
PTS (Pregnancy Test Strips)
TTC (Trying to Conceive)
Have a great week everyone!
I believe I’m in my luteal phase at this point. I a couple possible ovulation trends this cycle though, so I’m curious to see how the rest of my cycle goes. I had a possible ‘cue peak’ back on CD 7/8/9 followed by declining vaginal readings through CD 12 and a rise on CD 13. That possible ovulation window lined up with the OPK that I saw too over the weekend. You all know what I’m looking for after ovulation - my vaginal readings to stay elevated after that rise. In this case though, my vaginal readings declined after a couple days, through CD 16 and rose again on CD 17 - another possible ovulation trend. Since then, my vaginal readings have been elevated.
I’m curious about this cycle though, simply because I had more signs pointing towards CD 12/13. But, I’m always open to the idea that I simply didn’t notice them during that second possible ovulation trend.
Can’t wait to keep you posted though!
I’m writing today from a wintery wonderland! It’s very quiet around town, not too many people out and about. We don’t get much snow in the Pacific Northwest, but when it does snow, man it’s beautiful! Kids are out of school and loving every minute of it! (well until they realize all these snow days will be made up at the end of the year)
This will be my first full month using OvaCue, I’m about 5 days away from my next cycle. It will be interesting to compare the next few months, so I can start to notice any trends my body seems to make. I can't wait to see if my values tend to stay the same or if they will vary any, especially since every cycle they can be different and unique to each women.
Stay warm out there.
Two big things are happening right now. The first - I have had a clear downward trend in my vaginal readings since Friday, so I’m considering myself fertile now, and until those readings rise back up and stay elevated. The second - we are in the middle of a snow storm here in Bellingham! Winter Storm Maya if we’re getting specific. I think there has been about 45 minutes so far today where it hasn’t been snowing. As many of you know, I am not a fan. But, there are only 42 days until Spring...not that I’m counting or anything like that :)
Hoping you stay warm and safe!
Happy Thursday! I can’t believe it’s February already! Since this is only my second blog post I thought I’d tell you a little about myself.
My family and I have lived in Washington for just over 10 years now, we moved here from Montana. It was quite the climate change for me, took a while to use to the dark, rainy, weather but I think I have finally accepted it. Luckily, the summers are beautiful, makes the dark winters a little more acceptable. I have two boys, Henry (12) and Ivan (9). It is actually Ivan’s birthday today, so happy birthday to him! They are active and healthy and keep me running on a daily basis.
I wanted to touch base regarding my chart before I go. Looks like I have had a few possible ovulation trends happen over the past few days. The one I want to mention in my rise on CD 15, populating that pink box for me. I am going to keep a close eye on my vaginal readings for the remainder of my cycle, but if I had to guess I’d say that was a pretty good indication I could have ovulated.
Have a great week guys!
I don’t really have too much to report on about my cycle, so I thought it would be helpful to go over a question that came up over the weekend.
How can I view my past charts through the app?
You have two different options to view your chart through the app. For either option, you’ll first need to go over to the Menu Screen, and then tap Cycles. This will bring up a list of all the cycles that you have charted on OvaGraph. I currently have 49 cycles now. I know, 49 cycles!
Once you’re on the Cycles list page, you have two options. The first way is to carefully tap on the little chart icon next to the Cycle Name. Depending on the screen size of your device, you may have to be pretty mindful about making sure to tap only on the little icon.
The second option depends on your mobile device (and do make sure you’re running the most recent OvaGraph app version!). If you’re using an Apple device, you can swipe across the cycle to bring up two options - View Chart or Delete Cycle. In this case, you would tap View Chart. If you’re using an Android device, you can press and hold on the Cycle you want to view. You’ll see those same options pop up - View Chart or Delete Cycle, and you would select View Chart.
I do hope that helps as you look back!
I’d like to introduce myself as the newest member of the Fairhaven Health OvaCue team. This has been an exciting change for me, something new and different.
Speaking of exciting, I am currently using the OvaCue Mobile for the first time ever. I have to say, it’s so cool! I feel like a little kid waking up at Christmas, well maybe that’s a stretch, but I look forward to it. I love taking the readings and then getting to interpret them and gain a fantastic knowledge of what my body is doing. I’m learning right along side of you all!
I saw my first possible ‘cue peak’ in my oral readings on CD 6/7/8 putting me in that fertile window for the next 5-7 days. My vaginal readings have been declining so I am considering myself fertile. I’m looking for that rise to happen any day now.
Well everyone, I’m looking forward to years and years of stories and getting to know all of you - through email, phones, and forums!
Did you notice any changes to the intro here on the blog? I am super excited to introduce Trudy, our newest OvaCue Specialist!! Over the last month or so, Trudy has been getting more and more involved with OvaCue Customer support, so I thought it was time that you get to know her a bit more! She has been using the OvaCue so she will be posting here in the Blog about her readings, as well as giving feedback about questions that you have! You’ll start seeing her on the OvaGraph Forums as well, so I hope you give her a very warm welcoming!
I have even more exciting news to share... Have you heard about our Baby Bumpin’ Giveaway?? It’s our way to help TTC couples! Throughout 2017, we're giving away over $10,000! Each month THREE lucky winners on Facebook will receive a $300 gift certificate (valid at fairhavenhealth.com).
We feel extremely fortunate to be in a position to help so many couples conceive and wanted to give back to our lovely TTC community. Please help spread the word to friends and family who may be struggling. We also encourage you to open up and share your journey with others. Together we can continue growing our supportive community to offer help, education and compassion to all.
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