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Hi! My name is Sarah, and I work with Fairhaven Health. We thought it might be helpful for people considering purchasing the OvaCue to see it in action. I already use the OvaCue on a daily basis to track my "somewhat regular" cycle. I will post my readings and explain how the OvaCue uses this data to predict ovulation with the oral sensor and confirm ovulation with the vaginal sensor.
Hi! My name is Whitney, and I also work for Fairhaven Health. 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.
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.
I’m not sure where this week went, but Happy Friday!!
It truly is an exciting Friday to say the least – it’s possible that I recently ovulated! Even though I haven’t updated you here on my readings, I have been watching them each morning (I take both my oral and vaginal readings in the morning). Like I mentioned back on CD 11, my vaginal readings were starting to slope downwards, meaning I was likely approaching ovulation.
After I’ve released that egg, my body has switched to progesterone dominance, which means I should see my vaginal readings rise on up! I saw a rise yesterday, which could mean that I ovulated between that reading on the morning of CD 12 (the vaginal low) and the vaginal reading yesterday, CD 13, (the vaginal rise). This is a great example about why those readings themselves can be so helpful for pinpointing ovulation. While I did see that rise from CD 12 to 13, it was just a hair too small to populate that pink box for me. Watching the readings, I can see that ovulation could have taken place, but I don't see that pink box until today, when a large enough rise is actually found in those readings.
Of course I’ll keep taking my readings, so I can see if those vaginal readings do stay elevated when I compare them to the low I saw on CD 12.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!!!
I hope you had a great weekend!
I finally updated my chart here this morning so I have a bit more information to look at now. My vaginal readings started their declining trend yesterday and today, so you all know what that means… I’m surging estrogen and nearing ovulation!!!
I’ve been hearing a similar question recently; women asking how many days their vaginal readings will decline before ovulation. Oh, if only there was a way that we could know that! Unfortunately that downward trend may vary from one woman to the next and even from one cycle to the next. You can always feel free to take a peek at my charts if you like – my previous 2 cycles vary quite a bit looking back. On Cycle #38, I had about 6 days of downward vaginal readings, whereas on Cycle #37, I really only had about 1 day! So, what can you take away from this? Simply keep an eye on your readings throughout your cycle so that way you can best plan based on what your body is doing during your current cycle. Of course if you have questions, we’re here to help! If you would like a couple more sets of eye to get feedback about your readings, you can always post a question or note on the forums on OvaGraph!
Hope you have a lovely afternoon!
Happy Friday OvaCuties!
Not too much to update you on with my chart just yet. I have one lone vaginal reading at this point, so I’ll be watching those trends as I take my readings over the weekend and into next week to see when that declining trend will begin.
CD 3 - Oral 231 (White - Not Fertile)
CD 4 - Oral 219 (White - Not Fertile)
CD 5 - Oral 135 (White - Not Fertile)
CD 6 - Oral 111 (Light Blue - Possible)
CD 7 - Oral 133; Vaginal 326 (Light Blue - Possible)
Wishing you all a fun and exciting weekend ahead!
I have a couple of exciting things to share with you! First, I saw a possible ‘cue peak’ trend in my oral readings wrap up today, beginning on CD 4 (CD 4/5/6). With my average cycle length of 28 or so days, that allowed my OvaCue to provide me with my predicted fertile window for the cycle. You can check out my predictions here:
CD 7 - Light Blue - Possible
CD 8 - Light Blue - Possible
CD 9 - Medium blue - High
CD 10 - Medium blue - High
CD 11 - Medium Blue - High
CD 12 - Dark Blue - Highest
CD 13 - Medium Blue - High – Predicted day of ovulation
I’ve been seeing some light spotting, which is why I haven’t yet started using my vaginal sensor. It’s seems to have wrapped up though, as I haven’t seen anything today, which means I can probably start my vaginal readings tomorrow morning.
The other exciting news is that we not only have more Tips and Tangents from Toni (author of the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility) on TCOYF.com, but you can easily access them now through the community forums on OvaGraph here: https://www.ovagraph.com/forums/tonis-tips-and-tangents!
I hope that wherever you are at now, you’re having a fabulous and sunny afternoon! As you can see on my chart, I finally started a new cycle on Saturday, and boy was it a doozy – cramping and a migraine for most of the day. But, I was feeling great on Sunday. So great in fact, I was able to emerge outside and get my vegetable beds all ready for planting. That’s on my agenda for an after-work activity, and I am so excited!!
As some of you may have noticed, we’re adding some helpful notifications based on your cycles and the information that you’ve entered. If you're charting through the website, you'll see that just above your chart. I’m using the OvaCue Mobile this cycle, and saw the alert below the the Home screen of my app:
If you’re using OPKs (ovulation tests) in addition to other charting tools, it’s helpful to know when you should begin use and what they can mean when you do see that true positive. So, we’ve given some quick feedback on use to make sure that you’re as prepared as you can be for the cycle ahead. I hope you find it helpful!
Today is an exciting day for me – it’s April 15th, which means I get my husband back from the busy time known as Tax Season! Since the middle of January, he’s been working weekends, so this will be the first Saturday in months since he’s had a day off! If you can’t tell, I’m very excited (probably almost as much as he is)!
In other exciting news, were you able to check out the new Tip from Toni over on TCOYF? If not, I would definitely suggest taking a look. Without giving too much away, it’s providing helpful feedback about why tracking and charting the CF/CM changes you see can help give you insight on the changes that your body is going through and how it can help you know when you’re likely fertile! I can’t wait to hear what you ladies think about it!
Have a wonderful weekend!
I hope you all had a great weekend and start to your week. My mom and I went on a shopping trip down to Seattle over the weekend. What was the first thing that she and I both found you might ask? Shoes! I’m a sucker for a cute wedge, and there were plenty for me to see, so I was a happy gal!
Do you have a go-to spring/summer clothing or accessory?
Good afternoon all!
So, as you may remember, I mentioned that I had something exciting to share yesterday. As many of you know, we partnered with TCOYF.com about a year ago, and worked very closely with Toni, the author of the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. Well, I’m very excited to announce that we have our first-ever blog post from Toni herself available to check out on TCOYF.com. It’s been awesome to talk with her about how she became interested in women’s health, so I’m beyond thrilled that this post is available so everyone that has already her book and can now get to know her a little more!
I hope you are seeing sunshine out your window, or even better, getting to be outside soaking it in!
Since I’m just chugging along in my luteal phase, I don’t have too much to update you on. I do have some exciting news to share with you tomorrow though… Here’s a hint – it involves a certain someone who has helped many women be able to take charge of their fertility… Can’t wait to share more with you!
I hope you had a great weekend! The wedding that Justin and I went to was great. It ended up being a sunny day so they were able to have the ceremony outside, overlooking the water. Despite my idea of planning ahead, I did forget to pack my OvaCue sensors with me to take my readings on Sunday morning (we stayed at a hotel Saturday night).
The vaginal readings that I do have and can look at are all elevated still, so that’s what I’m focusing on!
CD 4 - Oral 151 (White - Not Fertile)
CD 5 - Oral 131 (White - Not Fertile)
CD 6 - Oral 145 (Light Blue - Possible) **Cue Peak Trend Detected**
CD 7 - Oral 143; Vaginal 256 (Light Blue - Possible)
CD 8 - Oral 128; Vaginal 224 (Light Blue - Possible)
CD 9 - Oral 98; Vaginal 186 (Medium Blue - High)
CD 10 - Oral 86; Vaginal 206 (Medium Blue - High)
CD 11 - Oral 112; Vaginal 155 (Medium Blue - High)
CD 12 - Oral 101; Vaginal 139 (Dark blue - Highest)
CD 13 - Oral 97; Vaginal 117 (Medium Blue - High)
CD 14 - Oral 108; Vaginal 134 (Pink - Possible Ovulation)
CD 15 - Oral 79; Vaginal 128 (Medium Blue - High)
CD 16 - Oral 108; Vaginal 183 (White - Not Fertile)
CD 17 – Missed Readings!!
CD 18 - Oral 82; Vaginal 164 (White - Not Fertile)
It can be hard when we miss a reading or two, but life happens. You hear me say, “we’re focusing on the overall trends of the readings” all the time, and that’s what we continue to do even with a missed reading. What were the trends showing us prior to the missed reading or after?
Wishing you a great start to your week!