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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 hope you had a wonderful weekend! We actually had some nice weather here, so the pups and I took advantage of it and hung out outside for quite a while before fall really kicks in. I have a few blueberry bushes that are somehow thriving right now, so Justin and I spend a good hour and a half picking those last night – I always find that so relaxing. What activities help you relax from the day?
Since I’m not charting this cycle, I’m afraid I don’t have any readings to share with you. Instead, I would like to go over a question that I have been hearing frequently.
Q: In some of the example OvaCue charts, the vaginal readings are higher than the oral readings during the whole cycle. My readings sometimes overlap, or my vaginal readings are lower than my oral. Is that ok?
A: The values of your oral or vaginal readings may be completely different from the example charts that you see, and that’s totally ok! We're looking at the oral and vaginal readings independently from each other (oral readings give us advance notice that you’re nearing ovulation and vaginal readings let us know when ovulation has likely taken place), so it doesn't matter if the vaginal readings are higher or lower than the oral from one cycle to the next.
The example charts are there to offer some feedback about the trends that we’re looking to see with the oral sensor as well as the vaginal sensor, not necessarily the actual numbers or values that you may see.
Hope that helps if that’s something you’ve been wondering about!
I hope your day is wrapping up well for you. I’ve been seeing some new faces around the community forums lately, which is always awesome. I love to hear from women who begin tracking their cycle and how much information they can find out about their bodies!
Whether you are new to charting or you’ve been tracking for some time, it can always be helpful to go back to the basics and get a refresher on some of those fertility acronyms that you may find! We have a pretty comprehensive list that you can take a look at here. Are there any that you think should be added?
I’m back from my travels to Ireland and London! We actually got back Saturday afternoon, but with the 8 hour timezone change, I’m only now starting to feel like I might be back to normal. While I was gone, I began a new cycle. I intentionally left my OvaCue at home, and took this cycle off from charting. Of course I noticed some signs – it’s always in the back of my mind :)
If you take a look at my OvaGraph chart, you’ll see that I’ve created a Placeholder Cycle since I wasn’t tracking anything here. That can be a great feature that you can use if you’re taking a break from charting or some women use it for longer stretches of time (if they conceive for example). You can take a look at using that feature on your chart here on our FAQ page: https://www.ovagraph.com/frequently-asked-questions#charting-graphs
My vaginal readings are still elevated so far, so things are looking good for me as I sit here, 12 DPO.
I do have an announcement for you all… I’m headed to Europe tomorrow! Justin and I will be going to Ireland and London!! Sarah, who just got married 3 days ago, will be here to answer any questions that come up though. You’ll be seeing her on the community forums and she’ll be handling my emails, so no worries there.
Thanks for your patience while I’m away!
Since my chart isn’t really showing us too much excitement right this moment, I wanted to share something else with you. Many of you know Sarah, the OvaCue specialist who fills in for me when I’m out of the office. Well, she is getting married tomorrow!
I am so excited for her, so send relaxing and happy thoughts her way on her big day tomorrow!
I’m currently chugging along in my TWW (two week wait). My vaginal readings are still above that low that I saw back on CD 12, which is what I’m keeping my eyes on. If you take a peek, you can see that they are declining a bit now. Since they’re still elevated though, and I’m not experiencing any other fertile signs at the moment (CM or fertile vaginal sensations), I’m not concerned at all with that.
I do have a bit of exciting news to share if you haven’t noticed already. We recently released an update to the OvaGraph app! The most noticeable thing you’ll see first is the awesome (at least in my opinion) new icon! For more details about the update, check out my post here: https://www.ovagraph.com/discussion/app-update-1
Good news, my vaginal readings have been elevated since that low that I saw back on CD 12. If you take a peek at my chart, you can see that low on CD 12 and the rise on CD 13, which is what we’re looking for around that time of ovulation.
I’ve been hearing a question about those vaginal reading trends during the luteal phase, so I though this was a great example to show you. After that egg is released, we’re looking to see those vaginal readings rise and remain elevated.
While there was another drop and rise in my readings on CD 16/17, they were still elevated compared to that low all the way back on CD 12, which is all I’m comparing to!
Hope that helps when you’re looking at the trends of your readings!
Guess who saw a vaginal rise yesterday?!? I did! Plus, my vaginal reading is elevated today too. Of course I’m going to keep watching my vaginal readings to make sure they’re staying elevated compared to the low I saw on Wednesday, but I’m still excited.
I hope you’re able to stay cool over the weekend!