OvaCue Fertility Charting with Sarah

By Sarah Dohmanpicture of sarah

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.



Throwback Thursday – OvaCue Style

I think it’s time we openly talk about something – no more whispers or unhappy muttering under our breath… The purple box. There, I said it! Thankfully, we have a guest post back from 2011 that I believe is still informative, and relevant. So, without further ado, the infamous guest post from the Purple Box:

 

Dear OvaCuties (my pet name for all of you OvaCue users),

I think we got off on the wrong foot. I’ve heard a lot of things lately that have led me to this assumption…. for example, “Oh no! Not the dreaded purple box!”, “I’m afraid I might see the purple box this month”, “Is something wrong with me? I got the purple box!”, and the list continues. I’m not sure how I became this scary idea. Can we start over? Let me explain how I can help…yes, I said help! 

I understand that in a “perfect world” you would have your fertile window of blue days and a pink box, end of story. Well, unfortunately, as you all know, it’s not a perfect world and you won’t always have a textbook cycle. Luckily, I’m here!

Let’s back up for a minute and quickly go over why and how the pink box is produced. We’re actually related and provide very similar information, you’ll see! Once you are in your fertile window (produced by the oral sensor) and your approaching ovulation, we expect to see declining vaginal readings. These declining vaginal readings indicate that your estrogen levels are increasing which occurs just prior to ovulation. So remember, the lower your vaginal reading, the higher your fertility. Then when the monitor detects a rise in your vaginal reading, the pink box is produced (assuming that the switch from estrogen dominance to progesterone dominance has occurred). After the pink box, the expectation is that vaginal readings will remain relatively elevated. If they dip again…That’s where I come in!

 

To say it simply…When I pop up, I’m just letting you know that your vaginal readings didn’t follow the typically pattern of remaining elevated. There are many reasons why your vaginal readings may not follow the typical pattern and dip down…hormonal fluctuations and secondary fertility are the two main culprits. It’s not a bad thing to see me, it just takes a bit more interpretation. I’m seen more often in long or irregular cycles but even women with relatively regular cycles may see me from time to time. Case and point, Sarah has pretty regular cycles and she’s seen me in a couple cycles recently. After I pop up, then you’ll want to again monitor your vaginal readings. Similar to the pink box, we expect to see your vaginal readings remain elevated. If they remain elevated, it’s a great sign that ovulation has successfully occurred. It’s important to remember that there will also be cases that even when I pop up, the true ovulation day is the pink box. I know, I’m sorry…it can be a bit confusing.

I hope that I’ve cleared some things up and the next time we meet it will be a positive experience!

Sincerely,

The Purple Box”

 

So, if you see the purple box, there’s no need to panic. Take a deep breath, and take a second look at your data as well as all of the charting tools you use so you can better determine when ovulation took place! Or, you can always post a note on OvaGraph and we can help out!

-Whitney

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Cycle Day 21 - August 25, 2014

Happy Monday!

The weekend just flew by for me! We had our Fantasy football draft on Friday - only time will tell how successful my draft picks were. Then, on Saturday, Justin and I down to Seattle for the wedding of one of his cousins! It was beautiful. The building where the wedding was held was built in 1926 and nicknamed the “castle on the hill” as it overlooks the Puget Sound.  

I’m afraid my vaginal readings aren’t nearly as exciting as my weekend, but they are steady, and continuing to remain elevated above that low just prior to ovulation, which is exactly what I’m looking for!

CD 3 - Oral 201 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 4 - Oral 176 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 5 - Oral 183 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 6 - Oral 167 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 7 - Oral 171; Vaginal 187 (Light Blue - Possible)  ***Cue Peak Trend Detected***

CD 8 - Oral 166; Vaginal 264 (Light Blue - Possible)

CD 9 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 225 (Medium blue - High)

CD 10 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 231 (Medium blue – High)

CD 11 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 212 (Medium blue – High)

CD 12 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 192 (Dark blue – Highest)

CD 13 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 207 (Pink – Ovulation Confirmed)

CD 14 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 211 (Medium blue – High)

CD 15 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 203 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 16 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 223 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 17 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 218 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 18 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 243 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 19 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 238 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 20 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 252 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 21 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 221 (White - Not Fertile)

Hoping you all had a great weekend!

-Whitney

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Cycle Day 18 - August 22, 2014

Fantasy Football Friday,

As difficult as it is for me to think of summer coming to a close (though not just yet!) and fall approaching, I will admit, I enjoy football season. We have friends over to our place nearly every Sunday to watch the game, which gives me even more reasons to cook and try new recipes. We have a fantasy football league here at work, and our draft day is upon us. I have my list of players, and am ready for tonight!

I don’t have too much excitement going on with my OvaCue readings as I am well into my luteal phase now. I am continuing to watch my vaginal readings as I want to see them stay elevated compared to the low I saw just prior to ovulation, on CD 12. There have been some ups and downs, which is just fine. I just want to see that they are above that reading on CD 12 as I look at the ‘big picture’ of my chart.

CD 3 - Oral 201 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 4 - Oral 176 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 5 - Oral 183 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 6 - Oral 167 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 7 - Oral 171; Vaginal 187 (Light Blue - Possible)  ***Cue Peak Trend Detected***

CD 8 - Oral 166; Vaginal 264 (Light Blue - Possible)

CD 9 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 225 (Medium blue - High)

CD 10 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 231 (Medium blue – High)

CD 11 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 212 (Medium blue – High)

CD 12 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 192 (Dark blue – Highest)

CD 13 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 207 (Pink – Ovulation Confirmed)

CD 14 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 211 (Medium blue – High)

CD 15 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 203 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 16 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 223 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 17 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 218 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 18 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 243 (White - Not Fertile)

Wishing you all a spectacular weekend ahead!

-Whitney

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Cycle Day 14 - August 18, 2014

Good afternoon!

I hope you all had a great weekend! We celebrated Justin’s birthday with our yearly trip to Eastern Washington. We are fortunate in that we are able to take the scenic highway across the mountain pass. I absolutely love looking at the trees and mountains as we drive over.

I am pretty confident that I ovulated over the weekend as well – I know, road trip and ovulation all in one weekend! I was keeping an eye on my vaginal readings as they had begun to decline starting all the way back on Tuesday (CD 8). They continued to decline through the low on Saturday (CD 12), and then when I took my reading on Sunday (CD 13), my vaginal readings rose, which is just what we are looking to see once ovulation takes place and my body switches to estrogen dominance.

CD 3 - Oral 201 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 4 - Oral 176 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 5 - Oral 183 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 6 - Oral 167 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 7 - Oral 171; Vaginal 187 (Light Blue - Possible)  ***Cue Peak Trend Detected***

CD 8 - Oral 166; Vaginal 264 (Light Blue - Possible)

CD 9 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 225 (Medium blue - High)

CD 10 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 231 (Medium blue – High)

CD 11 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 212 (Medium blue – High)

CD 12 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 192 (Dark blue – Highest)

CD 13 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 207 (Pink – Ovulation Confirmed)

CD 14 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 211 (Medium blue – High)

Wishing you all the happiest start to your week!

-Whitney

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Cycle Day 9 - August 13, 2014

Bring on the Balloons and Confetti!

I just had to share with you all – today is my husband, Justin’s birthday! I love celebrating birthdays! This one is extra special (at least in my mind) because it was the first time I was able to look at birthday cards in the “For Husband” section – it’s a whole new world in the card aisle for me now.

Now, onto my OvaCue reading world!

CD 3 - Oral 201 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 4 - Oral 176 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 5 - Oral 183 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 6 - Oral 167 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 7 - Oral 171; Vaginal 187 (Light Blue - Possible)  ***Cue Peak Trend Detected***

CD 8 - Oral 166; Vaginal 264 (Light Blue - Possible)

CD 9 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 225 (Medium blue - High)

Predicted Ovulation:

CD 10 - Medium blue - High

CD 11 - Medium Blue - High

CD 12 - Dark Blue - Highest

CD 13 - Medium Blue - High – Predicted day of ovulation

As you can see, I have a few vaginal sensor readings to begin interpreting. Based on my typical cycle length and past ovulation time, I would expect to see my vaginal readings beginning to decline. This is the trend that we are looking for, as we expect to see those vaginal readings declining, as you are moving closer and closer towards the time of ovulation. I am going to keep an eye on my vaginal readings and consider myself fertile as I continue to see them decline!

-Whitney

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Cycle Day 7 - August 11, 2014

Greetings!

Great news, our co-worker’s wedding that took place over the weekend was beautiful! The weather was perfect, just like the ceremony and reception. We are all so happy for her and her husband!

I have my own news as well; my oral ‘cue peak’ trend was detected! Yes, I know, not as thrilling as a wedding, but it is still delightful when you are keeping an eye out for it each day. It’s the little things, right?

CD 3 - Oral 201 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 4 - Oral 176 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 5 - Oral 183 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 6 - Oral 167 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 7 - Oral 171; Vaginal 187 (Light Blue - Possible)  ***Cue Peak Trend Detected***

Predicted Ovulation:

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

Wishing you all a great start to your week!

-Whitney

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Cycle Day 4 - August 8, 2014

Hello Friday!

I hope you all have had a wonderful week so far. I will admit I am excited for this weekend though – one of the girls that works here at Fairhaven Health is getting married tomorrow! I’m very excited for her and her future husband and I cannot wait to share how it went with you all!

I began taking my oral readings yesterday, so I’m still giving myself some time to have data saved in my unit to detect my oral ‘cue peak’ trend. Remember, the OvaCue is looking at your oral readings looking for that ‘cue peak’ trend (1 higher oral reading followed by 2 lower oral readings). Once that has been discovered, then your predicted fertile window can be populated (the range of light to dark blue boxes). But, until we see that trend in your data, you’ll still only see each day that you take a reading turn white, while the future days remain gray!

CD 3 - Oral 201 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 4 - Oral 176 (White - Not Fertile)

Hope you all have a great end to your week!

-Whitney

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Cycle Day 2 - August 6, 2014

Time for a new cycle!

Good afternoon my fellow OvaCue friends! I began a new cycle yesterday, so I don’t have any exciting data to share with you yet. I’m planning to begin using my oral sensor tomorrow morning, so the OvaCue and I can begin looking to detect my oral ‘cue peak’ trend!

Have a great day!

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Cycle Day 28 - August 4, 2014

Good Afternoon!

We made it back from our weekend getaway! I completely forgot that it was SeaFair weekend was taking place, so that was a happy surprise! The Blue Angels were flying around and we were fortunate enough to be able to watch them from the apartment as we overlooked the water. Franklin had a blast too with all of the new smells to take in. Plus, at the apartment, there was a dog area on the rooftop complete with a cute faux fire hydrant.

I remembered to take my readings while I was away, so I could continue to keep an eye on them (plus, it keeps me in the habit of taking them!) and make sure that they are remaining elevated. So far, so good!

CD 2 - Oral 263 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 3 - Oral 214 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 4 - Oral 226 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 5 - Oral 208 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 6 - Oral 210 (Light Blue - Possible) ***Cue Peak Trend Detected***

CD 7 - Oral 203; Vaginal 248 (Light Blue - Possible)

CD 8 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 231 (Medium blue – High)

CD 9 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 236 (Medium blue – High)

CD 10 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 244 (Medium blue – High)

CD 11 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 221 (Medium blue – High)

CD 12 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 203 (Dark blue – Highest)

CD 13 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 189 (Medium blue – High)

CD 14 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 213 (Pink – Ovulation Confirmed)

CD 15 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 217 (Medium blue – High)

CD 16 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 232 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 17 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 225 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 18 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 234 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 21 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 237 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 22 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 228 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 23 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 246 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 24 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 257 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 25 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 249 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 26 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 264 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 27 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 250 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 28 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 231 (White - Not Fertile)

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and you are ready to get this week started!

-Whitney

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Cycle Day 25 - August 1, 2014

August 1st!

“I can’t believe it’s Friday already!” has been my tagline for most of the day. I don’t know where the middle of the week went, but I must say, I’ve been looking forward to this weekend. My brother has a pretty awesome apartment in downtown Seattle, and will be out of town on a business trip this weekend. So, being a wonderful older brother, he is letting Justin and I (and Franklin of course!) stay at his place while he is gone and roam around Seattle. It’s always so much fun going down there to shop and eat, so I’m sure that we’ll have a blast. I cannot wait to keep you posted and the joys and adventures that we have!

CD 2 - Oral 263 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 3 - Oral 214 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 4 - Oral 226 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 5 - Oral 208 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 6 - Oral 210 (Light Blue - Possible) ***Cue Peak Trend Detected***

CD 7 - Oral 203; Vaginal 248 (Light Blue - Possible)

CD 8 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 231 (Medium blue – High)

CD 9 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 236 (Medium blue – High)

CD 10 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 244 (Medium blue – High)

CD 11 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 221 (Medium blue – High)

CD 12 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 203 (Dark blue – Highest)

CD 13 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 189 (Medium blue – High)

CD 14 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 213 (Pink – Ovulation Confirmed)

CD 15 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 217 (Medium blue – High)

CD 16 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 232 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 17 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 225 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 18 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 234 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 21 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 237 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 22 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 228 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 23 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 246 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 24 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 257 (White - Not Fertile)

CD 25 - Oral n/a; Vaginal 249 (White - Not Fertile)

As you can see, not much new on my OvaCue readings, but they are still staying elevated, which is what I want to see. I hope that you all have a fun and safe weekend!

-Whitney

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