If you're reading this, you're probably already aware that having an irregular cycle can make it difficult to predict your ovulation date. Compounding this issue is the fact that most fertility monitors on the market are unable to account for an irregular cycle, and as such, often provide inaccurate results.
In contrast, the OvaCue fertility monitor, in combination with the vaginal sensor, is a reliable tool for trying-to-conceive women with irregular cycles (as well as women with regular cycles, of course). Here's why: An irregular cycle is often correlated with some degree of hormonal imbalance. While other fertility monitors predict ovulation based on the attainment of a pre-determined level of a given hormone (either luteinizing hormone, estrogen, or a combination of the two), the OvaCue has no predetermined level set — rather, it interprets each reading in your cycle in relation to your previous readings. That is to say, the OvaCue doesn't look for a specific reading based on statistical averages, it looks for an overall trend in your body's own unique readings. This method of ovulation determination is particularly suitable for women with irregular cycles since a hormonal imbalance may prevent you from reaching a predetermined hormone level prior to ovulation.
FertilAid for Women and Irregular Cycles
FertilAid for Women is a natural, non-prescription fertility supplement that is particularly helpful for trying-to-conceive women with irregular cycles. Key ingredients in FertilAid have been demonstrated to exert a normalizing, regulatory effect on the hormones that govern the monthly cycle. Often, a woman with an irregular cycle will find it normalizing within a month or two of using FertilAid, a scenario that is particularly beneficial in achieving pregnancy.
If you have an irregular cycle, we recommend using FertilAid in conjunction with the OvaCue Fertility Monitor for best results.
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For women with irregular cycles, using the vaginal sensor in addition to the OvaCue and oral sensor is a must. The OvaCue uses your average cycle length to determine when it should be looking for certain trends in your oral readings. Once it detects this trend (what's known as your "cue peak"), the OvaCue will populate out a “fertile window” on the calendar screen in varying shades of blue (from light blue to dark blue), giving 5-7 day notice of ovulation. However, women with irregular cycles may not necessarily ovulate in 5-7 days; they may ovulate before or after that time.
With the vaginal sensor, the monitor is able to cross-reference additional data points which are provided from interpreting electrolyte levels in your cervical mucus. This allows the monitor to determine when your estrogen levels are decreasing and your progesterone levels are increasing (ovulation). If you happen to ovulate earlier than the oral sensor predicted, the vaginal sensor will be able to notify you 1 to 2 days in advance that ovulation will actually be occurring sooner. This is also the case if ovulation is going to occur later than the oral reading had originally predicted; the OvaCue (with the help of the information provided by vaginal readings) will extend your "fertile" window until progesterone dominance has been detected. Please note, that while the color coding produced by the monitor provides a convenient way to assess your fertility status, for women with highly irregular cycles, it may also be necessary to interpret actual reading data (in addition to looking at the color coding), to accurately determine your most fertile days in the cycle and when ovulation occurred. For best results, we encourage charting at OvaGraph.com, Fairhaven Health’s FREE fertility charting website that allows you to store, view and share your OvaCue data. For best results, we recommend charting your OvaCue readings at OvaGraph.com to allow the OvaCue Specialists at Fairhaven Health to assist with interpretation of OvaCue readings, whenever necessary.
Some women, particularly women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), experience “multiple follicular stimulation”, a condition in which more than one follicle is selected during the course of a cycle. Multiple follicular stimulation can occur if the dominant follicle does not mature or rupture as expected (perhaps due to a timing issue with the secretion of luteinizing hormone or some other hormone imbalance). As a result, the egg is not released and fertilization cannot occur. The body will often recognize that there is a problem with the first follicle and will attempt to address the situation by selecting a second follicle 3-5 days later. For trying-to-conceive women, recognizing the selection of this second follicle is important, as it will result in ovulation occurring later than expected. (Note: multiple follicular stimulation is one reason why some women experience longer than normal cycles). Using data gathered from the oral and vaginal sensors, the OvaCue can help you determine if you are experiencing multiple follicular stimulation. For more information see Multiple Follicular Stimulation, Secondary Fertility, and the Purple Box.
Bottom line: Women with irregular cycles are able to use the OvaCue to accurately identify their peak fertile time in a way that no other ovulation prediction method can match.