Fertility Product Review: OvaCue Fertility Monitor

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Of all the fertility monitors out there, the ones made by Zetek are among the very best of the “high end” monitors in my opinion. These are a bit more pricey and are an investment in the future.

[WIDGET1]The Zetek monitors called Cue II (an earlier version) and OvaCue cost from $249 to $349 depending on which model and accessories you choose. While the price seems a bit high at the beginning, when you realize that you’ll actually be saving money in the long run, you’ll see what a gem these monitors truly are.

The monitors measure the electrolytes in both the saliva and cervical fluid to determine what point the fertility cycle is in.  The monitors generally do the same things with the exception that the OvaCue stores the information in the unit while the Cue II has to be charted on paper.

Each monitor comes with the oral sensor and you may purchase the optional vaginal sensor. The oral sensor is used starting on day four of the cycle, first thing in the morning. The oral sensor is to be pressed firmly on the tongue before any food or drink and the unit then gives a number to either be charted (by the Cue II) or stored in the OvaCue. The oral sensor alerts to ovulation five to seven days in advance by the OvaCue Peak (the highest followed by two low readings.) The instruction booklet contained with the unit explains all this in detail.

The vaginal sensor is to be used after bleeding has stopped. It’s best to use it at the same time every day, I use mine in the evening after a shower. The vaginal sensor alerts to ovulation a day or two before (with the “Vaginal Low”) and again on the day of ovulation (with the “Vaginal Rise”). You will not see the vaginal sensor alert unless you are definitely ovulating.

It’s because of the ability to predict ovulation up to a week in advance then definitely confirm ovulation as it happens that I feel these monitors are superior over all the other brands. It gives a long enough advance warning about ovulation, then actually confirms ovulation right before and during. It makes planning for a specific gender fairly easy.

The price range of the Zetek monitors compare to that of the Clear Blue Easy –  (Clear Plan) however the price is the only similarity in my opinion. With the Clear Blue Easy you have to purchase test strips each month, which can cost up to an additional $50 per month. With the Zetek monitors the only thing you’ll ever have to purchase after the initial buy is a 9 volt battery. I’ve had my Cue II since 2001 and I’m still used the same 9 volt battery that came with the unit by 2005!

If you have irregular cycles, the best unit is the Cue II, which allows you to chart on paper. With irregular cycles you may see several “Cue Peaks” which alert to possible ovulation. One thing for sure is that the vaginal sensor won’t give the confirmation on ovulation unless it is happening. The OvaCue is best for women with regular cycles, as it’s a computerized unit which stores the information and best handles cycles that occur with a normal range.

Do these monitors really work? YES! My baby is living proof. The Cue II alerted to ovulation seven days prior, and I confirmed ovulation and conception happened. Eleven days later I had a positive pregnancy test!

On a personal note, I have used the Cue II as birth control. The manufacturer makes no claim that the monitors can be used as birth control, however I personally feel that with proper understanding of the fertility cycle, these units work well for me as birth control.

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