Last month I had a fit about buying the CVS cheap brand of ovulation kits. It’s especially frustrating when you’re trying to figure out when you’re going to ovulate. Here’s the story last month. I went to the fertility clinic midcycle to check whether I was ovulating or was “going” to ovulate. They did an ultrasound and found that I did have two follicles on my left ovary. Therefore, they took a blood test to see if there’s an LH surge. Nope, there wasn’t. They told me that I can use one of those over the counter ovulation kits, “any one.” Well, I thought I was smart so I bought the CVS brand for $20 for 20 sticks. I went home and it was “positive”! Well, it was positive for 6 straight days.
Ok, I got freaked out. Maybe I have PCOS instead of endometriosis? Or I was just not ovulating. I told my fertility doctor and they said we’ll monitor more closely next month.
This time, I was ready. I scheduled a OB/GYN visit as well as a fertility clinic visit around my ovulation dates. On 3/2, I went to my ob office and said I needed a pap smear because the fertility doctor needed it (pure coincidence – I’m lucky this fell on the dates around my ovulation). As she’s doing the pap, she said “something” is going on down there and I look like I’m going to ovulate soon. My new ob is really cute. She put a cotton swab in me and pulled out my “egg whites” and told me how beautiful they look and how “classic textbook egg white” looks like. Seriously, too much detail even for myself because it really felt weird watching someone else play with your personal “material” and calling it beautiful. Clearblue that morning said “negative” but since the doc says I’m ovulating “soon,” I did the test again at 4 am that night (I worked til 4 am and not because I was stressing about ovulation). Negative. Hm…
Next morning, I was at the fertility clinic. Both my ovaries had follicles over 20mm (which is ripe and mature) so the fertility clinic said “go home and have intercourse.” Then they took a blood test. Results of the test came out in the afternoon and my LH was at 24.9. This represented a surge and the nurse who called me said I’m indeed ovulating and gave it a go sign.
I got home and tested myself at 7pm (3/3) and Clearblue gave me a “happy face.” See how accurate Clearblue is? Just to make sure I wasn’t doing what I did last month (which was ovulate for like 6 days straight according to CVS), I tested again the next morning (3/4) at 9:30 AM which was positive but on (3/5) it was negative. It did give me a 24 hour window for the positive happy face!
I’ve attached the photo below. A happy face drawn is for the days that it was positive. They did warn you that you can’t be looking at the lines to determine any results. You solely have to look on their digital monitor for either a happy face for a blank face. The kit was $25 on Amazon with 20 sticks and the digital monitor. Worth it? Definitely. At least I know I am normal.
Clearblue Easy that I bought:
I highly recommend it. Tested with ultrasound and physicians backing this time, I am sure it was 100% accurate for me!
Oh, P.S., the CVS brand still showed I was positive “today” even when Clearblue says I’m not. Seriously, drop the cheap brand. I’m not going to test any other brands because I’ve already found one that works. That’s enough for me!