Fertile Focus - Review

Saliva Based Ovulation Detection

Fertile Focus
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The Fertile Focus is a pocket sized microscope used to detect ovulation using saliva. This lipstick-sized and shaped monitor is a light source and slide. The top cover comes off and the lower half is separated into two. You place saliva on the glass slide and wait for it to dry. Then you put it together and press a small button on the bottom of the case to light up the saliva specimen. You can then match the pattern you see with the instruction booklet.

When you see a ferning pattern you are ovulating and should plan sex accordingly to help you get pregnant.

Using the Fertile Focus to try for pregnancy is cost-effective. Since you can reuse the Fertile Focus indefinitely, you save a lot of money on ovulation prediction kits. I also like the fact that you can test every few hours if that makes you happy, without spending a ton of money. In fact, the entire Fertile Focus kit costs less than one month's ovulation prediction testing on the cheap end.

The housing for the microscope is metallic, so it feels sturdy. And yet it's light weight. This makes it easy to slip into your pocket or purse. The nice thing about microscope testing is that it's hard to tell what you're doing, so you can use it in public. The Fertile Focus has its name on the outside label, so if you are trying to keep your baby plans a secret, this might be a drawback for you.

It does come with instructions on use and care. This includes sample photos of ferning and transitional phases. You can also use vaginal secretions with the monitor.

One of the things that makes Fertile Focus so helpful is that you can use it over and over. There is no need to buy something every month or even with every pregnancy attempt.

Most of the people I know who use Fertile Focus use the same one every time they are trying to conceive. I did have to replace mine, but that was because I lost it when we moved. 

Being able to test throughout the day also gave me the peace of mind that I would be able to really tell when I was close to ovulation. So when I'd get a transitional looking pattern, I'd start testing every few hours. This made me feel more in control. It was also helpful because I didn't have to remember first-morning urine or wait to test at certain times of the day.

My husband liked it because, as someone who had studied chemistry, he could really understand how the hormones shifted. He was fascinated by how the patterns changed. It really helped him be more involved in the whole process.

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