MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information
Donor Insemination (DI)
ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION USING A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
The definition of infertility is a couple who has been trying to become pregnant for at least one year without success. There are many causes of infertility, some male related and some female related. Before any treatment such as insemination is considered, a basic infertility evaluation should be performed.
This evaluation will include a male semen analysis, since this is the problem in up to 40-percent of cases. After this, several hormones should be checked in the woman including tests of ovarian function, thyroid function, prolactin levels, as well as insulin level evaluations in patients who meet certain criteria. In addition, a test should be performed to confirm ovulation. Although it is not possible to completely confirm ovulation, tests such as progesterone levels at the appropriate point in a woman's cycle can help.
Once all these tests are performed, a cause will be identified in up to 80-percent of couples. The remaining 20 percent are diagnosed with "unexplained infertility."
Your health care provider can perform inseminations in their office. It is a good procedure, and several women become pregnant this way, but it is not for everyone. Intrauterine insemination is a procedure performed for unexplained infertility or infertility due to mild endometriosis. For the procedure to be successful, the woman's fallopian tubes must be open. The insemination is done after treating the woman with hormones to help the egg develop. The patient is then followed closely with ultrasound, and when the egg is ready, a second hormone injection is used to help release the egg. The next day, the husbands semen is collected, washed with a special solution, and then concentrated in a centrifuge. This concentrate is then placed directly into the woman's uterus using a small plastic tube. This procedure usually does not cause any more discomfort than a PAP smear.
The procedure is more effective than using Clomid alone, and is much less expensive than "in vitro" fertilization ("test-tube babies"). It can increase a couples chance of pregnancy 2 to 3 fold, but still not all will be able to conceive this way. For those who can not, a consultation with a reproductive endocrinologist is usually necessary.
This can be an expensive method of insemination if you decide to use medical assistance from your health care provider.
ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION BY DONOR (ALTERNATIVE INSEMINATION) DONE AT HOME
The simplest, most widely used, and least invasive of the technologies that a woman may consider is donor insemination (DI). This procedure does not require professional help, and you can do it at home. This kind of insemination is often called "artificial insemination by donor" or "alternative insemination". It can be used by women (such as lesbian and single women) who wish to get pregnant without having a male partner. It can be used by women with male partners when the man has fertility problems or risks passing on a hereditary disease the couple wants to avoid, or if the couple experiences structural or psychological barriers to intercourse. At present women in the U.S. are conceiving more than 30,000 babies a year by this method.
To use DI on your own, you should have no fertility problems and your menstrual cycle should be regular, although you can check your fertile time even when your cycle is irregular. To find out when you are likely to ovulate, you can chart your basal body temperature and mucus consistency for a few months. A urine test kit can be purchased in a drug store can help you time the insemination by detecting the hormone burst that precedes ovulation by about 24 hours. The kits contain detailed instructions and are relatively simple to use. There are several brands, all of which work on the same principle. Below, is the only kit that has a specially designed cervical cap used for conception.
MoonDragon's Conception Information: The Conception Kit™ by Conceivex Inc.
FRESH SPERM VS. FROZEN SPERM - PROTECTING YOUR HEALTH
To protect your health, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (formerly the American Fertility Society) has issued guidelines strongly advising women to use only frozen, not fresh, semen. You can use semen from a sperm bank or bring your donor's semen to a sperm bank. It will be tested for infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, and then frozen and held in quarantine from three to six (some say nine) months. At that point, the donor should be tested again. Only if that test result is also negative should the semen be used. Some health care providers have the facilities to screen and store frozen semen correctly. Sperm banks do not screen for genetic anomalies, donors are asked for their history, but they may not know that problems exist, or they may not mention some they know about.
Unfortunately, using frozen semen takes more time and usually costs more money: about $130 per vial of semen. DI through a health care provider costs about $140 a month at two inseminations per cycle with fresh semen and $200 to $300 if frozen semen is used (these costs prices are constantly going up) . This does not usually include practitioner's fees. Sadly, insurance covers DI in only a few states, and then usually only for heterosexual couples for "medical reasons," i.e., if the man's sperm is inadequate.
It takes longer to become pregnant with frozen semen because sperm motility (capability for movement) is decreased upon thawing; thawed sperm cells also have a shorter life span than fresh sperm, and a reduced ability to penetrate cervical mucus. This may mean that you will need to attempt more inseminations in order to become pregnant.
Women who cannot afford frozen semen or clinic and physician fees, and who use fresh semen, are at a greater risk for HIV and other infections. The donor may not be aware of an infection himself, or he may neglect to tell you. If you must use fresh sperm, it is safest if your donor is healthy, well-nourished, celibate or at least monogamous, if he has practiced safe sex for at least six months before the insemination, if he is sober and drug-free, and if both he and his sexual partner(s) can show you the negative results of two or more recent HIV antibody tests. It is also wise for him to be tested for hepatitis B and hepatitis C as well as other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
CHOOSING A SPERM DONOR
There are several ways of obtaining semen. You may ask a male friend or acquaintance to donate sperm. If you want anonymity, you may ask friends to find someone for you. You can get inseminated with the help of a health care practitioner or clinic with access to a sperm bank. You can negotiate directly with the sperm bank, which will send you a catalog of unidentified potential donors with basic information about their size, eye and hair color, race, and ethnicity. Once you narrow the choice down to a few, you will see the "long file" on each, which will include family medical history and short essays by the donor about his personality and about his reasons for donating semen. Once you choose among the donors, you can negotiate with the sperm bank about how and when each "straw" containing semen will be delivered, and how much each will cost. Some sperm banks offer the DI children a choice of finding out who the donor is, although usually not until the child reaches adolescence or later. It is important to think through whether this is an option you want for your child.
You can inseminate at home, or go to a clinic to be inseminated. Ask other women what they decided to do and why. You can learn a great deal from their experiences. As a single woman doing donor insemination, you may find it very difficult to obtain the support you need from any medical staff, support groups, or even from your friends and family. It can be a lonely experience, especially when everything in the patient education materials talk about "husbands" and you may not have one for that extra support, emotionally and financially.
If you are not using semen from a sperm bank, you might want to have your donor's fertility checked by a fertility clinic before attempting to inseminate. Sperm analysis can be relatively inexpensive, and male infertility is fairly common. If the semen comes from a sperm bank, you can ask your health care provider to examine it for sperm number and motility after it thaws. If the semen is of inferior quality, you can get a replacement straw.
When you inseminate, the semen should be at body temperature. When you know that you are about to ovulate, thaw the semen from the sperm bank for a few hours at room temperature, or ask the sperm donor to ejaculate into a clean (preferably boiled, but always cooled) container. (Frozen sperm is preferable healthwise.) Semen should be used as quickly as possible, but surely within 30 minutes of ejaculation or thawing; you and your partner can maintain the semen's temperature by placing the container in your armpit, cleavage, or crotch. Suck up the semen with a needleless hypodermic syringe, an eye dropper, or a small turkey baster (no kidding!) or a disposable plastic pipette (similar to an eyedropper with a plastic bulb connected to a 4 to 6 inch narrow tube). An Oves Contraception Cap (See Conception Kit™ link below) can be used for pooling the semen containing the sperm in a cap that fits over the cervix, however, keep in mind the Oves cap was designed for contraception and keeping sperm out, not in.
The Conception Kit by Conceivex, Inc. comes with specially designed cervical caps made especially for this purpose. Their cervical cap wells are deeper to contain the sperm and specially designed to fit comfortably over the cervical opening of any size cervix. If you are serious about using this method, or you feel you and your partner need a little extra help with conceiving a baby, it is a wise choice to use the conception kit since it contains the only FDA approved conception cap made and distributed in the United States. Plus it gives you 3 months worth of ovulation tests as well as pregnancy tests to be used along with the cap with detailed instructions. The kit also contains special "sperm friendly" lubricant and sperm collection sheaths (used like a condom, but meant to be used to preserve sperm, not kill it). There is a good success rate using this kit. This kit can be ordered through Conceivex if you are interested in insemination.
If you have a speculum (the duck-billed device used to open up your vagina when you have a pelvic exam), you can insert it into your vagina and with a flashlight you can locate your cervix. With or without a speculum, you (or your partner or friend) then gently insert the syringe into your vagina while you lie flat on your back with your rear up on a pillow. Empty the syringe into your vagina to deposit the semen as close to your cervical opening as possible (this is why the cervical cup works well). Continue lying down comfortably for 10 minutes or so, so that the semen does not leak from your vagina. Some practitioners recommend a bottom up and head down position.
Even if you do not have a partner to assist you in this process, it can help to have loving friends with you while you inseminate. You can even make it a fertility ritual and have a few of your closest friends with you when you do this.
It is a good idea to inseminate every other day over the five days just before, during, and after you ovulate. Most women under 35 years old become pregnant after doing DI for three to five cycles. However, this varies depending on the quality of sperm, whether it has been frozen, and your own fertility. Health care providers do not yet understand all the factors involved with the fertility process and why some women become pregnant right away, some take awhile, and some do not at all when there is no physiological reason.
An increasing number of women are choosing to become inseminated at health centers or clinics. You may feel more secure doing this method. Health care providers are there to assist you, but it also turns the experience into a more medical and initially more expensive event. Some clinics try to increase pregnancy rates by adding ovulatory enhancement drugs to trigger more eggs to be released (also increasing the risk of a multiple pregnancy). Some may even suggest intrauterine insemination (in which the sperm is specially prepared by removing prostaglandins, which can cause cramping, and inserted directly into your uterus via a tiny catheter). These more invasive approaches to insemination may or may not be what you want. Remember it is up to you whether or not to accept any drugs or technical interventions that are offered.
DONOR IDENTITY KNOWN VS. ANONYMITY
Mutual anonymity between you and the man who donates the sperm may be important for both of you and can forestall legal and emotional complications. A known donor may later decide that he wants to have custody and visitation rights. Problems have arisen when a man who gave his sperm had a change of feelings and sued for visitation or wanted to give the child his surname. Single and lesbian women especially have to guard against this kind of harassment. The sperm donor, too, may need protection, because a court may later assert a known donor's responsibility for child support.
There are also arguments against anonymity. Sometimes unmarried woman, both heterosexual and lesbian, want the donor to be a friend who wants to be involved in the child's life. Also, just as adopted children are making increasing efforts to locate their biological parents, some children conceived by DI may later be disturbed and angry if they cannot find out who their biological father is. In addition, health problems may arise that may make us or our children want to have access to the sperm donor's medical history. (Most sperm banks will contact the donor when a medical need arises.)
The legal status of DI varies in different states and is sometimes unclear. It is a good idea to be aware of the laws in your state.
There is an automatic assumption in every state that the biological father of a child is the legal father. Every state has its own regulations for how the donor can legally relinquish his parental rights; many states require a physician's involvement for this. If you want the donor to be considered the legal father of the child, be sure to comply with whatever steps your state requires. In some states, the lesbian partner of a woman who has a child by DI can adopt that child, so that both can be legal parents. (This is called co-parent adoption.)
If you have a known donor, you may want to create a written agreement with the donor (and preferably also with his partner, if he has one), to clarify everyone's intentions. The agreement could spell out specifically that you do (or do not) want him considered to be the child's parent, what his role is expected to be, if any, and how much contact he is to have with the child, and so forth. However, there is no state where a written agreement like this is legally enforceable.
THE DI DECISION
DI is not right for everybody. It raises different questions for different people. Some married women have said they felt like they had committed adultery. Some religious groups, such as Roman Catholic and Orthodox Jewish do consider DI to be adultery. A partner may not feel as involved in the pregnancy or parenting as you had hoped, because the baby is not his or her biological child. If you value genetic continuity and family resemblances highly, then DI is not for you. Think about what you will tell close friends and family, and - most importantly - what you will tell your child. Many heterosexual parents in the past have kept DI a secret, perhaps to protect the man from the embarrassment of having people know he is infertile. Fertility and sexual potency, particularly in the sense of the ability to achieve erection and ejaculation, are often mistakenly linked. Do not assume from the start that you must be secretive or conversely tell all.
There has been research work on the psychological adjustment and development of children conceived via DI. The outcome is that these children are well adjusted and high on the development charts in some variables. However, most studies so far have been done on children of heterosexual couples who have not told the children about their origin.
Many women have used DI happily and successfully. They have developed bonds between their partners and with their children that are as strong as any between two biological parents and their biological offspring.
It is important to keep in mind when exploring any avenue of reproductive therapy that if it does not feel right, then do not do it! And also need to know when to stop trying and accept the possibility of no children.
MoonDragon's Conception Information
The Conception Kit™ - Contents & Use
These are supplies that are used in collection of human semen samples for insemination or analysis including collection cups, semen collection condoms, pipets, etc. Some of these items can be used with the Conception Kit (such as the basal thermometer, saliva test device, and ovulation meter). These items are not endorsed or recommended by the manufacturer of the Conception Kit, Conceivex, Inc.
OTHER HELPFUL CONCEPTION PRODUCTS
SPECIMEN COLLECTION CUPS
Screw Cap, Sterile or Non-Sterile
Amazon: Specimen Cup Products
A new, unused specimen cup may be used to collect semen for insemination purposes. You can use non-sterile, but sterile is always preferred.
Amazon: Graduated Plastic Specimen Cup, Sterile Recipient With Red Lid, Sodial, 60 ml, Pack of 5
Also available in 40 mL size.
Amazon: Basic Specimen Containers, Medline, Pack of 20
Bulk Sterile Specimen Containers. Each specimen container holds up to 4.5 ounces of liquid. Convenient easy to use sterile specimen containers.
Amazon: Softcup, 14 Disposable Menstrual Discs, EvoFem
Another Alternative For Specimen Collection: Softcup is a soft red, large, flexible, medical grade silicon cup.
The Softcup is a unique, proven advancement in period protection. With the Softcup, women can now live life during that time of the month without the restrictions and inconvenience of pads and tampons! Features: The Softcup can be worn longer, more comfortably and during more activities than tampons. On a light day, most women find they can wear one Softcup the entire day without changing or risk of leakage. Absolutely no reported incidence of Toxic Shock Syndrome in over 10 years and 100 million cups! Made entirely of hypoallergenic, non-toxic, non-irritating, non-absorbent materials and is latex free. The Softcup can be worn during all types of physical activity. Worn entirely internally, it's so discreet that you can wear anything (including swimsuits) without revealing any trace of your period protection! Wearing Softcup during your period, you and your partner can enjoy sex and neither of you will even feel it's there! (Note: the Softcup is NOT a contraceptive!) Can be worn safely all the through the night. Holds menstrual fluid entirely internally to eliminate dampness and reduce odor caused when even small amounts of menstrual fluid leak and are exposed to air, which even tampons can't avoid.
It is a diaphragm sized cup that can be placed directly over the cervix. It might be usable to hold the semen that has been collected and inserted into the vagina over the cervix, bringing the semen closer to the cervical opening. If anyone tries it, I would like feedback on this to see if it worked well.
Amazon: Conception-Insemination Kits & Conception Aid Products Amazon: Specimen Collection Cup Products Amazon: Instead Softcup Products
DISPOSABLE TRANSFER PIPETS
Amazon: Transfer Pipet/Pipette Dropper Products<
Amazon: Plasti Transfer Pipettes, 3 mL Graduated, Vetmed USA, Pack of 100
Bulk packaging, non sterile with 0,5 mL graduation.
Amazon: Plastic Transfer Pipettes, Graduated, KingLake, 3 mL, Pack of 100
Great for transfer of aromatherapy essential oils and makeup or other solutions. Use for testing laboratories, chemistry. Soft, pliable and easy to use. Approximately 15.6 cm length. Disposable.
DIGITAL BASAL THERMOMETER
Amazon: Basal Thermometer Products
Amazon: Digital Basal Thermometer, Fairhaven Health, Package of 1
Sensitive to 1/10th of a degree for accurate readings. Used for determining ovulation. Beeps to indicate peak temperature reading. Features a large, easy to read digital display and free ovulation chart. Displays a memory recall of your last reading.
Amazon: Digital Oral Basal Thermometer, Snow-Med, 1 Thermometer
High accurace (0,09°F) used to test basal body temperature during ovulation cycle. Soft blue backligh, large LCD monitor. Easy to read in the dark. 50 memories recall track the history easily, so you do not have to write it down. Built in alarm clock, easy to set up, every morning at the same time it beeps..
AVANTI NON-LATEX CONDOMS
These Avanti Non-Latex Condoms may or may not be the same condoms used in the kit. These are non-latex, but they state they are lubricated, but information doesn't say whether or not the lubricant is a spermicide. It is best to find a non-latex condom that is unlubricated without spermicide. If you cannot find one or have doubt about it, have the donor ejaculate into a specimen cup instead (see first product item above). Once the semen is collected in the specimen cup, use the pipet to transfer it to the conception cap or to place it near the cervix.
Amazon: Avanti Non-Latex Condom Products
Kokopelli Technologies: Semen Analysis Supplies - Has semen collecting condoms available for purchase.
MALE-FACTOR PACK WITH PRE-SEED LUBRICANT
The Male-Factor Pak allows patients to collect a specimen during intercourse, providing a natural alternative to traditional semen collection methods: in-office masturbation. Pre-Seed Lubricant Pre-Seed Lubricant provides natural lubricating fluids and enhances the comfort of intimate sexual activity. It is compatible with condoms, including polyurethane (semen collection condoms). Provide a higher quality specimen, from the comfort and privacy of your own home.
Amazon: Male Factor Pre-Seed Lubricant Pak With Collection Condom and Preseed Lubricant
Non-Spermicidal - inert polyurethane condom maintains semen motility and velocity. Comfortable And Gentle. Ultra-thin polyurethane facilitates sensitivity and high sexual stimulation. Sterile, individually sealed and packaged. Delivered discreetly to your front door. Easy To Transport. Seals condom in compact pouch with I.D. label, and transport.
THE STORK OTC CONCEPTION DEVICE
The Stork OTC is an innovative, home conception aid to help you become pregnant using cervical cap insemination, an established conception technique, around the time of ovulation in the privacy of your home. The Stork OTC incorporates familiar elements with the condom-like collection and tampon-like delivery and removal, so you can use it at home, in private before having to try more aggressive treatments (or after having already tried them) and without the same loss of intimacy. A lot of materials in everyday products (latex, lubricants, soaps) are destructive to sperm, our HSSA (Human Sperm Bio-Assay) tested cervical cap will not harm sperm during their journey. Single use, drug-free and latex-free product. The Stork Conception Aid Single Use Kit Includes: Applicator, Conceptacle, Instruction for Use Leaflet. Uses: While The Stork OTC is designed for use without a Healthcare Provider, one may be consulted if desired. People that have known fertility issues should consult their Healthcare Provider to determine if The Stork OTC is appropriate for use. Please read all instructions prior to using The Stork OTC. The Stork OTC contains a cervical cap inside a condom-like sheath. It is used to collect sperm into a cervical cap, then deliver it to the outside of the cervix, as an aid to conception. The Stork OTC Cervical Cap should not be left in place for longer than 6 hours.
Amazon: The Stork OTC Conception Aid, Rinovum Women's Health
The only FDA Cleared, over the counter home conception device available without a prescription. Please visit our website for more information: www.storkotc.com on our How It Works Page. New clinical study results demonstrate the Stork OTC delivers 3 times more sperm to the cervix compared to natural intercourse.
PRE-SEED INITIMATE MOISTURIZER LUBRICANT
By Ing Fertility
Ing Fertility Lubricant Product Features
Sperm-Friendly Intimate Moisturizer/Lubricant Safe, effective, and designed to support conception pH balanced to semen imitates natural body secretions
Product Description: Pre~Seed is the first and only Sperm-Friendly" Intimate Moisturizer that replenishes your natural moisture while providing an optimal environment for sperm. Pre~Seed moisture mimics natural body secretions to relieve vaginal dryness - with the same pH and osmolarity as semen. Pre~Seed also protects cell function and acts as an "antioxidant" - supporting both conception and pleasurable intercourse. Pre~Seed comes in convenient single use vaginal applicators to coat the vagina and external cervix to replenish nature's moisture. Increased vaginal dryness is often a problem for trying-to-conceive couples (75 percent of trying- to-conceive couples report an increased frequency of vaginal dryness).
Amazon: Pre-Seed Moisturizer Lubricant Products
Amazon: PreSeed Fertility Friendly Personal Lubricant Products
Amazon: PreSeed Fertility Friendly Personal Lubricant, Pre-Seed, 1.4 oz.
OVULATION PREDICTION TESTS
First Response Easy-Read
One-Step Ovulation Predictor Test, 7-Test Kit
Contains 1, 7-test kit Helps determine the 2 days that a woman is most fertile No cup, no mess; clear results in just 5 minutes Over 98% accurate in laboratory studies Please read all label information on delivery
For in-vitro diagnostic use. Not to be taken internally.
Store in a dry place below 86°F (30°C). Do not freeze. Keep out of reach of children. Not for contraceptive use.
Place Absorbent Tip in urine stream for 5 seconds. Purple color moving across Clear Top indicates test is working. Results in 5 minutes. Read enclosed instructions before use. LH Surge - The presence of two similar purple lines means you have detected your LH Surge. The test line may be darker than the reference line. No LH Surge - The presence of one line, or two lines with the test line lighter than the reference line, indicates that you have not yet reached your LH surge.
Amazon: First Response Ovulation Predictor Test Products
Amazon: First Response Ovulation Plus Pregnancy Test, 7 Count
OVULATION PREDICTOR MICROSCOPE
FERTILE FOCUS MICROSCOPE
Fertile-Focus is the first affordable, high-quality saliva fertility test that allows you to predict ovulation with accuracy and ease-of-use. And best of all, its completely re-usable! To predict ovulation, simply place a drop of saliva on the lens and let it dry. With the sharp, focalizable 60X magnification lens, Fertile-Focus allows you to confidently pinpoint when you are most likely to conceive. When a woman is about to ovulate, a distinct crystal "ferning" pattern becomes present in her saliva due to hormonal changes. With Fertile-Focus you receive: Quality: A sturdy metal body & quality lens means Unlimited Tests! Clarity: A powerful 60X magnification lens for ease-of-use.Discretion: Fertile-Focus looks like an attractive lipstick case! Convenience: Test anytime and anywhere. Results in just five minutes. Affordability: At just $24.95, Fertile-Focus is the best value on the market!
Amazon: Ovulation Microscope Products
Amazon: Ovatel Ovulation Monitor, Simple and Accurate, Unlimited Tests
Ovatel uses saliva to detect a "ferning" pattern caused by the spike of estrogen during fertility. 54x mini-microscope, just look into any light source, no switches, buttons or batteries to replace. Ovatel includes a camera attachment for smartphone and free App for iPhone and Android.
Amazon: Fertile Focus Ovulation Microscope
Convenient saliva based testing. Reusable. Unlimited tests. Accurate and easy to use. A sturdy metal body and lab-qualit y glass lens with clarity. A powerful focalizable magnification lens for easy use in an attractive lipstick case. Results in five minutes.
Amazon: Maybe Baby Saliva Ovulation Tester
Re-usable mini-microscope that helps you identify your most fertile days and the ideal time to conceive. It utilizes and measures the link between estrogen and the salt levels in your saliva. Simple, non-invasive. Compact unit. Helps pinpoint ovulation 2 to 3 days in advance. Results can be seen in 10 to 15 minutes.
Lady Q Ovulation Fertility Scope, Saliva Based Microscope
Lady-Q is a personal ovulation microscope that allows you to predict ovulation - your most fertile time of the month to conceive. Powerful 60X magnification lens for 98-percent accuracy and ease-of-use. Helps you detect your saliva ferning patterns to help you pinpoint when you are ovulating. This product is ideal for people with longer or irregular cycles. The size of the lipstick case.
CLEAR BLUE EASY FERTILITY MONITOR TEST STICKS
The most advanced method the maximize your chance of conceiving! Only for use with the Clearblue Fertility Monitor Identifies your personal level of fertility everyday Only for use with the Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor (sold separately) Please read all label information on delivery
CLEAR BLUE EASY FERTILITY MONITOR
Fertility monitor reduces the time it takes to conceive your baby. Test stick us used to monitor hormone levels present in your urine. Monitor can be programmed to follow the days of your monthly cycle. Screen displays fertility status reading -- low, high, and peak. "M" button makes it easy to reset the monitor when your period has started and a new monthly cycle has begun.
Safety Information: Certain personal circumstances, medical conditions and medications can adversely affect the performance of the Clearblue EasyŽ Fertility Monitor. These include menopausal symptoms, breast feeding, impaired liver or kidney function, polycystic ovarian syndrome, antibiotics containing tetracycline (not oxytetracycline or doxycycline) and treatments that might affect your cycle e.g. hormonal contraception, certain fertility treatments and hormone replacement therapy. Couples with medically diagnosed fertility problems should consult their health care provider before using this product. Some medications are contra-indicated in pregnancy. Therefore, we recommend that you consult your health care provider if you are taking any medication, before you try to conceive.
Please Note: Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor is suitable for women whose natural monthly cycle normally lasts between 21 and 42 days. Women who have recently been pregnant, stopped breast feeding or stopped using hormonal contraception (e.g. the pill) may wish to wait until they have at least two natural, menstrual cycles in a row (lasting 21 to 42 days) before using the Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor.
See enclosed instructions. Always read instructions. Begin using the Fertility Monitor on or before the 5th day of your cycle. If conception has not been achieved after 5 consecutive cycles of use, consult your health care provider. Store in a dry place below 86°F (30°C). Do not freeze. For in vitro diagnostic use only. Not for internal use.
Amazon: Clear Blue Fertility Monitor Products
Amazon: Clearblue Fertility Monitor Test Strips, 30 Fertility Tests
The simple urine tests accurately track 2 key fertility hormones and together with the Monitor will typically identify up to 6 fertile days. The Monitor now has an intuitive touch screen. The most advanced method to help you maximize your chances of getting pregnant naturally.
Amazon: Clearblue Advanced Digital Ovulation Predictor Kit With Digital Results, 20 Ovulation Tests
Clearblue is #1 OB-GYN Recommended Brand. Typically identifies 4 or more fertile days to get pregnant -- at least 2 more days than any other ovulation test. Clearblue Advanced Digital Ovulation Test is the only ovulation test to accurately track 2 key fertility hormones.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FERTILITY MONITOR
The Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor helps reduce the time it takes to conceive your baby. Trying to get pregnant should be an exciting time for you and your partner. The Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor provides an advanced monitoring method to maximize your chances of getting pregnant. The Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor is simple to use, and helps reduce the time it takes to conceive your baby.
Test stick monitors hormones in your urine. The screen displays three levels of fertility - low, high, and peak. Use the "M" button to tell the monitor your monthly cycle has begun.
This Clearblue monitor is very simple to use. The unit is equipped with a test stick that is used to monitor hormone levels present in your urine. Briefly, a test is completed by wetting a stick for three seconds, placing it in the test stick slot, and waiting for results. The monitor can be programmed to follow the days of your monthly cycle to help maximize your chances of getting pregnant. In addition, each test displays a fertility status reading on the screen. Based on the results of your test, your chances for conception are displayed on-screen using three bars that correspond to the three different levels of fertility - low, high, and peak. The monitor also comes equipped with a handy "M Button." When you press the M Button you tell the monitor that your period has started and a new monthly cycle has begun. When you press the button you also establish the six hours each day during which you can do a test. This is called the "testing window." The testing window should be set so that it is convenient for you to test the first urine of the day both on weekdays and the weekend. At the start of each new cycle you can either press your M Button at the same time as you did on your previous cycle, or if you wish, you can change your testing window by setting the M Button at a different time. Remember, your testing window must be convenient for you to test the first urine of each day.
YOUR CHANGING FERTILITY
This device more accurately identifies a greater number of fertile days than any other method. During the early days of your menstrual cycle, you have a low hormone concentration, i.e. low fertility. It is during these days that your chances of getting pregnant are significantly lower. At 10-12 days into your cycle, you experience a rise in Estrogen (E3G) that signals high fertility. Your chances of conceiving are increased during these days before ovulation because sperm can survive for up to five days.
During this stage - the Follicular Phase - a follicle containing an egg develops in the ovary. A surge of Luteinizing hormone signals peak fertility, and it is here that your chances of conceiving are at their highest. This peak moment of fertility only last a couple days, but the Clearblue helps you pinpoint this optimal moment for conception. It is at this moment that ovulation occurs, and the follicle containing the egg bursts releasing the ovum. Of course, the egg can be fertilized for up to 24 hours, therefore you have a short duration of time within which you can optimize your chances for conception. The fourteen days after ovulation is called the Luteal Phase. During this time, the remains of the follicle forms the "corpus luteum," and, again, your chances of getting pregnant are significantly lower. All of these phases can be monitor with the help of the Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor.
PERFORMING A TEST
The Clearblue monitor is easy to use. To perform a test simply switch on the monitor every morning within your testing window and before you go to the bathroom. On the mornings when the monitor requires further information about your hormone levels, a test will be required. Tests must be performed with the first urine of the day. First remove the test stick from its protective foil wrapper and use immediately. Hold the test stick pointing downwards in your urine stream for only three seconds. This is long enough to ensure the sampling end is sufficiently wet. Keep the test stick pointing downwards, take the cap off the handle, and place it over the wet end of the test stick.
You will see a red light flashing in the test stick slot. This is the monitor checking to see if the slot is ready to receive the test stick. You should not place the test stick into the slot until the red light has gone out. Holding the test stick by the cap with cut corner pointing downwards, insert it into the slot. Push the test stick down until it lies flat and clicks in place. Once you've correctly inserted the test stick, the display will flash the test stick symbol for about five minutes while the monitor reads and interprets the information in your urine. At the end of five minutes the monitor will ask you to remove the test stick which should be thrown away. Your fertility status will then be displayed. It's that easy.
Test stick monitors hormones in your urine. The screen displays three levels of fertility -- low, high, and peak (shown). Use the "M" button to tell the monitor your monthly cycle has begun.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX: CLEARBLUE EASY FERTILITY MONITOR & INSTRUCTIONS
Helps Maximize Your Chances of Conceiving Your Baby Identifies - Typically up to 6 days of fertility Stores - Your personal fertility information Counts- Your days and tells you when to test Displays - Your level of fertility every day
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Fertility Monitor English Instruction Booklet Spanish Instruction Booklet Available via Helpline Toll-free Helpline phone number
ClearPlan Easy Fertility Monitor is the only technology based solely on hormone monitoring that provides you with personalized daily fertility information for pregnancy planning. Please Note: 4 AAA batteries are required (not included).
Please Note: Designed for use with Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor Test Sticks - Test sticks and batteries sold separately.
Unipath Diagnostics, Inc. warrants to the Original Retail Purchaser that each product sold at retail shall be free from any defects in material or workmanship for a period of one year from the date of purchase. This is a limited warranty. Full details are listed in the instruction booklet that comes with this product or can be obtained by calling 1-800-321-EASY.
There are no products available that can guarantee success in achieving pregnancy. The Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor has been designed to assist in conception and is not intended for contraception.
*99 percent accurate in detecting the LH surge in laboratory tests. Ovulation normally occurs 24 to 36 hours after the LH surge.
Clomiphene may elevate estrogen levels and interfere with the performance of the monitor. Before purchasing this product we recommend discussing this with your health care provider. For additional information, please call their Toll Free Helpline at 1-800-321-EASY. Unipath Research- The highest standards in home testing since 1985.
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