This cycle dh and I pretty much gave it all that we have. Every effort made, and continuing to follow all the “guidelines” to see if we can make a bfp happen. So far no outside influence, cold or being too tired, has gotten in the way. While I am confident and happy that we gave it all we got, I still have no idea if that is enough.
On Fertility Friend, I often compare my chart to the thousands of charts they have in their database. Typically you can see a pattern or get an idea based on percentages. But what I have learned the most, is that getting pregnant is like 90% random. In a day and age where technology tells us so much, it turns out that tools that are supposed to help you in trying to get pregnant are very behind. With so many women facing fertility issues and having kids at an older age, I have to question why companies aren’t working harder.
My answer is, because they have our money. Regardless. For example, for the last few months I have used ClearBlue Easy Digital OPKs. These help tell you if you are close to your LH surge for ovulation. You plan your sex schedule around this and when you get that smiley face, it’s go time. At the beginning, I LOVED the smiley face. It was something cute in a very frustrating world.
A huge problem with the ClearBlue Easy Digital OPKs is the cost. One box of 20 will set you back anywhere from $30 – $35. The pack comes with 20 sticks and a digital reader. There is another box offered with 7 sticks and one reader for around $25. Tell me if that makes sense. First of all, there isn’t an option at all to not purchase the reader every time. The digital readers, I’ve found to be very reliable and reusable. I had one break but that’s because I dropped it on the floor. Oh well, I have five others to substitute with. Why not even offer an area on the site for women to just buy re-fills? Then women can buy the full set if they feel their digital reader has gone bad.
Second issue is with the 7 pack. First, $25 for 7 means they are $3.57 each. Buy the 20 pack and that means that you get 13 more and pay $1.75 each. The disparity in price is ridiculous.
Third issue that it’s true, after a few cycles, maybe you can get away with using less than 20 to pinpoint ovulation. But how the hell did ClearBlue come up with the number 7? Most women that are ttc, pee on a stick (POAS) twice a day. This is because an LH surge can happen at any time of the day and if you only tested in the morning, you could be 12 hours in the deficit/miss your surge entirely (after you get a positive it can be 12-36 hours before ovulation). In fact, this cycle, I POAS three times my O day. In the morning like usual. Then once at work because I was there late (I typically do my second at 6pm), then again at 9pm where it turned positive! Had I not tested again, I would not have known until the next morning, 12 hours later. This way we made sure to get our bd in for timing. Testing three times a day may be excessive, but twice a day is very typical. So why not have a pack with 8?
I have a need for data. So I use Wondfos which are cheap sticks that you pee on to tell you if you are getting close to a surge. The wondfos are like 50 for $9.99. I use the Digitals to back up this test, when I start to see the colors get dark. But over the last two months and two different boxes, I have been getting nothing but smeared tests. I go on the boards at fertility friend and other people have the same issue. In fact, a lot of people. So I go to their website to get ready to complain. These sticks are expensive, so if they are faulty, I want my money back (or really free tests). The wondfos had issues in the past and there was a recall due to women on the forums contacting the company. So this should be easy right? NO. ClearBlue has a website, but they don’t want you to get in touch with them at all. What company doesn’t have an email address or Twitter account that they can be reached by? One that doesn’t want to be reached. They have a phone number but I’m not going to call at work in my cube, so everyone can hear about my smeared ovulation tests.
TTC is such a frustrating journey in itself and it pisses me off to see companies that are clearly making money off of women trying but are completely unreachable to them. Or unwilling to create a better product. No wonder it’s so hard. The products that are available suck. Given all our technology, gadgets that are invented every day, and I can’t get a simple stick to tell me consistently if I’ve ovulated or not.
Companies like ClearBlue make me so mad. Get on the boards. Reach the women that are using your product. That are paying month after month. Listen to their complaints and make a better product. Until then, I refuse to purchase ClearBlue anything anymore.