One of the newer breeds of fertility aid devices is something called a “fertility monitor.” This small computer is used to test for your luteinizing hormone (LH) surge and estrogen levels using your first morning urine. They are very small devices, only about the size of the palm of your hand. If you love technology, you'll love using these cool monitors. You can use them in addition to or as a replacement for other charting.
The fertility monitor alerts you on the days that you should test your urine. To use one, you must wake up every morning within a preset window of four hours and collect your urine. It gives you a read out of low, high, or peak fertility, based on the amount of LH and estrogen found in your urine. It remembers from cycle to cycle so it can alter the days you need to test based on your particular cycle. It also alerts you to when your period is due so you know when to test for pregnancy.
Can I use a fertility monitor to help me avoid pregnancy?
The FDA has cleared the Clearplan Easy Fertility Monitor for home use, so that you can test to help you achieve pregnancy, though it should not be used to prevent pregnancy.
One of the downsides to using the fertility monitor is the cost. The initial outlay for the fertility monitor is about $200, not including test sticks. The test sticks, like other urine test sticks, run about $50 for about thirty sticks. You will typically use about ten sticks per cycle.
While the initial outlay is larger than with other fertility aids, it can be cost effective if used over the course of many cycles. It is also something that you can save and use in the future to help plan another pregnancy. This can make the cost very reasonable and well worth the initial outlay of cash.