There seems to be a few different types on the market and I'm unsure as to whether to buy the clear blue wee sticks for about £20 a month or invest in one of these £70 jobs i.e. persona? (I think) It's totally confusing - basically trying to pinpont when I'm ovulating (duh!) as my cycle is so erratic.
Depends how irreglar- mine varies between 28 and 36 days and I use persona with no problems (although very occasionally its testing window will miss my ovulation as you have to take 8 tests a month most in a row). My ovulation day varies between day 14 (once in 11 months) and day 21 and seems to average day 20 so I need to use a kit else I would go mad from all the sex!
Persona is brilliant and I got mine secondhand on ebay for £30 and then get the tests in bulk from ebay/boots when they are on 3 for 2. The box of tests are cheaper than the clearblue monitor so that is worth thinking about. (but remember it is about preventing pregnancy so you will get lots of red days meaning dont have sex which arent necessarily fertile days (as it errs on side of caution)- the clearblue monitor will tell you fertile days)
Also using the single use ovulation predictors some women get confused with the results as its down to user interpretation- I like persona because it analyses the result for me so I don't need to squint and be all "is it a faint line? Am I ovulating? etc etc.
I've got two lovely bubs already - both boys. Before DS1, my cycle could be about 35-56 days and I got tested at GP who confirmed I was ovulating during that period. I must have been very flukey as got pregnant within about 2 months of trying. After him cycle got more regular - about 4-7 weeks and I worked out I averaged about 34 days and had lots of sex within a ten day window when I thought I could be ovulating. Again pregnant within 2 months so very lucky. Both times I'd anticipated it could take me a couple of years cos of my weird cycle.
Despite having 2 beautiful sons I would love to concieve a girl (indulgent I know)and I've been reading that I need to be careful about when I conceive i.e. not within 5 days of ovulating or I'll probably have another boy (whom I stress I would dearly regardless of his sex). It's cos my cycle is so erratic that I'd like to try and get as specific as possible on when I'm ovulating. I plan to do the temperature taking and watching out for cervical mucus too but I wanted a belt and braces approach with an effective ovulation kit too.