I’ve been shopping around for a new cycle monitoring companion. If you’ve used any, it’d be awesome to get your feedback on any of the ones listed below or anything that I haven’t discovered. After discovering other charting tools, I realised that Duo Fertility really doesn’t match up to the offering chart & info wise. In my humble opinion, Duo Fertility need to merge with Fertility Friend.
Quick review of Duo Fertility
It measures my BBT without stressing me out and it calculates ovulation. You get a report, a bunch of pregnancy tests and the customer service can be pretty good. It hasn’t been great at predicting my fertile window but my cycles are a nightmare so I don’t think they’re easy to predict.
However at £49 a month, it’s bloody expensive and not the ideal charting companion. The chart is too simple, they don’t have a mobile app and I have to plug in the device to my laptop whenever I want to access my temps and charts. If I travel, I have to take my comp with so that I can plug the device in and adjust the timezones. An app would be better!
I’ve also read on MoneySavingsExpert that Duo Fertility have tight criteria on the whole money back guarantee offer. My thermometers have died on me a couple of times, I wonder if they take that into consideration with data gaps.
I’m no longer in love with Duo Fertility but I can’t think of another way to track my temps without stressing myself out again. I know that you’re paying for the service rather than the technology but it’s still pricey (yes, it burns to be paying that much). Like other fertility monitors, they do have some success stories – it didn’t work for me but it has worked for others.
I’ve used the Clear Blue Fertility Monitor too – not great if you have PCOS but otherwise I think it’s pretty accurate. It works out about £1 a stick. For a little while I used it with Duo Fertility to double check ovulation.
My initial thoughts on charting with Fertility Friend and TCOYF
Let’s start with TCOYF. I love the book (Taking Charge of Your Fertility) – I mean who doesn’t love the book? But the online software is painfully slow and throws up errors. They have a version to download to PC but not Mac. Like Fertility Friend, there’s also an online community where you can seek advice and compare charts.
Frustrated with the online tool, I swiftly found myself Googling Fertility Friend and signed up. As soon as I saw that they have an iPhone/iPad app and a free trial period, I knew this is was going to be the start of something good. My charting obsession is going to reach new heights! Why didn’t anyone tell me about this?? I feel like I’m late to the party.
There are lots of reasons I love Fertility Friend
- The app runs well and the user interface is a delight
- It gives you bits of info about cycles – the science behind them – which makes you feel like it’s actually engaging with you
- It also gives you stats so you can see how normal the behaviour is
- You can compare your charts to others
- You can search charts and make sense of the patterns
- It flags when you should test for pregnancy and seems to do well at managing expectations e.g. telling me a tiny % of women spot at 17DPO and are pregnant so best not to get my hopes up
I wish Duo Fertility were this transparent with user data because it’s empowering for the whole community.
If you search Ovacue Reviews, you’ll see they’ve rocked at blogger engagement because you’ll find a whole load of positive reviews. One blogger even fell pregnant in her first month of using it – read her review. OvaCue tunes into electrolytes and hormone levels to highlight the fertile window.It’s not for charting BBT. I was tempted to try it but then I read some of the negative reviews on Amazon and now I have my doubts. Some reviewers believed that it calculated the fertile window like an online tool would do, not using the hormone levels. Others said that it wasn’t ideal for irregular cycles. I’m still pondering OvaCue.
As I was looking on FairHavenHealth at OvaCue, I stumbled on iBasal too. It sounds like a fancy thermometer that comes with a charting service and an alarm. Cons? Reviewers said biggest fault was the lack of backlight. There were also a couple of comments on how it’s not so easy to use and one reviewer couldn’t find an online manual for it. I think I’ll be sticking to Duo Fertility or just swapping it for a standard thermometer.
All this searching and pondering then led me to wonder whether vaginal temping is better than oral temping? Thoughts anyone?