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    Default Does the saliva ovulation microscope really work?

    I bought the microscope and just wondering does it work? When there is a ferning pattern how long after that do you usually o'd?
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    I used to work in a lab, so I tried spitting on a slide, letting it dry and using the lab microscope. You're supposed to start out with no ferning, then slowly build up ferning as you build up estrogen before ovulation (see the standard menstrual cycle on wikipedia), and then for the three days before ovulation you should be all ferns.

    I definitely saw ferns, but because of the PCOS my hormones were out of whack and my ferning happened sporadically. Also, sometimes part of the slide would be totally ferny and the rest not. I think it's probably not the best or cheapest or easiest way to predict ovulation. Apparently some people (including men) fern all the time, just because their saliva has more salt in it.

    Once I had a whole week before my period when I was ferning like crazy, so sure I was preg, and then - BFN. That's when I stopped doing it.

    I don't think it would work on Clomid either, because Clomid blocks estrogen receptors and your salivary glands are responding to estrogen.

    Hope that helps!

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    thanks for the information i am on femara so i hope that does not mess with it i just wanted to get some opinions opk's are getting real expensive and i am tired of trying to figure the line's out and sometimes they dont even work for me so i thought i would try something new..
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    it never worked for me/i used charting,cbefm,opk sticks and all were positive at the same time except the microscope which i never had a positive but eneded up preggo
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    OPKs and temping didn't work for me, but the saliva microscope did. At first I didn't think it was working because I never saw ferns, but that's only because I wasn't ovulating. Once I started taking Clomid is when I actually saw ferns for the first time.

    For me the day before O I would get a mix of spots and ferns, so I knew it was coming, then on O day it was all ferns.

    I just got my BFP this week, so the saliva microscope really helped me pinpoint O.
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    Never worked for me
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    congrats on your good news shasha4!!!! h and h 9months!!

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    I saw ferns all the time! Big waste of money for me.
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    Never worked for me either....it always had ferns, but sometimes on just half of it...another thing that tells me my body is all screwed up

    GL to you though, maybe it will be different for you.

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    I can see from your siggy that you are pg... but for anyone who is interested in the answer... it worked for us with DD#1 and you usually ovulate around 2 days post fertile ferning pattern. With DD#1 we used that and met and nothing else... which is miraculous because we only get one shot at it.

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    I hated this thing. Mine barely came w/ any instructs and didn't seem to work at all either. lol. Luckily, it wasn't too expensive, but it's going in the trash.
    July 2009 -- 1st IUI -- BFN
    August 2009 -- 2nd IUI -- BFP
    ---- Twins delivered prematurely on 1/29/10. They did not make it.

    March 2011 -- 100mg Clomid -- Cancelled cycle due to low follie response
    April 2011 -- 150mg Clomid w/ IUI -- BFP :: Chemical pregnancy


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