UPDATE 9/19/11 | CONGRATULATIONS to Amy Oppie, who subscribed to Ain't No Mom Jeans emails! She is the winner of our Ov-Watch give away.
Winner was selected at random with the help of Random.org
Well here’s something that works. Like, um, reaaaally well. Maybe even if you only try it once, just like your mama said . . . The Ov-Watch is a scary-accurate, no-nonsense, no-mess fertility prediction device that forecasts your fertile window a whopping 4 days in advance of ovulation—meaning, no more race to the bedroom, even if you or hubs is out of town or on the outs.
Here’s how it works: OV-Watch is worn on the wrist at night, while you sleep, from the start of your cycle until ovulation. I took about 10 minutes to read through the instructions, 5 minutes to set it up, and suddenly I was pregnant. Or that's how it seemed. I only got to test this watch for one cycle because that's how good it is, apparently.
The skinny on the science stuff: The Ov-Watch uses a patented biosensor to detect chloride ion levels that peak during a woman’s cycle three days prior to the estrogen surge and four days prior to the luteinizing hormone (LH) surge. Kooky, right? I’d never heard of such a thing before, either, but for more on that, visit Ov-Watch’s “How it Works” section. That four-day window is critical to giving you a little more wiggle room, so to speak, because the days the baby dance is more likely to result in conception are actually days two and three before ovulation.
I contacted Ov-Watch, whose rep generously shipped one of these handy devices right out to me, when hubs and I were thinking about adding a third kiddo to the family earlier this year. I’ve never had a problem conceiving, but I’ve used fertility charting for both Huck and Lou, because some mamas just need to get the job done. Why? Lots of reasons, I’m sure, but for me, it was because prior to H, I’d had a miscarriage and was convinced something was terribly, terribly wrong with me (nothing was).
For L, I wanted to deliver before my COBRA extension expired to avoid roughly $10-$20 thousand in hospital bills, so we were on a definite deadline (hence the 19-month age difference). Now, I’ve been without maternity coverage since having Little L because we’re on private insurance, which, until health care reforms started to go into effect in January (thank you Obama!), was allowed to deny maternity coverage (seriously, I couldn’t even pay out the nose for it) to ladies with prior C-sections (H was breech). So, when we decided in February that we did really want to add a third to our brood, we realized we were on yet another deadline to get it all done within the plan year so we wouldn’t have to max out and then pay on top of our family out-of-pocket ($7,000!) for prenatal care and a third c-section delivery. Sheesh. Who’d have thought family planning could be so complicated these days?
Besides neurotic mamas who look at the business end of having babies and hopeful mamas who are having a tough time, Ov-Watch would be great for teachers or people who work seasonally and would like to have a baby at a certain time of year. I also think it could be great used in conjunction with the Shettles Method of sex selection if a person really took some time to read up on the topic and had a few months to understand her cycle. And MAYBE, for people who like to take some risks, as a natural form of birth control a la the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM).
Thank the techie gods for innovations like the Ov-Watch, which made our TTC process easier than ever, and thanks to Ov-Watch for saving our growing family a mountain of cash in insurance deductibles and helping out with a fun experiment to boot. As you already know, I’m pregnant with number 3, due just in the nick of time (right at Christmas), and with the help of Ov-Watch, in only one try!
Win An Ov-Watch!
Here's how to enter to win the Ov-Watch giveaway, a $130 value, compliments of Ov-Watch: you'll get one entry if you like us on Facebook, subscribe to us via email or RSS, or a whopping 5 entries if you blog about this giveaway. Just leave a comment below letting us know how you've entered the contest (and if you're already subscribed, just tell us that in your comment). Entrants must be 18 or older and located in the US or Canada. Winners will be chosen at random on Monday night, September 19th.
Good luck, Mamas!
P.S. – We don't don't review or recommend stuff we don't truly believe in. Ever. I received the Ov-Watch as a consideration, but it did not affect my assessment of the product. Also, it's difficult to deny its efficacy. I am. Knocked. Up. : p