An ovulation ferning microscope is also known as a fertility microscope or ovulation saliva microscope and you probably never heard of one of these before trying for a baby. I first discovered these when chatting on a trying to conceive forum as a few of the ladies were raving about how useful they were. I was really interested to know how they worked, how one could help me get pregnant and how to use one and I will share what I have found with you. I will also give you a review of the one I bought and used.
What is an Ovulation ferning microscope?
An ovulation ferning microscope is a little hand held microscope that you can use to check if your estrogen levels are high and you are approaching ovulation. As I explained in the section ‘your menstrual cycle explained- the basics‘, the hormone estrogen starts to increase as you approach ovulation. This rise encourages the maturation of the eggs on your ovaries and causes you to produce fertile cervical mucus. In addition, it causes your cervix to soften and open to allow the passage of sperm up to the Fallopian tubes to fertilise the egg. Without a blood test or e.g. the Clearblue fertility monitor, you are unlikely to know for sure if your estrogen levels are starting to increase but with the help of an ovulation ferning microscope you can detect a rise with confidence.
How do ovulation ferning microscopes work?
Well it is actually quite clever. As mentioned above, as you are approaching ovulation you produce increasing levels of estrogen. High levels of this hormone causes your saliva to become more saline (salty) which changes its structure. This change can be clearly observed using an ovulation microscope.
You first need to smear a thin layer of saliva onto the microscope lens first thing in the morning (before you eat or drink anything or even brush your teeth) and let it dry for a few minutes. If you have high levels of estrogen in your system then once your saliva is dry, you will see some crystallisation. These crystals form a ferning pattern if you have a lot of estrogen in your body and indicates you are in your fertile window.
Do Ovulation ferning microscopes work?
Yes, they do work really well if used correctly. The first cycle I used my microscope I was using it wrong. I would use it at random times during the day and I would see a lot of particles on the lens which was probably bits of food etc. and I missed my estrogen peak. After reading up about their correct use and watching a few videos on Youtube however, it worked really well. I would see the odd patch of crystals on the lens at the beginning of my cycle but a few days before I ovulated, Boom!! The whole lens was covered in crystals in the characteristic ferning pattern.
Should you buy an ovulation microscope?
Ovulation microscopes can be very useful and can give you a greater chance of predicting when you may ovulate. They are not 100% accurate and should not be relied upon for e.g. birth control, but they can save you money when it comes to ovulation tests when trying to conceive. I had long cycles when I first came off the pill and I would go through so many ovulation tests every cycle. Once I bought a microscope however, I would only test when I observed a change in my cervical mucus and when I seen crystals on the microscope.
Product review: Babystart Fertil Focus Ovulation Microscope.
Before buying a microscope I read a few reviews and decided to invest in the Babystart Fertil Focus Ovulation Microscope as it was the most rated on Amazon and the comments were mostly positive. I was doubtful that they worked so I didn’t want to spend an awful lot. As mentioned above, I was using it wrong at first but I can now say that it worked brilliantly. It was easy to use and clean and totally reusable so I could test my saliva everyday. As it is the size of a lipstick it is also very discrete and it was easy to view the results through the lens viewer. I used it when I conceived both my son and daughter and as it gave me positive results before even my ovulation sticks, it definitely gave me that extra bit of warning.
Price:£24.99 (Please note that there are cheaper/more expensive ones available).
Amazon rating: 54% of customers gave 4 or 5 stars.
Please feel free to comment below to let me know if you have tried an ovulation ferning microscope and how you found it. If you have any questions on how best to use one, get in touch.