What is an ovulation ferning microscope? And how do you use one?

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 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.

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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.





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12 thoughts on “What is an ovulation ferning microscope? And how do you use one?

  1. Emily S. says:

    Interesting product! I can see how this would be help to women trying for a baby. I went the route of needing help from doctors, do to needing fertility help with both my children. I wish you positive energy going forward with your website.

    • Vicki says:

      Thank you so much. There are so many of us who have had to go to doctors for help when trying for a baby as it doesn’t always go as smoothly as we want. From my research however, I have discovered so many things that we can do first to try and find out why it is proving more difficult to conceive.

  2. Priya says:

    Thanks for the information. I didn’t know about the fertility microscope. It certainly is a very handy thing to have when you are trying to conceive. It seems very easy to use as well. The important part is to read the results of the microscope correctly , based on your experience. For anybody trying to conceive , this post will be very informative .

    • Vicki says:

      Glad you liked my post. I hope it helps a lot of those women out there understand a little more about what is available to them to predict ovulation. They are so useful to those of us who do not ovulate on the same day every cycle or for those whose cycles are particularly long.

    • Vicki says:

      Thank you. Not a lot of women know about these and it is a shame as they are useful. Much cheaper than ovulation sticks in the long run too.

  3. LYNNE DORR says:

    What a cool product! I am way past needing one of these 😉 but the science of it is totally cool and really intrigues me. Way better method of trying to figure out best time to conceive over some methods I used when I was trying to start a family. I will definitely keep this product in mind for friends. Thanks for the article and review!

    • Vicki says:

      Thank you for the supportive words. I love doing research into all the products that can help women who need that bit of extra help with timing things right. A lot of the time, that is all it is.

  4. Becky L says:

    I tried a method just like this a few years back and I just couldn’t get the hang of it. This info gives me the encouragement to try again. Thanks so much!

    • Vicki says:

      You are welcome. Like I said I was doing it all wrong too. The trick is to have clean saliva with no food or other particles in it. You should be able to see the ferning clearly then.

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