I've noticed there isn't very much information on the newest Ovacue monitor on this site yet, so I thought I'd give the ins and outs details on it in a separate email in the "fertility monitor help" section for those of you who may be interested. One of the forum leaders has give the basics already, so refer to her post for those, and I'll give the details I've been learning for understanding and reading your monitor.
I'm not familiar with the Cue II monitor that many are using, but after what's happened with the new one and now that I understand it, I'm impressed, so all this is just fyi for those who haven't purchased one yet and are seeking info.
So about "Secondary Fertility" (ovulating or attempted ovulation more than once in a particular month)...
Well it appears I may have just switched from thinking I'd done O+12 to the 2-day cutoff! I've had one practice month when I had only the oral part of the monitor and now this month, our first month TTC, when I also added in the vaginal monitor. Being older, this may be more common in "mature" women, but it appears I got the "secondary fertility" situation where I ovulated, but it didn't release right (or whatever), so I ovulated again!
Here's what happened... My monitor predicted I'd be at highest fertility on June 2nd (and I've since learned that this date will NOT change, only the colors and other messages, so you MUST pay attention and give priority to your body and readings, the colors and other messages!) I got all the right body symptoms the day prior - ewcm, opk stick got dark mark showing LH surge, and on the monitor during the days after AF, I got my Oral reading high followed by two lowers, then the night prior to ovulation got the vaginal low reading, which stayed low when I did it again late the next morning (explanation about that in other post), so everything looked good. I was tready to try the next day, but when I did my vaginal reading that evening with a rise, I got a pink color and message which said ovulation confirmed and I panicked, thinking how did I miss it? After I talked with Zetek, turns out I didn't, clearly I just ovulate within 12 hours or so of my vaginal low, or at least I did this month, so once I get that low, I need to pay attention pronto!) So we tried that night and again the next morning (I'd love a girl, but don't want to miss a pregnancy attempt either, and only am learning when the O+12 might be, so...)
So I thought I'd made it in time and was feeling all complacent, when what happens 2 nights later but I get another vaginal high reading and a PURPLE color, with the message of ovulation confirmed again! Evidently that's not necessarily uncommon, and probably more common in older women, just meant that the first ovulation didn't go right so the body tried again. So apparently that means our attempts on the night of the 1st and morning of the 2nd became a 2-day cutoff instead! ha DF (is that the right acronym for Dear Fiance'?) is working away from home, so that's that for this month or we'd have tried again for an O+12.
It's made me feel all insecure about everything, but I'm sticking with believing that God knows what's up and His timing is perfect, not mine, however much I may attempt to do it all right. It was only my first month TTC, so I've learned a lot. I called Zetek and they confirmed the above info and that I'm still fine, either way I hit the window both for getting pregnant at all as well as trying for a girl. So IF I get a BFN this month, next month I'll know to be watching for what happened this time so I'll have another change for TTC if needed.
My empathy and prayers go out to all of you, and especially to those for whom TTC has been a many months-long process! Being a newbie at actually monitoring and having to pay attention, I had no idea what this might be like. Still being optimistic, but also a realist. [sigh]