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Using An Ovulation Microscope





An ovulation microscope disguised as a lipstick tube. Have you ever used one of these?An ovulation microscope disguised as a lipstick tube. Have you ever used one of these?An ovulation microscope disguised as a lipstick tube. Have you ever used one of these?An ovulation microscope disguised as a lipstick tube. Have you ever used one of these?

An ovulation microscope disguised as a lipstick tube. Have you ever used one of these?


At the recent workshop with Whapio, Diane Bartlett, she was talking about ovulation microscopes and how such a little inexpensive, discreet tool can be a simple key to knowing when you're fertile during your cycle.


I felt inspired to dig my old one out from 2008 when I was experiencing infertility. I could never really get it to work back then and what I didn't know then, but know now is that I was experiencing anovulatory cycles, meaning everything seemed right, but I simply wasn't ovulating at all. I held a very stressful career back then and the body in her wisdom shuts down fertility because she senses a constant state of fight or flight and takes a cue from those stress hormones like cortisol that this is not a safe time to bring children into the world. And it's probably why that old annoying saying that everybody repeatedly reminded me of during my two years of infertility, "Once you stop trying, that's when you become pregnant!" seems to hold at least a grain of annoying truth 😞



Anyway, what you do is put some of your saliva on the slide, wait for it to dry and when you are fertile (only a day or two out of each month ladies!), you will see ferning patterns much like the picture above. If you are going into or transitioning out of your fertile time, you'll see some ferning, but also some random, asymmetric blobs. All other times, you'll probably see some variation of the random, asymmetric blobs.


It's a very simple, inexpensive, non-invasive way to zero in on your body's cycles and if you use it everyday, you'll quickly gain understanding around the cyclical nature of your fertility. And, body literacy, what a gift to our daughters who come after us so they don't feel they need to expose themselves to potentially harmful hormones the way our generation thought we did.


Would I use this alone, if I were strongly trying to avoid pregnancy? No, but it's a great 1st step and I would absolutely use it to conceive.