5 WORD REVIEW:
Worth it! Simple and Accurate
Overall I would definitely recommend the Ava system for anyone who wants to start a family, track their cycle, finds data comforting, and wants to get a move on things.
Let me just say, it’s SO HARD to wait after you decide you want to start a family. Some of my friends were fortunate to get pregnant right away (as in alarmingly soon after deciding) and for some if takes years to meet their first babe. I am one of those people who wants a project to be done 5 minutes after I start so naturally I wasn’t into the whole “when the timing is right it will happen.” When we finally decided my back was in a good enough place that I could carry a baby, I had waited for 4 years so I wanted to get pregnant ASAP.
I am a fan of the Bachelor and some of the Bachelor ladies had been advertising for the AVA fertility tracker. It is $249 (but it’s easy to find codes for 15% off). It is a bracelet that you wear for AT LEAST 4 HOURS AT NIGHT. “Ava has been shown to detect an average of 5.3 fertile days per cycle at 89% accuracy (algorithm performance may be improved with more regular cycles, and diminished with less regular cycles).”
After getting tired of the bathroom smelling like pee and finding it really excruciating to wait, I decided $200 was worth the peace of mind to feel like I was trying everything possible. It wasn’t hard to remember to wear it at night, was pretty comfortable and I kind of enjoyed plugging it in the morning and having the data sent to my phone. After I got it, I had only wished that I bought it sooner because it takes a few months to become super accurate. I ended up using Ava for 3 months.
Once I had a positive pregnancy test, I became a little more obsessive looking at my data and I knew that pregnant women have a rising temperature and higher resting heart rate. When my data wasn’t reflecting that I got really paranoid and was convinced I was no longer pregnant. When it turned out I was, I decided to no longer wear it because it was causing me more stress than peace of mind. It did it’s job and told me my fertile window, but I personally didn’t want to continue to use it. When we want to try for baby #2 I’ll definitely start using it again, a few months before we want to start trying so the data is accurate when we’re ready. I did have really awful endometriosis pain before I was pregnant so it would also be super helpful to track (to expect) when my most painful days would be.