thread: What is Ferning?

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    Lynny Guest

    What is Ferning?

    Hi ladies



    Sorry for asking a silly question 8-[ but I have seen some people mention ferning monitors in regards to charting, so I was just wondering what exactly is this and is it better than OPK's?

    Thanks

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    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    Jan 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    1,002

    Hi Lynny,
    You can buy a little device which is a microscope with which you look at your saliva. When your saliva has lots of oestrogen in it, which it does at your peak fertile time, then it shows up as a pattern just like fern fronds.
    It is quite amazing - I used one for the first time this month. I usually use OPKs because I don't always gets lots of CM. this month I got an +ve OPK at 6pm one day, then had lots of CM, the next afternoon, then got the ferning that evening (about 24 hours after I got the +OPK). It gives a better indication of when you might be O'ing as an OPK just tells you when you are about to 0.

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    Lynny Guest

    Cool thanks anney I think I might try it.

    I guess you can get them from the chemist same as OPK's and HPK's then?

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    BellyBelly Member

    Feb 2005
    Christchurch NZ
    1,447

    I always wonered about them too - how much are they over the ditch in Oz- i haven't even seen any here in NZ - and i still can work an OPK!!! LOL!!! i mean come on pee and wait!!!

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    ok take 2 of going back to work.....

    Nov 2004
    Giving the gift of life to a friend..
    4,264

    I think they are about $60 give or take alittle! But totally reusable, unlike OPK's & HPT's!

    I rarely saw any change on the one I borrowed from a friend & wasn't until I temped & Opk'd that I fell preg after using the Maybe Baby saliva tester for 9 months!

    But others say they are great!

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    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    Jan 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    1,002

    Yes, I would agree that you should probably use them with other methods such as OPKs. I ave ben using OPKs for 18 months and reliably get a +ve on the same day each month. I just wanted the maybe baby to narrow it down a little more, and to set my mind at rest that everything is still working. they do sound expensive but I have spent more than that on OPKs!!

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    Sal Guest

    Hi girls, I've got one, bought it in London three years ago for 30GBP (so is likely to look slightly different to the Aussie product).

    Unfortunately for me, I have PCOS so I ALWAYS see ferning...fat lot of good that does me, huh?!

    If one of you girls wants to try it, I am happy to send it to you, just PM me and we can work it out. I would only ask for postage to be covered.


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    BellyBelly Member

    Feb 2005
    Christchurch NZ
    1,447

    So they don't work with PCOS - well thats me out.. am glad i found that out before i went and got one - they have them on the Trademe site - which is teh Kiwi version of ebay for $50 so hmm might just flag that then. Do opk's still work with PCOS?

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    Sal Guest

    Hi AJ, as PCOS can affect women in so many different ways (as we both know) it might be that it works for you. For me, I must have lots of Oestrogen floating around in my system, as it is high Oest that makes the ferning.

    I can't say for sure about all PCOS women, but I think OPKs work. They do for me. OPK's measure the surge in LH, now for women with PCOS we have higher than normal levels of LH but for me I don't keep getting + results. The only annoying thing is that PCOS can make it hard to know exactly when you should be testing, so you can go through heaps of 'em. One cycle, I used 14 before giving up.

    What worked best for me was monitoring CM. Even though my cycle is wonky I notice the EWCM and at least then I know that something could be going on. For me the EWCM can last for a couple of weeks. But at least seeing the EWCM told me if I was going to O in that cycle and then I could guess when AF was due once I stopped seeing EWCM.

    HTH

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    BellyBelly Member

    Feb 2005
    Christchurch NZ
    1,447

    hey - thanks again sal - you seem to be answering a few of my questions lately... Yea i am yet to see a positive OPK - so have given up - at $45 a cycle its too expensive... i am still learning about CM as well - i don't understand that really either especially when bding - can't tell what is what - so am relying on temps -and even those aren't reliable for me right now as i am not sleeping right with our new puppy...