Advertorial Feature In Partnership With Ava Fertility Tracker
Periods. We all have them at some point in our lives*, but the majority of us have little understanding about the intricacies of that 28 day cycle and the impact is has on our wider body. I can recall my first ever ‘period’ talk vividly, the nurse telling us all what to expect in the most vague of terms – focusing on how many times a day we should be changing our sanitary wear, rather than biologically what was about to rock our worlds. For the past 22 years I’ve dealt with that monthly flow and the uncomfortable cramps that correspond with it, not really thinking much of it while it just did its thing. Although our monthly cycles are known as the ‘fifth vital sign’ it’s not uncommon for the majority of us to know nothing more than the day we expect to get a visit from the crimson wave; particularly in the UK, we’re incredibly uneducated and ill-informed about our gynecological health. It’s not until something goes wrong, or we start trying for a family, that that previously ignore-it-until-it-starts-hurting cycle becomes the focus of your world.
I’ve been quite open about my struggles with my periods since I came off the pill earlier this year. It took me the best part of ten months (with a banana treatment thrown in for good measure) to return to my ‘normal’ cycle and flow, and I’ve never paid more attention to what was going on down below than I have recently. When my husband and I decided to start ‘having a go’ at starting a family earlier this year, I don’t think I ever anticipated how difficult it can actually be – or how limited you are in terms of the window of opportunity. We all know about peeing on sticks and keeping track of your cycle, but it can be incredibly difficult to actually nail those few days you’re at your most fertile in order to maximise your chances of getting pregnant.
For years I’ve used a free period tracking app to keep on top of when to expect that monthly visit, but what I didn’t realise was that it literally guesses as to your ovulation period – when there can be huge variation from woman to woman. When I started to use ovulation sticks, I found having to remember to pee at the right time and in the right way on the right days incredibly frustrating and inconvenient (particularly as someone who spends a lot of time away from home or traveling.) Trying to identify that slightly darker line became something of a specialised skill, so suffice to say I was on the look out for something more practical, targeted and discrete to help me on that journey.
Step in the Ava Fertility Tracker. A wearable piece of technology that’s been designed to track key physiological parameters, Ava is a bracelet that is clinically proven to detect the five most fertile days in your cycle to help double the chances of getting pregnant. It’s the first of its kind, providing insight into many aspects of your health and helping you to better understand what’s happening in real time – so you can plan your hanky panky for maximum impact. A woman’s cycle affects her whole body (more than I ever knew) and those indicators can provide insight into what’s happening within your womb; you simply wear the bracelet while you sleep and download the data recorded overnight to the Ava Fertility Tracker app on your phone the next morning.
Unlike other ovulation, period and fertility trackers, Ava uses a combination of measurements to identify the five most fertile days in your cycle:
1. Skin Temperature: Your average temperature typically rises by about one half of a degree a few days after ovulation, and remains elevated until your next period begins.
2. Breathing Rate: Scientific literature shows that breathing rate is higher in the luteal phase (from the day after ovulation until the day before your next period) than in the follicular phase (from the first day of your period until ovulation.)
3. Resting Pulse Rate: Ava’s clinical research partner, the University Hospital of Zurich, identified that resting pulse rate increased on average by about two beats per minute at the beginning of the fertile window.
4. Sleep: The quality and quantity of sleep you’re getting is an important indicator of fertility. Ava records the amount of sleep you get each night, as well as the percentage of light and deep sleep.
5. HRV Ratio: Ava measures the ratio between low frequency and high frequency waves in your heart rate, and a lower number means you’re less stressed (which is obviously a good thing for trying to conceive!)
It’s incredibly easy to use, because all you have to do is pop on the (super comfortable) bracelet before you go to bed and download your data onto your phone when you awake the next morning. No peeing on sticks (hoorah!) no complicated data or colour coding to interpret, just a very clear overview of your body’s data tracked on a graph alongside a daily collated recommendation as to your low, high and most fertile days. The Ava Fertility Tracker absolutely eradicated the guess work, the faff and the margin for error by providing an informed and scientific basis for its assumptions – so it’s no surprise that it’s been clinically tested by the University Hospital of Zurich and proven to detect an average of 5.3 fertile days per cycle (with 89% accuracy.)
Over the last month or so I’ve found this incredibly helpful and insightful, and something I look forward to using every single night. I’m fascinated with the data collected from my sleep patterns and skin temperature, and have learned a lot about my cycle already – including the fact that I ovulate quite late and may have otherwise missed my window of opportunity entirely. The additional information the app provides is incredibly useful and ensures you’re well educated as you undertake this journey, as well as providing support and advice.
Although nothing can do the hard (!) work for you, it’s a huge comfort to know there’s a tool that can help support and inform when you’re at your most vunerable. I went into this journey utterly ignorant as to how complex and hard it actually was to fall pregnant (for the majority of people,) and I spent many months not really knowing what to do or where to turn. But now I have Ava to hand, I feel more well informed and in control – but most of all, I feel positive and hopeful for what’s to come.
That’s something that money can’t buy.
The Ava Fertility Tracker is available online via www.avawomen.com priced £249.00.
Get £20.00 off using code HAYLEYHALL20 at the checkout.
Ava also provides support throughout pregnancy, as well as providing insight to those wishing to get to know their bodies better while not trying to conceive. Ava isn’t suitable as a contraceptive tool, nor is it suitable for those that aren’t in the 24-35 average length of cycle.
This is a sponsored feature in partnership with Ava; all opinions are my own (and I was genuinely going to buy one of these before a collaboration opportunity came up!)
*I’m using general terms here and am fully aware that not every woman has periods, and don’t intend to offend or upset anyone by my lack of inclusive language.