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Using a Fertility Monitor for Contraception

Q: I am 34 years old and I am very interested in the Clear Plan Easy Fertility Monitor. I have pulmonary hypertension and my doctor says that it's impossible for me to get pregnant. I want to know how reliable that monitor is for not getting pregnant.  Does it have to be used just before having sex or can it be used a couple of hours before?

I would appreciate if you answer my question and I will also ask my doctor. I just want to know if the monitor can say for sure when I am ovulating.

Dr. Donnica:
My understanding is that your doctor does not want you to get pregnant because of your diagnosis and that you would like to use the Clear Plan Easy Monitor for contraception.  While there are women who use it for that purpose, it is not FDA approved for that purpose and I STRONGLY recommend against its use for that purpose in any woman who must not get pregnant.  For women who want to use it as contraception to achieve a specific spacing between their children but who wouldn't mind having a child conceived earlier, that's a different story. 

Have you discussed tubal ligation with your doctor?  Have you discussed vasectomy with your partner?

With best regards,
Donnica L. Moore, MD
President, DrDonnica.com

Created: 10/5/2002  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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