Last year in July I suffered a miscarriage at 12 weeks. It was in many ways a devastating experience yet something many women sadly go through. With 1 in 4 pregnancies ending in a miscarriage, it affects a lot of women, men and families. I wrote about it and spoke openly about it on my social media channels yet I didn’t want it to define me. Having Caspian in 2015 was a blessing beyond words and after an easy pregnancy, we enjoyed becoming a family. He was conceived as soon as we started trying and even with the second pregnancy it happened quickly.
I know it took my body some time to recover after the miscarriage. I know the last year has been stressful in many way. I’ve tried not to worry, not to think ‘why is it not happening’. I would love to give Caspian a brother or sister and I reached a point where help is needed.
TESTING THE AVA CYCLE TRACKER BRACELET
In September I received the AVA Fertility Tracker Bracelet. It is a clever and natural way to track your cycle and helps increase your chances of conceiving. The AVA Fertility Tracker is for women who want to monitor their health, something I have really made a priority this year with changes to my diet, more exercise and now also introducing reflexology and massage to help me with my stress. AVA is a great addition.
The AVA bracelet is a new method for tracking your cycle. It does so while you sleep and you only have to wear the bracelet at night. It cleverly collects data on nine different physiological parameters. The algorithm then helps detect your fertility window, stress levels, sleep quality and many other aspects.
AVA is FDA registered and CE certified. It was clinically tested at the University Hospital in Zurich over a 12 month period. It is designed for women with regular cycles so 24 to 35 days and please note that if you do not fall in this category it might not be the optimal help for you in conceiving. It can still give you a lot of insight but this is worth keeping in mind.
HOW I FOUND USING THE BRACELET AND APP
To use the bracelet you will need to have access to an android or smartphone and download the AVA app. Every morning you connect the bracelet and transfer data using Bluetooth. I personally had to adjust to wearing the bracelet while I sleep. It is light and comfortable yet I don’t wear any jewellery to bed so this was new to me. When the back of the bracelet comes in contact with your skin a green light comes on. You can’t see this when you wear it but I actually found it quite handy to have a little light when I need to get up in the night as our bedroom it pitch black dark.
Like with any new habit it takes a little time to adjust and it took me about a week to get into a routine of uploading the data first thing in the morning. It’s very interesting and a great insight into not only your overall health but how you slept that night, too. With a preschooler that favours our bed to his, it did show that I get far less deep sleep, averaging only 30% most night. This is something I’m hoping to change as good rest is naturally very important so it’s been fantastic to have that insight.
WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS
It has been a month and I have already had some great insights into my health and my cycle. I will continue to use the AVA bracelet and keep you updated. Hopefully, we will conceive and as the tracker can also help monitor all these parameters during pregnancy it’s a valid investment. It retails at £249 and can be ordered online.
I really like that it is backed up by science. With many of us struggling to conceive getting insight like this can make a big difference in making such a special dream a reality. The AVA bracelet is a tool and you do need to make sure that there are no underlying health issues preventing you from conceiving. Talk to your GP if you have any concerns.
Please note I was sent this bracelet for the purpose of this feature. All words, opinions and images are my own. Also, I’m not a medical professional, please seek advice if you have any health questions.