The Clearblue Easy Digital Ovulation Test is the most recommended digital urine luteinizing hormone (LH) test on the market, and it's the second most recommended urine LH test overall. The test works the same as its nondigital counterpart, Clearblue Easy Ovulation Test (*Est. $21 for 7 tests), except that after a woman has collected the urine on the test strip, she places it into the monitor to be read. If she's fertile, a smiley face will appear. Though the Clearblue Easy Digital test has not been tested as thoroughly as the regular Clearblue Easy Ovulation Test, it uses the same technology in testing that made the regular Clearblue Easy Ovulation Test the most sensitive on the market. Having the digital readout will cost more money, but consumers say the extra cost is well worth it as it alleviates the anxiety of interpreting results.
The only reviews available specifically for the Clearblue Easy Digital Ovulation Test are on consumer sites such as Amazon.com and Drugstore.com and the website FertilityForums.com. In addition, we relied on the sources we found for the Clearblue Easy Ovulation Test because they are the same test, with just a different results report. These include the scientific reviews and research from the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, the American Journal of Health System-Pharmacy, Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Medical Journal of Australia and Fertility and Sterility as well as the product testing performed by ConsumerReports.org.
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A quick search of ovulation tests at Amazon.com brings up several ovulation kits, pregnancy tests and fertility remedies. While most are not reviewed often, there are a handful of tests that receive excellent user reviews from dozens of consumers. The Clearblue Easy Digital Ovulation Test is one of them, and it gets some of the highest ratings by far -- with hundreds of positive reviews. Reviewers say they like that there's no guesswork in reading the test, and they say that it's well worth the extra money.
Review: Clearblue Easy Digital Ovulation Test, Contributors to Amazon.com
Only a handful of ovulation tests are listed for sale at Drugstore.com, but most are reviewed by at least one consumer who used the test. The Clearblue Easy Digital Ovulation Test is the exception: More than 50 reviewers find that it is easy to use and accurate, though one user says that having the test read by a device is a "silly gimmick."
Review: Clearblue Easy Ovulation Test, Digital, Contributors to Drugstore.com
This forum is a bit cumbersome to search through but provides great support for those trying to conceive. There is abundant information about fertility and ovulation issues, including recommendations for various products. The Clearblue Easy Digital Ovulation Test and the Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor are both mentioned frequently and receive praise.
Review: Ovulation, Testing & Tracking, Contributors to FertilityForums.com
4. The Annals of Pharmacotherapy
This review article compiles data from articles, textbooks and studies from the past 40 years to provide a comprehensive look at home ovulation prediction and pregnancy tests. Urine luteinizing hormone (LH) tests are found to be more accurate in detecting ovulation when compared to other fertility methods, such as following changes in basal body temperature or vaginal or cervical mucus, salivary ferning or calendar calculation. Though much of the information on LH tests is general, the Clearplan Easy Ovulation Kit, now Clearblue, is singled out for its high sensitivity to LH in consumer testing.
Review: Urine-Based Ovulation and Pregnancy: Point-of-Care Testing, Samantha F. Eichner and Erin M. Timpe, Feb. 2004
This in-depth clinical review describes various ovulation testing methods and how they work. Benefits and limitations of each are listed as well as the results of several medical studies. Urine LH tests are reviewed in general, though the Clearblue Easy is noted to be the most sensitive at 22 mIU/ml per a previous study.
Review: Devices for Home Evaluation of Women's Health Concerns: Ovulation Prediction, Kelly L. Scolaro, et al., April 30, 2008
Editors of ConsumerReports.org evaluate both pregnancy tests and ovulation test kits in this informative report. Eleven well-known ovulation predictor kits are tested, with one outperforming the rest and one performing very poorly. Although this report is dated, all of the products tested are available.
Review: When the Test Really Counts, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Feb. 2003
7. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
This study follows the menstrual cycles in 101 infertile women and compares the ability of basal body temperature (BBT), urine luteinizing hormone (LH) tests and blood tests for progesterone to detect ovulation. The standard used for detection of ovulation was transvaginal ultrasound and the urine LH kit used in this study was the Clearplan Ovulation test (now Clearblue). The LH peak occurred before ovulation as seen by ultrasound in all cases and 100 percent of the LH peaks occurred within three days of ovulation. Following the lowest point of BBT was a poor indicator of ovulation.
Review: Reliability of Ovulation Tests in Infertile Women, Ellade Guermandi et al., Jan. 2001
8. The Medical Journal of Australia
This scientific study compares the Clearplan, now Clearblue, Ovulation Test with basal body temperature (BBT) and cervical scoring for predicting ovulation. The accuracy of each method was determined by daily serum luteinizing hormone (LH) measurements. Clearplan was the most accurate at predicting ovulation, and in 96 percent of cases predicted ovulation within two days of the serum LH surge. Though this study is more than 20 years old, it is the foundation for the accuracy of the Clearplan, now Clearblue, Ovulation Test.
Review: Evaluation of the Accuracy of the Home Ovulation Detection Kit, Clearplan, at Predicting Ovulation, K. Gudgeon, L. Leader and B. Howard, Apr. 2, 1990