10. 20. 2006
OV Watch - Fertility Predictor
Human beings are probably one of the few creatures on the planet whose female do not openly exhibit "signs" when they are ready to mate. Or maybe it's that the male is just too obtuse to recognize it when they do. But from what I remember of those days, the signals, when they are sent at all are soooo subtle and mixed, it's almost impossible to decipher. And lawd knows we're not the brightest gender when it comes to those things. But it turns out, a recent study out of Los Angeles asserts that women do indeed show mating signs, and that they tend to dress their more enticing (gasp!) when they are at their most fertile. I think the term they used was "dress to impress". Seriously though, that's great, but it took a flock of PhDs to figure that out? How 'bout us average Joes? Do any of you guys out there know or sense when your wife or girlfriend or the hottie dressed to kill at the end of the bar are at their most fertile? Right. And that's where the OV Watch comes in handy. It supposedly works by monitoring the "chloride ions on your skin which fluctuate in relation to the menstral cycle" to give you a few additional days notice. They also claim those few extra days make all the difference and that other articles have shown the "highest probability of conception occurs with intercourse on the days prior to ovulation". Well, it doesn't have quite the same impact as involuntarily sticking the butt up in the air or emitting repeated shrill shrieks across the rainforest skies like some of the other species, but hey, it's something. And men can read watches...most of us.
-"Honey, what time is it?"
-"I don't know, but I think Nike makes these watches. It says 'Just Do It.'"
They estimate 66% more pregnancies to occur with the watch than with traditional methods. It sounds gimmicky and I'm by nature a skeptic, but considering what people go through and all the expense, $99 (National Infertility Awareness Week Special. Whaaa?) doesn't seem too much of a risk. Now, I know a lot of you reading this are already past the point where you'd find this device useful, but perhaps you can pass this info along to a friend who you know are "trying".
One last thing, and I'm not suggesting anything, but it occurs to me that a simple "hack" can easily get this watch to tell you when you are at your "least" fertile. I'm just saying!