I'm also a little frustrated w/Ovulens. Karen, I hope you can help me figure out whether to be optimistic now or not!
I've had it for about 7 weeks. I have infrequent cycles due to being Differently Hormonalized (my latest attempt at a PC term
for what is definitely not PCO) so it's not unusual for me to go this long without O'ing. There were a couple of times when I thought I might've O'd because the saliva looked "complicated" and different from the "not ovulating" pix included w/Ovulens, but 2 weeks after each I was neither pregnant nor bleeding, and then Karen posted a link to her own photos including a "not ovulating" one that looked similar enough to my complicated ones to convince me it was just wishful thinking. I decided that the complicated look just means the saliva is more concentrated.
Okay, so on Christmas Eve (O holy night!) I saw one nice distinct fern at the edge of the complicated stuff. Same the next day. This puzzled me, because all pix of "transition" show ferns intermingled w/dots. Back to just complicated after that. Then, Saturday I tried to look at the sample before it was dry--I could see it rolling down the lens--so I put it horizontal again and came back for another look to see if it was totally ruined or what...and it was SOLID LOVELY LITTLE FERNS!!!
So yesterday, I tried putting my saliva on one edge of the lens and immediately tilting it to make it spread over the whole surface. When that was dry, solid ferns again!!! At this point I did an experiment: went an hour w/nil by mouth to get another good sample and DIDN'T spread it around. This resulted in the complicated look w/no visible ferns.
My hypothesis is that I need to spread out the sample to get a good look, and if I don't I may miss ferns! Am I right? or is spreading it out the wrong thing to do because it creates some kind of fake ferns??? I'd hate to get my hopes up for nothing!