Persona is marketed in the UK by Unipath, the makers of the Clearblue range of pregnancy tests, ovulation tests & the fertility monitor.
Persona is sold as a digital hand held unit which comes with 16 test sticks which are used in the first month to set up or calibrate the device. After this the user on average uses 6-8 Persona test sticks per month and the monitor indicates the onset of the possible fertile periods occuring in each mentrual cycle.
Persona works by monitoring the changes in hormones (Persona measures both luteinising hormone and oestrogen) which control your cycle and identifies the days when you are at significant risk of becoming pregnant.
The Persona monitor reads, stores and uses the information from the Persona test sticks to let you know whether you are at risk of becoming pregnant (Red Day) or free to make love without a contraceptive* (Green Day).
As part of the calculation is cycle time based, women must have a regular cycle
The manufacturer lists the following as excluding Persona as a suitable method (ie You should not us Persona if…….)
– hormonal contraception
– fertility treatments
– hormone replacement therapy
PERSONA is 94% reliable when used according to the instructions and as the only method of contraception.
Persona is often recommended by contraception clinics as “It is best for couples in stable relationships, whom are seeking to avoid
pregnancy, but for whom an unplanned pregnancy would not be a disaster.”
Persona has a UK RRP of £64.99 for the starter pack and £9.99 for a box of 8 test sticks.
Persona Monitor and test sticks are not available on prescription and have to be purchased by the user.