The most foolproof way to predict and confirm ovulation is a transvaginal ultrasound. By performing one, a doctor can take a complete picture of your ovaries and uterus; literally seeing whether an egg has been released.
Unfortunately, performing this kind of screening just isn’t a convenient or economical way to predict ovulation – yet! So, in the meantime, we’d like to introduce you to 4 fertility testing innovations that you can use in the comfort of your own home.
- Fertility monitor that measures electrolytes:
- Ferning microscopes:
- Urine-based tests:
- Sperm count test:
Now this one is interesting! As your hormones surge in preparation for ovulation, the levels of electrolytes in your saliva and cervical fluid change. As a result, you can accurately predict ovulation by tracking these changes over the course of your menstrual cycle. Our sponsor Fairhaven Health has a system, called the OvaCue fertility monitor, that uses patented technology to do exactly that.
But, how does it work? For a detailed description, check out our article on the “>OvaCue by tapping here.
To summarize, the OvaCue includes a pair of sensors, one for your saliva and the other for your cervical fluid, that measure and track trends in your electrolytes. The technology can predict your ovulation date up to 7 days in advance with 98% accuracy. Your results are tracked and displayed on a handheld monitor with a color LCD screen.
If you want, your iPhone can work as a monitor too by using OvaCue Mobile.
Another way to predict ovulation is by looking at your saliva under a microscope. As you approach ovulation the electrolytes in your saliva organize in a distinct pattern called “ferning.”
Using an ovulation microscope, like the FertileFocus made by Fairhaven Health, you can identify this ferning pattern. That’s your indication that ovulation is about to occur, and that you are in the most fertile time of your cycle.
Just before ovulation, a hormone known as luteinizing hormone (LH) surges. The increased amount of LH can be detected in your urine using a test similar to a traditional pregnancy pee-test.
BFP Ovulation Tests are an affordable and accurate way to regularly monitor for peak fertility. If you decide to use them, don’t forget to report the results in your Ovia app!
With all of this talk of ovulation prediction, it could be easy to forget that the male partner is half of the fertility picture. His sperm count, how fast his sperm swim, and the shape of his sperm all impact his fertility. In the past, it was necessary to go to a fertility clinic for a semen analysis to have any idea about his level of sperm health.
The first home sperm count test was released in 2012. It’s called SpermCheck, and can determine whether your partner’s sperm count is in the “normal” range (above twenty million sperm per milliliter of semen).
Determining if and when you are fertile can be tricky and expensive. Thankfully, there’s help from companies like Fairhaven Health. Fairhaven is an Ovia sponsor and a partner in our mission to help families have happier, healthier pregnancies. Learn more about the innovative OvaCue fertility monitor by reading our “>article here, or by tapping the button below. Take $10 off with offer code: OVIA10.
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