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Use a Fertility Monitor for Ovulation Detection

Updated on June 10, 2010


Not everyone has taken an anatomy course, or really understands how pregnancy occurs, other than sperm + egg = fetus.

Basically, before ovulation, an egg starts to mature within an ovary. Once it reaches a certain size,it is released from the ovary and into the fallopian tube toward the uterus, which is when the woman is ovulating is most fertile.

Generally, when trying to get pregnant, intercourse is ideal the day or two before or up to 24 hours after ovulation because sperm can survive for 2 or 3 days. Intercourse can occur a day or two before ovulation and still fertilize the egg, where the egg will only survive for 24 hours after it has been released, unless it has been fertilized.

In most cases, you can figure out your ovulation time by estimation. Although, it 's not going to be the most exact way to pinpoint when you will ovulate, but it'll give you a starting point. You want to figure out when your next period is and count back on a calendar about 12 to 16 days, which will give you a range where you will probably be ovulating. Typically, ovulation occurs on the 14th day of a 28-day cycle.

There are signs of ovulation that you can look for, which include:

  • Change in cervical mucus- you may see an increase in volume or a change in texture. reflecting your rising estrogen levels.
  • Rise in basal body temperature- you won't feel the change, but a basal thermometer will help you monitor your basal temperature; this will take some charting, but you'll be able to pinpoint which day in your cycle you will be ovulating, as your temperature can increase by 0.4 to 1.0 degrees after ovulation. You'll be able to prepare your conception attempt for the following cycle by knowing when your temperature will rise, meaning the day or two before you will be ovulating.
  • Lower abdominal discomfort- about one-fifth of women claim that they feel ovulatory activity via pain and aches ranging from mild achiness to twinges of pain, which may last a few minutes to a few hours.

In order to increase your odds of getting pregnant, you want to pinpoint your ovulation time and familiarize yourself with your hormonal and menstrual cycle

Ovulation Detection

If you're trying to get pregnant, it's best to detect your ovulation days, so that you can make the process more efficient. Although, it may be fun to play around with your days and hope for the best, sometimes you've done that and you've tried everything else. This is where ovulation detection comes into play.

The fertility monitors and basal thermometers are great detection tools. Measuring your basal body temperature can take a few months of monitoring, whereas the fertility monitors are less timely.

There are many different fertility monitors that you can purchase, each with slightly different features and different advantages. Below, are a few of the more popular and common fertility monitors.

Remember to follow the directions of the predictor kit that you purchased carefully. Each will have slightly different directions. Just keep in mind that your cycle begins on the first day of your period, and if you have a 28-day cycle, start using the test on day 11 for up to 6 days or however long the kit states. Ovulation is typically around day 14 of a 28-day cycle, but it may be anywhere from day 13 to day 20.

Note: If you have an irregular cycle, you may not get as much benefit from the ovulation detection kits, as a women with a regular cycle. This is because the kits generally contain supplies for 5 to 9 days worth of testing, which may not be enough; in this case, you may have to purchase more than one kit in order to figure out when you will be ovulating.

Fertility Monitor Test Strips

Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor Test Sticks

  • Typically identifies up to 6 fertile days
  • The only method that detects both LH and estrogen hormones
  • 100% natural and non-invasive
  • Suitable for women with regular and irregular cycles
  • 99% accurate at detecting the LH surge

Combo Pack Ovulation Tests + Early Detection Pregnancy Tests

  • One Step Ovulation Urine Test is a qualitative test used to predict when there is a LH surge, and in turn, when you are likely to ovulate.
  • Experts state that LH testing is a reliable way to detect ovulation. Ovulation will occur after 24-48 hours following a positive test.
  • One Step HCG Urine Test is a rapid pregnancy test, which you can easily carry out yourself.
  • It detects the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), which appears in urine very early during pregnancy.

Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor

  • Typically identifies up to 6 fertile days
  • The only method that detects both LH and estrogen hormones
  • 100% natural and non-invasive
  • Suitable for women with regular and irregular cycles
  • 99% accurate at detecting the LH surge
  • Certain medications or medical conditions, may affect the reliability of this test for predicting ovulation

Optimus Petit Sophia Fertility Monitor

  • 210 day or 6 cycle temperature and conditions memory
  • Optional temperature chart PC print-out function
  • Indicates fertile days in a cycle
  • Informs of the possibility of pregnancy including due date
  • Does not require the use of test strips or refills - one time purchase only
  • Informs user with body conditional symbols if there is a need to visit the doctor
  • 100% natural and will not affect body hormonal changes
  • Has zero side affects

First Response Ovulation Predictor

  • Contains 1, 7-test kit
  • Helps determine the 2 days that a woman is most fertile
  • No cup, no mess; clear results in just 5 minutes
  • detects the increase in luteinizing hormone in your urine (LH surge), which occurs about 24-36 hours before ovulation
  • One easy step. Simply hold the stick in your urine stream
  • Over 98% accurate in laboratory studies

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