Home Fertility Tests
Deciding to start a family can be one of the biggest and most exciting steps that you will ever take. But trying to conceive can also be very frustrating, particularly if you and your partner have been trying unsuccessfully for a long time. But before you head off to a fertility clinic for testing, you may want to do some testing of your own. A number of different male and female fertility tests are now available to couples that are trying to conceive. These tests allow you to test your fertility in the privacy of your own home.
Female Fertility Tests
There are a variety of female fertility tests that can you use when it comes to planning conception and determining overall fertility.
Ovulation Predictor Kits
Ovulation predictor kits are becoming very popular amongst women who are trying to conceive. Available from your local pharmacy or online, these kits help to tell you when you are going to ovulate. This will allow you to plan intercourse with your partner at a time that will offer you the best chances for pregnancy. Ovulation predictor kits can also help you determine if you are experiencing any menstrual cycle irregularities that may be inhibiting conception. Most kits cost between $20 and $50, and are 95% accurate.
How Do Ovulation Kits Work?
Ovulation predictor kits work by measuring the amount of luteinizing hormone
(LH) in your urine. LH is secreted by your pituitary gland, signaling to your ovaries to release an egg once every month. Approximately 24 to 48 hours before ovulation, your body will experience a surge in LH. Ovulation predictor kits work to detect this LH surge.
How do You Use Ovulation Predictor Kits?
Ovulation predictor kits are fairly easy to use. You simply place a special test strip into a sample of your urine, or hold it under your urine stream while you are urinating. When exposed to LH, this strip will change colors, indicating that you are about to ovulate. There are also electronic kits that will read your test strip for you, but these tend to be quite expensive.
The OV Watch is a special watch-like apparatus that can be used to detect times of ovulation and other fertile days during your cycle. It is a popular alternative to ovulation kits that detect LH surges. The watch can also function to help provide you with detailed information about your menstrual cycle. Available online, the OV Watch costs around $200.