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Products to help you time baby making

Posted by David Trenbath on

A common reason why it can take couples longer than they expected to conceive, is not having sex at the right time during a woman’s cycle. A woman has a fertile window of approximately six days per cycle, commencing five days before ovulation and including the day that she ovulates.

When is the best time to get pregnant?

We all know that scheduling sex is not always fun, especially when trying to conceive. Increasing the frequency of baby making after a woman’s period is a relaxed way to increase your chances of getting pregnant. Baby making regularly (every 2 to 3 days) during the fertile window will give you the best chance of getting pregnant. However, if this is not possible, two times per week is adequate.

 

Many couples will be having sex less often than this, this could be due to work commitments, travel or simply choice and may decide to maximise their chances of conception by trying to predict their fertile window and when ovulation is taking place.

 

There are several ways you can do this, including monitoring your natural fertility indicators, using apps or fertility products.

 

Today we are going to talk you through some of the different options available when it comes to using fertility products to help predict a woman’s fertile time.


Using ovulation tests

Your luteinising hormone (LH) levels can be used as fertility indicator. A surge in LH triggers ovulation and can be detected in a women’s urine 12 to 24 hours before ovulation helping you to identify the 2 most fertile days of your cycle . Some of the newer ovulation tests can detect both oestrogen and LH and help to identify around 4 fertile days each cycle. Ovulation tests are not suitable for everyone. Some women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) may have high levels of LH even when they are not ovulating which can lead to misleading results . Other women may have naturally low baseline levels of LH that won’t be detected by a traditional ovulation test even during their LH surge, leading to false negative results.


Fertility monitors

A fertility monitor is an electronic device that helps you to track your cycle to learn more about your body and when you are fertile. Many fertility monitors are linked to an app that will visually display your data, removing any guesswork. Fertility monitors track various fertility indicators such as hormone levels in your urine, body temperature and pulse rate. In general, they offer you much more than a traditional ovulation test, including prediction of more fertile days (some can predict your entire fertile window), storage of personal information such as cycle length, sexual intercourse dates and allow you to share your data with your doctor or partner. At the moment, most fertility monitors are designed for women but watch this space as technology solutions are currently being developed for men too!

 

Unfortunately, not all fertility monitors are suitable for women with irregular cycles or PCOS, so if this applies to you, please check first before buying one.


Home hormone testing

The progesterone home test is a simple-to-use finger-prick blood test that tells you if you have ovulated during your current menstrual cycle or not. Progesterone is a key fertility hormone that rises after ovulation and prepares your body for pregnancy. You can take the test at home, then post your sample off to an accredited laboratory in the prepaid sample bag provided. A doctor will review your results and a friendly nurse will call you to talk through them with you.

 

If you want to learn more about how to get #cyclesavvy you can download our Couple’s Guide to Getting Pregnant here.


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