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Why all women can't use standard ovulation tests?

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Guest Blogger: Erik Henau, CEO, myLotus


Erik HenauMost women will be familiar with ovulation tests but the women that would benefit the most from these are the least satisfied. I have heard so many women say: “I never detect my ovulation with these tests.” Or “They don’t work, they say I’m always fertile.” Even the medical profession is in two minds about their usefulness.

The problem is that standard tests are based on the “average woman”. It means that the hormone level in your urine is compared to the average level. If you are above then you are in your fertile phase and ovulation could happen in the next 24 – 48 Hrs. If you are below you are not.

The “ovulation hormone” Luteinising Hormone (LH) remains pretty stable before ovulation. Then it rises suddenly and rapidly and can be twice, 10 times or more the initial level. After a while, it drops down to the initial level.




Did you know? Not all women's LH base levels are the same


myLotus is the latest generation of fertility monitor. It is unique and gives you information about your personal levels. No comparison with the average women. It’s just about you.

That means that you will see what your initial hormone level is. You will see this progress in more or less a straight line until it suddenly shoots up. You can’t miss it visually. Whatever your initial level (low or high) you will see what is, for you, your personal hormone surge.

High levels of the ovulation hormone (LH) tend to be associated with PCOS and until now it has not been possible for these women to test their levels.


Did you know? 1 in 4 women have more than one LH surge per cycle


Standard ovulation tests tend to focus on this surge and try to give you more days’ warning before it occurs. Again, this should cover around 70% of women who have just one surge. In trials, we have seen 5% of women with no surge (and even they thanked us because they had suspected they hadn't ovulated but had never been sure). We saw 20% of women with 2 surges and 5% with more than 2 surges. This has been linked with your body thinking that the first follicle you produced was a bit small. Your body then pumps out more hormones to produce another egg that it hopes will be better quality. For some women, this is a total surprise as they didn’t even know you could have more than one surge. So basically, don’t just focus on that first surge. Find out whether you are one of the 1 in 4 women with more than 1 surge.

The myLotus system can be used as a stand-alone product but you can also download an app that lets you record a lot of information and lets you look at graphs and historical data that are useful to yourself or your doctor. (Like: cycle length over time, how regular or irregular are your cycles, BMI, what is your normal day to see your surge, etc.)

In short: ovulation testing has come of age and is addressing those women that most need it. The information that myLotus provides will hopefully provide a significant amount of women with the ability to speed up the time to conceiving naturally. Alternatively, it can be part of the trend, as promoted by Professor Winston, of doing all you can to avoid going for IVF unnecessarily.


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