Fertility & Ovulation Predictor Tests
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"Know when you ovulate"...
Typically taking place during
the middle of the menstrual cycle, ovulation is defined as the release of the
mature egg (ovum) from the ovarian follicle. Once released, the egg is capable
of being fertilized for 12 to 24 hours. If the released ovum or egg is fertilized
(usually in the fallopian tube) and implantation takes place in the uterus,
the result is pregnancy. If the egg is not fertilized, it will disintegrate
after 24 hours and will be passed from the reproductive tract during menstruation
(along with the shedding of the endometrium), which begins about 15 days or
so after ovulation.
and Ovulation Prediction
Ovulation is the period
of peak fertility. Your most fertile period starts about 4 days before ovulation,
and ends about 24 hours following the release of the egg. Because the sperm
can live in a woman's body for 5 days or so, a woman's fertile period is actually
longer than the 24 hour live-span of the ovum. To increase your chances of conceiving
and becoming pregnant, predicting the days of peak fertility - and more specifically
predicting the date of ovulation - is key. To maximize the your chances of becoming
pregnant, Early-Pregnancy-Tests.com suggests a number of proven methods, including
ovulation testing, using a saliva ovulation predictor test, fertility charting
with a basal thermometer, and examining physical phenomena like changes in cervical
mucous, cervical position, and discomfort in the lower abdomen (mittelschmerz).
Intercourse: The best or most fertile time to get pregnant is
the period of before and during ovulation. A woman is most fertile during the
time following the LH surge, when the mature ovum is released
from the follicle: ovulation. The best way to determine
your most fertile time is to pay attention to your body, fertility chart with
a basal thermometer, spot the physical signs of ovulation, or use testing tools
tests or ovulation
Different diagnostic kits
use different methods of pinpointing your most fertile time. An urine lh kit tells you when you are about to ovulate by detecting elevated levels of the
hormone LH. Saliva ferning scopes detect the increase in the hormone estrogen
(or estrogen surge). A computerized or digital fertility monitor (OvaCue, Clearblue Easy) employs both luteinizing hormone and estrogen in determining
when you are most likely to become pregnant.
Luteinizing Hormone, Ovulation and Ovulation Tests
Tests: Luteinizing hormone in elevated quantities facilitates
ovulation. During the rest of the menstrual cycle, only a small amount of LH
is produced, but in the middle of the cycle LH briefly and dramatically increases.
This increase is called the "LH surge" and precedes ovulation. Conception
is most likely to occur within thirty-six hours following the LH surge.
The LH Ovulation Test (ovulation predictor kit) is specifically designed to
detect your LH surge - the time when you are likely to ovulate.
Ovulation Tests: Saliva ovulation tests predict ovulation in
a similar way, by detecting fluctuations in hormone levels. However, saliva
ovulation tests (ovulation microscopes like Fertile Focus), detect changes in
the hormone estrogen. Before ovulation takes place, a gradual estrogen increase
takes place. With the ovulation microscope, you predict fertility by viewing
the visual changes that take place in your saliva throughout your cycle. Just
prior to ovulation, women experience this "estrogen surge", which
is less sudden than an LH surge any thereby helps you predict
ovulation as much as 72 hours in advance. The ovulation saliva
test allows you to observe crystal patterns that become present in your saliva
due to this increase in estrogen. The crystal pattern is called "ferning"
(as the patterns resemble fern fronds), and when you see strong ferning patterns,
you know you are fertile and ovulation will take place in the next few days.
Both types of tests exhibit
different strengths. LH urine ovulation tests indicate that ovulation is about
to take place in the next 24-36 hours, and ovulation microscopes all you to
predict ovulation and fertility a few more days in advance, allowing you to
plan sex 2 to 3 days before ovulation to increase your chances of getting pregnant.
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Charting and Methods of Predicting Ovulation