How to Use Ovulation Tests

Surges and Peaks: Gradual Onset

There is a myth about LH Testing: most women expect they will only receive one positive result during a cycle. They are confused if they have more than one, especially when it lasts for a few days.   Women who have multiple positive results have a  gradual onset LH surge.  According to a recent study, over half (57.1%) of studied women have this type. With this type, you may see multiple positive ovulation test results for more than one day before reaching the darkest line at the peak.   There are three types within the gradual onset pattern: TYPE 1: Single Peak...

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How to Use Ovulation Tests

There are five important questions you need to answer for how to use ovulation tests.  When should you start ovulation testing?   To make sure you won’t miss your LH surge in any situation, here are suggested starting times: What is the best time of day for testing? Test any time in the afternoon from 11:00AM - 4:00PM, as this is when LH level tends to be highest, and you won’t miss the peak. How often should I run the test per day?   How DO YOU KNOW FOR SURE that the test WORKED correctly? The two most important factors are urine...

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How BBT Works as an Ovulation Calculator

How Basal Body Temperature Works as an Ovulation Calculator

Basal Body Temperature (BBT) is your body temperature at rest, and can only be accurately taken immediately when you wake up. BBT rises after ovulation, due to increased Progesterone released from the corpus luteum after ovulation. Ovulation can be detected on a BBT chart for the day before the BBT rises. BBT remains high if there is a pregnancy.   An increase of 0.5-1ºF indicates the BBT spike, and occurs hours after ovulation. The purpose of tracking and creating a BBT chart is to find the BBT spike. Traditionally, women take their body temperature and manually mark the reading on...

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How to Get Pregnant Fast

Efficiency and Accuracy Both Matter: Ovulation and Period Tracking

Studies show that the majority of women from ages 20 to 45 use a period tracker app to keep up with their health status and fertility tracking. An ovulation tracker app is just as important as a period tracker app. Tracking these two important signs of ovulation together will help you greatly improve both your accuracy and efficiency. Why? The key reason is because a normal woman’s luteal phase (the phase after ovulation day till the next period day) will naturally be the same number of days, not fluctuating even one day. Here is how they are interrelated: Next Ovulation...

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Hormone Tracking

How Progesterone (PDG) Tests Can Help You

The progesterone hormone is produced in your body and measured in blood tests; Pregnanediol (PdG) is the metabolite that comes from metabolized progesterone and is the compound measured in progesterone urine tests.  For a normally fertile women, PdG rises to the detection high level (5 ug/ml) 5 days AFTER ovulation. This timing is opposite to the LH rises before ovulation day. So, the progesterone test is normally used to double-check that ovulation has occurred.   If you have had any of these symptoms,  Progesterone (PDG)  may help you. You . . . haven’t found any positive ovulation test results at...

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The Hormonal Relationship Between LH, PDG, and HCG

Getting pregnant fast can be trickier than it seems. Care, testing, and patience are key. It is normal for conception to take time, even when it is carefully planned! According to our studies of 3,000 women who are trying to get pregnant, under 50% have been registered as pregnant after 9 months. If you want to get pregnant sooner, it is very important to understand how your fertility hormones correlate to each other and how they can help you get pregnant faster. Three important hormones to know during this process are: 1. Luteinizing hormone (LH): its surge signals that ovulation is...

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Period Tracking

Why It Is Important to Log Your Period On Time

Today, over 90% of women under 40 use a period tracker (NIH). The main reasons are for health tracking and fertility tracking. However, according to our studies, many women log their period when first signing up for their tracking app, but keep forgetting to log their new period as soon as it comes or as soon as it ends. This will cause inaccurate period data. Without accurate period data, neither the ovulation calculator nor the period prediction will be able to work correctly. Your body is unique. Not only are cycles different from one woman to another, but there are...

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How to Choose the Ovulation Calculator

Cross-check Multiple Ovulation Symptoms

If you have tried different ovulation calculator or fertility calculators, but you have not gotten pregnant -- and also are not sure whether your ovulation is normal or not, it is time for you to cross-check with multiple ovulation symptoms. Each of these tools --  ovulation strip kits, BBT charts, and progesterone (PDG) tests -- has its pros and cons. If you cross-check using two or three prediction methods and results, you will quickly know which ovulation calculation device works better for you, or you can figure out why a previous device didn’t work for you.  Also, if you have...

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Infertility

PCOS Types and Treatments

1 in 10 women struggling with infertility have been diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome.), making it the leading cause of female infertility. Though this challenge is common, not all forms of PCOS are the same, and not all fertility solutions are the same. There are two main categories of PCOS -- Insulin-Resistant PCOS and Non-Insulin Resistant PCOS -- that can also be broken down further into 5 types (as shown in the table below). Type 1: Insulin-Resistant PCOS Symptoms This is sometimes considered the “classical” form of PCOS.  It often includes the common symptoms of weight gain, ovulatory challenges...

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What You Need to Know About Ovulation Dysfunction

Ovulation dysfunction is the cause of infertility in about 20% to 40% of all couples who have issues trying to conceive, but it’s still not well understood. Ovulation dysfunction isn’t a single condition. It’s a generic term for a group of fertility issues that cause a woman to have irregular or absent menstrual cycles. There’s a lot of confusion surrounding the term, especially since people tend to view ovulation as a single event, rather than the process it actually is. There are many points in the fertility cycle where issues can occur that cause ovulation dysfunction. Causes of Ovulation Dysfunction...

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How to Get Pregnant Naturally

Natural Family Planning

Natural Family Planning is also called “fertility awareness”. It is a method of targeting the most fertile time for getting pregnant and is also used as a natural birth control without drugs or devices. It combines the calendar/rhythm method, the basal body temperature method, and the cervical mucus method. 1. Period Tracking (the Calendar/Rhythm Method) Period calculators that predict your next period and period trackers that log your period are the first step to natural family planning -- the period is the foundation of all other natural cycles in the female body, including ovulation. In order to use period tracking...

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How to Get Pregnant Naturally with Premom

Many women look for ways to get pregnant naturally when first deciding that they want to have a child. The benefits of planning a natural pregnancy include having personal control over one’s own pregnancy, avoiding artificial methods that may be invasive or expensive, and a more conscious awareness of one’s overall health during the fertility process. If you have any pregnancy questions, it may be a good idea to begin here. 1. Educate yourself about pregnancy — know the hormones LH, PdG, HCG, and how they affect your body and your pregnancy. There are three major hormones that are especially...

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