Home fertility testing

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Starting a family is exciting – but after months of trying the excitement may be wearing off and some concern setting in. Home fertility testing is one way of getting answers privately and quickly. There are different tests for men and women.

Ovulation predictor tests

Ovulation predictor kits are very popular among couples who want to know the when during a woman’s cycle is the optimal time for making a baby. Available from your local pharmacy, these kits will help tell a woman when she is likely to ovulate. Planned intercourse should increase chances of conception. Ovulation predictor kits will also reveal irregularities in a woman’s cycle that might be impacting conception. This is something your doctor will be interested in knowing. Kits cost between $20 and $50, and are about 95% accurate.

The OV Watch is another ovulation predictor and measures LH surges which are important for conception. This is worn on the wrist and cost about $200 online or in a pharmacy.

Cervical mucus tests

Cervical mucus tests analyze changes in cervical mucus by testing a woman’s saliva. Throughout a woman’s cycle, the texture and consistency of cervical mucus changes. Prior to ovulation, cervical mucus becomes thin and stretchy which is best for the sperm to make its way to the egg. This test will let a woman know when she is about to ovulate by analyzing certain attributes of her saliva which change as the cervical mucus changes. These tests cost between $30 and $200 and are available online or in some pharmacies.

Sperm Count Tests

Sperm count tests measure the amount and concentration of sperm present in a sample of semen. Men need to have a sperm count of at least 20 million per milliliter for the best chance at conception. Less than this may indicate a fertility issue. Sperm count tests will reveal whether or not the semen sample has this optimal count. Most kits cost around $40 and are now available at pharmacies and online.

If you use any of these tests and continue to have trouble conceiving, call your doctor. Be sure to take all your records of the results from these tests with you. Your doctor may find them useful in diagnosing your fertility challenge.

Source: Infertility Info, Shared Journey


 
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