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Best Way to Track Ovulation

One of the most frustrating things about trying to get pregnant is getting conflicting advice from family, friends and even fertility professionals. Even if they can agree on what you need to do, they might not be consistent about how you need to do it. Tracking ovulation is a case in point: everyone agrees that knowing when you ovulate gives you an advantage when you’re trying to conceive, but you might get very different advice about how to do so accurately.

Today OvuSense is here to help by looking at the different methods on offer so you can find the best way to track ovulation.

Ovulation Predictor Kits

These are one of the most convenient ways of confirming when you’re ovulating – for some people. Because of the way they test for ovulation, OPKs can’t work for everyone, as we’ll see.

Ovulation Predictor Kits work by testing your urine for LH – the Luteinising Hormone that drives ovulation in your ovaries. When it’s time for an egg to be released, the hormone surges in your body, and the OPK detects this surge in your urine, registering a positive result.

If your hormonal background differs from the ‘normal’ levels the test is constructed for, it can’t give you an accurate result. If your LH surge is naturally strong, it will register a positive result for days around the true date of your ovulation, making it hard to pin down. If you are naturally low in this hormone, it might not register a positive result at all, causing you to miss the date of your ovulation.

These hormone levels can be high or low naturally, simply as part of the variety between different bodies. Your hormone levels can also be affected by stress, thyroid issues or health conditions like PCOS, all of which make it harder for you to identify when you’re ovulating, but even more important to find out.

Basal Body Temperature

The best way to track ovulation is one that works independently of your hormone levels. Measuring your Basal Body Temperature can get you access to this accurate information, but it’s not necessarily easy to do.

Your BBT is the low level your core temperature falls to when your body is at its metabolic minimum level – during your night’s sleep. If you track this temperature across weeks of your cycle, you’ll begin to see a pattern in the minute rise and fall of this temperature that reveal when you’re going to ovulate, but this involves taking your temperature and recording it as soon as you wake up in the morning, before your waking metabolism swamps this minimum level.

OvuSense takes away some of the hard work of this method to track ovulation: our sensor takes your temperature through the night, for a truly accurate result. These recordings are then processed into a prediction for you, so you know when you’re due to ovulate again and when you need to try to give yourself the best chance of getting pregnant.

Find out more about core temperature technology and fertility here