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The Best Ovulation Test

There are lots of reasons to want to test when you’re ovulating. Many couples who are trying to get pregnant track their ovulation to ensure they can try to conceive when the conditions are right to allow the best chance of success. Those aren’t the only people with a reason to be interested in their menstrual cycle however: keeping track of when you ovulate could be an early indicator of health problems that affect your menstrual cycle and reproductive health. If your cycle is normally very regular, spotting when it begins to depart from that schedule could be your body letting you know something is wrong! Or you might simply want to understand your body and your cycle a little better: knowing when you’re ovulating, or likely to be on your period helps you feel more at home in your body, and helps you make plans!

What this boils down to is the need to find the best test for ovulation that’s out there. Luckily, OvuSense is here to help with background information and recommendations.

Hormone Tests

One of the most convenient ways of testing ovulation is to use an Ovulation Predictor Kit. These are known as OPKs and they resemble pregnancy tests. They check your urine in the same way, looking for a surge of the LH – luteinising hormone – that stimulates your ovaries to release a mature egg at the end of follicular phase of your cycle.

The problem with these tests is that because they measure hormones to provide a result, they can be thrown off by hormone conditions. Many of the issues that can interfere with ovulation and make your cycle unpredictable – and therefore mean you need a test to tell when you’re ovulating! – are caused by hormone disruption, which also render OPKs inaccurate.

Manual BBT and Supporting Factors

Before the age of apps and computer assistance, plotting your ovulation was a very manual process: you’d record your Basal Body Temperature every day with a thermometer and plot it on a graph looking for the tell-tale dip in temperature that precedes ovulation, followed by the rise afterwards that tells you you’ve just ovulated.

It’s not always easy to spot that pattern, especially because as soon as you wake up your metabolism starts to heat up your body and the small changes you need to identify are swamped. To support this system, you can add in other factors, like the changes your saliva and cervical mucus go through to prepare for or reflect ovulation and build a picture from a network of different indicators.

While this is likely to provide you with a robust indication of when you’re ovulating it is a lot of work to maintain, and it requires your input every day!

A Modern Solution

OvuSense takes the best parts of the Basal Body Temperature method and makes them work for you. Our specialised sensor takes your core temperature right through the night to ensure accurate readings, and the computer backed algorithm delivers your personal prediction for your next fertile window, rather than passing the burden of interpretation back to you.

Find out more about core temperature technology and fertility here