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Am I Ovulating?

If you’re trying to get pregnant, and start your own family then you need to be aware of when you’re ovulating. Ovulation is the key event of your fertility cycle, when a mature, fertile egg is released from the ovaries. If you’re able to try to conceive around the time you ovulate, then sperm can reach that egg within it’s fertile 24 hours and you have the best chance of succeeding.

Sperm can survive for around five days in a woman’s body after ejaculation, so if you add that to the 24 hours that makes up the maximum lifespan of the egg, that gives you a fertile window of six days in which you need to try and conceive for a speedy successful result.

Finding out if you’re ovulating can be quite tricky – it’s a single event in a fertility cycle that lasts as long as 35 days. If you’re suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or similar hormone driven issues, your cycle can be irregular, with ovulation difficult to spot, so you need to make sure you know what to look for and how to find it.

Ovulation Predictor Kits

One of the more convenient ways you can use to identify when you’re ovulating is an Ovulation Predictor Kit. These kits, also known as OPKs test for the hormones associated with ovulation, and will give a positive result when they identify the surge in Luteinising Hormone that causes your ovaries to release an egg.

Many OPKs use urine to test for the LH surge, but some work with your saliva. You can actually check for the hormone in your saliva manually. If you allow it to try and examine it with a magnifying glass and a microscope, you might see a fern pattern, similar to frost on a window. This indicates a high level of oestrogen and electrolytes that are associated with ovulation.

This technique can be very convenient but it does have some drawbacks – if you have any kind of disruption to your hormone levels, whether it’s a condition like PCOS or simply a naturally low LH level, these tests don’t give accurate results so you don’t know if you’re ovulating. This makes it hard to recommend them in every situation.

Basal Body Temperature

Your Basal Body Temperature could offer a better option for you, especially if you’re trying to get pregnant with PCOS. Ovusense’s system uses a specialist thermometer to record your core temperature through the night – giving you accurate access to the basal level that can tell you if you’re ovulating – and links it to an app that tracks the data on your smartphone and turns it into an answer that tells you not just whether you are ovulating that day, but a prediction of when you will ovulate next.

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