Can You Trust An At-Home Fertility Test?
Posted on December 20, 2010
If you have been having difficulty getting pregnant, you should know that you are not alone. There are a large number of women who are trying to get pregnant that are having trouble doing so and are looking for a fertility test that will help them plan when to have intercourse with the highest chance of conceiving.
Women have been waiting for an accurate test that they can do in the privacy of their own home that will help them conceive in the shortest amount of time. If you are wondering whether you can trust an at home fertility test, the short answer is yes, but there are a lot of different factors which can be involved.
If you are looking for an accurate test, look for a fertility test that is easy to read. Some of the methods such as basal body temperature testing and cervical mucus evaluation can be reliable but an accurate test is one that has little room for misinterpretation of the results. A fertility test such as a chemical ovulation predictor test may be more up your alley.
Are you unsure how you can use basal body temperature and cervical mucus as a fertility test? An accurate test of basal body temperature relies on the fact that although a woman’s body temperature fluctuates, on a day when a woman ovulates she can experience an increase in her basal body temperature. It is not a huge increase, only about .2 to .4 of a degree, but it is a large change when compared to daily changes.
An accurate test of cervical mucus indicates that a woman has ovulated when her cervical mucus thins out and becomes tacky, almost like egg whites. This indicates that a woman’s cervix is ready to make the passing of sperm through into the reproductive tract much faster and easier so that a woman has a better chance of conceiving.
An ovulation predictor test is often the most popular form of fertility test that is available over the counter. It can be an excellent fertility test since it measures the amounts of fertility-related hormones in the blood stream. If certain hormones are present in larger amounts it can be a definite indication that ovulation has or is about to occur. The wonderful thing about ovulation predictor tests is that they can help narrow down how many days it will be until a woman ovulates.
It can be a less accurate test however if certain conditions exist. A fertility test such as an ovulation predictor test can be rendered useless if a woman is taking fertility treatments, if her cycle is irregular or she is sick or under stress. Fertility test results may be completely skewed in the case of fertility treatments since the treatments introduce abnormal levels of hormones into the system.
Another issue with a fertility test that can be performed in the home can be the cost. A basal temperature thermometer is not expensive but if you are looking for a more accurate test, a fertility test that uses a computerized unit to read the results can be quite pricey. Expect to pay well over a hundred dollars for a fertility test which is digital. And remember, if the conditions mentioned above exist, no matter how expensive the fertility test is, it still may not be the accurate test you want it to be.
The most accurate test that you can get will be one performed by a doctor. An accurate fertility test will analyze blood to detect hormone levels. Another accurate test is performed by doing an ultrasound of the uterus. If you want an accurate test that will tell you when your fertility levels are at their peak, make an appointment to discuss your concerns with your doctor.
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