Your Home Fertility Test Options
Of the home fertility tests available, ovulation predictor kits are the most commonly used, but they aren’t your only options. Depending on the type of test; home fertility tests can help a couple to know when the woman is most fertile and has a better chance of conceiving while others can help a man or woman detect problems with fertility, including a reduced sperm count. Understanding how these tests work will help you to better choose the best test for you.
Ovulation Predictor Kits
Home ovulation tests allow a woman to determine when she will ovulate by measuring the luteinising hormone (LH). Just before you ovulate your LH level surges to a higher level. Knowing when this is happening allows you to track the best time to try to conceive. These kits are inexpensive and can be purchased online or at your local pharmacy.
Another home fertility test that women are turning to before trying to get pregnant or after unsuccessful attempts is the FSH test (Follicle Stimulating Hormone). These home fertility tests work by measuring your FSH level to check your ovarian reserve. An elevated FSH level is an indicator of infertility or even the start of menopause. This test can help you find out if there is a problem before you even try to conceive. It is also often referred to as a home menopause test.
Home Fertility Tests for Men
There are a couple of new home fertility tests for men on the market now which can be used to check a man’s sperm count. These tests have been much anticipated for their convenience and ease. Men who are uncomfortable with the idea of seeing a doctor about potential fertility problems can now check their sperm count from the privacy of their own homes. This could save a couple a lot of time and frustration as well as money spent on professional male fertility tests.
This is considered a natural home fertility test because it doesn’t require any equipment whatsoever. A woman’s cervical mucus changes and becomes thinner in its consistency during ovulation to better transport the sperm to the uterus. You can check your cervical mucus’ consistency simply by taking a sample between two fingers and spreading them apart. Around the time of ovulation, the mucus will stretch as much as an inch or two between the fingers as you spread them. This is similar to the consistency of an egg white.