Cheap internet pregnancy test strips. Do they really work? A review and comparison to First Response and Clear Blue.

I have decided to write this post as a common question asked almost weekly on trying to conceive websites is ”are the cheap pregnancy test strips you can buy online any good?” and ”Do cheap pregnancy test strips work as well as the expensive brands such as First Response and Clear Blue?” The short answer is yes. They work in exactly the same way as the more expensive brands. They just come without the expensive plastic packaging.

How sensitive are cheap pregnancy test strips?

Most cheap internet tests are very sensitive at 10mlU/ml with only First Response being more sensitive at 6.3mlU/ml. Clear blue are around 25mlU/ml so are the less sensitive brand. There are obviously many other brands of pregnancy tests out there but none are cheaper than the ones you can buy in bulk online from ebay, Amazon or from this website – My Fertility (See product pages for more information). You can buy 40 test strips for just £5.27p meaning at My Fertility making it just 13p per test compared to £6-£12 per test when buying a First Response or Clear Blue. For this reason the cheap pregnancy test strips are extremely good value for money, especially if you want to test everyday to see the progression of darker lines. Because they are so cheap many woman believe they cannot possibly work as well as the most expensive brands despite the fact our NHS use such test strips in all of their clinics and hospitals to check for pregnancies.

Do the cheap internet pregnancy tests work?

I have recently taken the opportunity to conduct an experiment on a friend who was trying to conceive. I supplied her with dozens of pregnancy test strips as well as a few First Response and Clear blue tests to compare their performance. As you will see the results show that the cheap tests work very well and are very reliable.

 

How early can you test with the cheap pregnancy test strips?

This is a photo of a positive pregnancy test strip done at 11dpo (so 4 days before a missed period). As you can see there is a slight shadow of a second line above the control line but it is not 100% convincing. The clear blue test carried out with the same urine was negative however the First Response test carried out was clearly positive showing a faint line.

 

 

The test strip below was taken at 12dpo. As you can see it is clearly positive.

 

 

Below is a cheap pregnancy test strip compared to a clear blue test taken at 13dpo. As you can see both are clearly positive. The only difference is the plastic outer casing and the colour of the dye……oh yes and the price. The clear blue test cost £8 and the test strip cost 13p.

 

                                                   

    

 

 

This is a comparison of a First Response tests taken at 15dpo compared to a cheap test strip. As you can see both the tests are very positive and it seems redundant to carry on paying out £5-10 per test for a First Response when you can reliably use a cheap test at a fraction of the price.

 

 

Finally this is a cheap pregnancy test strip at 18dpo. The test line is almost as dark as the control line just 4 days after a missed period.

 

 

How Quickly will the cheap pregnancy test strips get dark?

This photo below shows the progression of the darkening lines as each day passes. The lines get darker over several days from 11dpo to 18dpo, just like the more expensive brands do. The only thing to say really is if you want a clear answer very early on e.g. 10-11dpo then First Response are the best test as they are so sensitive. If you are willing to wait until 12-13dpo then the cheap internet tests work very well. This all depends on implantation of course and whether or not you know your exact ovulation date rather than an estimated date. You may ovulate on different cycle days from month to month so unless you a charting your ovulation you cannot be 100% sure how many days post ovulation you are (even if you use ovulation tests). A negative test does not necessarily mean you are not pregnant. Until your period arrives there is always a chance and with the cheap test strips you can test until your hearts is content without costing yourself a fortune.

 

I hope this post was helpful. Feel free to comment below and if you would like any cheap pregnancy test strips then please head over to my Products Pages.

 

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How to chart your ovulation – Part 5

How to use Basal Body Temperature (BBT) to detect ovulation.

After a woman ovulates the empty egg sac (the corpus luteum) on the ovary produces progesterone which is a body warming hormone. We have already discussed the function of progesterone in preparing our body for a pregnancy, so now I will discuss how we can use it’s ‘’warming’’ property to detect ovulation.

The increase in progesterone which occurs after ovulation causes our resting body temperature (BBT) to rise in relation to what it was before ovulation. The temperature rise is only slight (0.2-0.4 degrees Celsius) but by plotting your morning temperatures on a graph daily throughout your cycle, you will be able to detect this rise. Once we see 3 days of higher temperatures, we can infer that ovulation has taken place the day BEFORE the temperature rise.  Here is an example of one of my own charts. Ovulation is shown by the vertical red line. The horizontal red line is my “coverline” – which represents my highest pre-ovulation temperatures and my lowest post ovulation temperatures.

The lower body temperatures are seen pre-ovulation and the higher body temperatures are seen following ovulation.

 

What is basal body temperature (BBT)?

Your basal body temperature (BBT for short), is your body temperature at rest and is measured first thing in the morning following at least 3-4 hours of solid sleep. You need to record your BBT before you get out of bed or do any activity using a digital ovulation thermometer. You can buy your ovulation thermometer here. Before a woman ovulates i.e. (during the follicular phase) her BBT is low (usually around 36-2 – 36.5 degrees Celsius. Following ovulation her BBT rises slightly (by half a degree). This rise can be detected and the difference between these lower and higher temperatures can be seen clearly when plotted on a graph. We call these graphs ‘fertility charts’ and we can infer that ovulation has occurred on the last day of the lower body temperatures.



Why is charting so helpful?

By observing your own fertile signs e.g. cervical fluid, on the lead up to ovulation and by doing ovulation tests it will help time intercourse correctly and you will hopefully have a fresh supply of sperm waiting in the fallopian tubes for the released egg. As the fertile window can last 4-6 days however it is also very useful to know when your fertile days are over so you know when your period is due. By charting your BBT can you pin point the day you have ovulated. Charting is also important if a woman has been trying to conceive for a while so she can predict on which day approximately, she ovulates each cycle. Of course, a woman can ovulate on different days each cycle so charting can also help woman with irregular and longer cycles know when ovulation has taken place. Most fertility issues faced by couples come down to bad timing and most woman can avoid unnecessary and often invasive tests if she knows her own pattern. Remember a majority of woman do not have a perfect 28 day cycle and do not ovulate on cycle day 14 each cycle. I for example  for the past 6 months have had a 28-34 day cycle and ovulate on cycle day 16-22. A woman’s cycles can change following giving birth as well, so it cannot be assumed that a if you have a 28 day cycle before having a baby you will return to this pattern after you have given birth.

Charting is also very useful in uncovering fertility issues such as annovulation (when a woman has periods but is not ovulating) – see more on this here.  Below is an example of a chart showing annovulation. There is no clear temperature shift confirming ovulation and I came on my period on cycle day 23.

 

When charting you BBT you can confirm ovulation has occurred following 3 day of higher temperatures and be sure that your fertile days are over. At this stage in your cycle you will say you are 3 days post ovulation (3dpo) and your other fertile signs e.g. fertile cervical mucus, should have subsided. If you see 3 high high temperatures and are still seeing egg white cervical mucus then there may be another reason for your higher temperatures and you should assume you may be still fertile. See here for more information that can cause higher body temperatures before ovulation (the main ones being disturbed sleep, taking your temperatures too late, having a hangover or being ill).

Once ovulation has occurred you BBT will remain above your pre ovulation temperatures for 12 to 16 days. A woman can also assume her period is due 12 to 16 days from the day of ovulation (depending on the length of her luteal phase). If you get your period sooner than 12dpo or see spotting then please see my other sections on a luteal phase defect and reasons for spotting before your period. If your temperatures stay high past the day your period is due or for 16 days it is time to do a pregnancy test. If you do not conceive you usually see a drop in your body temperatures on the day your period is going to arrive. This is due to the death of the corpus luteum and a dramatic drop in progesterone levels. It is important to remember that the days preceding ovulation are the days that you are fertile. By the time you confirm ovulation and get 3 high temperatures it is too late to conceive. Some woman can conceive the day following ovulation as the egg can stay viable for 24 hours, but the days leading up to ovulation are key when trying to conceive.

By charting your BBT along with your other fertile signs and when you have had sex, it can give you peace of mind that you have timed things correctly. You can then relax the rest of your cycle when you are in the so called ‘two week wait’ – the 14 days or so before your period is due. After you have confirmed ovulation you and your partner can stop having sex or can enjoy intercourse without the pressure of trying for a baby.

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How to chart your ovulation – Part 4.

Your Hormones and Your Fertility Signs. 

When you begin to observe your fertility signs it is useful to know that these signs correspond to changes in your fertility hormone levels.

Estrogen is the hormone that is dominant during the follicular phase of your cycle (between your period and ovulation). The texture and appearance of your cervical mucus and the position of your cervix are altered by your estrogen levels. An ovulation (saliva) microscopes can also detect an increase in estrogen levels (see my review here).

Progesterone is the hormone that dominates the luteal phase of your cycle (between ovulation and the arrival of your period). Progesterone levels remain high if you conceive and stay high until you give birth. An increase in your Basal Body Temperature (BBT) corresponds with an increase in progesterone levels.

Luteinizing Hormone (LH) is the hormone that surges 12-24 hours before you ovulate and it is this hormone which is responsible for the release of the egg from the ovaries into the fallopian tube. LH tests AKA Ovulation tests/Ovulation Prediction Kits (OPKs) and fertility monitors such as the Clear blue fertility monitor (see review here) are used to pin point this surge and can help to predict impending ovulation.

 

More about Estrogen:

Estrogen helps to build up the lining of your uterus. This lining is essential as it is what feeds and supports a fertilised egg once it has attached. When talking about fertility, estrogen is often referred to as estradiol and it is produced by the follicles which develop on the ovaries at the start of the menstrual cycle.  As a woman gets closer to ovulation the levels of estrogen increase as the dominant follicle takes over production. An increase in estrogen levels can indicate that the follicle is mature and ready for release. This higher level of estrogen also stimulates a rise in LH (Luteinizing Hormone) which should lead to the release of the egg from the ovary. Estrogen also stimulates the cervix to produce more fertile cervical mucus which is watery and preferably stretchy (like egg white). This fertile cervical mucus is vital to ease the passage of the sperm to the fallopian tubes from the vagina. Higher levels of estrogen also results in the cervix becoming soft and more open to allow sperm to enter.

More about Luteinizing Hormone (LH):

Luteinizing Hormone (LH) peaks just before the egg is releases from the ovary. It is the hormone that stimulates the egg to rupture out of the ovarian sac. The surge in LH may be detected in your urine by using LH tests AKA ovulation tests or Ovulation Prediction Kits (OPKs). A positive LH test may indicate that a woman will ovulate within 12-24 hrs. LH levels rise and fall over a 24-48 hr period and may remain high the day of ovulation. A rise in LH occurs in the morning but cannot be detected for 4-6 hrs so doing an LH test in the morning is not ideal . It is recommended to test later on in the afternoon/early evening for this reason. If you are using a test strip then the test line needs to be as dark or darker than the control line. Below is an example of a positive test.

 

As a woman always has LH in her system in small amounts there will always be a test line on the test. It is how dark the line is that is important to detect a surge.  LH tests are very useful in warning a woman of impending ovulation. You should never totally rely on LH tests to predict ovulation however. You need to correlate test results with your fertile signs e.g. the appearance and texture of your cervical mucus. They may be particularly helpful if your temperature chart is confusing. If a woman has long and irregular cycles then the most well-known high street brands (e.g. clear blue) can prove very expensive. The cheaper ovulation test strips are just as effective and you may purchase as many as 50 here for around £7 – See product page here.

More about Progesterone:

Progesterone levels increase following the release of the egg from the ovary i.e. the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. Before a woman ovulates, she will have progesterone in her system but levels are low.  Following ovulation, Progesterone is produced by the empty sac left behind on the ovary by the released egg (the corpus luteum). Progesterone levels increase quite dramatically and these higher levels are vital in maintaining and building the uterus lining in preparation for a fertilised egg. If a woman falls pregnant then progesterone levels remain high until she gives birth. Progesterone is a warming hormone and an increase in levels may be detected by recording your Basal Body Temperature (BBT) using a BBT ovulation thermometer (a digital thermometer).  Progesterone levels cause a woman’s BBT to remain high throughout her pregnancy.

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How to chart your ovulation – Part 1

It is important to note that a vast number of couples who are struggling to conceive are simply having sex at the wrong time. By knowing your own fertile signs and by having intercourse within your ‘fertile window’ you will maximise your chances of conceiving. ‘Fertility charting’ or ‘charting your ovulation’ is based on the idea that if we know when we are fertile or within our ‘fertile window’ and have intercourse during this time we can get pregnant more easily. You can take some steps to discover if and when you are fertile by observing your natural fertility signs. You are only fertile for a few days each cycle and your body will give you subtle signs that you are within your fertile window which you can observe and record. This method is highly reliable and can increase your chances of conceiving greatly.

key information

  • Women can only get pregnant when they are fertile and they are only fertile for a few days each menstrual cycle (3-6 days). This is known as her ‘fertile window’ (more on this here).
  • Only when a woman has sex during the ‘fertile window’ can she conceive.
  • The ‘fertile window’’ lasts for around 3-6 days each cycle.
  • Woman are most likely to conceive if she has sex one or two days before she ovulates or on the day she is ovulating.
  • Every woman is unique and so are her cycles. You will have your own pattern of fertility.
  • By observing your fertile signs each cycle it will help you to have intercourse at the correct time in order to get pregnant.
  • By charting your ovulation, it will help you to predict your future ovulation date and confirm when ovulation has occurred.

 

What are the fertility signs you should look out for?

You can read all about the fertile window ‘here’ and how to make the most of each menstrual cycle to maximise the chance of conception. The main sign you are approaching ovulation however is a change in your cervical mucus or discharge. It should change from a creamy texture to a wet, thin, watery discharge as you approach ovulation. This can occur up to 4-5 days before ovulation is going to take place. Your discharge should hopefully become stretchy and clear like egg white for a day or two before you ovulate . There are many more signs you can look out for so please take a look at ‘the fertile window’ section for more information.

 

What determines the length of the fertile window?

A woman is most likely to conceive if she has intercourse in the 1 or 2 days before she ovulates or on the day of ovulation. This is because a woman’s egg is only viable for 1 day after it is released (after the woman has ovulated). A sperm cell however, can last for up to 5 days if conditions are ideal. A woman can therefore potentially conceive if she has sex up to 5 days before she ovulates. The optimum time frame to have sex is within 2 days of ovulation or on the day of ovulation. This ensures that a fresh supply of sperm is present in the fallopian tubes waiting for egg to be released.  This leaves just 3 days per cycle when a woman is most likely to conceive. By charting your fertile signs, you can time intercourse correctly. and couples who focus on having sex during the ‘fertile window’ greatly increase their chances of conceiving.

 

Do woman ovulate on the same day each cycle?

Some women are very fortunate and will have a text book cycle, the average being a 28 day cycle with ovulation taking place on cycle day 14/15 giving a 14 day luteal phase. The reality is that every woman is different. Many women have cycles that are shorter or longer than 28 days and many women ovulate at different times in their cycle even if they have a normal cycle of 28 days in length. As an example, my cycles at the moment are 30 days long and I ovulate on around cycle day 18. This means my luteal phase is 12 days which is shorter than the average 14 days. It is important then to keep in mind that not only do woman have cycles of different lengths but we also have luteal phases of different lengths too (the number of days between ovulation and period) – (more on the luteal phase here). The luteal phase usually stays pretty consistent each cycle for each woman so if her periods are different lengths each cycle it is more than likely the time between her period and ovulation that is altering (the follicular phase) i.e. she is ovulating on different cycle days each menstrual cycle. By charting your fertile signs and basal body temperature each morning you can discover your own personal pattern including your luteal phase length and the cycle day you are ovulating on. This will help you to predict when your ‘fertile window’ is likely to be in future cycles. It is advised to have intercourse every day or every other day from the start of your fertile window until ovulation has taken place to have the greatest chance of conceiving. This is where charting your temperatures comes into play.

 

How to confirm ovulation?

Once you have ovulated, your ovaries will release a hormone called progesterone. This hormone helps to build up the uterine lining and keep it in place for a fertilised egg to implant. This hormone causes your body temperature to rise by half a degree or so. By recording your waking temperature on a daily basis (your temperature as soon as you wake in the morning), you can record this change in body temperature and pin point when ovulation has taken place. Once you have recorded 3 consecutive days of high temperatures you can be confident that ovulation has taken place and your fertile window is over.

In the proceeding sections of this guide I will discuss how to begin charting your fertile signs and body temperatures.

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Causes of spotting before period – the most common causes.

What causes a woman to spot before her period arrives?

This is a question I asked myself when I came off the contraceptive pill to try for a baby in 2013. I found that after I ovulated I would spot on random days during the run up to the day my period was due. Sometimes it was brown and sometimes it was pink and even red. Many times I was convinced it was my period arriving early but then when the spotting would stop for a few days I found it quite confusing and frustrating.  I never had cramps with the spotting and sometimes it was as soon as 2-3 days after ovulation. I did lots of research on this and I will share with you my findings.

 

Ovulation spotting

Spotting after you have ovulated or ‘Mid cycle spotting’ is very common and I have experienced this several times, especially when my ovulation pain has been particularly bad. It occurs within a few days of ovulation so spotting at this time in your cycle can be quite surprising for many woman. Ovulation spotting is nothing to worry about and up to 10% of women experience this at some point during their fertile years. Spotting occurs because of a brief drop in estrogen levels following the release of an egg from the ovaries.

The spotting usually happens around 10-14 days before your period is due. I have read on many trying to conceive forums that ovulation spotting corresponds with a ‘strong ovulation’ but what this means I’m not sure. Many woman seem to think it is a positive occurrence and can be linked with a good ‘strong’ egg being released.

 

Implantation bleeding

If your menstrual cycles and luteal phase length is normal and you never usually have spotting between ovulation and your period, then you could be experiencing implantation bleeding. Light spotting of brown or pink (and sometimes even red) discharge around 6-12 days after ovulation could indicate implantation of a fertilised egg into the walls of the uterus. This could be a very early sign of pregnancy. Implantation bleeding is usually very light and occurs when the egg attaches to the lining of uterus i.e. implantation. When the egg attaches, a small amount of blood may be shed. This blood may then pass through the cervix and out of the vagina.

You may notice this small amount of blood after you wipe. Implantation bleeding usually stops as quickly as it starts but if you carry on spotting and you find out that you are pregnant then speak to your GP.  Likewise if you have unusual bleeding at any point during your cycle and you are not pregnant, then you should consult your doctors advice. There are many photos of implantation bleeding on google images and you can look up some images to get an idea of what it may look like.

 

Vascular cervix

This reason is not so well known and I haven’t found much about a vascular cervix online but when I went to see my doctor about my spotting she examined my cervix and told me it was very vascular. I had ovulated a few days prior to my doctors visit and I had light spotting so went in for some tests. She said that the blood vessels are often more visible, prominent, swollen and more dense during the luteal phase of a woman’s menstrual cycle. This is due to the effects of progesterone levels being higher during this phase. Pregnant women may also have a vascular cervix for the same reason i.e. they have high progesterone levels and their cervix becomes engorged with blood. If you have a vascular cervix during your luteal phase then any light trauma e.g. through sex, could cause you to have some spotting.

If you experience spotting after sex during the luteal phase then this could be your problem. You should however have yourself checked out by your doctor if you ever experience any abnormal spotting throughout your cycle or after intercourse just to be safe. When I was on the contraceptive pill called ‘Cilest’, which is a progesterone only pill, I would spot now and then after sex which makes sense to me now. I was young and so I didn’t go to my GP although I did have several smears over the years which were all normal. It is usually nothing to worry about but it is better to get checked anyway.

 

A Luteal Phase Defect

This issue is very common and is a problem I have suffered from since coming off the contraceptive pill in 2013. My cycles have always been on the longer side and I would spot for up to 5-7 days before my period was due every cycle. After much research and a few cycles charting my temperatures I discovered my luteal phase was short at 10-11 days, meaning I had a ‘luteal phase defect’. What this means is that your progesterone level peaks as it should around 5 days after ovulation but then levels starts do drop sooner than they should. With a slight drop in progesterone your lining may begin to shed early and you may see spotting for several days before your period arrives.  The day your period arrives is when levels of progesterone plummet.

If you have a luteal phase defect and you are trying for a baby you may have some issues conceiving. Your lining may start to shed before the fertilised egg has time to attach. There are several ways you can help with this issue naturally or you can try progesterone after ovulation. You may only be able to obtain progesterone suppositories from a gynaecologist as your GP usually will not prescribe it. I have a separate post titled ‘What is a luteal phase defect‘ and ‘Progesterone and Fertility‘ if you would like to know more and I also described how I overcome my issue to conceive successfully.

 

Cervical erosion (cervical ectropion)

Cervical erosion is now more commonly referred to as cervical ectropion or cervical eversion. It is quite a common condition and is harmless.  There is no evidence to suggest it is associated with cervical cancer or other cancer causing conditions. The condition occurs when cells from the inside of the cervix appear on the outside of the cervix.  Cervical ectropion may be diagnosed during an examination of the inside of the vagina e.g. during a smear test, as the cervix will appear redder than normal. The condition is often caused by hormonal changes and is more commonly seen in young girls going through adolescence, pregnant woman or woman on the contraceptive pill . Many woman can be born with the condition also. Cervical ectropion often causes no issues and may disappear without any treatment. The cells on the outside of the cervix may however cause spotting and pain during or after intercourse. If you are taking the contraceptive pill then switching to a different pill may help or if you are not on the pill and are not trying for a baby, then taking the contraceptive pill may also help. Speak to your GP if you are experiencing any symptoms and they can examine you and confirm if this is your issue. If you are suffering considerably from the condition then the cells may be cauterised to prevent any further bleeding.

 

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

If you have PCOS then you will probably experience irregular bleeding from time to time. PCOS is caused by a hormonal imbalance which may prevent ovulation. If a woman is not ovulating then the lining of the uterus is not shed on a regular basis and may become thickened.

Other symptoms of PCOS is high testosterone levels, obesity, excess hair (hirsutism) on the face, back, arms and legs and chest and balding of hair on the head. Your doctor can undertake a simple blood test and even an ultra sound examination to confirm if you have PCOS and can prescribe you treatment and give advice which should help.

 

Cervicitis – Inflammation or infection of the cervix 

Cervicitis is a condition where the cervix becomes inflamed and a woman may suffer from bleeding at unusual times during her menstrual cycle as a result. The condition is also linked to painful sex and abnormal vaginal mucus. Cervicitis is most commonly caused through a sexually transmitted infection such as gonorrhea or chlamydia. Many woman see no signs or suffer no symptoms of the condition and have no idea they have an STI for a long period of time. A woman with no symptoms may be diagnosed during a routine vaginal exam such as a smear test. If you are suffering from vaginal bleeding that is not associated with your period or if you experience painful sex or abnormal vaginal discharge then see your GP straightaway. Cervicitis may also be caused by an allergic reaction to latex condoms or spermicides or woman who regularly perform douching can suffer (cleaning of the inside of the vagina).

The cervix may also become inflamed if there is an overgrowth of the normal, natural occurring bacteria inside the vagina. This condition is called bacterial vaginosis. If is important to treat the underlying cause of cervicitis as the cervix is key in preventing bacteria and viruses from entering the uterus. If the cervix is infected and inflamed then this barrier is compromised and may lead to an infection of the reproductive organs which may lead to fertility issues later on.

 

Sexually Transmitted Infections/Diseases (STIs, STDs)

I have mentioned this briefly above as STIs such as gonorrhea or chlamydia may lead to cervicitis and abnormal vaginal bleeding.

 

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) 

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is when the uterus, ovaries and/or fallopian tubes become inflamed. PID is commonly caused by sexually transmitted infections  such as chlamydia or gonorrhoea. Treatment is usually successful and involves one or two courses of antibiotics. If a woman has a severe infection or if a  she has had PID for a long time and has not been treated, she could develop fertility issues e.g. blocked fallopian tubes and risk of an ectopic pregnancy. Symptoms include bleeding between periods, pain in the abdomen, pain during sex, unusual discharge and often heavy periods.

An ovarian cyst

An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac which grows on a woman’s ovary. They are extremely common, usually do not cause any symptoms and often disappear in a few months without treatment. If the cyst ruptures however it may cause a woman to experience pain in the pelvis area, pain during sex and abnormal periods (irregular, heavy or lighter than normal).

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine Fibroids  are abnormal growths of muscle tissue that develop within or around the uterus. They are non cancerous  growths (often referred to as uterine myomas or leiomyomas) and often do not cause a woman any symptoms. When symptoms occur they can include abnormal vaginal bleeding bleeding between periods, lower back and abdomen pain and pain during intercourse.

Uterine Polyps

Uterine polyps are growths which appear within the inner lining of the uterus. They are often attached by a thin stalk and extend into the uterus. They are usually noncancerous.

Stress

Stress can cause changes in to a woman menstrual cycle and some women may suffer from vaginal spotting due to fluctuations in stress hormones, Stress may also delay ovulation or even prevent it altogether.

An Early Miscarriage – Chemical Pregnancy

Early miscarriages or chemical pregnancies are extremely common accounting for 50 to 75 % of all miscarriages experienced. They usually occurs shortly after a fertilised egg has implanted and often following a very faint positive pregnancy test. I experienced a chemical pregnancy myself and it was shocking to get a positive pregnancy test only to have spotting and then my period arrive a few days later. Often woman find they have spotting and the pregnancy tests from one day to the next do not get any stronger. If you think you are pregnant and experience any spotting then it is always better to contact your GP for advise. If you do have an early miscarriage then inform your GP also as they need to put it on your medical records. Some woman experience several chemical pregnancies one after the other and as you only get help after 3 miscarriages it is best to keep your GP informed. Often it is nothing to worry about but there are tests your GP can perform to see for what reason the implantation process is unsuccessful.

Approaching menopause

When a woman is approaching the menopause she can begin to experience pink or brown spotting and even light bleeding before her period is due.

 

Low thyroid levels.

A woman might start to produce too much estrogen if she has a thyroid problem. An underactive thyroid may lead to over production of estrogen and spotting between periods.

 

Adenomyosis

Adenomyosis occurs when cells lining the inside of the uterus are found within the uterine wall. This can cause the uterus to become enlarged which may be very painful and cause spotting between periods and also heavier periods. This condition usually occurs after the menopause has begun.

 

Ectopic pregnancy 

An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilised egg has implanted outside of the uterus, usually in one of the fallopian tubes. If you know you are pregnant and experience the following symptoms then contact your GP immediately – Abdomen pain which is low down and focused on one side, bleeding or spotting pr brown watery discharge , shoulder pain and discomfort when weeing or pooing.

 

Malignant cancer

If you have been experiencing any unusual spotting or bleeding in between your periods it is extremely important to see your GP. It is usually something that can be treated but if the worst case scenario occurs it is better to get a diagnosis sooner rather than later.  Your doctor will have heard and seen it all before and it is always best to get peace of mind or to get treatment as soon as possible. Don’t put it off and always make sure you  have a smear test performed when advised to and when they are due.

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Baby memorial keepsakes – Bracelets, key rings, Necklaces and Pendants.

Baby loss/miscarriage/Memorial/Fertility charms – Key rings, Bracelets, Necklaces, charms for necklace (pendant) – Free postage on all items – UK post only. 

 

These charms are discrete and can be kept on you as a keepsake to remember your lost baby or as a thoughtful gift for someone you know who has lost a baby or who is trying to conceive. I was bought one of these charm sets by a friend after my second miscarriage and it really helped me to get through such a tough time. I placed my pendant on a chain and wore it throughout my sons pregnancy until I gave birth and it is now in his memory box.

The heart charms come in silver coloured metal or in pink and blue flattened pearl glass.

The remember beans have ‘remember written on one side and a footprint on the other.

The Fertility Venus charm size is approximately 3.9cm x 1.3cm.

As this jewellery is composed of small parts they are designed for adults only. Please keep out of reach of small children at all times as these small parts could be a potential choking hazard. 

Memorial Bracelet: £2.99p.

A 20cm black faux leather bracelet with lobster clasp. The bracelet can extend to 22-25cm as as additional rings are added to the bracelet. You get 3 lovely charms with each bracelet. If there is a combination not shown then please email me as I am sure I can accommodate your needs.

This Bracelet is available in several colours. Please email me with which colour you would like – takecontrolofyourfertility@gmail.com

 

Bracelet with remember bean, angel wing and silver heart – £2.99p

 

Bracelet with remember bean, angel wing and pink heart – £2.99p

 

Bracelet with remember bean, angel wing and blue heart – £2.99p

 

 

Bracelet with believe bean, rainbow and silver heart – 2.99p

 

Bracelet with believe bean, rainbow and pink heart – 2.99p

 

Bracelet with believe bean, rainbow and blue heart – 2.99p

 

 

Bracelet with believe bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.99p

 

 

Bracelet with baby feet, angel wing and silver heart – 2.99p

 

Bracelet with baby feet, angel wing and pink heart – 2.99p

 

Bracelet with baby feet, angel wing and blue heart – 2.99p

 

 

Bracelet with remember bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.99p

 

 

Bracelet with baby feet, believe bean and silver heart- 2.99p

 

Bracelet with baby feet, believe bean and pink heart- 2.99p

 

Bracelet with baby feet, believe bean and blue heart- 2.99p

 

 

Bracelet with Remember bean, baby feet and silver heart – £2.99p

 

Bracelet with Remember bean, baby feet and pink heart – £2.99p

 

Bracelet with Remember bean, baby feet and blue heart – £2.99p

 

 

Bracelet with believe bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.99p

 

Bracelet with believe bean, baby feet and rainbow – £2.99p

 

Bracelet with remember bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.99p

 

Key rings – £2.99p.

The key rings are 25mm in diameter and are m ade from a polished silver coloured metal. They come with a short chain to attach your charms. You get 3 lovely charms with each key ring. If there is a combination not listed please message me as I am sure I can accommodate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key-ring with Fertility (Venus charm), baby feet and silver heart – £2.99p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key-ring with Fertility (Venus charm), baby feet and believe bean – £2.99p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key-ring with Remember bean, baby feet and silver heart – £2.99p

 

Key-ring with Remember bean, baby feet and pink heart – £2.99p

 

Key-ring with Remember bean, baby feet and blue heart – £2.99p

 

 

Key-ring with remember bean, angel wing and silver heart – £2.99p

 

Key-ring with remember bean, angel wing and pink heart – £2.99p

 

Key-ring with remember bean, angel wing and blue heart – £2.99p

 

 

Key-ring with believe bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.99p

 

Key-ring with believe bean, baby feet and rainbow – £2.99p

 

Key-ring with remember bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.99p

 

 

Key-ring with baby feet, angel wing and silver heart – 2.99p

 

Key-ring with baby feet, angel wing and pink heart – 2.99p

 

Key-ring with baby feet, angel wing and blue heart – 2.99p

 

 

Key-ring with baby feet, believe bean and silver heart- 2.99p

 

Key-ring with baby feet, believe bean and pink heart- 2.99p

 

Key-ring with baby feet, believe bean and blue heart- 2.99p

 

 

 

Key-ring with believe bean, rainbow and silver heart – 2.99p

 

Key-ring with believe bean, rainbow and pink heart – 2.99p

 

Key-ring with believe bean, rainbow and blue heart – 2.99p

 

 

 

Black faux leather braided Rope necklace: 

A 46cm faux leather necklace with lobster clasp. The necklace can extend to 48cm as as additional rings are added to the necklace. You get 3 lovely charms with your necklace – choose from the drop-down menu. If there is a combination not listed please message me as I am sure I can accommodate.

Black necklace with Fertility (Venus charm), baby feet and silver heart – £2.99p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black necklace with Fertility (Venus charm), baby feet and believe bean – £2.99p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black necklace with Remember bean, baby feet and silver heart – £2.99p

 

Black necklace with Remember bean, baby feet and pink heart – £2.99p

 

Black necklace with Remember bean, baby feet and blue heart – £2.99p

 

 

Black necklace with remember bean, angel wing and silver heart – £2.99p

 

Black necklace with remember bean, angel wing and pink heart – £2.99p

 

Black necklace with remember bean, angel wing and blue heart – £2.99p

 

 

Black necklace with believe bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.99p

 

Black necklace with believe bean, baby feet and rainbow – £2.99p

 

Black necklace with remember bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.99p

 

 

Black necklace with baby feet, angel wing and silver heart – 2.99p

 

Black necklace with baby feet, angel wing and pink heart – 2.99p

 

Black necklace with baby feet, angel wing and blue heart – 2.99p

 

 

Black necklace with baby feet, believe bean and silver heart- 2.99p

 

Black necklace with baby feet, believe bean and pink heart- 2.99p

 

Black necklace with baby feet, believe bean and blue heart- 2.99p

 

 

 

Black necklace with believe bean, rainbow and silver heart – 2.99p

 

Black necklace with believe bean, rainbow and pink heart – 2.99p

 

Black necklace with believe bean, rainbow and blue heart – 2.99p

 

 

Silver metal flat ‘snake’ loop chain necklace:

One 50cm silver metal necklace chain with flattened snake loops and lobster clasp. You get 3 lovely charms with your necklace. If there is a combination not listed please message me as I am sure I can accommodate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snake loop necklace with Fertility (Venus charm), baby feet and silver heart – £2.99p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snake loop necklace with Fertility (Venus charm), baby feet and believe bean – £2.99p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snake loop necklace with Remember bean, baby feet and silver heart – £2.99p

 

Snake loop necklace with Remember bean, baby feet and pink heart – £2.99p

 

Snake loop necklace with Remember bean, baby feet and blue heart – £2.99p

 

 

Snake loop necklace with remember bean, angel wing and silver heart – £2.99p

 

Snake loop necklace with remember bean, angel wing and pink heart – £2.99p

 

Snake loop necklace with remember bean, angel wing and blue heart – £2.99p

 

 

Snake loop necklace with believe bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.99p

 

Snake loop necklace with believe bean, baby feet and rainbow – £2.99p

 

Snake loop necklace with remember bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.99p

 

 

Snake loop necklace with baby feet, angel wing and silver heart – 2.99p

 

Snake loop necklace with baby feet, angel wing and pink heart – 2.99p

 

Snake loop necklace with baby feet, angel wing and blue heart – 2.99p

 

 

Snake loop necklace with baby feet, believe bean and silver heart- 2.99p

 

Snake loop necklace with baby feet, believe bean and pink heart- 2.99p

 

Snake loop necklace with baby feet, believe bean and blue heart- 2.99p

 

 

 

Snake loop necklace with believe bean, rainbow and silver heart – 2.99p

 

Snake loop necklace with believe bean, rainbow and pink heart – 2.99p

 

Snake loop necklace with believe bean, rainbow and blue heart – 2.99p

 

 

 

Silver metal round ‘O’ chain necklace:

    

One 50cm silver metal necklace chain with rounded loops and lobster clasp. You get 3 lovely charms with your necklace. If there is a combination not listed please message me as I am sure I can accommodate.

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with Fertility (Venus charm), baby feet and silver heart – £2.99p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with Fertility (Venus charm), baby feet and believe bean – £2.99p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with Remember bean, baby feet and silver heart – £2.99p

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with Remember bean, baby feet and pink heart – £2.99p

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with Remember bean, baby feet and blue heart – £2.99p

 

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with remember bean, angel wing and silver heart – £2.99p

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with remember bean, angel wing and pink heart – £2.99p

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with remember bean, angel wing and blue heart – £2.99p

 

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with believe bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.99p

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with believe bean, baby feet and rainbow – £2.99p

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with remember bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.99p

 

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with baby feet, angel wing and silver heart – 2.99p

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with baby feet, angel wing and pink heart – 2.99p

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with baby feet, angel wing and blue heart – 2.99p

 

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with baby feet, believe bean and silver heart- 2.99p

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with baby feet, believe bean and pink heart- 2.99p

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with baby feet, believe bean and blue heart- 2.99p

 

 

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with believe bean, rainbow and silver heart – 2.99p

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with believe bean, rainbow and pink heart – 2.99p

 

Round ‘O’ loop necklace with believe bean, rainbow and blue heart – 2.99p

 

 

Pendant:

You can chose to have just the charms on a small split ring to thread through a necklace – £2.79p.

 

Pendant with Fertility (Venus charm), baby feet and silver heart – £2.79p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pendant with Fertility (Venus charm), baby feet and believe bean – £2.79p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pendant with Remember bean, baby feet and silver heart – £2.79p

 

Pendant with Remember bean, baby feet and pink heart – £2.79p

 

Pendant with Remember bean, baby feet and blue heart – £2.79p

 

 

Pendant with remember bean, angel wing and silver heart – £2.79p

 

Pendant with remember bean, angel wing and pink heart – £2.79p

 

Pendant with remember bean, angel wing and blue heart – £2.79p

 

 

Pendant with believe bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.79p

 

Pendant with believe bean, baby feet and rainbow – £2.79p

 

Pendant with remember bean, angel wing and baby feet – £2.79p

 

 

Pendant with baby feet, angel wing and silver heart – 2.79p

 

Pendant with baby feet, angel wing and pink heart – 2.79p

 

Pendant with baby feet, angel wing and blue heart – 2.79p

 

 

Pendant with baby feet, believe bean and silver heart- 2.79p

 

Pendant with baby feet, believe bean and pink heart- 2.79p

 

Pendant with baby feet, believe bean and blue heart- 2.79p

 

 

Pendant with believe bean, rainbow and silver heart – 2.79p

 

Pendant with believe bean, rainbow and pink heart – 2.79p

 

Pendant with believe bean, rainbow and blue heart – 2.79p

 

 

 

All items are presented in a lovely butterfly organza bag.

 

 

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Ovulation and Pregnancy test packs.

Ovulation and Pregnancy test packs – Free delivery

 

Ovulation and Pregnancy test packs include varying quantities of ovulation tests and pregnancy tests.  If you need any help with using ovulation tests then see the page on ”How to use Ovulation Tests” from the drop down menus. If you would like product information on the ovulation tests or pregnancy tests please see the individual product pages from the drop down menu. Free postage on all packs – Dispatch within 1 working day and delivered by 2nd class Royal Mail (2-3 working days). (If you live outside the UK and would like one of my products I can send but there will be a £2.80 or £4 postage charge (depending on weight). Please contact me at takecontrolofyourfertility@gmail.com for details or a quote.

SAFETY: Please dispose of the tests, silica pouches and empty packages safely after use. Keep out of reach of children at all times. The silica pouch inside the test foil is present to keep the test free of moisture but is a potential choking hazard and may cause injury if ingested. 

2 Ovulation tests + 2 Pregnancy tests – £1.80p

 

 

5 Ovulation tests + 2 Pregnancy tests – £2.18p

 

 

10 Ovulation tests + 2 Pregnancy tests – £2.65p

 

 

20 Ovulation tests + 5 Pregnancy tests – £4.08p

 

 

30 Ovulation tests + 5 Pregnancy tests – £4.98p.

 

 

40 Ovulation tests + 5 Pregnancy tests – £6.64p

 

 

50 Ovulation tests + 5 Pregnancy tests – £7.59p

 

 

50 Ovulation tests + 20 Pregnancy tests – £8.82p

 

 

60 Ovulation tests + 10 Pregnancy tests – £8.92p

 

 

60 Ovulation tests + 20 Pregnancy tests – £9.87

 

 

80 Ovulation tests + 20 Pregnancy tests – £11.77p

 

 

100 Ovulation tests – 20 Pregnancy tests – £12.34p

 

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Testimonials

Welcome to My Fertility!!

 

By purchasing your ovulation tests, pregnancy tests, ovulation kits or ovulation thermometers through My Fertility, you are not only supporting a small UK business but you will also receive premium customer service from myself.

I value every customer that orders either direct from this website or through my ebay listings and  I will endeavour to reply to any queries within 1-24hrs. I am confident I can help you with any problems you may have with the products I sell, as I have tried and used them all myself.

 

Below is a selection of feedback comments submitted by my ebay customers. If you would like to purchase your ovulation kits and pregnancy tests through ebay, then please visit my seller page ”here”. I maintain a 100% positive seller record on ebay and I always message each buyer to confirm when their item will be sent out.

I will dispatch your items within 6-24hour after successful payment (depending on the time of day the purchase has been made) and I send all items free of charge through Royal Mail second class.

Please be aware that my prices are 5% more expensive on ebay due to their seller fees. You can buy direct from My Fertility ”here” securely and cheaply using Paypal and I will message you to confirm dispatch.

 

‘ Seller made 100% effort with my test and communication was perfect, thank you”

 

”Thank you so much! Great seller & service! Will def buy from again & recommend”

 

 

”Very pleased, would buy from again”

 

” Extremely happy super fast delivery a very reliable seller thank you”

 

 

”Ov tests arrived so fast! Good quality strips with accurate results”

 

 

” speedy delivery and item as advertised Lady is lovely”

 

 

”Great item fast delivery”

 

 

”Arrived quicker than expected. Seller kept in contact to advise shipment time”

 

”Absolutely genuine seller A star highly recommended very helpful”

 

 

 

 

”Great Ebayer!”

 

”Received this morning very fast and efficient thank you”

 

”Good value for money and quick delivery A*”

 

”My item came so happy 😊and so excited 😊😊😊”

 

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Digital Ovulation Thermometers – 2 Decimal places

Digital Ovulation Thermometers – 2 decimal places  

 

If you want to begin charting your ovulation using your basal body temperature then a reliable thermometer is needed. By taking your temperature daily throughout your cycle you can confirm when ovulation has taken place and start to get an idea about the regularity of your cycle and when you are most likely fertile. I highly recommend this thermometer from ‘Baby Mad’. It is cheap but great quality and I own two of these myself which I have used with no issues for 4 years (with the same battery). I prefer to measure my temperature in centigrade but they also sell a version that measures in Fahrenheit

 

 

You don’t need anything expensive to track your ovulation but there are more expensive, higher quality thermometers if you prefer, such as this one by Ferometer Vinca which has blue tooth and an app for your phone.  This thermometer has been given 4 or 5 stars by 78% of Amazon customers. 

There is also this clever thermometer by Ovy which is quite nice as well as it sends your temperatures straight to their phone app. This thermometer has been given 5 stars by 82% of Amazon customers.

 

How to calculate your ovulation?

When trying for a baby, you probably ask yourself every cycle ‘when will I ovulate’. You can use an online ovulation calendar to calculate your ovulation date, but these just ask you to input your average cycle length. They will probably place your ovulation date around 14 days before your next period is due or halfway through your cycle which may be fine for many women. It is not helpful however, for women with irregular cycles or for women with longer or shorter than average luteal phases. The only reliable way to calculate your ovulation date and to predict when you may next ovulate is to chart your cycles.

To chart your ovulation you need to record your lowest body temperature each day and it is advised to take your temperatures’ first thing in the morning, when you have just woken up. You should take your temperature as close to the same time each day as you can e.g. if you wake for work at 6-7am, take it at 6-7am every morning before you get out of bed. It is advised to start recording your daily temperatures at the beginning of a new cycle (cycle day 1) i.e. the first day of your period. The temperatures’ before ovulation will be your pre-ovulation temperatures’ and your baseline. 

A day or so before you ovulate, you will get an increase in a hormone called luteinizing hormone (LH) which will give you a positive ovulation test AKA LH tests or OPK if you use them. As luteinizing hormone levels increase it reaches its threshold level and an egg is released. Once the egg is released, your levels of progesterone will start to increase which warms the body. Once you have ovulated you should see a rise in your basal body temperature (BBT) on your chart. You need to see at least 3 high temperatures’ above your pre-ovulation range for 3 consecutive mornings to confirm ovulation. They should then stay high until your period arrives or until you give birth, if you are lucky enough to fall pregnant.

You can chart your ovulation easily with a digital thermometer and once you have your baby you can go on to use it as a baby thermometer. 

For more information on Charting your Ovulation check out my section on this ”here”. 

 

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Ovulation Test Strips – 10miu – Ultra sensitive – FREE DELIVERY.

Ovulation Test Strips – 10miu – Ultra sensitive. 

Grab yourself a 5% discount off my Ebay prices today with Free Delivery.

Payment can be made securely using Paypal and all prices include FREE POST to your door.  I also sell these tests on Ebay if you prefer, however due to the Ebay seller fees they are slightly more expensive.  If you live outside the UK and would like one of my products I can send but there will be a £2.80 or £4 postage charge (depending on weight). Please contact me at takecontrolofyourfertility@gmail.com for details or a quote.

SAFETY: Please dispose of the test, silica pouch and empty package safely after use. Keep out of reach of children at all times. The silica pouch inside the test foil is present to keep the test free of moisture but is a potential choking hazard and may cause injury if ingested. 

These Ovulation tests are ultra sensitive at 10miu. Most of the ones for sale on Ebay and Amazon are half as sensitive at 20miu. You can be sure not to miss your surge in the hormone LH before ovulation with these ovulation tests. And with a 5% discount off Ebay prices for buying direct from My Fertility ( FREE DELIVERY) you can get even more for your money. For more information on how these tests work scroll down the page or click ‘here

  Example of a positive test.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 x  Ovulation (LH) test – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £0.94p            

 

 

2 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £1.23p

 

 

3 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £1.38p

 

 

4 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £1.47p

 

 

5 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £1.57p              

 

 

6 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £1.71p              

 

 

7 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £1.85p              

 

 

8 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £2.08p              

 

 

9 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £2.23p              

 

10 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £2.36p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £2.84p     

 

 

15 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £3.13p              

 

 

20 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £3.56p

 

 

25 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £4.17p                     

 

 

30 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £4.74p

 

 

40 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £5.56p              

 

 

50 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £7.12p 

 

 

100 x  Ovulation (LH) tests – ULTRA SENSITIVE – 10miu – £12.34p 

                                                        

INTRODUCTION:

Ovulation is the release of an egg from the ovary. The egg then passes into the fallopian tube where it is ready to be fertilised. A baby is conceived when the male sperm successfully fertilises the female egg. When a woman is about to ovulate, her body releases a large amount of a hormone called L.H. (Luteinizing Hormone). L.H. is always present in your urine but the levels increase (surge) around 12-16 days before your period is due, causing you to release an egg from the ovary.

INTENDED USE:

An Ovulation (LH) Test Strip can detect the surge in luteinizing hormone (LH) in your urine and once this surge occurs a woman usually ovulates within 12-24 hours. By using ovulation tests you may predict impending ovulation. The test detects the sharp increase in LH concentration in your urine, the so called ”LH surge” which precedes ovulation. Conception is most likely to occur within 24-36 hours following the LH surge. By having regular intercourse in the lead up to ovulation you have a great chance of having a store of sperm present in the fallopian tubes ready to fertilise the released egg. By having intercourse when you get a positive ovulation test this increases your chances enormously of timing things correctly.

CONTENTS:

Each pouch contains one immunochromatographic test. Each test contains a membrane with anti-LH antibodies and conjugates, in a stabilising matrix containing proteins and sodium azide.

STORAGE AND STABILITY:

Store below 30°C; do not freeze.

LIMITATIONS:

The  Ovulation Test is for in vitro diagnostic use only. · Elevated concentrations of Human Chorionic Gonadtropin (HCG – the pregnancy hormone) interfere with LH testing. These tests will read positive if a woman is pregnant or if she has a pathologic condition causing higher HCG levels. · The Ovulation Test is not designed to prevent conception. As sperm can survive for 72 hours you might still become pregnant if you had intercourse before you detected your L.H. surge.

WHEN TO BEGIN TESTING:

First, you must determine the length of your menstrual cycle. This is the number of days from the first day of your menstrual bleeding to the day before your next bleeding begins again, count the first day of bleeding as day 1. Calculate what the usual length of your menstrual cycle has been over the last few months. Once you have worked out the length of your cycle refer to the chart in the photos to determine on which day of your menstrual cycle you should begin testing.

Example: If your cycle is normally 28 days, the cycle chart above indicates you should begin testing on Day 11. The calendar in the photos section shows you how to work out when day 11 is.

NOTE: If your cycle is shorter than 21 days or longer than 40 days, consult your doctor. If you do not know your cycle length, you may begin the test 11 days after your first period since the ”average” cycle length is 28 days. Perform 1 test each day, (I find late afternoon or evening is best  as levels can be lower in the morning) until the LH surge has been detected. If you can refrain from drinking lots of fluids or urinating for a few hours before testing this will give more accurate results.

SPECIMEN COLLECTION:

Once you have identified what day you should begin testing you should then begin to collect your urine on a daily basis. 1. Do not use first morning urine samples as LH is synthesized in your body early in the morning. It will not show up in your urine until later in the day. 2. The best time to collect your urine is between 11am – 8pm. Pick a regular time that suits you best. 3. Collect urine at about the same time each day. Reduce liquid intake about 2 hours before collecting your urine as a diluted urine sample can prevent the test from detecting LH surge.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN:

1. Read the instructions thoroughly before you begin. 2. Do not open the foil pouch until you are ready to begin the test. 3. Make sure you have a watch, clock or timer ready. 4. Allow urine samples and test kit to reach room temperature before testing (approx 20 mins).

Important note: These tests are not midstream tests and the strip needs to be dipped into urine to work. If you urinate directly onto the test then not enough liquid may reach the control and test area of the test leaving it blank (no lines will appear). Please follow the instructions below carefully to gain a valid result.

TEST PROCEDURE:

1. Determine the day to begin testing. 2. Collect urine sample in a clean and dry container. 3. To begin testing, open the sealed pouch and remove the strip. Do not remove the strip until you are ready to begin testing. 4. With the arrows pointing downwards, dip the tip in the urine placing the test strip vertically (straight) into the sample, for at least 10 seconds. DO NOT allow the urine to go above the MARK level line. 5. Remove the strip from the urine and place on a clean, dry surface. 6. Wait for coloured bands to appear. The control line usually appears first. Depending on the concentration of LH in the urine specimen, positive results may be observed within 1 minute. However, to confirm negative results, the complete reaction time of 10 minutes is required. Results obtained after 30 minutes may be considered invalid.

INTERPRETATION OF RESULTS:

After each test, you must decide if you are having a L.H. surge. To determine your result, you must compare the colour intensity of the test band to the control band. The control band is used to compare the test band against and also confirms that you have completed the test correctly.

Positive for L.H. surge:  If two colour bands are visible and the test band is of almost equal, of equal, or of greater colour intensity (darker) than the control band, this is a positive result and a good indication that the L.H. surge is occurring. You should ovulate within the next 24-36 hours. Sexual intercourse is advised at any time after the first positive test.

Negative for L.H. surge: If two bands are visible but the test band is of a less intense colour (paler) than the control band or cannot be seen, this means the L.H. level is at or near its normal level and that the surge is not in progress. You should continue with daily testing.

Invalid result:  If no control band appears within 5 minutes, the result is invalid. The test may still work as the control line only appears if a liquid (urine) reaches that area. You may try to re-dip the test tip back into the urine for another few seconds. A visible control line is needed in all cases to confirm a proper test result.  If you do get unexpected results you should discuss them with your doctor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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