The easiest way to track your ovulation
A friend of mine is trying to fall pregnant – and it’s kinda made her a little bit crazy. She’s suddenly gone from being a rational, easy-going girl, to someone who now goes for weekly ‘chakra cleanses’ (to ‘open up her channels of fertility’), won’t eat gluten/dairy/tinned fish/refined sugars/processed food/unwashed vegetables, and freaks out if she thinks she’s drinking anything other than organic bottled water. Oh, and if she thinks she’s ovulating, whatever she or her husband may have been doing…well…let’s just say getting to the bedroom becomes top priority.
Unfortunately, this has been going on for a few months and my friend is still not pregnant. Now, while this may be due to several issues on his or her end, it could also be down to the fact that they’re just trying at the wrong time. ‘But surely she knows her cycle!’ I can hear you all say. Well, maybe not. According to recent studies, one in two couples planning pregnancy are trying to conceive at the wrong time*, with as many as 36 per cent of women incorrectly identifying the best time to conceive a baby, and 17 per cent of women admitting they don’t know the best time to conceive at all**.
So when is the best time to conceive? The average lifespan of a woman’s egg is only 24 hours, whereas a man’s sperm can survive in a woman’s genital tract for up to three days, so the best time to conceive a baby is said to be the day before and the day of ovulation. Since there are a limited number of days in each cycle when a woman can conceive and this differs from woman to woman and cycle to cycle, if you’re trying to fall pregnant it’s best to know exactly when you’re ovulating, as this will increase the likelihood of conception.
At home ovulation tests, like the Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test, can take the guesswork out of conceiving a baby. The test, which can help you get pregnant naturally by identifying the best two days to conceive in every cycle, is proven to be more accurate than the basal body temperature method (BBT) at identifying the most fertile days. In fact, Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test is more than 99 per cent^ accurate in detecting the surge in Lutenising Hormone (LH) in urine, which occurs 24 – 36 hours prior to ovulation.
Available in packs of seven, the test gives women a higher chance of finding their most fertile days when compared with five-pack test kits. When used each day on the days around the time in the cycle when the LH surge is expected (the instruction leaflet explains when and how to test), you can identify the two days each cycle when you’re most fertile and, therefore, most likely to get pregnant. Plus, the Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test is also super easy to understand. Within three minutes, clear results are indicated on a digital screen without the hard-to-read lines. The appearance of a smiley face indicates that the LH surge, which precedes ovulation, has been detected – so you know you’ll be good to go!
Always read the label. Use only as directed.
Do you know exactly when you’re ovulating? Have you, or someone you’ve known, ever had to calculate the date of ovulation to fall pregnant or prevent falling pregnant?
*Data on file. How Knowledgeable Are Women About Their Menstrual Cycle? A survey of 463 women, 18 to 45 years of age. GfK Roper Public Affairs, 2005.
** Galaxy Research, Pregnancy study, June 2010 – Ref 100635
^ Brezina, PR, Fertility and Sterility, 2011