When tim­ing is ev­ery­thing

Ovu­la­tion track­ing nat­u­rally in­creases the chance of preg­nancy for try­ing par­ents

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE -

DE­CID­ING to start a fam­ily is a big step in any cou­ples’ life. Although con­ceiv­ing is a nor­mal and nat­u­ral process, it can be a time of con­fu­sion and un­cer­tainty.

While many cou­ples un­der­stand that the tim­ing of in­ter­course when try­ing to con­ceive is cru­cial, they may not re­alise how easy it is to get it wrong.

Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, the most fer­tile time in a woman’s men­strual cy­cle – her fer­tile win­dow – is ac­tu­ally in the two to three days lead­ing up to ovu­la­tion, be­fore the egg is re­leased.

The egg sur­vives for just 24 hours, but sperm is vi­able for 2-3 days once in the fal­lop­ian tube.

Ovu­la­tion is trig­gered by a surge of Lutein­is­ing Hor­mones (LH) which nor­mally takes place 24 hours be­fore. Us­ing blood tests and an ul­tra­sound, we can pre­dict when this surge will oc­cur, thereby iden­ti­fy­ing the ideal time to con­ceive.

Whether you have reg­u­lar or ir­reg­u­lar pe­ri­ods, ac­cu­rate ovu­la­tion track­ing can pos­i­tively help to iden­tify your fer­tile win­dow.

Home ovu­la­tion kits and cy­cle track­ing apps are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar but there are draw­backs.

The kits mea­sure the level of LH but they can be in­ac­cu­rate or even miss the op­ti­mum time.

Cy­cle track­ing apps use math­e­mat­i­cal equa­tions to cal­cu­late the most sta­tis­ti­cally likely time of ovu­la­tion based on in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by the woman which stud­ies have shown can be in­ac­cu­rate or even use­less in women with ir­reg­u­lar cy­cles.

Us­ing these meth­ods may quite pos­si­bly mean miss­ing your op­por­tu­nity for con­cep­tion that month.

Ac­cu­rate ovu­la­tion track­ing is the most nat­u­ral, non-in­va­sive and ef­fec­tive way to iden­tify the fer­tile pe­riod in a woman’s cy­cle.

Blood tests mea­sur­ing the quan­tity of oe­stro­gen and pro­ges­terone present through­out your cy­cle make it pos­si­ble to iden­tify that cru­cial pe­riod of fer­til­ity prior to ovu­la­tion as well as the tim­ing of the LH surge.

With an ul­tra­sound, we can con­firm that there are fol­li­cles de­vel­op­ing in the ovaries. A fol­low-up blood test pro­vides con­fir­ma­tion that ovu­la­tion has oc­curred.

Dr Nerida Flan­nery and her team are pas­sion­ate about help­ing cou­ples achieve their preg­nancy dreams.

If you’ve been try­ing to con­ceive for a while with­out suc­cess, have ir­reg­u­lar men­strual cy­cles, or want a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of your nat­u­ral men­strual cy­cle, in­quire about ac­cu­rate ovu­la­tion track­ing to­day.

Cou­ples may not re­alise how easy it is to get it wrong.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

TEST POS­I­TIVE: Ovu­la­tion track­ing at Dr Nerida Flan­nery’s clinic can help cou­ples fall preg­nant faster.

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