By Erik Henau
Like Christmas or Easter, I knew our live event with IVF Babble was getting nearer but still it took me by surprise
But there we were. Our first live Instagram session. Would anyone turn up? Ovulation is such an important aspect of trying to conceive and, until myLotus came along, there has been a limited number of things you could do. Luckily, we also had the wonderful Dr Larisa Corda helping us out with the more medical questions.
In the end I needn’t have worried about any lack of interest as it felt like one of the shortest hours of my life with frantic typing to keep up with a stream of interesting questions. With hindsight I should have brought my son along who is 100 times faster than me and it would have been a good (maybe red-faced) educational session for him.
We recorded a total of 120 comments during the session. This reflects independent research that shows that, although women understand ovulation, they would like to know more. Especially as ovulatory issues are implicated in one in four cases when pregnancy doesn’t happen as quickly as expected.
Without repeating the whole session there are just a few general points that may be of interest to recap
Ovulation tests are actually a misnomer. They don’t tell you when you ovulate. They tell you that ovulation is about to happen. Most women will then go on to ovulate, but some won’t. You would need a different hormone test (Progesterone) to confirm that ovulation did happen.
Ovulation tests measure the LH hormone
This rises sharply around 24 to 48 hours before ovulation, so they show you the ideal time to have sex.
Nothing is ever that simple and one in five women have more than one surge. In that case it is unlikely that ovulation happens after your first surge. Currently only myLotus allows you to monitor if you are in this group and they will benefit from continuing to monitor after the first surge.
There can be confusion about the terminology too. With LH testing people talk about a surge and a peak. It is the surge that is the most important. This is the day when you detect an LH level that is at least twice the number you saw in previous days. This shows you entered your key fertile phase before ovulation.
The peak of LH cannot be seen as the day of ovulation
As mentioned above, a progesterone test would be needed to confirm the exact day.
There is a lot of variation in the LH hormone levels from woman to woman. The key is to find the jump in your level from the relatively straight line before ovulation. Only myLotus allows you to monitor your personal levels and to see that jump regardless of whether your baseline is high, medium or low.
It is the first truly personalised fertility monitor.
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