Fertility and Reproduction Apps and Tests to Use at Home
We will start by saying that professional tests will provide much greater insights into your fertility issues than at home tests, but there are many good resources available to you.
Ovulation Prediction Tests
Luteinizing hormone surges 24-48 hours prior to ovulation. Ovulation typically occurs 14 days before women get their period, which is great to know if you have a regular 28-day cycle. For the many women who have an irregular cycle, ovulation kits are especially helpful in establishing when you should have sex to optimize your chances of conceiving.
There is a digital option from Clearblue that has a touchscreen and tracks estrogen in addition to the Lutenizing hormone. You can get 10 tests for around $30. A cheaper option is a kit from First Response with 7 tests for under $20.
These apps work best for women with regular cycles but don’t be disappointed if you are irregular. Apps can track your data over several menstrual cycles to more accurately define your most fertile window of opportunity. Another reason that women like to use apps is that there is support, information and other resources. For example, the app ‘Glow’ has 40 different health tags to track your cycle, a community with over ten million members, and resources from leading clinics to take your knowledge of fertility options further.
A sperm test can only give you information on whether or not you have viable sperm so it is a good starting point. However, if you find that the test is negative, you need to go to a clinic to find out the other indicators of male infertility such as the movement and shape. over the counter tests can not provide everything you need to know. Yo Sperm and Sperm check are two such tests.