How does this saliva tester work?
It could not be simpler – just add a little saliva to the top of the unit and observe through the included microscope the structure of the saliva. When you are ovulating the structure of the saliva will change and be fern-like as shown in image B. This form of testing can sometimes be difficult to interpret and can give a positive result over a longer period than ovulation tests but used together with ovulation tests, temperature and other body changes noted on the Fertilityplan chart (see what we mean below) will ensure you don’t miss that critical and very short time when the egg is released from the ovary.
How exactly do you measure a menstrual cycle?
Very simply a menstrual cycle defined as starting on the day of first bleed to the start of your next bleed. So CD12 would be Cycle Day 12 of your cycle and would be 12 days after you first started your period.
What do you mean by a Fertilityplan chart?
Basically if you are trying for a baby then you need to do a few very simple things to try and ensure you get pregnant as soon as possible. The Fertilityplan chart just really summarises what you notice about your body during your cycle and when these changes are charted and combined with other help such as ovulation tests and temperature changes (we sell ovulation tests and basal ovulation thermometers too – just click on the link at the top of the page) you can more easily pinpoint when you are ovulating. We provide a chart you can print out and use for free – see below.
Why should I keep a Fertilityplan chart?
There is only a very small window within each cycle when your body releases an egg. This window, which may last only 36 hours, is the only time you can get pregnant during that cycle so knowing how to pinpoint the timing when the egg is released can be very important.
What other bodily changes should I look for to know when I am about to ovulate?
The consistency of cervical mucus changes throughout the menstrual cycle. Usually after you finish your bleed you will have 3/4 days when you have dry days. The wetness then increases daily usually lasting about 9 days at which point the mucus will become plentiful, slippery, clear and stretchy. The best comparison is that it is like egg whites and at this point it is a good sign that ovulation will occur in the next couple of days. After ovulation occurs the mucus will again become more sticky less stretchy and then dryer again.
How do I get this Fertilityplan chart and what does it look like?
Very simply we will email one to you free of charge when you purchase this item from us. You can then use it on your computer or simply print it out and use it every month. When completed it will look something like this for a typical month:-
The red line indicates the normal basal body temperature for a woman before getting up – about 0.8 degrees Fahrenheit below normal body temperature during the day. The dots represent the daily recorded temperature and you just connect the dots each day with a line to join them. You can tell from the chart above that the ovulation tests and mucus changes predicted ovulation would occur around day 14 and the temperature change confirmed this (basal body temperature rises after ovulation and stays high until you start your period again). Other information is added such as the results of the saliva test, days when intercourse took place, etc. Remember that you will menstruate (start your bleed) 14 days after ovulation so you can also use the chart to accurately decide when you can first try a pregnancy test to see if you were successful.
What is ovulation and the process of conception?
As the saying goes a picture is worth a thousand words so we have included a short video (don’t forget to turn the sound up) which we feel gives an excellent short description of ovulation, including the whole process of conception (fertilisation and implantation) from the release of the egg from the ovary right up to the implantation of the fertilised egg at which point pregnancy has occurred, HCG is produced and the embryo starts to grow. If you have problems viewing the video or have a slow internet connection wait until the video is fully buffered before playing the entire video – i.e press pause once the video starts loading and wait until loading is complete before pressing play.