We plan to start trying for a baby soon, and I keep hearing about ovulation predictor gadgets. What are they?
Dr. Roman says: First of all, congratulations! My key piece of advice is to try to make this process as fun (and un-medical) as possible. Before trying to conceive, keep in mind that 85 percent of women trying to get pregnant will conceive within six months.
A woman’s most fertile days are the two days prior to ovulation. An ovulation kit of some type can help increase your odds, but I generally recommend trying to get pregnant without a kit for three cycles. If your periods are regular, you generally ovulate 14 days before your next period. So, if you have regular 30-day cycles (counted from the first day of one period to the first day of the next), you are likely to ovulate on day 16 of your cycle; your most fertile days will be day 14 and day 15.
If you haven’t conceived in three cycles, then think about using one of the gadgets. All of them directly measure or indirectly look for the effects of hormones related to ovulation. I prefer the digital kits. They are more expensive but can identify more high fertility days. If you don’t get pregnant after 6 or 12 months of trying, see your OB/GYN.
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