Written by: Dr. Amy Beckley, PhD, Founder and Inventor of the Proov test — the first and only FDA-cleared test to confirm successful ovulation at home.
Introducing the brand new His and Hers Fertility Starter Kit! Keep reading to learn more.
Trying to conceive can be an exciting time in your life! But for many couples it can also be frustrating. This is why the more you can do at the beginning of your TTC journey, the quicker you can set yourself up for success.
These three steps will help you cover the three important parts of conception: the egg, sperm, and when they meet.
There are two major parts to the egg: egg quality and ovulation quality.
Egg quality refers to the genetic makeup of an egg. Contrary to popular belief, you cannot measure egg quality through a hormone-based test. (Nope — an AMH test is not indicative of egg quality!)
You can only measure the genetic makeup of an egg by fertilizing it and genetically testing the embryo. While this can be an option for couples undergoing IVF, it would be difficult and expensive for couples trying to get pregnant naturally.
So what about ovulation quality? Ovulation quality refers to the “successfulness” of your ovulatory event. Ovulation is considered “successful” when an egg is released and PdG (progesterone metabolite) levels remain adequately elevated for long enough to allow for the best possible chance at conception.
Ovulation quality is actually really important as ovulatory disorders are the cause of about 25% of all infertility cases.
Proov PdG tests are the first and only FDA cleared PdG tests to confirm successful ovulation at home.
Proov PdG tests are the first and only FDA cleared PdG tests to confirm successful ovulation at home. We recommend testing with Proov on days 7-10 after peak fertility to confirm that ovulation was in fact successful.
Next up, the man’s part of the equation: sperm. That’s right, then man is a contributing factor of infertility in about one-third of all infertility cases.
There are two factors to sperm quality: count and motility. This means, is there enough sperm and are they capable of getting to where they need to go (the egg). Most at home sperm tests only measure sperm count and fail to provide any information about sperm motility.
The YO Home Sperm Test is an at-home solution to test and improve male fertility using your smart device.
This is why we recommend the YO Home Sperm Test, which measures count and motility. The YO Home Sperm Test is an at-home solution to test and improve male fertility using your smart device. The private solution reports your motile sperm count, ranks quality compared to other men who have fathered children, and saves a live video of your sperm. The free app is packed with fertility improvement resources for both men and women, a path to pregnancy assessment tool, and an interface to directly contact an expert.
When Egg and Sperm Meet
Now that the egg and sperm are covered, it’s time to talk about the last part of the equation: when they meet! That’s right, we’re talking about sex.
But, as you probably know, there are only a few days each cycle when you can actually get pregnant. We refer to these days as your fertile window. Your fertile window includes the few days leading up and day of ovulation. After all, without an egg conception just isn’t possible.
This is why timed intercourse is so important when trying to conceive — specifically timing it during your fertile window, of course.
Ovulation tests (also called LH tests or ovulation predictor kits) measure luteinizing hormone (LH) levels in urine. LH surges about 24-48 hours before ovulation is going to occur. An LH surge “opens” your fertile window.
We recommend testing with Proov LH Tests daily starting 18 days before your next suspected period. As you near your date of suspected ovulation, we recommend testing LH levels twice per day as LH surges can be short.
We recommend testing with Proov LH Tests daily starting 18 days before your next suspected period.
Ovulation tests are often a more accurate way to predict ovulation than BBT or cervical mucus monitoring because they directly measure luteinizing hormone levels. An LH surge is a good indicator of ovulation.
Wouldn’t it be nice to combine these three steps into one?
Why yes, it would be! And that’s exactly what we did!
Introducing the brand new His and Hers Fertility Starter Kit, which includes a Proov Predict and Confirm Kit and a YO Home Sperm Test. Each Complete Kit comes with 15 LH tests, 5 PdG tests, and 2 home sperm tests — enough for one full cycle of fertility testing.
Each His and Hers Fertility Starter Kit comes with 15 LH tests, 5 PdG tests, and 2 home sperm tests — enough for one full cycle of fertility testing.
The His and Hers Fertility Kit is actionable!
If all four of your Proov PdG tests were positive, then congrats! You’ve confirmed successful ovulation and ovulatory disorders likely aren’t preventing you from conceiving.
However, if some of your PdG tests are negative, this could be a sign of suboptimal ovulation. In this case, we recommend methods such as seed cycling, herbals, or prescription medications to improve ovulation quality.
If you never get a positive Proov PdG test, we recommend consulting your doctor as this could be a sign of anovulation.
If your sperm test shows sufficient motile sperm, then you can move forward knowing that sperm dysfunction likely isn’t preventing you from conceiving.
However, if your results show otherwise, we recommend consulting your doctor. There are also a few at-home options for improving sperm quality:
- Try a sperm friendly lubricant: Many lubricants contain ingredients or have a pH that can be harmful to sperm. Sperm friendly lubricants also mimic the consistency of cervical fluid in order to give the sperm the best environment to travel through.
- Wear loose-fitting boxers: Some studies have shown that tight underwear may impair sperm production. If your partner wears tight-fitting underwear, he may want to consider a looser option like boxers.
- Diet or lifestyle changes: Some supplements such as tribulus terrestris or maca root have been shown to improve sperm count in men. Your partner also may want to consider supplementing with vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc. Before starting any supplements, we always recommend consulting your doctor.
- When They Meet
Once your ovulation tracking method shows that your fertile window has started it’s time to have intercourse. If your method never shows you are fertile or you are unsure, we recommend consulting your doctor.
With the His and Hers Fertility Starter Kit, you can check off the three important parts of conception — the egg, sperm, and when they meet — so that you and your partner can reach your fertility goals faster.