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.
Written on 7/19/21
The new Proov Insight app offers personalized hormone tracking to help you better understand your unique cycle. The more you know about your body, the better you can make informed decisions for your health!
Today we’re going to dive into one of our favorite parts of the Proov Insight app: Ovulation Insights! If you’re here, you likely got a message in the Ovulation Score History section of the app saying, “More data required for analysis,” which looks like the below screen. Keep reading to learn more about why you got this message and how to fix it next cycle.
This is the “Ovulation score history” screen from the Proov Insight app that says, “More data required for analysis.”
What data is required to get my Ovulation Insights?
The first important thing to note is that this message does not mean your app has a bug; it simply means there aren’t enough PdG tests present for the app to calculate your unique ovulation score.
Your ovulation score is calculated based on the results of the 4 Proov PdG tests you take during the 7-10 days past peak fertility (DPP) window. If you’re receiving the above message, it means you did not take all 4 tests during the testing window.
Without all 4 PdG tests, the Proov Insight app does not have enough information about your ovulation quality to create a score. Before we explain why all four tests are necessary, let’s back up and chat about what your ovulation score is and what it means.
What is the ovulation score and what does it mean?
Your ovulation score is the analysis of the quality of your ovulation. If you have all 4 PdG test results, your ovulation score screen will show you your unique score based on your unique test results.
You likely know that Proov PdG tests are the first and only FDA cleared PdG test kit to confirm successful ovulation. “Successful” ovulation refers to an ovulatory event in which an egg was released and PdG levels remained adequately elevated for long enough to allow for the best possible chance at conception.
PdG is the urine metabolite of progesterone, the hormone released only after ovulation has occurred. Progesterone is responsible for making your uterine lining “sticky” enough to allow for implantation to occur during the implantation window.
Contrary to popular belief, there is more than one way to ovulate! Even if an egg is released, low levels of PdG following ovulation can make it more difficult (although not impossible) to conceive.
Anyways, back to your ovulation score — this score gives you insight into the overall quality of your ovulation and chances at conception. The Proov Insight app was designed to read and interpret your PdG results over the 7-10 DPP testing window to find this score.
Your ovulation score will be a number between 0 and 100, with 0 indicating no ovulation and 100 indicating a successful ovulation. Based on your results, the app will give you a number and explain what type of ovulation that number refers to (either no ovulation, weak ovulation, or successful ovulation).
After you get your ovulation score, you now have powerful information to plan what’s next. If your results show successful ovulation for at least 2 cycles, then you can be confident that problems with ovulation are likely not a barrier to conception. You can then look into other possible reasons you might not be conceiving.
On the other hand, if your ovulation score shows weak or no ovulation, you can take your results to your doctor to develop a plan together. We also offer “Improovments” in the Proov Insight app, which are suggestions on ways to improve your PdG levels and ovulation score.
Why do I need all 4 PdG tests to get my ovulation score?
Our patented Proov PdG testing protocol recommends testing on days 7, 8, 9, and 10 past peak fertility to confirm successful ovulation.
Our app cannot calculate your ovulation score without all 4 PdG tests because anything less than that does not provide us with a complete picture of your ovulation quality. Our patented Proov PdG testing protocol recommends testing on days 7, 8, 9, and 10 past peak fertility to confirm successful ovulation.
This is because these are the critical days during your cycle when PdG needs to be elevated. Studies show that implantation most commonly occurs on days 7-10 past peak fertility, with the most common implantation day being 9 DPP. Without enough PdG during this critical implantation window, it can be more difficult for successful implantation to occur.
By now you may be thinking, Is PdG really that important? And the answer is yes! But don’t just take it from us — studies show that elevated and sustained PdG levels during the luteal phase (the second half of your cycle) increase the chances of successful pregnancy from just 19% to 92%.
If you do not take all 4 PdG tests, we won’t have a clear picture of your overall ovulation quality. For example, slight dips in PdG on 8 or 9 DPP are super common and nothing to worry about, as long as you get a positive result on 10 DPP.
But if you don’t have a 10 DPP test result, it’s hard for us to tell if a negative on 8 or 9 DPP was a slight PdG dip or your levels are dropping too early. In one scenario, a negative on 8 or 9 DPP could still be considered a successful ovulation. But in the other scenario, ovulation would be considered weak and could be making it more difficult to successfully conceive.
If you received the message saying, “More data required for analysis” in your ovulation score history, no need to worry! As long as you test PdG levels all 4 days during your next cycle, you’ll get an ovulation score that gives you insight into your cycle and will help you plan what’s next.
If you have further questions about the Proov Insight app, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.