Why Proov is the Perfect Complement to an Ovulation Calculator
Ovulation calculators can be very useful tools when trying to predict when ovulation is going to occur. This can be important information when it comes to trying to conceive to help with timing intercourse correctly or can be useful for cycle tracking in general.
But what about confirming ovulation? Ovulation calculators are really helpful, but they are only predictive of ovulation. Similar to predicting the weather, we only know if the prediction is right when we see what happens. The weatherman can predict that it’s going to rain tomorrow, but until tomorrow comes, we won’t know if the prediction is correct. It’s similar in that way to ovulation prediction methods, many of which fall short of actually allowing us to see that ovulation has happened.
So how do we make this critical observation? After all, problems with ovulation are the number one cause of infertility. Making sure the body is ovulating properly and the right level of hormones are present to support conception is another critical piece of the puzzle. There are a couple ways to confirm that ovulation has happened, and they all lead back to the super hormone – progesterone. Progesterone is the hormone released right after ovulation and it prepares the uterus to receive a fertilized egg. Without it or enough of it, conception and pregnancy simply aren’t possible.
Method 1: Basal body temperature tracking. When progesterone is present in the second half of the cycle, it causes a slight increase in temperature – typically at least 0.2 degrees F over the previous 6 days temperatures. This spike in temperature is driven by the underlying rise in progesterone that happens after ovulation. See, the empty follicle, or corpus luteum, produces progesterone and progesterone causes the temperature spike. If no egg is released, there won’t be an empty follicle to produce progesterone. As such, a spike in temperature, caused by progesterone, indicates that ovulation has occurred.
Method 2: Progesterone Tracking: While basal body temperature can be a method of confirming ovulation, when trying to conceive, the information it provides can fall short. This is because the rise in temperature caused by progesterone does not necessarily correlate with having enough of this critical hormone. So it is very important to make sure progesterone levels elevate high enough and remain elevated for long enough when it comes to trying to get pregnant.
The great news is that it’s now easy and convenient to track progesterone at home with Proov. Proov is the first at-home progesterone test that allows for easy progesterone tracking, in just 5 minutes. It’s as simple as pee, dip, wait 5 minutes and read your results – all from the comfort of your own home. Up until now, progesterone testing typically required a trip to the doctor or lab and a blood draw. But with Proov, fast, at home progesterone testing is now within reach!
What if Proov indicates progesterone is low? Well, the fix could be as simple as a lifestyle or diet change, a supplement or other medication. And if Proov indicates your progesterone is fine, you can check that box and move one step closer to figuring out what may be a barrier to conceiving.
Curious to learn more? Checkout our co-founders Amy (as herself) and Ellen (as Queen Progesterone) in the video below:
Since Proov is non-invasive, women can test at home multiple days in a row to ensure that progesterone is elevated high enough for long enough. Each single Proov kit comes with 7 test strips, designed to last one complete cycle and allowing a woman to test her levels 7 times!
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