Typically, couples struggling to conceive need to be actively trying for 12 months before they can seek help from a doctor -- but why? It’s because most fertile couples will conceive within a year of having unprotected intercourse. However, if you have irregular periods, PCOS, recurrent miscarriage, or generally know something is just not right, it can be frustrating and downright destructive to be forced to wait before getting help. If your body is not ready for conception, waiting 12 months is not going to solve that. In fact, waiting might physically make infertility challenges worse due to the stress and disappointment from seeing month-after-month of negative pregnancy tests.
Proov founder and CEO, Amy Beckley, had this very experience herself. She suffered for more than a year, which included 4 pregnancy losses, before she was “allowed” to seek treatment. By the time she finally got into the doctor, she was so desperate to hold a baby in her arms at home that when she was presented the option of continuing to try to figure out what was wrong in exchange for a 5-10% chance of successfully conceiving each month versus going straight for IVF with a 70% chance of success, she immediately jumped at IVF.
What she learned a few years later after 2 rounds of IVF was that she wasn’t able to successfully conceive because she wasn’t ovulating properly. With a $200 supplement, she was able to conceive and carry her daughter to term without issue. It was this experience that led her to be so incredibly passionate about helping other women and to invent the Proov test, which is the first and only FDA cleared test to confirm ovulation at home. It works by measuring progesterone metabolite, PdG. Tracking PdG 7-10 days after suspected ovulation allows a woman to confirm that successful ovulation has, in fact, occurred.
Amy’s road to treatment was long, hard, and depressing. It is now her mission to save as many other women as possible from having the same experience she endured. Proov PdG test kits are available in 1, 2 and 4 cycles so you can track your levels across multiple cycles. If Proov indicates PdG levels are elevated throughout the testing window, a woman can feel confident after testing in the comfort of her home that she had healthy ovulation that cycle. However, if tests are negative, she has powerful information on what to do next to increase levels – which can be as simple as diet and lifestyle changes or a supplement.