Powerful At Home Testing to Help You Get Pregnant Faster!
Trying to conceive can be a very exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming and as it wears on, tiring and frustrating as well. You may have done your research on how to get pregnant fast and realized there’s a ton of information out there - making it difficult to figure out where to start.
Not to worry! We’ve put together a list to help you get pregnant as quickly as possible and as cheaply as possible – all from the comfort of your own home.
Before we dive in, let’s start with the basics! For conception to occur, you need three things: sperm, an egg, and fertilization (when sperm meets egg). While this seems pretty simple, fertility is complex and sometimes things don’t always go as planned. However, by checking these boxes you can detect issues early on and ultimately reach your goals faster.
1: Figure out when you are fertile
Fertilization is when sperm meets egg - also known as the moment of conception. To give sperm and egg a chance to meet, you need to understand when your body is fertile so that you can time intercourse correctly.
There are several options to track suspected ovulation, including LH tests (ovulation predictor kits), cervical mucus monitoring, and BBT, among others. With these methods, you will know which days are your most fertile so you can time intercourse correctly and have the best chance at conception.
2: Check out his swimmers
In addition to timing things correctly, it’s also important to understand what’s going on with your partner’s sperm. There are two main aspects of sperm that matter most: sperm count and sperm motility – in other words, are there enough sperm and can they get to where they need to be (the egg)? There are many at-home sperm tests on the market that test sperm count but only a few that test count and motility, so look for a kit that measures both.
If your partner’s sperm test results show he’s all good, then great! You can check this box and move on. If the sperm test shows low sperm count or motility, there are a few things you can do to try to improve results – such as diet changes, using sperm friendly lubricant, or just switching to boxers.
3: Optimize your chances by confirming successful ovulation
Without ovulation, you have no chance of conception. This is why checking ovulation first can save you from spending time and money on other hormone tests you may not need.
Ovulation is considered healthy when an egg is released and the empty follicle produces enough progesterone over time to support an embryo, should the egg meet up with sperm and become fertilized. Until now, there were a couple ways to confirm ovulation – through basal body temperature tracking or via a one-time progesterone blood test. While convenient, temperature tracking can be inaccurate and while precise, a blood test isn’t all that convenient as it typically requires a trip to the lab and waiting at least 24 hours for results. And both of these methods fall short of showing the full picture of what’s going on with ovulation.
Enter an alternative way to confirm ovulation: Proov, the first and only FDA cleared PdG test kit to confirm ovulation at home. It works by tracking PdG, the urine metabolite of progesterone, which only rises when serum progesterone levels are also elevated.
Unlike a one-time progesterone blood draw, with Proov you can test PdG levels over a period of 4 days after suspected ovulation, which is critical when it comes to confirming healthy ovulation. See, levels need to not only go up, but they need to stay up to show that a truly successful ovulation occurred: one that provides the best chance at successfully conceiving. Plus, Proov is so easy to use! Just pee, dip, wait 5 minutes and read the results – all from the comfort of your own bathroom.
If Proov indicates successful ovulation has occurred, then great! It’s unlikely that problems with ovulation will be a barrier to conceiving. And if Proov is negative, that’s OK too. You have uncovered a very addressable issue – sometimes it requires a conversation with your doctor and other times diet and lifestyle changes can do the trick – and are one step closer to achieving your goals!
Ready to learn more about your ovulation? Try Proov today!