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Detecting Ovulation

How long does it typically take to get pregnant?

The amount of time that it takes to get pregnant can vary greatly. Studies have shown that 50 percent of healthy couples are able to get pregnant within five months of having intercourse without using contraception. Seventy percent of couples will be able to get pregnant within nine months of having intercourse without using contraception. Approximately 85 percent of couples will get pregnant within a year of having unprotected sex.

How to get pregnant faster

One of the best things that couples can do to conceive faster is to take care of their overall health. The use of cigarettes and alcohol should be avoided. Because stress can reduce the chances of getting pregnant, a couple should make sure that they take the time to relax. Additionally, exercising can also boost one’s chances of getting pregnant. However, excessive exercise should be avoided because that can impair fertility.

How to get pregnant: A primer

Every month, a woman’s ovaries produce a single egg, but a man produces millions of sperm per day. The best time to get pregnant is during ovulation and the days right before it. Ovulation usually occurs midway during the menstrual cycle. For example, if a woman has a normal 28-day cycle, she will most likely ovulate around day 14.

Ovulation only lasts for about 48 hours, but the sperm can live in the fallopian tubes for three to four days. A couple who is trying to conceive should have sex as often as possible during the days before and during ovulation. There has also been evidence to suggest that having sex in the morning may boost the chances of conception.

How to know when you are ovulating

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Trying to Get Pregnant with the OV-Watch

Trying to get pregnant can be a stressful situation. While the majority of couples have no problem conceiving, there are some who have difficulty. One cause can be missing what is known as the “fertility window”–the point during a which couples are most likely to succeed when trying to get pregnant. Even women who have regular cycles can go through variations:
“…normal cycles can vary from 21 to 35 days. The amount of time before ovulation occurs is different in every woman and even can be different from month to month in the same woman, varying from 13 to 20 days long.”–Women’s
This means couples trying to get pregnant should be aware of any changes in the woman’s menstrual cycle as well as the physical health of both partners. Seeing your respective physicians if you cannot get pregnant for a long period of time, like ten to twelve months or more is recommended.
Why I Can’t Get Pregnant
A woman trying to get pregnant for more than a few months might wonder why she can’t get pregnant. There are several reasons why a woman can’t get pregnant–and it’s not necessarily always to do with the woman. Most couples, about 80 percent actually conceive after six months of having regular, well-timed intercourse. And 90 percent get pregnant after twelve months.

Age: Women over 35 years of age and men over 40 years of age can have a considerable longer time conceiving.
Infertility: Infertility is not gender biased. Both men and women can be infertile.
Timing: Couples not using fertility predictors like OV Watch can waste a lot of time trying to get pregnant on the wrong days.

Trouble Getting Pregnant
Of course, besides age, infertility and timing there are other reasons for trouble […]

Get the Earliest Signs of Pregnancy with OV Watch

The earliest signs of pregnancy can be so subtle, even a woman a few weeks into her first trimester may not notice. But often these changes, when combined, can tell a couple they are experiencing the earliest signs of pregnancy. Women who suspect they are pregnant, should immediately begin to make important lifestyle changes. These adjustments are necessary to the health of the baby. Changes include but are not limited to: not drinking alcohol, cutting-out nicotine and not eating sushi. Furthermore, women experiencing the earliest signs of pregnancy should begin taking prenatal vitamins.
“You may also be taking medications to treat other conditions that will need to be stopped or adjusted if you are pregnant.”–Dr. Xavier Pombar, Obstetrician
These behavioral and habitual changes will help the baby’s development and provide a more healthy environment. What’s more, continuing after birth will serve as a moral model.
Am I Pregnant?
Women actively may ask while trying, am I pregnant? The answer can actually be answered by observing some sudden changes. The most accurate way to find out if she is pregnant is to use over-the-counter testing kits. These include the familiar “pee sticks”, which measure the LH levels or a woman’s luteinizing hormone levels. When pregnant, these levels begin to change. However, this form of testing is messy and requires adopting a routine. A woman must test at the same time everyday. More advanced pregnancy testing kits are available.
Early Pregnancy Symptoms
Testing kits aren’t the only way to detect early pregnancy symptoms. Signs will begin to abound, starting subtlety and becoming more obvious. Some are more familiar than others but when combined, become a strong indicator of pregnancy.
If a woman begins to feel more tired than usual, even if sleeping the […]

Ovulation Timing: Knowing When is Everything

Ovulation timing is one of the most crucial parts in family planning. Couples wanting to get pregnant will find that most fertility predictors are centered around ovulation timing. Even the Mayo Clinic highest recommendations for getting pregnant include using a reliable ovulation timing device.
Ovulation Timing: Finding the Golden Window
While completely natural, fertility remains a tricky thing. As a woman grows physically and ages, she obviously undergoes changes. These features become defined and changes are noticeable. But internal changes occur as well. A woman’s fertility cycle changes–the very reason in family planning for needing accurate ovulation timing. A woman needs to understand her own body. And the key to understanding is knowing the right time to conceive. Couples will find the single most important factor in pinpointing their “golden window” is based upon the woman’s menstrual cycle, using dependable ovulation timing. Is her cycle regular? Or is it irregular? When does she have it and exactly how long does her cycle last? Having a basic understanding of her unique, individual menstrual cycle, some women can determine when they are ovulating. But ovulation timing often isn’t specific, unless she uses an advanced ovulation predictor. This is the quintessential key to conception–when a couple knows the woman is ovulating, they can do many things to ensure sperm is present and ready to fertilize her eggs.
Determining the Right Time
There are several different of methods available to assist couples determining when the woman is ovulating. Some keep a calendar or carry a day planner for ovulation timing. The woman simply records the day her cycle begins every month during the planning stages. This allows her to track the number of days in each cycle. Woman should know that ovulation […]

Fertility Prediction and Intrauterine Insemination

Fertility prediction has long been part of family planning. Unfortunately, some couples have a difficult time conceiving, even though both adults appear and feel healthy. After several failed attempts at becoming pregnant, even using a fertility prediction product, some couples are confronted with the fact natural coitus does not result in pregnancy. In speaking with a physician, these couples might learn of a problem keeping them from conceiving, even though they have had intercourse according the timing calculated by a fertility prediction device. From this point, artificial insemination or intrauterine insemination might be an option in combination with a fertility prediction device, such as OV Watch.
Fertility Prediction and Intrauterine Insemination
There are many factors which determine if a woman may become pregnant. Even those couples using fertility prediction along with other measures whom are perfectly healthy may not conceive. Though intrauterine insemination is a clinical procedure, it is not guaranteed results:

The hoped-for outcome of intrauterine insemination is for the sperm to swim into the fallopian tubes and fertilize a waiting egg, resulting in a normal pregnancy.Mayo Clinic
There may be only one or several attempts using both fertility prediction and intrauterine insemination. If the woman still does not become pregnant, other methods can be used, including fertility prediction.
The Intrauterine Insemination Process
Intrauterine insemination is often performed in a doctor’s office, while fertility prediction is usually done by the couple or in concert with other medical tests. If the couple is judged based on medical factors to be healthy and able to conceive, the insemination process begins using fertility prediction to determine when it should be done.

The Husband’s Role
The process includes the male ejactulating into a specialized condom, known as a “collection condom”. Men are often asked to refrain from any type of sexual activity causing […]

All Womens Eggs are Not the Same – Good Eggs and Bad Eggs

Ovulation timing is a tricky calculation. It not only has to do with genetic factors, it has to do with the amount and condition of the eggs. When born, a female is born will the maximum amount of eggs she will ever have. Through puberty, the total number of eggs dramatically decreases and by age 27, that total drops by an average of 90 percent. The good news is 10 percent is still a very large number of eggs. But this makes ovulation timing all the more crucial.

Ovulation Timing, Health and Egg Viability
Because of the precipitous drop in egg count, ovulation timing is one of the most important factors in family planning. In conjunction with ovulation timing are health and egg viability. The issue is somewhat compounded and a woman’s health and her viability to routinely produce eggs each month. Once fertilized, eggs need to be able to adhere to the wall of the uterus. However, this is more of a full term delivery issue than a conception issue. Some women continue to ovulate into their 40’s with healthy eggs but this is not normal. So, it is important that women above 30 to 35 understand their fertility, the quality of their eggs and accurate ovulation timing which will be most beneficial in identifying their fertility window so as not to waste good cycles. OV Watch does just that.
Family Planning, Gender and Other Statistics
Many couples are plagued not only with such things as ovulation timing but the health of their newly conceived baby. Other concerns are about gender as well as personality traits. For instance, there are theories as to the baby’s gender according to the timing in relation to ovulation. Such assumptions about […]

Is age a factor for infertility?

Infertility is a problem that relatively few women suffer from in comparison to the overall population. However, when it does occur, the condition may be a result of the spouse, environmental conditions or internal conditions of the hopeful mother. Infertility stems from a variety of reasons and each couple having trouble conceiving should immediately consult their respective physicians. In some instances, infertility is not the root cause of a failure to conceive, only the methodology in family planning. But couples wanting to start a family should be aware of some of the facts associated with infertility and age.
Infertility and Age
In her 20′s, a woman’s chance of conceiving ranges between 20 and 25 percent each month. This is directly in relation to her relatively high number of eggs. Though by the age of 27 the average egg count has dropped by 90 percent from the time she is born, 10 percent remain. And 10 percent is absolutely enough to become pregnant during her 20′s with a healthy baby. However, even the most healthy of women must take prenatal vitamins:
It is important for all women contemplating pregnancy to start prenatal vitamins at least one month prior to starting to try to become pregnant since there is evidence that extra folic acid prior to pregnancy decrease the incidence of certain types of birth defects.–Southern California Center for Reproductive Medicine
However, women in their 20′s unable to conceive after 12 months may be suffering from some form of infertility and should seek the advice of her physician.

In her early 30′s, a woman’s chance of becoming pregnant drops from between 20 percent and 25 percent to approximately 15 percent monthly. This drop in percentage is a natural result of […]

Ovulation Prediction: Convenience Matters to Most Women

Couples in the early stages of family planning can undergo a great deal of stress. Trying to get pregnant when it does not occur quickly can be both frustrating and stressful for many couples, especially the women. Using ovulation prediction test products that require frequent, daily testing of bodily fluids, such as urine, saliva or blood are not only time consuming but undesirable by most modern women.

In the age of the iPhone, iPad and on-demand television viewing, advanced technology can bring both high quality standards while simultaneously providing convenience and ease of use. Ovulation prediction shouldn’t rely on out-of-date technology or a “best guess”.

Technology and Convenience in Ovulation Prediction

Ovulation prediction is most often done by measuring a woman’s LH or Luteinizing hormone. The Luteinizing hormone, also called “lutropin” is produced by the anterior pituitary gland. When LH levels surge in a woman’s body, ovulation is triggered. However, it is important to note this is an ovulation prediction and not confirmation of ovulation. Therefore, ovulation prediction does not mean it’s actually occurred, only that it will occur. The question then becomes when will ovulation occur? This depends on an individual basis. What’s more is these LH kits are complicated ovulation prediction devices which require a substantial amount of advanced planning to use:

…determine the length (number of days) of your normal menstrual cycle. This is the number of days from the 1st day of full menstrual bleeding to the day before the bleeding begins again. If your cycle lengths may vary from cycle to cycle (for example, 28-31 days), use the shortest cycle you had in the past 6 months […]

Using Clomid: What you should know

Clomid is a name brand of the generic fertility drug “clomiphene citrate”. This female cycle stabilizer is also sold under the brand name “Serophene”. Regardless of the name brand, the function is the same. It is used by couples in the later stages of family planning who have yet to be successful in conceiving. Couples turn to Clomid or Serophene to deal with problematic infertility because it helps to make a woman ovulate on a more regular basis:
Clomiphene is used to induce ovulation (egg production) in women who do not produce ova (eggs) but wish to become pregnant (infertility). Clomiphene is in a class of medications called ovulatory stimulants. It works similarly to estrogen, a female hormone that causes eggs to develop in the ovaries and be released. –U.S. National Library of Medicine
It is the most widely used fertility supplement or regiment in the United States. The reasons for its popularity is because it is far less expensive than other fertility options. It has an 80 percent success rate for the nearly 25 percent of women who deal with infertility.
When is Clomid or Serophene Used?
Clomid is a go-to option for women who do not have blocked Fallopian tubes but do have trouble with regular, natural ovulation. It is often used in cases where a women suffers from a condition of menstruation without ovulation, more commonly known as “anovulatory cycles”, women with irregular cycles […]

What is PCOS and How Does it Effect Pregnancy Predictors?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, more commonly abbreviated PCOS, is a condition in which women in their 20s or 30s have irregular occurring hormones. Either too much or too little of specific hormones are present, as a result, women suffering can have substantial difficulty in trying to become pregnant as the result of the imbalance:

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition in which there is an imbalance of a woman’s female sex hormones. This hormone imbalance may cause changes in the menstrual cycle, skin changes, small cysts in the ovaries, trouble getting pregnant, and other problems. Female sex hormones include estrogen and progesterone, as well as hormones called androgens. Androgens, often called “male hormones,” are also present in women, but in different amounts.

Hormones help regulate the normal development of eggs in the ovaries during each menstrual cycle. Polycystic ovary syndrome is related to an imbalance in these female sex hormones. Too much androgen hormone is made, along with changes in other hormone levels.–National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine

How PCOS Affect Pregnancy Predictors
Many of the most widely used fertility predictors available in the United States are based on decades-old or even older science which uses the Luteinizing hormone or LH as an indication of a woman’s impending ovulation. However, considerable research conducted in Europe and the Untied States has shown although LH testing does alert the user to a lutropin surge, it does not indicate with any certainty that ovulation has, is or will occur.

Moreover, the condition PCOS can interfere with urine LH readings. PCOS is also able to cause sustained high LH readings for multiple, consecutive days. However, such consecutive high LH results levels, may or may not, immediately precede pending ovulation. In […]