Things you may not know about ovulation
When it comes to fertility our body is complex. There are bits that work in isolation and bits that interact with other areas to form a balance. Despite years of medical advances we still end up with lots of women without a clear and unambiguous clinical diagnosis of infertility. Doctors often can’t find anything wrong but don’t have a clue what it could be. So the: ‘keep trying or go for IVF’ seem to be the frustrating choices. There are however pieces of the jigsaw that are known to affect your chances of conception in any given cycle. Some of these are very common and vary from cycle-to-cycle but which one stops conception from happening?
NICE fertility guidelines state that 1 in 4 infertility cases are related to ovulatory issues.
Most women will be familiar with ovulation tests but the women that would benefit the most from these are the least satisfied. We have heard so many women say: “I never detect my ovulation with these stick tests.” or “They don’t work, they say I’m always fertile”. The problem is that classic or traditional tests are based on the “average woman”. i.e. it means that the hormone level in your urine is compared to the average level. If you are above this average then you are assumed to be in your fertile phase and that ovulation could happen in the next 24 – 48 Hrs. If you are below you are not. Clinical tests have shown that the “ovulation hormone” (LH) remains pretty stable before ovulation. It then rises suddenly and rapidly (the ‘surge’) which can be twice, 10 times or more than the initial stable level. After surging it drops down to the initial level.
myLotus is a next generation fertility monitor.
It is unique and gives you personal information about your actual measured hormone levels. i.e. no comparison with the average women. It’s all about you. This means that you will see exactly what your initial hormone level is. You will be able to see your day-to-day progress measured by the rate-of-change in your hormone levels moving from a more or less straight line to a sudden surge in your ovulation hormone (LH). You can plot this in the accompanying app so that you can visibly see it. Whatever your initial level (low or high) you will see your personal hormone and the ‘signature’ of your surge.
myLotus also helps identify irregular cycle signatures. High levels of the ovulation hormone (LH) tend to be associated with PCOS and until now it has not been possible for these women to test their levels. The myLotus system can be used as a stand-alone product but you can also download the app to record your day-to-day hormone levels both as a history of your measurements and graphically to share with your doctor. In short: ovulation testing and hormonal wellbeing is coming of age and we are beginning to better understand our body’s is addressing those women that most need it. The information that myLotus provides will provide a significant number of women with the ability to speed up the time to conceiving naturally.