It can be very useful to test for ovulation when trying to conceive. This is because an egg only survives for 24 – 48 hours after being released. Ovulation Predictor Kits (OPKs) are therefore used to pinpoint ovulation. If I can see that ovulation is predicted to happen in the next day or two, it can be useful to have the sperm in my body, ready and waiting for the egg to be released. This cycle, I used urine based fertility test strips and you can read my review of them here. Another type of OPK is a saliva based fertility test. I bought the Fertile Focus Ovulation Microscope Saliva Based Fertility Test and used it in conjunction with the test strips.
On the third day of using the OPK test strip, I got a positive result, meaning that ovulation would like occur in the next 24 – 48 hours:
On the same day that I got that positive result, the Fertile Focus Ovulation Microscope Saliva Based Fertility Test arrived in the post so I decided to check my ovulation status on that to see if it agreed with the test strip. The saliva test allows you to test your saliva with a pocket-sized portable microscope. As your oestrogen levels rise closer to ovulation, the salt content of your saliva increases. When the salt dries, it crystallises into a fern pattern. The fern pattern is most likely to occur in the days leading up to ovulation. Checking this helps to identify your fertile window. Since sperm can live inside your body for up to seven days, you would want to have sex during the fertile window so that sperm is ready and in position to meet the egg when it is released.
The saliva test is very easy to use. You simply drop some saliva onto the microscope and allow it to dry. Here is a (blurry) photo of the result looking through the lipstick sized microscope on the day that I got the positive test strip result:
The ferning pattern is very clear on the left of the picture! This is a positive result and means that I was currently ovulating or about to ovulate, in agreement with the urine test strips 🙂
I really liked using the microscope – it is very easy and re-usable and best of all, my husband got very involved and enjoyed playing with the nifty new gadget 😀 We would definitely use it again next month, but hopefully we got the timing right this month and won’t need to!