Fertility Tests at Walgreens
For pregnancy to occur, sexual activity must take place around the time an egg is released from the ovaries, a process known as ovulation. Ovulation occurs around the middle of a woman's cycle, about two weeks before menstruation. If you have irregular periods it may be hard to predict when ovulation will occur. Fortunately, ovulation prediction tests may help predict when ovulation is about to happen so you can time sexual activity in order to increase your chances of conceiving.
How do Ovulation Tests Work?
Ovulation tests can give you an idea of when you're most fertile. Most tests check for an increase in luteinizing hormone (LH), a hormone released prior to ovulation. These tests measure LH in your urine using a special test stick. This type of test can identify your two most fertile days. The tests are available in an easy-to-interpret digital form. Other tests measure LH and another hormone called estrogen which rises as you near ovulation. By measuring both hormones, these tests can identify up to six of your most fertile days so you can plan sexual activity around the times you're most fertile. Fertility watches are another option for getting an idea of your most fertile days. These devices that look like a wrist-watch may be able to pinpoint ovulation and identify your four most fertile days. They're comfortable to wear and do not require a urine sample.
Sperm Count Tests
Are you having trouble conceiving? If your partner has a low sperm count, it can make it hard for you to conceive. Fertility home sperm tests include everything you need to see if your partner's sperm count is likely high enough for conception. The test is easy to interpret. A positive result may mean your partner's sperm count is above the range considered sufficient for conception to occur. A negative result may mean the sperm count is below this range. This easy-to-use test can be performed in the comfort of your home. If the results show a low sperm count, your partner should see a doctor in order to address your infertility issues.
Dietary Supplements for Fertility
Supplements are available that may support healthy sperm production. These supplements contain vitamins, amino acids and natural botanicals that may have the potential to boost sperm motility. Supplements are also available to help women maximize their fertility. These supplements contain an array of nutrients that may help improve the quality of your cervical mucus necessary for pregnancy to occur. More research is needed to confirm the benefits and effectiveness of these supplements.
Other fertility supplements for women may provide hormonal support. These supplements may help to maintain a healthy balance of hormones for overall health and fertility. The supplements are formulated with a special mixture of vitamins, minerals and herbs like chasteberry. A few small studies show this type of nutritional support may improve fertility in women although more studies are needed.
Dietary supplements have the potential to interact with medications and other supplements and may not be appropriate for certain individuals. Always get your doctor's approval before taking any kind of supplement.
Health and Fertility
If you are having trouble getting pregnant, be sure to see your doctor in order to find out the cause. Your doctor can devise a plan in order to increase your chances of conceiving.