Fertility testing exists in a variety of forms. When you start trying to conceive, or when it’s taken a while, fertility testing can become an interesting concept and especially if you can’t afford, or haven’t been referred for, clinical testing yet it can be handy to know a few handy ways to get things done at home. This can increase your chances of conceiving immeasurably, allowing you to time intercourse perfectly.
Ovulation tests are perhaps among the simplest methods to check for fertility. These tests function the same was as a home pregnancy test; you urinate on the end of the stick and it will let you know whether or not you are ovulating at the time. These can be purchased at Boots or other chemists’ but can also be found – and often less expensively – online. However, there are plenty of methods that allow you to track your fertility at home without costing any money.
The basal body temperature method is a very simple way to keep track of your fertility. You’ll need a calendar to keep track and you’ll want to take your temperature every day around the same time. Fluctuations in temperature help you keep track of when you are or aren’t ovulating. Keeping track of that on a calendar is a good idea; you can then also anticipate fertility in terms of 28-day cycles as you’ll be ovulating at roughly the same time every month. This is also a method that can be used to prevent pregnancy, although it has to be used very carefully to make it reliable and most people will still recommend using a secondary method of birth control such as a condom as they do not wish to be held responsible for an unwanted pregnancy.
There are, however, other ways of physically determining your fertility. For one, the stretch test involves checking and examining your cervical mucus on a daily basis. This mucus becomes clear and stretchy during the fertile window (the time each month when fertility is at its peak and love-making is most likely to lead to conception), so keeping track of it on a daily basis can allow you to get to know its usual consistency and track changes. The position of the cervix, which can also be checked manually, also changes with the cervix becoming soft, open and wet during the fertile window. Its position will also become higher, allowing you to gauge your fertility easily and accurately. Tracking these changes, again, will allow you to become more intimately familiar with your cycle and let you anticipate your fertile window into the future.
If you have some concerns that the infertile party is not yourself but the male in the equation, medical intervention may be necessary as it is not possible to assess sperm count, quality and motility at home. If you have concerns that your sperm count may be off, then there are a few things you can do to boost it. Stop smoking and keep drinking to a minimum, and ensure you wear loose underwear because the testicles need to be kept at a slightly lower body temperature from the rest of the body. Tight clothing can keep them too close to your body and raise the temperature which has a deleterious effect on your semen.