We bought some fertility strips from Amazon and we also bought a dual hormone digital clear blue test too.
The strips are 30 x One Step Highly Sensitive 20mIU Ovulation / Fertility Strip Tests (Wide Width). These are identical to what they supply to the NHS. They’re 99% accurate.
During ovulation there’s a surge in a hormone called Luteinizing hormone (LH) when this is present in urine it signifies that within 12-36 hours an egg will be released.
Any couple can use these strips if they want to have a greater chance at becoming pregnant as it gives you a good idea as to when you’re most fertile.
It is recommended that you track your ovulation for at least a couple of months so you get to know your body and have a good indication of when you ovulate.
The cheaper strips can only signal when you are actually ovulating whereas the clear blue test can show up to 4 (sometimes more) days leading up to ovulation (when the egg is released) and therefore increase your chances of being within the fertilisation window.
The clear blue kit shows a flashy face in the days leading up to ovulation.. it will show a solid face on the day of ovulation.
It is so important to get timing right you want to aim for insemination (or intercourse) on the day before the solid face so if you know you only get one flashy face then inseminate on this day as many times possible but keep in my the concentration of the sperm reduces each time.. as well as the day of the solid face.
Sperm can live up to 5 days and will lay dormant until an egg is released for fertilisation.
Cervical mucus is also really important.. as grim as it sounds cervical music is actually key in helping sperm swim up your fallopian tubes.
Mucus that is egg white in consistency and colour is no good..it will block the semen. You need to have clear almost watery mucus in order for the semen to attach.