HEALTH - YOUR BODY
By Deborah Lawson
perhaps, of avoiding pregnancy, you're ready to think about starting
a family. But if you're like a lot of Canadian women, you'll still
be trying several months later. One couple in six experiences
some degree of infertility or delay in becoming pregnant. Only
one couple in four achieves pregnancy in any given month. Since
intercourse is only likely to result in pregnancy during a four-day
window in each menstrual cycle, being able to pinpoint those four
days is crucial. That's when you realize getting pregnant is a
lot like conducting a symphony - timing is everything.
predictor kits make it much easier for women to identify their
fertile phase, providing the element of certainty in an uncertain
process. This is especially helpful for women who have difficulty
getting pregnant because they have a short luteal phase (which
is the length of time from ovulation until a woman menstruates,
normally thirteen to fifteen days), or an irregular menstrual
urine test Kits, often recommended to help identify the day of
ovulation, operate best in conjunction with an average menstrual
cycle, where ovulation occurs on or around day 14. They work by
indicating the increased or decreased presence of luteinizing
hormone (LH) in the woman's urine. LH is present throughout the
menstrual cycle, but increases significantly 24 to 36 hours prior
to ovulation. This rapid increase is called the LH surge. But
urine test Kits must be used at the right time. If a woman's cycle
is unpredictable, making it impossible for her to be sure she's
using the Kit in the days immediately prior to ovulation, results
will be inconclusive. When this happens over a period of several
months, a woman may seek unnecessary and sometimes costly treatment.
way in a revolutionary new method is Ovu-Trac from The Natural
Fertility Awareness Company Inc. This cost-effective test is easier
to use and interpret, completely non-invasive, chemical free,
re-usable and has a higher success rate than any other method.
The need to collect and test urine is eliminated. Instead, a saliva
sample is placed on a microscope slide and viewed under high magnification.
Changes in the saliva, known as salivary ferning or crystallization,
clearly show the progression towards ovulation.
Kit includes a compact microscope and a comprehensive guidebook.
The 100x microscope gives a brightly illuminated, lab-quality
view of the saliva sample. Slides can be washed and re-used, allowing
side-by-side comparison of up to six days' results. Ovu-Trac's
guidebook explains the biological principles behind the method.
Complete instructions, clear illustrations and detailed photographs
are supported by a toll-free help line. The Ovu-Trac Kit
clearly gives women the best tool available for identifying their
pinpointing the fertile phase with Ovu-Trac, a couple can
ensure intercourse takes place during the most fertile time of
a woman's cycle. In addition, the Ovu-Trac Tracking Sheets
provide doctors with information to help identify problems that
are often easily addressed. They also help physicians make a decision
about the need for infertility treatment, and may reduce the time
it takes to access treatment because vital preliminary data has
already been gathered.
Ovulation Predictor Kit, available at Shoppers Drug Mart, London
Drugs and other fine pharmacies, is a truly innovative tool for
natural fertility testing. Colleen Biggs, president of The Natural
Fertility Awareness Company, says, "With Ovu-Trac, we set
out to make an easy-to-use product for women trying to become
pregnant. The success stories and thanks that have
come from many delighted new parents have been enormously gratifying."