Fertile Focus FAQs
Trying to Conceive? Then increase your odds of becoming pregnant by pinpointing your most fertile days of the month - the handful of days prior to and during ovulation.
Questions and Answers about Ovulation Microscopes: FAQ
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How does Fertile-Focus work?
Fertile-Focus detects hormone changes that occur prior to and during ovulation. As estrogen increases, "ferning" or crystal patterns can be viewed in dried samples of saliva (due to elevated quantities of electrolytes that will appear in your saliva). These ferning patterns indicate that ovulation is about to take place. The duration of a woman's fertile period is typically around six days, ending 24 hours after ovulation takes place. Unlike urine LH tests, Fertile-Focus allows you to track fertility and your cycle changes throughout your entire menstrual cycle. When you observe a positive result (crystal/ferning patterns), ovulation is likely to occur within 24 to 72 hours.
Tip #1: When applying a saliva sample, remember to PULL the lens from the microscope - do not unscrew.
When do I test with Fertile-Focus?
Test on a daily basis and record results on a fertility chart or calendar. Test first thing in the morning - but never after eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth. These activities may interfere with results. If you test later in the day, try to wait at least two to three hours after eating or drinking.
Tip #2: Avoid brushing teeth, eating, or drinking for several hours before collecting a sample. A sublingual saliva sample, collected from below the tongue will provide the best results! To apply a saliva sample, swirl fresh saliva to the tip of your tongue and dab on the lens. Alternately, use a clean dry finger or soft applicator to collect and apply the saliva sample.
How do I clean Fertile-Focus?
To clean the glass slide or lens, simply use a damp, non-abrasive cloth (no soaps or cleansors).
What is an "estrogen surge" or "estrogen spike"?
While estrogen is present in your body throughout your cycle, just prior to ovulation you may have an “estrogen surge” - a marked increase in the presence of estrogen. The increase of estrogen facilitates the ferning patterns in your saliva. An estrogen surge or ovulation may not occur in all cycles for all women. Intensity and duration of the surge may vary among women. Using average menstrual cycle values, the chart below shows the increase of estrogen during the early part of the cycle - up to and during ovulation. The blue line (estradiol) represents the primary estrogen hormone. Note how the gradual increase of the blue line / estrogen allows for you to predict ovulation earlier than with LH urine tests that use luteinizing hormone.
What kind of ferning pattern "schedule" or result timeline can I expect?
For most women, results patterns will conform to the following general schedule, though variables
like cycle length and intensity/duration of estrogen surge may influence results. As a general guideline, this is what you can expect to see. Notice how the timeline matches the graph below!
•Follicular Phase: Early part of your cycle (Negative Result): Low Estrogen Levels. You'll See Dots, bubbles, and lines. You are not likely fertile.
• 0-2 Days (Transitional): Increasing Estrogen. You'll see incipient ferning patterns, light ferning at margins of result. You are approaching your most fertile time.
• 2-4 Days (Positive): Estrogen Surge: You'll see strong ferning patterns: You are at peak fertility.
• 0-2 Days (Transitional): Decreasing Estrogen. You'll see diminishing ferning patterns, light ferning at margins of result.
• Remaining luteal phase following Ovulation (Negative Result): Low Estrogen Levels. You'll See Dots, bubbles, and lines.
Are ferning patterns observable at other times in my cycle?
A second second estrogen surge may occur right at the end of your cycle. By monitoring cycle length, and keeping daily results, the second surge should not be confounded with the estrogen surge preceding ovulation. Also, as different women produce differing levels of estrogen, ferning patterns may vary a bit in appearance and duration.
Can Ovulation Microscopes be used as a contraceptive device?
Ovulation microscopes should not be used as a contraceptive device.
How do I apply a saliva sample?
For best results, collect a sublingual saliva sample as saliva glands are located below the tongue. Pull (do not unscrew) the lens from the housing. Collect a dab of saliva and place it on the surface of the lens. Try to avoid making bubbles and allow the sample to dry for at least five minutes before attempting to read results.
Will Clomid interfere with test results?
Clomid will not interfere with Fertile-Focus results, though it may intensify the appearance and duration of ferning. If you are taking Clomid, consult your physician for details.
Can I use Fertile-Focus if my cycle is irregular?
Yes, Fertile-Focus can be used by women with both regular and irregular cycles.
What are some tips for optimizing results?
Do not eat, drink, smoke, or brush teeth for at least 2-3 hours before taking the test. Apply sublingual saliva sample to the exterior lens (pull the lens from the housing/do not unscrew lens). Always allow the saliva sample to dry, avoid air bubbles in the sample and Focus by turning the focalizable lens (remove eye-glasses).
What can interfere with results?
Pregnancy, menopause, or hormonal imbalance, supplemental estrogen, and recent discontinuation of birth control medication may interfere with results. In continued absence of any ferning, your body may not be producing sufficient estrogen. Consult your physician.