You’d never know it from the giggly babies in their arms, but plenty of parents have struggled to conceive at some point. Study shows two in every ten couples suffer from infertility in Kenya, your journey is more than just a predetermined probability. Know the facts, take care of yourself, and work with your doctor to make sure that you’re taking the right steps on your journey.

For couples seeking to become pregnant, they have a rough estimate of what is the best time to try to conceive: it is usually the entire second week/beginning of the third week of the menstrual cycle. This is a calendar-based method of determining ovulation–which isn’t very accurate since once the ovary releases an egg, it must be fertilized within about 24 hours. But there are also symptom-based methods, that measure the changes in a woman’s body before and during ovulation.

Most ovulation tests measure luteinizing hormone (=LH), which peaks around 1 ½ days before ovulation, and then drops immediately after ovulation. (In fact, LH is the hormone that actually causes ovulation.) Ovulation usually happens around 14 days before menstruation, so you have a rough idea of when to start testing, to figure out the two most likely days to become pregnant. Nowadays, there are methods of detecting ovulation by measuring LH levels in the urine during that short window of time–and some of these tests boast an accuracy of 98%!

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