At a Glance:
- The Luteinizing Hormone (LH) is produced by the pituitary gland and surges just before ovulation.
- You can track LH by urinating on a test stick near ovulation to predict when ovulation will occur.
- LH does not surge until days of the fertile window have passed. If waiting for an LH surge, users will miss opportune days to try to conceive
- LH can be misleading: there can be multiple LH surges in a cycle (often seen in PCOS), and urine concentration can impact accuracy in detecting the surge
- kegg is a fertility tracker that detects the changes in the cervical fluid to accurately display the full fertile window
- There is no messy urinating on sticks or worrying about urine concentration with kegg; kegg is inserted vaginally to take a 2 minute reading at a convenient timeframe for the user.
- With kegg, users can optimize their trying to conceive efforts by timing intercourse/insemination throughout the full fertile window
Women who choose to track their LH will typically begin checking their LH as they approach the midpoint of their cycle as they anticipate ovulation approaching. Women will typically test 1 to 2 times a day using an LH stick dipped into collected urine. The LH test results reveal a control line and a test line. The test instructions vary by LH test brand, but typically the test line needs to be as dark as or darker than the control line to constitute a “positive” value. Unfortunately urine concentration and collection timing can greatly impact the detection of the LH surge. In addition, the rise in LH is very brief, lasting only 12 to 24 hours. It can be challenging to detect if the LH hormone is rising or falling since this spike is so brief. In addition, many women have fairly high detectable levels of LH at baseline making it even more challenging to discern a spike in Luteinizing Hormone. LH strips are single use and therefore can produce a lot of waste.
How does kegg work?
Why is this fertile window important?
So, how does testing with kegg compare to LH testing?
As notated on cycle day 17, she reported an LH surge on this day. It appears she ovulated on cycle day 17 or 18. Had she waited for this surge, she would have missed the majority of her fertile window. More importantly, she would have missed her chance at conceiving this cycle as her husband was out of town during this LH surge. kegg gave her the foresight that she was already in this fertile window without having to wait for an LH surge.
Let’s now analyze another cycle from another user.
What if I see multiple LH surges in my cycle?
In other cycles, women may not identify an LH surge at all. An LH surge does not indicate that ovulation will be successful. Alternatively, the lack of LH surge does not necessarily indicate ovulation will not occur this cycle.
If I use kegg, do I need to track my LH?
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