Do you have irregular cycles? Or have you just quit the pill? You might want to combine measuring your temperature with LH tests that are now from our webshop: http://shop.naturalcycles.com/
What is LH and why test for it?
LH stands for Luteinizing Hormone and appears for about 48 hours and is shortly followed by ovulation. You can read more here if you are interested in the science of fertility.
If you have irregular cycles then we highly recommend testing for LH. If you have recently been on hormonal contraception, it is likely that your cycle will be out of balance and irregular for up to a year. This is very individual and is taken into account by NaturalCycles’ clever algorithm, which will be even more cautious if this is the case.
It is not necessary to test LH if you do not want to, but it is a powerful supplement to the basal body temperature to indicate when ovulation has occurred. Temperature measurements have day-to-day fluctuations, which can make it challenging to identify the exact ovulation day quickly – the more data entered the easier it becomes! However, positive LH tests can help speed things up and give you more green days quicker.
2. How do I know when to test for LH?
As a woman’s LH surge happens just before ovulation, NaturalCycles will recommend that you to check LH levels a couple of days before the expected ovulation. How far in advance you need to start testing depends on how regular your cycles are.
Depending on whether you use the website or the app, the LH reminder looks a bit different. On the website, you can hover over the calendar with your mouse and you’ll see a reminder in red, for instance on the day before predicted ovulation. On both the website and the app, you’ll see “LH” with an arrow pointing at the day of the week that you should measure on, and you will also see that the the LH field will be pre-opened on the ‘add data’ window. Additionally, on the app you will see a “Today!” notification next to the LH entry field for the day that you should test on.
Or in the app:
Please get in touch if you have questions about LH or anything else!
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