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Going in to see your doctor for fertility treatments is a wonderful resource, but there are things you can do at home to monitor and boost your fertility between visits to your doctor. From ovulation trackers to sperm analysis kits, there are a few ways to monitor fertility at home. Learn which tools you should use to manage fertility at home, along with ways you can boost fertility.
Ovulation trackers are great tools for monitoring your ovulation cycles and determine your most fertile days. While they aren’t 100% accurate, it is still a great home fertility test to help you get to know your body a little better. Keep in mind that every woman is different when it comes to menstrual cycles, and even every menstrual is different when it comes to a woman, so it is expected to see some differences between results. We put together a handy Ovulation calendar here.
To track ovulation at home, you can use an ovulation tracker or an ovulation test. Below are some of our recommended fertility tests to try at home:
Accurately evaluating sperm requires the analysis of many factors, including morphology (the shape), motility (the movement), and sperm count. At-home fertility tests for sperm analysis cannot test for morphology, but they can help determine sperm count and motility. Making an appointment with your fertility doctor is the most accurate and effective way to analyze all three factors affecting sperm and fertility.
For sperm home fertility tests, try some of these popular options to analyze the effectiveness of your sperm:
Once you have these fertility resources as part of your conception regimen, you can use the results to help boost fertility at home. Of course, visiting a fertility center is the most effective approach, but making lifestyle changes on your own can help boost your fertility between appointments. The six main ways to increase fertility naturally are by eating well, exercising, limiting alcohol consumption, cutting down on coffee, quitting smoking, and tracking your fertility in the ways described above.
If your at-home fertility tests are bringing up any questions or concerns, please reach out to a fertilization specialist to figure out your next steps. Taking the initiative to track fertility at home is an amazing step on your road to conception, so kudos to you for investing in your fertility journey!