How to use a saliva ovulation microscope to predict ovulation

A saliva ovulation microscope is very simple and easy to use and can be used multiple times so is quite enviromentaly friendly.

The picture shown above shows the Fertile Focus ovulation microscope and the image very nicely illustrates the change you are looking for when you look down the lens of the microscope.

Advantages of using a saliva ovulation microscope:

  • reusable so may save money if you are trying for some time
  • small & discrete-most of them resemble a metal case lipstick
  • convenient-can be used any time anywhere
  • less messy than using urine samples
  • can be done easily at work
  • can be used again and again
  • 98% accuracy for most models
  • safe & natural
  • with practice can be a very relaible method of predicting your most fertile time

How does an ovulation microscope work ?

The ovulation microscope works by detecting the oestrogen surge that occurs just before or during ovulation. During this oestrogen surge the saliva changes and crystals form when the saliva is left to dry on a the microscope slide. These crystals when dry are seen as a ferning pattern when viewed through the ovualation microscope.

How do I use an ovulation microscope ?

It is important to read the instructions that came with the ovulation microscope that you have purchased, as they may vary slightly is use, however the basic priciples are the same for most ovulation microscopes. The lenses may vary in magnification and with some microscopes you can replace the batteries.

  1. Place saliva on the ovulation microscope lens (use a damp cotton wool or a damp swab to do this)
  2. Let the saliva dry
  3. Focus the lens
  4. View the results through the lens
  5. The presence of the ferning pattern indicates peak fertility

Some tips for using a fertility microscope to get the most reliable results

  • always clean the slide before use
  • avoid drinking for up to 20 minutes beforehand as this may dilute or remove the saliva from the mouth
  • avoid smoking,drinking alcohol, taking medicines or using toothpaste for up to 2 hours before testing as these can interfere with the saliva

Click here to see a range of ovulation microscopes including the Fertile Focus that are available to buy online in UK from Access Diagnostics Fertility website or to find out more

Ovulation predictor tests and methods

Ovulation predictor methods are many, and need not be expensive or complex for anyone with a regular cycle

Considering the last 14 days of a menstrual cycle is fixed in most women , ovulation will occur on day 14 in a 28 day cycle and day 18 in a 32 day cycle. Great if you one of the lucky ones who has  a very regular cycle, that is the same length each month.

For the rest of us with more erratic cycles the reliable prediction of the timing for ovulation gets a little more complex, so here is a breakdown of the common methods of ovulation prediction:

Cervical mucous becomes more stringy and will form ribons when opposed fingers are extended. This method is great until you have had sex in the preceeding 24 hrs and mix sperm into the equation !

BBT or basal body temperature measurment, basically get an accurate thermometer are record your temperature at a set time every morning before doing anything else. Detects a rise of 0.3 degrees centigrade at ovulation. Contrary to popular misconception you do not need a 4 decimel place thermometer and it does not have to be farenheit. What you do need is a regular regime and set waking time, so its out of the question for shift workers or the less well organised of you out there who’s days wont give up the 2 minutes you have to lie in bed with a stick in your mouth.

Urine ovulation predictors. Dip test you dip in wee and tell you when you have a surge in the hormone which makes you ovulate. Expect to use 7-10 per month especially if you are irregular or have a long cycle. Buy dip ovulation test strips as they are just as accurate as digital or mid stream test and a lot cheaperas well as being more eco-friendly (less packaging) . Only go for the very low level, higher sensitivity ovulation tests if you do not get positive results with the standard sensitivity tests. Stick with a brand if it works (there are multiple sensivities on sale and comparing results is not possible) These tests give 24-36 hrs advance notice of ovulation.

Ovulation predictor miscroscopes are simple mini microscopes which show the crystal of salt which form in drying saliva when oestrogen levels are high which occur with ovulation. Can be used time and time again, so are cheap & eco-friendly if you end up testing for a long time. Look for models with replacable batteries. Don’t expect to see anything for the rest of the cycle, it takes 2-3 cycles to get confident in using these, so best to start off using while also using another method. They are 99% accurate when combined with BBT. Can also be used in dogs and cats, so popular with pet breaders, no reason why they could not be used in pigs, horses and cattle for insemination assessment, so come on you farmers !

Ovulation predictor didn’t work ~ Don’t panic  99% is just that, but not every cycle is ovulatory either, so re-try next month. If you get no positive indicators over 3 consecutive cycles change to another method or seek advice from your doctor. Up to 1 in 4 cycles can miss ovulation, and this increases with age and is a normal physiological finding.

Click here for more info on using ovulation predictors

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What brands of ovulation microscope are available in UK, and what are the differences ?

Ovatel Ovulation Microscope

Ovatel is a simply designed plastic saliva ovulation detector microscope that requires no batteries, with 54x magnification .
Ovatel uses natural back light for viewing. The Ovatel ovulation microscope is 98% accurate.

Calista Ovulation Microscope

The Calista saliva ovulation microscope is 98% accurate. Each Calista is supplied with batteries.

Calista Ovulation Microscope has a  powerful 67X magnification lens.

Babystart Focus Ovulation Microscope

The Babystart Focus ovulation microscope is 98% accurate. Each babystart Focus Ovulation Microscope is supplied batteries.

Babystart Focus looks just like a quality metal case lipstick.

Babystart Focus Ovulation Microscope has a  50X magnification lens.

Donna Saliva Ovulation Microscope

The Donna Saliva Ovulation Microscope is 98% accurate.

The Donnna ovulation microscope has a 68X Power Magnification lens

ISIS Ovulation Microscope

The ISIS ovulation microscope is 99% accurate. Auto on/off light function via a photo electric cell in the barrel

Easy to change batteries. 60x lens magnification.  Quality metal/enamel case that looks just like lipstick.

Click here to see all these ovulation microscopes and for more info

Ovulation Microscopes : How do they work ?

Ovulation miscroscopes are an easy and cost effective way to identify fertile times at home. Ovulation microscopes are small hand held mini miscroscopes. They do not require any technical training to use as they are low magnification (50 to 60 times magnification) lenses.

How do I use the Saliva Ovulation Microscope ?

A simple focus mechanism allows the user to focus on a small integral specimen slide area. On each use, a dab of saliva is applied to the lens area and allowed to air dry. This takes between 3 and 6 minutes depending on room temperature.

If the oestrogen levels are at significant levels a ferning pattern appears on the slide due to an increased salt concentration in the saliva. Oestrogen only peaks normally at the mid cycle, just before ovulation, so by detecting this peak, the user can determine the timing of ovulation.

Ovulation Microscopes offer great value for money & flexibility for frequent testers

Ovulation microscopes are cheap to buy, totally re-usable and can be used at any time of day. Look for ovulation microscopes offering at least 60* Magnification and replaceable batteries.

Best buy in our opinion is the ISIS scope for all round value and performanace. The batteries in the ISIS can be replaced thereby extending the life of the ovulation microscope. 

Did you know ? : Oestrogen also peaks in horses and dogs and other animals, so these devices are used extensively by breeders.

When is the best time to test with a saliva ovulation test ?

Good news you can test any time of day. Some people recommend testing first thing in the morning, as at this time the mouth is empty and you can make it part of your morning routine.

Avoid testing immediately after eating, drinking or brishing your teeth as this may interfere with the saliva fertility test results. It is best to wait at least 30 minutes before testing.

Home Ovulation Tests & Predicting Ovulation-When am I going to ovulate ?

HOME OVULATION PREDICTION-When is the best time to get Pregnant ?

Around 15-20% of couples are infertile or sub fertile, and many more experience delays & resulting anxiety in conceiving which may often be caused by bad timing. Knowing the best time to get pregnant can help

An average couple takes 6 months to conceive and many GP’s will not refer for investigations until a couple has been trying for at least 12 months. As many couples are starting to try for a baby later in life these days, this delay can become quite worrying & cause a lot of anxiety.

Some of the delays in conceiving may simply be a matter of bad timing i.e. having intercourse at the wrong time in the woman’s cycle. Recent research has suggested that the fertility window (ie the best time to get pregnant) each month may in fact only be 3-4 days, and so timing intercourse to coincide with this time of maximum fertility is obviously very important.

Ovulation predictors can be helpful in two ways:

1)To help time intercourse to maximize the chance of conception

2) To help identify if ovulation problems exist and so accelerate referral for specialist advice.

If you cycle is very regular and the same length each month timing ovulation is fairly easy. You ovulate 14 days before your next period is due, and so you should make sure you have intercourse just before ovulation and around the time of ovulation to maximise your chances of conceiving.

If your cycle is a little erratic or irregular like many of us find particular as we are getting older, then there are ways you can predict when you are going to ovulate or have ovulated.

What types of ovulation prediction methods are there?

1) Urine tests-test urine for the presence of luteinising hormone (LH tests).Available in midstream, cassette and dip strip test. They give you advance notification of ovulation and are therefore called ovulation predictors. To see full range of urine home ovulation tests click here

2) Saliva Ovulation Microscopes-many resemble a lipstick. At ovulation, the hormone estrogen is increased, which increases the salt levels in your body. This salt increase is evident in saliva. Saliva ovulation mini microscope allows you to see the salt crystals that dry on the microscope glass slide. For more information on the Saliva Ovulation microscopes click here. Click here for more information & to see a range of ovulation microscopes

3) Basal Temperature– A simple inexpensive way of telling if you have ovulated. You should take your temperature orally each morning before getting up, eating or drinking. Digital thermometers are used for their accuracy and ease of use. Ovulation usually occurs one day before the temperature rises. BBT evaluations only confirm, but do not predict, ovulation. For more information on the Basal Thermometers click here. Click here to see Basal Thermometers suitable for ovulation

4) Cervical Mucus or Billings method-the consistency of the cervical mucus changes during your cycle due to hormonal fluctuations. You are considered at your most fertile when the mucus becomes clear, slippery, and stretchy. Many women describe the mucus at this stage as resembling raw egg whites. One word of caution however – sperm can be confused with the mucus secretions and you could make the wrong assumption.

5) Fertility Monitor-the Clearblue Fertility Monitor also works by detecting the LH surge as well as measuring Oestrogen levels. The monitor then builds up a detailed picture of your unique hormone cycle. Clearblue Fertility Monitor is the most advanced home method to maximise your chances of conceiving. In recent research use of the Clearblue Fertility Monitor was shown to increase the chances of conceiving by 89% over the first two cycles of use. Click here for more information on the Clearblue Fertility Monitor or to buy