The Big "O" -- It's not just for orgasm anymore

 

Ovulite™ -- Saliva Test

If you find you have an unpredictable cycle, then Ovulite may be for you. Essentially, Ovulite is a lipstick-shaped mini microscope that can be discreetly tucked away in any purse. Each day, you put a drop of saliva on the piece of glass and then examine it through the spylike microscope. If you see spots and lines, you are not fertile. If you see a fern pattern among the spots and lines, you will probably ovulate in three to four days. If you see a full fern pattern, your egg is itching to pop out at any minute. Since you can test your saliva each and every day, Ovulite can help to narrow the window during which you'll need to use an ovulation stick to confirm when ovulation is going to occur.

Temperature Charting -- Six Degrees of Separation

If you always thought of the natural family-planning method as something the Mormons used, based on the size of their families, you probably never even considered it as a method of birth control. But any method that appears to be so ineffective at preventing pregnancy surely must be effective in helping to achieve it.

Natural family planning requires you to take your temperature first thing in the morning, at approximately the same time each day. To help you track the results, we recommend buying a computer program like "Taking Charge of Your Fertility," based on the book of the same name by Toni Weschler. After taking your temperature, you then log your results into the program and a diagnosis is made: not fertile, low fertility, high fertility, ovulation, post ovulation, nonfertile. When your temperature spikes, it means you've ovulated. It takes a couple of cycles before the computer can predict your most fertile days.

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