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How Accurate Are Home Pregnancy Tests?

When used properly, and at the right time, home pregnancy tests are very accurate. In fact, is is believed that home pregnancy tests may be as much as 99% accurate when they show a positive result. Having said that, there are some important factors to think about when considering exactly how accurate home pregnancy tests are.

It helps to understand a little bit about how pregnancy occurs, and about how home pregnancy tests work in order to understand how accurate they are. Home pregnancy tests check for the presence of a particular hormone known as human Chorionic Gonadotropin, or hCG as it is called for short. Some home pregnancy tests are more sensitive than others. That is, they will detect a lower presence of hCG than the less sensitive tests will. The most sensitive of the home pregnancy tests will detect hCG at around 25 mIU/ml, whereas the least sensitive home pregnancy tests will not detect hCG levels until they get to be 250 mIU/ml or more.

When an egg becomes fertilized, a woman’s body does not begin to produce hCG right away. In fact, it is usually between 7 and 10 days after a woman ovulates that the fertilized egg will implant in the uterus. This is the time that the woman’s body will start to produce hCG. Within 1-2 days of implantation, there is typically enough hCG in the woman’s body for the most sensitive of the home pregnancy tests to give a positive result. If you use a less sensitive test, and if it is used too early in the pregnancy, it may give you a false negative result because there just isn’t enough of a concentration of hCG yet for the test to be able to register it.

To get the most accurate results from a home pregnancy test, you will typically want to not use the test until you have actually missed your period. At that point, even the least sensitive tests will generally be able to detect the pregnancy accurately.

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How Can Men Increase Their Fertility?

When we think about fertility problems, we almost always first think about the amazing advances in medical technology that have taken place in recent decades. From procedures such as In Vitro Fertilization to medications like Clomid, most of these solutions only address specific types of fertility problems, in that they are designed to help women increase their fertility. However, some research suggests that fertility problems are relatively evenly split between the sexes. Around 40% of couples who experience fertility problems have a problem with the woman’s fertility. Around another 40% of couples who experience fertility problems have a problem with the man’s fertility. The remaining 20% tend to be cases in which there are problems for both the men and the women. Fortunately for men, there are things that they can do to increase their fertility.

The first thing that men can do to increase their fertility is to watch the issue of heat. It is believed that heat on a man’s testicles will cause problems with sperm production. Often, some men may find that they can increase their fertility just by switching to underwear that are not as tight. In this same vein, men that are trying to conceive should avoid hot tubs and saunas, as these will produce the same type of heat. Even hot baths should generally be avoided by men that want to be able to increase their fertility.

Lifestyle changes can also help men increase their fertility. There is research to suggest, for example, that smoking tobacco can cause a man to have fertility problems. Specifically, it is thought that smoking can lead to a low sperm count. In addition, the use of certain illicit drugs, as well as some types of prescription medications, may have an affect on a man’s fertility as well.

There are also a variety of nutritional and vitamin supplements that may help men increase their fertility. These might include ingredients such as Vitamin C, lycopene, Zinc, and Ginseng. While most of these have not been proven in clinical studies to actually help men increase their fertility, some men have experienced a rise in fertility while taking these medications.

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How Can Women Increase Their Fertility?

There are a variety of ways that women can increase their fertility. When we think about women increasing their fertility we often immediately think of fertility procedures such as In Vitro Fertilization, or fertility medications such as Clomid. Medical research has provided these, as well as a great many of other ways for women to increase their fertility, in the past few decades. However, these medical solutions are not always right for every woman. There are some women, for example, that just won’t respond to a medication like Clomid. There are also women who would prefer, if at all possible, to avoid any sort of “artificial” means of increasing their fertility, and prefer to rely on more natural means of increasing their fertility.

One of the best ways for a woman to increase her fertility is by maintaining a healthy and well-balanced diet. The foods that you eat can impact the balance of hormones that exist in your body, which can impact your fertility. In addition, avoiding foods that are known or are thought to contribute to infertility is another diet-based way that women can help to increase their fertility. Finally, women who are either underweight or overweight may also find that their situation is affecting their fertility, as women in a middle weight range are thought to have the best chances when trying to conceive.

There are lifestyle changes that women can make to increase their fertility as well. Alcohol, at least in large amounts, is especially known to decrease a woman’s fertility. Some studies suggest that women who drank little or no alcohol had literally twice the chances of becoming pregnant over a six-month time span when compared with women who drank more alcohol. In addition, quitting smoking is also thought to be a way that women can increase their fertility.

There are also nutritional and vitamin supplements that may help women increase their fertility. While these products haven’t been approved by the FDA, they do seem to have worked for at least some women.

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