Health Watch - Pregnancy Preparation: Good Timing

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about what prospective parents need to know before they try to get pregnant. Good timing can improve your chances of conception, and there are tools that can help improve your timing.

Over-the-counter kits to help monitor ovulation can help couples improve their chances of conception. One kind of kit involves a basal body thermometer, which can track tiny changes in temperature to predict ovulation. The thermometer is inexpensive, but this method is not always accurate. There are also test strips that measure hormones that surge before ovulation. These can cost up to 40 dollars a month.

Dr. Victor Beshay, a fertility specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says if a couple hasn’t conceived within 12 months, even while using the kits, they should consult a fertility specialist. Women over 35 should see a doctor after six months. Women being treated with hormones or who have polycystic ovary syndrome should talk to a doctor before using these kits.

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April 2010


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