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    How to know if I can have children?
    An_255739 posted:
    I will try to make this quick, but I'll first start off that I'm in my early 30's & don't have any children. I've never gotten pregnant, a few scares, but none the less. I thought this as a blessing that I haven't ever gotten pregnant until I was ready. Well, now it's getting down to the time where I'm thinking it's now or never. Where should I start? I have no kind of insurance as of now, & am worried that maybe I never have gotten pregnant after all these years because maybe I am not able? I have had pap smears & ever gyno tells me I look normal, but I wasn't asking about fertility either. Can anyone give me some helpful advice? I would really appreciate it. Oh, I did hear from a friend that maybe getting a OTC ovulation test could at least tell me if I am even ovulating. They thought maybe that could be a start? I read up a little about them, & have heard that they aren't full proof, so wasn't sure.
    Thanks in advance to anyone that answers! : )
    atti_editor responded:

    Here is an article that talks about Ovulation Predictor Kits that you might find helpful. It outlines the different kinds of tests, prices for each, and when it might be time to see a fertility doctor (under 36 okay to try for up to a year, over 36 recommend trying for 6 months). This article on charting your fertility cycle might also interest you. And finally, if after trying to conceive for some time you think that you might be in need of a fertility specialist, this resource has some things to consider and questions to answer to see if infertility testing is right for you and your partner. Hope this helps!

    Best wishes,
    An_255739 replied to atti_editor's response:
    Thank you so much, I will definitely check into your advice. I really appreciate your help! Thanks again! : )
    atti_editor replied to An_255739's response:
    You're welcome!
    An_255739 replied to atti_editor's response:
    Here is another quick question, sorry if it may sound ignorant. I just am really not sure about all this, & it's just kind of overwhelming. I feel it's better to know, than to go into something as important as this blind.
    So, those ovulation tests that you can get OTC, I have heard they can give false readings sometimes? They are the strips I believe & they cost about $13-$30? I think are supposed to tell you when, or the general time frame of when you are about to ovulate. Now, with that saying, just because it says that you are ovulating at a certain period time, does that mean you are actually ovulating eggs?
    atti_editor replied to An_255739's response:
    Your question does not sound ignorant at all. Charting ovulation can be a difficult thing and is not an exact science. OTC ovulation kits are perhaps one of the most reliable methods of charting ovulation, but as you point out they are not fool proof. These kits measure a surge in LH in your urine that precedes ovulation, but they cannot confirm whether or not ovulation occurs (when the LH surge occurs, you can assume ovulation will occur 24-36 hours later. According to this blog post , maximal fertility begins 5-6 days before ovulation and declines after ovulation occurs). This article has some really great pros and cons of using ovulation predictor kits that might clear things up a little more for you.

    I hope this helps!
    An_255739 replied to atti_editor's response:
    Thanks so very much Atti!!! You really have helped me a lot, & I thanks for being so kind & not making me feel silly. You have given me some great info & references that will help greatly! Thanks again! : )
    diytestkitsdotcom responded:
    Hi An_255739,

    Indeed, atti_editor is correct in saying that as much as OTC ovulation kits are not exactly fool proof, they are a good start. This is so because charting your ovulation will tell you if you do ovulate regularly.

    But, I think you also need to be aware of your fertility health along with the charting. This is important to see if your hormones will work to your advantage, or if your fertility is at its healthiest. Doing the test will also help to discover any hormonal imbalances that might hamper childbearing, so that it could be addressed accordingly.

    I recommend ZRT Labs' Female Profile II Blood Test Kit. It provides an accurate result that is comparable to conventional serum testing. The result will provide you with the baseline values of your body. The kit comes with detailed instructions so you won't be overwhelmed with all the procedures.

    Hope for the best, always. Goodluck!

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