By monitoring the OvuFriend chart and analysis, you can detect potential problems much earlier than usual, without keeping a calendar. On your chart, pay attention to:
- Lack of ovulation; when OvuFriend does not detect ovulation on your chart. Remember though, that one or two anovulatory cycles per year is not unusual and occurs in most healthy women. Nonetheless, if ovulation has not been detected for a couple of consecutive cycles, you should consult your doctor.
- Delayed/premature ovulation; both premature (because the endometrium may not be able to develop adequately) and delayed ovulation (there is a risk that the egg cell may be of inferior quality) may make conception difficult.
- Anomalies in the length of the luteal phase. (What is a short luteal phase and what does it mean?)
- Lack of fertile mucus; the ovulation calendar requires you to regularly observe your mucus, which will allow you to quickly detect anomalies. If you do not notice fertile mucus for a couple of cycles (even if ovulation has taken place), talk to your doctor, because without fertile mucus, the sperm is unable to survive very long while waiting for the egg cell.
- Insufficient level of progesterone in the second phase of the cycle; it may manifest itself with spotting or lower temperatures in the luteal phase (second phase of the cycle).
- Reoccurring early miscarriages; by keeping the ovulation calendar you are able to find out about pregnancy quite early and thus may also be able to detect its early loss. This information may be painful (many women who do not monitor their own cycles may not even know about very early miscarriages), but it may help you discover the problem and prevent it in the future.