(dipstick devices that can detect changes in hormones released into the urine, signifying when ovulation will occur),
(including calendar tracking, monitoring changes in cervix fluid and body temperature) or
This review aimed to assess the benefits and risks of timed intercourse on pregnancy, live births, negative effects, and quality of life in couples trying to conceive.
Tatjana Gibbons, a DPhil researcher at Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health and lead author on the study, said: ”Many couples find it difficult to achieve a pregnancy, which can lead to concerns about their fertility.”
Urine Ovulation Test to Aid Increasing the Possibility of Conception
Professor Christian M Becker of Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health said: ‘The high threshold of evidence required in a Cochrane review makes even this moderate quality evidence for the effectiveness of urine ovulation tests quite impressive, as well as surprising considering how long they have been available for.’
However, the researchers cautioned that because many of the studies were funded by the manufacturers of the urine ovulation test, the results should be interpreted with caution.
They also found that there was insufficient evidence to conclude the effect of the other methods in the study, including timed intercourse on clinical pregnancy (ultrasound-confirmed pregnancy), and the use of FABM in timed intercourse compared to intercourse without ovulation prediction.
- Timed intercourse for couples trying to conceive