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The Professional System
There are two distinct stages.
Stage 1: The Accu-Fertility Test
Stage 2: The Accu-Pregnancy Test
The Accu-Fertility Test
The female fertility period occurs about 14 days prior to menstruation, and fertility peaks for a period of 2-4 days, depending on the biological and environmental factors affecting an individual. But the window of fertility is not totally specific, so fertility periods planned by time parameters or the use of basal thermometers do not have the precise accuracy of the Accu-Monitor hormonal based system for identifying the actual optimal days to become pregnant.
The guide to fertility periods in any individual’s cycle is based on bio-hormonal factors that are determined by established scientific principles. During the period of optimal fertility, a sample of female saliva, dried and examined under magnification, presents a pattern of dried electrolyte crystals referred to as “ferns” because distinct fern-like patterns are formed during days of optimal fertility. During non-fertile periods, only a series of a few random, shapeless dots are evident. A 100X power, easy to use, pocket microscope is included in the kit. Place the slide with dry saliva sample into the viewing retainer, click on the light switch, and focus.
Fern patterns start to appear about 3 days before ovulation and cease about 2 days after ovulation, thus examination of dried saliva samples in this window period is important. The crystalline changes in saliva are caused by the luteinizing hormone (LH) surge that occurs and stimulates the production of estrogen, and the initiation of ovulation. The LH hormone release is governed by the LH-beta subunit gene located in the LHB/CGB gene cluster on chromosome 19Q13.32. The cells in the ovary respond to LH stimulation by secretion of testosterone which in females is converted to estrogen by adjacent granulosa cells which causes an increase in saliva electrolytes. While the timing of fertilization is critical, sperm, if they are normal in count and motility, have a life of up to 5 days, enhancing the possibility of fertilization. The pattern fern crystals observed in dried saliva will begin to appear 3 to 4 days prior to ovulation, and cease 2 to 3 days after.
Saliva crystalline patterns should be examined randomly throughout an entire menstrual cycle so one can easily identify and distinguish the transition from random dots to a distinctive fern pattern, a prime indicator of maximum fertility and pregnancy possibilities.
Obtaining and Examining a saliva sample.
On arising in the morning, before any oral hygiene (such as tooth brushing) or consuming food, drink, or smoking, place a film of saliva on the small circular disk protion of one of the provided slides by moistening it with the underside of your tongue.
The critical step is ensuring the slide dries completely. This usually requires a minimum of 20 minutes, but the slide with your saliva may be left as long as necessary. Once dried, your sample is stable and can be examined at any time up to several days. You can, if necessary, accelerate the drying with a hair blower on at low speed.
Turn on the light on the pocket microscope, focus, and the resulting view will be as follows:
During the Female Monthly Cycle
Gradually Transitions to Fertile State ~14 Days Or So Post
Transitions Back to Unfertile State About ~18 Days Post
Slides, once used, can be reused provided they are thoroughly washed with soap and water, rinsed clean, and dried.
The Accu-Pregnancy Test
This test is used for both the Professional System and the Standard System
The Accu-metrics test indicators provided will determine pregnancy with a 99.9% degree of accuracy, one day after a missed period or 8-12 days after conception. Your pregnancy testing should be done in these timeframes.
The test is a visual, rapid determination of pregnancy, based on the detection of hCG (human Chorionic Gonadatropin) in urine. This hormone is secreted by the placenta starting immediately after egg fertilization and the level increases rapidly during the first trimester of pregnancy. The test you will be performing consists of inserting the supplied membrane strip (containing mono-clonal conjugants), which in the presence of hCG will react to form a distinct color band on the marked specimen portion of the membrane.
For best results, collect a urine sample first thing in the morning in our supplied urinalysis container, which can be washed and reused.
Performing the Test
Ensure that the urine and test strips are both at room temperature. Remove the test strip from the pouch. Insert the Accu-membrane strip into the urine (with the arrow pointing down) to a depth of about ¼ of an inch (do not dip the strip past the stop line). Hold the strip in this position for 10-15 seconds. Remove the strip from the urine and lay down beside the supplied comparison chart. Do not discard the urine yet. Read the results in the specific timeframe of 3-5 minutes after removal from the urine. (You will notice a coloured solution moving across the test panel area, indicating the test is developing.)
The exact colour and intensity of the line is not important, but a line must always develop in the control zone for the test to be valid. If a control zone line does not develop, the test is invalid regardless of any line within the test area of the strip.
Two lines, one in the control zone and one in the results zone, indicates a positive result. A single line, located in the control zone, indicates a negative result.
If a positive result is obtained, you may repeat the test on the retained urine sample for confirmation.
Additional test strips can be ordered on the order page.
The Standard System
The standard fertility test measures by a simple urine immersion the leutinizing hormone (LH) surge released by the pituitary gland. This hormone stimulates the ovaries to release eggs during the female cycle.
The supplied ovulation test strips are extremily accurate in detecting the level of LH, which indicates ovulation is imminent, or has just occured. The ovulation test strip is dipped (arrow pointing down) in a urine specimen, and a reading taken in 10 minutes. The enclosed ovulation indicator card tells you the test results. The intensity of the ovulation test line indicates the level of LH present. The tests should be done during the 13-16 days prior to menstruation.
Do not use first morning urine, but collect the urine sample any time between noon and 8pm. Samples for testing should be collected at about the same time each day. The best way to collect a urine sample is by capturing some mid-stream urine in a clean, dry cup or container.
Immerse the ovulation test strip for about 5 seconds and be sure not to immerse past the "max" line. Lay the strip on our plastic comparison card. The coloured bands will appear in about 40 seconds, but allow a full 10 minutes for the coloured band to completely develop. The results are invalid after 20 minutes.
Female Fertility and Time Constraints
The question is often asked why a woman’s fertility declines at a rate far exceeding all other signs of aging. This dilemma is important in the study of in vitro fertilization and also in exploring the possibilities of allowing women to extend their reproductive capabilities.
Immature egg cells (oocytes) are not produced in humans after birth. The reproductive years of a female generally run up until 35 to 40 years of age and reproductive aging starts to take place a decade before the supply of oocytes runs out.
This suggests that quality, not quantity, is the limiting factor as the oocytes degrade functionally and morphologically with age. The process is considerable influenced by complex genetic expression and this leads us to conclude that genetic studies will prove a promising route for extending female fertility.