Thinking about having another baby?

Thinking about having another baby?

Just when you plan your next pregnancy is very much a personal decision, depending on all kinds of factors, from career plans to family circumstances to even the schools admission calendar. But when the time is right, you’ll want to give yourself the best chance of success. Getting the basics right is the first step, of course.

So eating healthily, getting into shape and taking folic acid all set you off to a great start. But many women find that it may not be so easy to become pregnant when they’d planned. Couples who conceived quickly first time around can be surprised to find things taking much longer than they’d expected.

What many don’t realize is that there are only a few days each month - leading up to and around the day of ovulation - when a woman can actually get pregnant1. Since you’re only at your most fertile for two of these days, you do need to know when they are if you’re going to maximize your chances. Yet 1 in 2 couples are probably trying to conceive at the wrong time2. And when you’re juggling work and family life - with energy levels running low - that can make trying for a baby wearing and frustrating, rather than the fun, exciting time you’d hope for.

Of course, you don’t need to leave it to trial and error. There are a number of ways to find your most fertile days – some more practical than others.

Tracking for changes in your basal body temperature (BBT) is one approach. But because your BBT only rises after ovulation has taken place, it can’t predict your most fertile days in that cycle3. Instead, you’ll need to chart BBT daily over several months – which can become pretty complicated, especially when you have to take the reading first thing in the morning, before you get out of bed or even move! In practice, nearly half of all women find that their cycles vary by up to seven days4 - so trying to identify your most fertile days by this method is difficult to say the least.

Fortunately, there are easier solutions that are also more accurate at predicting your most fertile days. Ovulation tests can help you get pregnant naturally because they identify your two most fertile days in advance – so you’ll know just when to get busy with your partner for baby-making, and when it’s just for fun! They work by measuring changes in luteinizing hormone - the key fertility hormone that causes the body to release an egg (the process of ovulation). They are simple urine tests that you do yourself in seconds - making them not just easy, but also completely natural and non-invasive.

The most effective is Clearblue’s Digital Ovulation Test5. It works so well because it’s over 99% accurate in detecting an ‘LH surge’ and the only test with easy-read Digital results – so the answer is always totally clear, with a definite Digital confirmation and no fuzzy lines to interpret. (As clear as its name suggests, in fact – with the reassurance you might expect from the world’s No1 selling brand in home pregnancy and fertility tests.)

Pregnancy Test

Pregnancy Test

You start by recording your cycle length on a calendar for 2-3 months, so you’ll know when to begin testing after that. Once you know your usual cycle length and are ready to start, it couldn’t be easier: the simple daily urine tests only take seconds to do. You have ten in a pack and use only as many as you need to get a positive result, a ‘smiley face’, from the Digital reader. The rest is up to you and your partner!

Clearblue’s Digital Ovulation Test is completely natural to use and gives you very effective help to get pregnant.

By taking the guesswork out of trying for a baby, it frees you to relax and make the most of a very special time with your partner.

Clearblue's 10 test pack is available in main retailers and pharmacies in South Africa RRP 249.99.

Clearblue

For more information, visit za.clearblue.com Or the Care line 0800 555 454 (Free from landline)

1 Wilcox AJ, Weinburg CR, and Baird DD. (1995) Timing of sexual intercourse in relation to ovulation. NEJM 333:1517-1521 2 GfK Roper, 2005 3 Stanford JB, White GL and Hatasaka H (2002) Timing intercourse to achieve pregnancy: current evidence. ACOG 100(6): 1333-1341 4 Crienen, MD., Keverline, S., & Meyn, L.A (2004). How regular is regular? An analysis of menstrual cycle regularity. Contraception 70: 289-292 5 More women obtain the same result as a laboratory professional when reading Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test than when reading other Ovulation Tests. Data on file.

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