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When having biological kids is on your radar, getting a solid prediction of when you'll ovulate is key. A year ago, we launched our Ovulation Test and free app after hearing every day in our community that people needed better tools for tracking their cycles and predicting their fertile windows. The conversation continues — and so does our work to bring you the best resources for better understanding your body.

We've been making small-but-mighty changes to bring you an even better experience over the past year, and now our biggest Ovulation Test and app updates yet are here and ready for you to give 'em a whirl.

From easier-to-read strips to the smartest built-in scanner our app has seen, these changes were made possible by the hours you've spent using these tools and all the times you've shared your experiences in the Modern Community.

It's now even easier to track your luteinizing hormone (LH) levels

Before we explain, a quick recap: About 24-48 hours before ovulation, your brain triggers a large surge of luteinizing hormone (LH) to coax an egg out of an ovary so it's available for fertilization. Ovulation tests (ours included!) detect LH in the urine so you can predict ovulation and your most fertile days — the day of your LH surge and the day after — using your hormone levels. Timing sex or insemination around those two days increases the odds of sperm being in the fallopian tube and ready to go when that egg is released.

The industry’s standard threshold-based ovulation tests only give you a "yes" or "no" result based on LH surge averages, which doesn't work for the 1 in 10 of us who don't have "average" LH levels. Our semi-quantitative test works differently — you can detect your LH at low, high, and peak levels for more insight into your unique LH patterns. This can be helpful if you don’t have “normal” LH levels or just want to learn more about your body.

We recently gave the Modern Fertility Ovulation Test a refresh to make tracking your LH and catching your LH surge even easier.

Easy-to-interpret results at first glance based on the color of the test line versus the control line

As always, you'll get the same deep insight of your low, high, and peak LH levels — but now you'll also be able to quickly understand if your LH is above the "average" surge threshold of 25 mIU/mL based on how dark the control line is in relation to the test line. If your test line is darker than the control line, your LH is above 25 mIU/mL.

How to interpret the new Modern Fertility Ovulation Test strip.
How to interpret the new Modern Fertility Ovulation Test strip.

For those with Androids or those who prefer the analog over the digital, we also refreshed the color chart on our test pouches for an even easier (and faster) visual of your LH level.

A brand-new testing recommendation for the best chances of catching your LH surge based on over 11,500 scans (!) in the Modern Fertility App (spoiler: It's the afternoons!)

When we first launched the Ovulation Test, we recommended testing in the mornings — and up to twice a day for double the chances of catching your LH surge. This was based on the existing clinical recs and for two logistical reasons: urine is less likely to be diluted in the mornings, and testing every morning is easy to make time for and remember. But the truth is that the data here is pretty sparse — ask different OB-GYNs about when to take an ovulation test and they may have different answers. We knew that once we had collected enough data from the app users who opted in to our research, we'd be able to provide a more precise rec.

Now, we're reexamining our recommendation based on data from over 11,500 Ovulation Test scans in the Modern Fertility App from users who opted in to our research. We looked at what time during the day people were most likely to detect their LH surge. The data has spoken: Taking the Ovulation Test in the afternoon will give you the best odds of catching that surge.

The best time of day to take an ovulation test is in the afternoon
Based on our research, we recommend taking an ovulation test in the afternoon (between 12pm-6pm) for the best chances of catching your LH surge.

If testing in the mornings is still the best time for you, that's totally okay. It’s important to choose a time when testing is the most consistently doable for you. (And testing twice a day will give you an extra shot at detecting a surge!)

A wider strip that's easier to handle when dipping or reading

A wider Ovulation Test strip means that it's easier to dip into a cup of pee, and it's easier to compare the color chart on the test pouch to track your daily LH.

The Modern Fertility App's built-in scanner is even more ~magical~

The Modern Fertility App's built-in scanner has always been laser-focused on giving you an accessible place (your phone!) to log your daily LH levels. After just a few logs, you'll be able to map your unique LH curve, pinpoint your most fertile days, and time sex or insemination accordingly.

Ever since we launched the Modern Fertility App last year, we've been listening to your feedback, made changes, and updated the software along the way. (The beauty of technology!) This latest version of the app is the sharpest one yet.

The smartest built-in scanner we've ever had

We calibrated the built-in scanner for our refreshed Ovulation Test, but any Ovulation Test you've purchased from Modern Fertility in the past will be quickly scannable.

We've also gotten smarter at helping you get the best and fastest scan every time. A fresh batch of pro tips (straight from the people doing the fine-tuning and upgrading) is also included in our latest release.

Deeper insight when you scan your Ovulation Test results

Our Ovulation Test detects your LH at low, high, and peak levels — and now we're highlighting that same info more prominently in our app. Not only will the app tell you if your LH meets the "average" surge threshold of 25 mIU/mL, but it will also explain how your daily concentrations fit into the same low, high, and peak categories you see on the color chart on the test pouch.

We believe that more info means more power, so we're synthesizing all the data and insights you need to understand your LH patterns, decode your cycle, and predict your 2 most fertile days — and putting it on one easy-to-view screen in the app.

We're here to listen, so keep the feedback coming

Everything we do at Modern Fertility is in service of helping you take charge of your reproductive health and go after the future you want — whether or not kids are a part of that. Your feedback is the best way we can do just that.

We value and listen to all the feedback you send us, and we're excited to continue using it to inspire new app features and products in the future. Please feel free to email us at [email protected] or send us a message on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with your thoughts!

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Sharon Briggs, PhD

Sharon leads Clinical Product and Research at Modern Fertility. She's a craft beer-loving, soccer-playing, cookie-baking scientist who completed her PhD in Genetics at Stanford University.

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