Note: I use a fertility awareness based method known as the sympto-thermal method with additional hormonal crosschecks to avoid pregnancy. The product can be used for both trying to conceive and crosschecking with a standard fertility awareness based methods for avoiding pregnancy.
Interested in testing your progesterone at home?
Proov tests check levels of the hormone progesterone in the urine. We produce this hormone after ovulation. If you are a fertility awareness charter, you can use these tests to double check that ovulation has occured along with your other fertility signs. The pictures below are of my cycles and when I got positive Proov tests relative to my fertility signs.
My most common day to get my first positive is around first positive LH + 4 or 5. I love having Proov as a crosscheck so that I can have an extra way to confirm ovulation. I like having a ton of data in my fertility awareness routine. While there is currently no official protocol for confirming with Proov tests (I have heard Marquette has loose guidelines), there have not been known cases of false positives. You should still rely on your fertility signs in your rules while using Proov.
For those trying to conceive, the tests can be used around 7 to 10 days post ovulation (counting from peak day, temperature shift, or positive LH depending on what you are charting). If the tests are positive, this is a good sign that your progesterone is high enough when implantation is most likely.
These tests are also useful for people with irregular cycles or tough cervical mucus patterns because they can help you know if you have indeed ovulated.
I highly recommend trying Proov if you are curious about your progesterone! For now, I have decided to make Proov a permanent part of my avoiding pregnancy fertility awareness routine.
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Photo of Proov test, the “P” cup, and the Pearl Fertility App
When you order from Proov directly, usually you get a little “P” Cup like in the photo above.
I used LH strips and FSH tests in these images from Pearl Fertility. Read my review of Pearl here.
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