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At-home ovulation test a ‘breakthrough’ for NFP

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Many natural family planning advocates are excited about a new at-home progesterone test that may pinpoint the time of ovulation.

“This is absolutely a breakthrough,” said Dr. Richard J. Fehring, director of the Institute for Natural Family Planning at Marquette University.

Fehring was on a team of scientists that studied the possibility of developing a test to detect progesterone, a hormone produced in the ovaries after a mature egg is released. Progesterone also acts to prepare the uterus for embryo implantation.

“I’m very excited about this,” Fehring told Our Sunday Visitor. “This could be very helpful for many couples.”

Fertility monitors and ovulation predictor kits currently allow couples to track estrogen and luteinizing hormone (LH) levels from home. Estrogen and LH are the hormones that allow the egg to mature and be released from the ovary. But the presence of those hormones does not guarantee ovulation or confirm if or when it occurs.

Prototypes of the new progesterone test, developed by MFB Fertility, a Colorado-based company, are being manufactured. Amy Beckley, one of the test’s creators, told OSV that she hopes to have the test available to the public by late June.

“They’re doing feasibility testing right now,” Beckley said. “We don’t want to make these too fast and then have them not work.”

Read more at Our Sunday Visitor.

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