More than 4 million babies are born in the US every year. While getting pregnant for some women is easy (sometimes even unplanned!), others require careful planning, as we highlighted in another recent post. Whether it’s making sure we are home from business trips at the right time of the month to get our baby making on to conceiving with some help after a few failed months, there are a whole range of new, innovative tools that can help you conceive. The best part is they can be used at home, on your own schedule.
Often referred to as at home assisted reproductive technology (ART), these tools make it easier than ever before to help us all balance fertility planning with work, personal commitments, and relationships. Part of the reason we love these tools is that they are hyper focused on access, affordability and getting women information, data, and personalized reports into their own hands. For some, they are a first line option before investing in more costly medical interventions.
And if women find something odd or catches them by surprise, that might be a good indication to see a healthcare provider sooner rather than later to further investigate a potential problem that could address lots of unneeded stress, anxiety, and months or years of wasted effort trying to become pregnant naturally.
It goes without saying that you should check with a healthcare professional that these technologies are right for you and worth a go in case their use cases might not be accurate for your personal fertility profile, whether that’s PCOS to endometriosis.
With that, check out some of our favorite at-home fertility products and services available for you to access today!
At Home Fertility Trackers
These at home, super easy to use tools leverage a range of technological approaches to measure various biomarkers that help predict and pinpoint when you are most fertile and when to engage in intercourse or assisted, at home conception with your partner.
Tempdrop: Tempdrop is a wearable armband for use only while asleep that tracks your body’s basal body temperature (BBT). From there, it is able to learn your unique cycle and show your most fertile days with personalized, reported data. Tempdrop has auto integration with some fertility charting apps and the data can be manually inputted into any app that isn’t on their list.
Daysy: Daysy is an intelligent fertility tracker that lets you get to know your very own menstrual cycle. Just use Daysy fertility calculator in the morning to measure your basal body temperature under your tongue and enter if you have your period. Daysy automatically calculates everything for you and shows you when a sex may lead to higher chances of pregnancy.
Ovusense: OvuSense is simple to use, with very little effort. The sensor is inserted into your vagina, fitting comfortably like a tampon, that auto tracks data like core body temperature and fluctuations of progesterone and syncs to an app that shows easy to understand data. Ovusense helps you understand the best time to conceive, and also allows you to track the effect of medication to help you ovulate if you need or use it.
Mira: The Mira Fertility Analyzer and App take the guesswork and stress out of ovulation tracking. Mira shows you actual fertility hormone concentrations and shows you your personalized fertility hormone curve, as well as when you are fertile and non-fertile. These testing wands are super easy to use, they look just like pregnancy tests, and go right into the analyzer so you don’t have to worry about deciphering any information!
Pearl Fertility Kit: The Pearl Fertility kit tracks hormones responsible for ovulation are over time to predict and confirm ovulation. The system works by exposing the test strips in the Pearl kit to first morning urine and snapping a picture of the test strip result within the app, that also shows you personalized fertility predictions.
At Home Testing:
A number of great companies are helping both men and women investigate their fertility from home, that for some eliminates the fear of countless, initial medical appointments and tests. While these tests are not inclusive of a full fertility workup, they can help you understand a small snapshot into your reproductive health, and make more informed decisions of egg freezing or different timelines for conception might be appropriate.
We love that these kits are for both men and women, especially 35 percent of infertility cases are related to male infertility that may be as a result of a range of issues from erectile dysfunction to sperm that is too low in count or mobility.
MyLab Box: At home ovarian reserve test measures the level of anti-müllerian hormone (AMH) in the blood that can provide information about fertility, ability to get pregnant, or likelihood of response to various treatments. The mail-in kit is for home use, takes just 5 minutes, and you can get results in 2–5 days.
Modern Fertility: This test works through a simple finger prick to gather a drop of blood sent back to the lab for testing a range of biomarkers including Anti-mullerian hormone, Follicle stimulating hormone, Estradiol, Luteinizing hormone, Thyroid-stimulating hormone, Free thyroxine, Prolactin and Testosterone. You’ll get a report and some educational material on what your hormone levels might mean for menopause onset, egg freezing and IVF, and conditions like POI or PCOS.
LetsGetChecked Male Hormone Test: This at home test includes measuring testosterone level in your blood, your sperm quality and count and other important hormone markers truths. Results are sent back over their easy to use app.
YO Home Sperm Test: This FDA-approved test works to count the number of sperm, that may be an indicator of a potential problem. You collect a sperm sample in a collection cup, take a video of the sperm with their app, and get results. Note you’ll still have to see a provider or take another type of test to understand motility and function.
Trak At Home Sperm Test: This kit measures sperm count as low, moderate or optimal for conception. It’s super easy to use with a collection cup and to pace the test in the module for quick results. There are multiple tests so you can track changes over time or see any improvement from lifestyle changes like diet and exercise.
Getting pregnancy ready:
A Harvard School of Public Health study found that women who took 400 mcg of folic acid were 40% less likely to experience ovulatory infertility. Of course other vitamins and minerals are great too as you work on conceiving your bundle of joy. But vitamins aren’t just helpful in conceiving. Did you know that many birth defects of the brain and spine of a fetus can occur in the first few weeks of pregnancy? Luckily, prenatal vitamins can help promote a healthier pregnancy by making sure you have your fix of nutritional needs, especially since according to The Bump, 80% of people in the U.S. have diets deficient in the recommended daily doses of vitamins and/or minerals.
Natalist: The Get Pregnant Bundle has everything you need to increase your chances of conceiving and prepare your body for pregnancy. It’s easy to order and shipped directly to you.
Binto: These supplements are customized to your specific needs and overseen by talented medical professionals to make sure you’re getting the right blend of nutrients and vitamins your body and your baby needs. The subscription is so easy and stress free, and the packaging so beautiful you’ll want to display it on your countertop for all your friends to see.
At Home Conception Aids
Sometimes we want a little help conceiving at home, perhaps before procedures like intrauterine insemination (IUI). these at home tools can be successful is you have the right profile, but of course, check with your provider if they are right for you.
Pre-Seed Personal Lubricant: Pre-Seed is a sperm friendly lubricant that mimics fertile-quality cervical fluid, helping create the optimal environment for the sperm to travel in and hopefully reach an egg to fertilize. You can use this product before intercourse throughout your entire cycle — however, it is specifically recommended for use during your fertile window.
Mosie Baby: This patent-pending insemination syringe is designed for women by women specifically for home insemination. The collection cup and syringe come with easy instructions and can help people in all walks of life including: couples with Unexplained Infertility, LGBTQ families, women with vaginismus (painful intercourse), endometriosis and tilted uterus, as well as male factor issues like low motility, low sperm count, and performance anxiety, single mothers by choice (SMC), and frustrated hetero couples that need a break from the stress and want to know they’ve done everything they can before spending big on clinical options.
Hela Health Fertility Community
At Hela, we believe in helping women get the care and tools they need to better manage fertility. We are firm advocates in eliminating shame and embarrassment, and promoting tools that can help you take back control.