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Increase your chances of pregnancy with this reusable portable
Also great for checking sperm health after mating!
Fertile-Focus is designed for use by women, but dog breeders have
found it works for canine's as well.
It works on the same principle as the Dramiński Dog Ovulation
Detector, but is less evasive and more accurate. A drop of saliva from under the
tongue is put on a glass slide and allowed to dry for 5
to 60 minutes (as long as it takes to dry). Then look at the ferning results through
the microscope. It is a compact way to test and can be taken
Lapdog is selling the Fertile-Focus kit to both women and dog
breeders for fertilisation detection. For this reason the
information presented below includes instructions and charts
One-off purchase. The kit is
results in approximately 5 to 30 minutes when saliva has dried on the
slide. Give the slide plenty of time to dry. You can
leave it as long as you like to dry without affecting the results.
However, reading too soon may appear to have less crystallisation
than is the case.
Positive ferning for women occurs 24 to
72 hours prior to ovulation and successful mating
occurs up to 24 hours after ovulation. For canines
the eggs ripen (allowing the sperm to penetrate the
eggs) anywhere from 24 to 96 hours after ovulation.
In Canines, the transitional ferning
normally starts with the LH surge and continues
through ovulation -- this phase can last approximately
3 to 5 days. When the eggs start to ripen the saline
ferning will indicate fertile. The fertile phase
will normally last 3 days and this is the ideal time
Canine sperm normally lives up to 5 days in the female.
For best results in canine breeding, mate either every
other day 3 times or 3 days in a row. See charts and instructions
The kit can be used to check the health of the male's sperm
after a mating. See instructions below.
Instructions for Women
Fertile-Focus is a personal ovulation
microscope that allows you to predict ovulation – your
most fertile time of the month to conceive - with
When a woman is about to ovulate, her
saliva begins to form a distinct crystal,
fern-like pattern due to an increase in hormone
levels – as seen through Fertile-Focus. This “ferning”
pattern begins to appear around 3 to 5 days prior to
ovulation, allowing you to predict peak fertility.
Using Fertile-Focus Ovulation
With Fertile-Focus, PULL the lens from
the tube and just add a drop of saliva. Let the sample
dry. In about five minutes, view the sample through the
microscope. Press the LED light button and focus by
turning the eyepiece of the microscope. If you are
ovulating - or about to ovulate - a ferning, crystal-like
pattern can be viewed. NOTE: Test first
thing in the morning using a sublingual saliva sample
(fresh from below the tongue). Do not
test after eating, drinking, smoking, or brushing teeth.
With Fertile-Focus, just add a drop of saliva to the
lens and let the sample dry. In five minutes, view the
sample through the microscope. Press the LED light button
and focus by turning the eyepiece of the microscope. If
you are ovulating - or about to ovulate - a ferning,
crystal-like pattern can be viewed.
Simple dot patterns and lines indicate no
ovulation. You are not fertile at this time.
||Transitional: Small ferning
patterns – or crystal forms - appear among the
spots and lines. Ovulation may occur in 3-4 days.
At this time, conception is possible, though not
||Fertile: Strong ferning – or
crystal – patterns dominate the sample. Ovulation
is about to occur or already occurring. At this
time, conception is likely. This is your most
fertile time of the month. Conception is possible
from between 5 days before to 24 hours after
For best results, test on a daily basis, preferably
first thing in the morning before eating, drinking or
brushing your teeth. Track each day's results on a
calendar or fertility chart. When you begin to see a
ferning pattern, the onset of ovulation is approaching.
This is the beginning of your most fertile time to
The science behind Fertile Focus is really quite simple
in principle. As you aproach the time of the month when
you are most fertile, the level of the hormone estrogen
increases in your body (see the blue line
below). As the estrogen surge intensifies, so does the
concentration of electrolytes (salinity) in your saliva.
This is the cause of the crystal ferning patterns that
indicate that you may be about to ovulate. By detecting
changes in electrolytes in saliva - which are caused by an
increase of the hormone estrogen - you can learn when you
are most likely to conceive a baby!
The Blue Line represents
the hormone estrogen that
increases in your body before you ovulate - and
causes the ferning patterns viewable in dry saliva
samples. As the blue line rises, indicating an
estrogen surge, so increases the intensity of
ferning patterns, indicating that ovulation is
about to take place - or is already taking place.
Notice how the blue line increases earlier
than the green line? The green line is LH - or
luteinizing hormone. Lh ovulation (urine) tests
tell you when you are going to ovulate just a day
or two before ovulation happens. Fertile
Focus can alert you to when you will ovulate up to
several days before peak fertility!
How to Replace the Batteries
The unit's light is battery powered, and the
batteries can be replaced once the battery life is
expired. You can replace the battery without too much
effort. First take off the bottom metal casing from
the white part of the unit (twist and
pull), then remove the black end cap that houses the
button (a pen knife helps). At this point you want to be
careful with that assembly as you don't want to break the
circuit connection but you will now be able to access the
batteries. The unit takes 2 standard watch batteries,
Fertile Focus FAQs for Women
Trying to Conceive? Then increase your
odds of becoming pregnant by pinpointing your most
fertile days of the month - the handful of days
prior to and during ovulation.
Questions and Answers about
Ovulation Microscopes: FAQ
does Fertile-Focus work?
hormone changes that occur prior to and during ovulation.
As estrogen increases, "ferning" or crystal patterns can
be viewed in dried samples of saliva (due to elevated
quantities of electrolytes that will appear in your
saliva). These ferning patterns indicate that ovulation is
about to take place. The duration of a woman's fertile
period is typically around six days, ending 24 hours after
ovulation takes place. Unlike urine LH tests,
Fertile-Focus allows you to track fertility and your cycle
changes throughout your entire menstrual cycle. When you
observe a positive result (crystal/ferning
patterns), ovulation is likely to occur within 24 to 72
Tip #1: When applying a
saliva sample, remember to PULL the lens from the
microscope - do not unscrew.
When do I test with
Test on a daily basis and
record results on a fertility chart or calendar. Test
first thing in the morning - but never after eating,
drinking, or brushing your teeth. These activities may
interfere with results. If you test later in the day, try
to wait at least two to three hours after eating or
Is Fertile-Focus accurate?
When instructions are followed, determining fertility
through ovulation microscopy has been shown to be 98%
accurate. Fertile-Focus meets or exceeds all ovulation
microscopy quality standards.
Tip #2: Avoid brushing
teeth, eating, or drinking for several hours before
collecting a sample. A sublingual saliva sample, collected
from below the tongue will provide the best results! To
apply a saliva sample, swirl fresh saliva to the tip of
your tongue and dab on the lens. Alternately, use a clean
dry finger or soft applicator to collect and apply the
How do I clean Fertile-Focus?
To clean the glass slide or lens, simply use a damp,
non-abrasive cloth (no soaps or cleansors).
What is an "estrogen surge" or "estrogen
While estrogen is present in your body
throughout your cycle, just prior to ovulation you may
have an “estrogen surge” - a marked increase in the
presence of estrogen. The increase of estrogen facilitates
the ferning patterns in your saliva. An estrogen surge or
ovulation may not occur in all cycles for all women.
Intensity and duration of the surge may vary among women.
Using average menstrual cycle values, the chart below
shows the increase of estrogen during the early part of
the cycle - up to and during ovulation. The blue line (estradiol)
represents the primary estrogen hormone. Note how the
gradual increase of the blue line / estrogen allows for
you to predict ovulation earlier than with LH urine tests
that use luteinizing hormone.
What kind of ferning pattern "schedule"
or result timeline can I expect?
most women, results patterns will conform to the
following general schedule, though variables like
cycle length and intensity/duration of estrogen
surge may influence results. As a general
guideline, this is what you can expect to see.
Notice how the timeline matches the graph below!
•Follicular Phase: Early
part of your cycle (Negative
Result): Low Estrogen Levels. You'll See Dots,
bubbles, and lines. You are not likely
• 0-2 Days
(Transitional): Increasing Estrogen. You'll
see incipient ferning patterns, light ferning
at margins of result. You are approaching your
most fertile time.
• 2-4 Days
(Positive): Estrogen Surge: You'll see strong
ferning patterns: You are at peak fertility.
• 0-2 Days (Transitional):
Decreasing Estrogen. You'll see diminishing
ferning patterns, light ferning at margins of
• Remaining luteal phase
following Ovulation (Negative Result): Low
Estrogen Levels. You'll See Dots, bubbles, and
Are ferning patterns observable
at other times in my cycle?
A second second
estrogen surge may occur right at the end of your cycle.
By monitoring cycle length, and keeping daily results, the
second surge should not be confounded with the estrogen
surge preceding ovulation. Also, as different women
produce differing levels of estrogen, ferning patterns may
vary a bit in appearance and duration.
Can Ovulation Microscopes be
used as a contraceptive device?
microscopes should not be used as a contraceptive device.
How do I apply a saliva sample?
For best results, collect a sublingual saliva sample as
saliva glands are located below the tongue. Pull (do not
unscrew) the lens from the housing. Collect a dab of
saliva and place it on the surface of the lens. Try to
avoid making bubbles and allow the sample to dry for at
least five minutes before attempting to read results.
Will Clomid interfere with test
Clomid will not interfere with
Fertile-Focus results, though it may intensify the
appearance and duration of ferning. If you are taking
Clomid, consult your physician for details.
Can I use Fertile-Focus if my
cycle is irregular?
Yes, Fertile-Focus can be
used by women with both regular and irregular cycles.
What are some tips for
Do not eat, drink, smoke,
or brush teeth for at least 2-3 hours before taking the
test. Apply sublingual saliva sample to the exterior lens
(pull the lens from the housing/do not unscrew lens).
Always allow the saliva sample to dry, avoid air bubbles
in the sample and Focus by turning the focalizable lens
What can interfere with results?
Fertile Focus FAQs
Pregnancy, menopause, or hormonal imbalance, supplemental
estrogen, and recent discontinuation of birth control
medication may interfere with results. In continued
absence of any ferning, your body may not be producing
sufficient estrogen. Consult your physician.
Journal test results below.
How to check sperm
The kit is great for checking the health of the male's
sperm at time of mating. To do this just put a dab
of the semen fluid after mating on the lens. Keep
holding the lens upright and fit the case back over the
slide part of the microscope/slide unit. Still
holding the case is the same position, bend your head back
and put the microscope up to your eye and check the
results. The sperm appear as small black dots that
can be seen moving.
How to check
canine fertility --
Approximate Reproduction Cycle in Bitches
Below are some
other charts showing the canine mating cycle
Modern breeding management in dogs;
September 2000 Veterinary Medicine
"During proestrus, a bitch is under the influence of
estrogen but not progesterone. The first rise in
progesterone concentration correlates with the ovulatory
luteinizing hormone (LH) peak. The combination of estrogen
and progesterone initiates standing behaviour in bitches.
Once the ovulatory LH peak has occurred, ovulation will
begin in 24 to 48 hours. It takes about 24 to 48 hours for
ovulation to be complete, and it takes another 24 to 48
hours for the primary oocytes to undergo two meiotic
divisions to become secondary oocytes capable of being
fertilized. (Modern breeding management in dogs; by
BEVERLY J. PURSWELL, DVM, PhD, DACT; NIKOLA A. PARKER,
DVM, MS, DACT. September 2000
Veterinary Medicine )
Journal Test Results
In the testing below, the Fertile-Focus test kit proved
more valuable than the progesterone blood tests because
the actual fertile days were above the progesterone blood
Lorgair Kennel results using GNLD Threshold Vitamin C to reduce HD
See the results!