If you’ve purchased the FUTURE WOMAN Classic Hormone Test or the Advanced Hormone Test, then read on for how to pick the right day for testing.
The best time to test is the mid-luteal phase when progesterone is at its peak and estrogen is at its luteal peak. It’s really important to select the right day so you get the most accurate reading of your hormones.
where to start
Before you take your test, we recommend you work out the following information.
- Is your cycle regular? If yes, how many days does your cycle last?
- Does your cycle vary by more than 3 days month to month? If yes, see the ‘if your cycles are irregular’ section below.
- If you don’t know how long your cycle is, see the ‘if your cycles are irregular’ section below too.
If your cycles are regular
For a 28-day cycle the time to test is days 19-21 (5–7 days after ovulation). If your cycle is longer or shorter than 28 days then simply add or take away the difference.
Here’s a handy table to help you find the best days for you to test. You can test any day from the minimum day to the maximum day.
If your cycles are irregular
Technically, if your cycles vary by more than 8 days, then your cycle is considered irregular. Irregular cycles are common in women with PCOS or going through perimenopause.
However, healthy premenopausal women can also have some variation in their cycle. So if your cycle consistently varies by 3 or more days, you may also wish to follow these tips to be on the safe side.
Option 1: Cycle tracking
Ideally, you find out when ovulation took place and count 5 to 7 days forward from there to your test day.
To find out when you’re ovulating, you can track your cycle using Basal Body Temperature (BBT) tracking and monitoring your cervical mucus.
For a step-by-step methodology for how to track ovulation using BBT and cervical mucus, you can download our free FUTURE WOMAN cycle tracking guide.
Option 2: Ovulation sticks
You can also use ovulation predictor sticks which measure your LH levels. When you see peak LH levels, count forward 5 to 7 days to your test day.
When to start ovulation sticks? Start at the end of your period and go from there.
Please do not guess!
We know this is a little more work, especially if you’re new to cycle tracking. But we do need to be confident that you’ve tested on the right day so that we can get your treatment plan right.
If you have any questions, please reach out to our customer service team at email@example.com.
If you don't have a cycle
You can test any day!