More About Results
Oova provides daily insights and end of cycle recommendations. Every piece of information entered into the Oova platform is incorporated into learning your unique fertility profile.
Below we dive into some specific results available in the app.
- Why do I have to scan on specific days?
- What do the scan results look like?
- What do the hormone percentages mean?
Why do I have to scan on specific days?
The Oova algorithm will ask you to scan on specific days to try to capture critical days of your cycle. Specifically, we would like to capture several days before your LH surge, the LH surge, and post surge. The initial goal of the algorithm is to capture your baseline hormone levels so we can detect fluctuations in your daily levels by comparing to that. If we do not have a solid idea of your baseline levels, it will be difficult to decipher the various phases of your cycle effectively.
However, if you are working with a clinician or have an alternative goal in mind to use Oova's hormone data, you can override our algorithm by adjusting your scanning days. This can also be very useful for women who have irregular cycles or irregular hormone levels. Please see Can I override my testing days for more details.
What do the scan results look like?
Every time you use an Oova test strip, you will receive multiple pieces of information.
First, you will receive your hormone concentrations for both luteinizing hormone and progesterone. These results are displayed as percentages (see below for more details on what the percentages mean).
Second, you will receive a contextualized result letting you know of your fertility status that day. This will specify if you are in Low, High, or Peak Ovulation, Ovulation Confirmation, or Post-Ovulation. Along with that, you will be informed of what this means for you when it comes to your fertility goal (i.e. if you should have intercourse or tune out).
Here is a bit more detail about each of the fertility statuses:
- Low: This indicates that your chances of conception on this day are low. Typically you will see your LH and progesterone levels on the lower side on these days. You may see this status on the tail ends (beginning and end) of your scanning window. In the beginning, this is where Oova is learning your baseline levels. At the end, it can signal that your next cycle is about to start.
- High: At this point, the luteinizing hormone levels have begun to increase and you are in the LH surge portion of your cycle. This would be an ideal time to have intercourse if you are trying to conceive. It is not uncommon for you to see multiple days of High being reported. Often, a woman's peak LH levels can be misconstrued as High, especially during her first cycle with Oova.
- Peak: This is when the LH levels have reached the maximum value for your cycle. Do not be concerned if you do not see Peak in your first cycle with Oova. It can take 2-3 cycles for the algorithm to learn your peak levels are indeed your peak. You should time intercourse on this day as well to optimize chances of conception.
- Ovulation Confirmation: This indicates that an LH surge was detected and the progesterone levels have begun to rise afterwards. This indicates that an egg was released by an ovary and you had a successful ovulation this cycle.
- Post Ovulation: This status appears after the ovulation confirmation status. During this phase, your progesterone levels will remain elevated and the LH levels may reduce back to their baseline.
For more details about the importance and behavior of these hormones during your menstrual cycle, see this article here.
Finally, you will receive a daily action plan that is customized to you. See here for more details about daily action plans.
What do the hormone percentages mean?
The percentages for each hormone are calculated by the measured value on the test, divided by the maximum limit of the test for each hormone and then multiplied by 100. For LH, the maximum is 125 mIU/L. For progesterone, the maximum is 22.5 ng/mL. You can back calculate the actual value for each hormone by taking the reported percentage, divide by 100, and multiply by 125 for LH or 22.5 for progesterone. Please note that if you are working with a clinician that is an Oova provider, they will see your actual hormone values in their clinician dashboard. For example, if you get an LH reading of 39%, the calculation would be: (39/100) * 125 = 48.75 mIU/L.
Daily hormone levels and logs
You can always view your retroactive hormone data in your app. Go to your Calendar and click on the day you would like to view. Once selected, click on Log in the top right corner. You will be taken to a screen that will show you the hormone percentages and the information tracked for that day.
We dive into more details about the cycle reports in the next section but if you would like to view any of your past cycle's reports, go to the Reports section of the app. Here you will see all past reports listed.
- What is a cycle report?
- When is the cycle report generated?
- Can I share my report with my healthcare professional?
What is a cycle report?
The cycle report summarizes all of the information collected for a specified cycle. It will display your hormone charts and provide additional insights into your cycle.
Each report includes a cover page that provides insights into the various phases of your cycle. The top section informs you of how long your cycle, your follicular phase, and your luteal phase were. These are estimates based off of the information entered in the app.
You can then tap into either the Luteinizing Hormone Overview or the Progesterone Overview.
In both views, there is a toggle that allows you to move between a Cycle View and a Week view. The Cycle view will display all of the hormone data captured for that cycle. You can also scroll down to see specific insights about the hormone behavior.
You can also overlay the average hormone behavior on top of your data to see how much you vary from the traditional definition of normal.
In the Week view, you can scroll between weeks to see the actual hormone levels on each day.
How do I generate a cycle report?
Originally in the Oova app, cycle reports were automatically generated when the algorithm detected a cycle was complete.
While this worked in some cases, it also failed in many more as women are not robots and there are many deviations that occur cycle to cycle. The Oova team has updated this feature so that cycle reports are no longer auto-generated.
Now in the Oova app you can generate a report for any cycle, no matter how long ago you tracked it. All you will need to do is provide the start and end dates of the cycle you would like a report on.
- Open the Oova app and click on the “Report” tab in the bottom navigation bar.
- Select CREATE A NEW CYCLE REPORT.
- Click “When was your cycle?” to pull up the calendar. Tap the day corresponding to the first day of your cycle (the first day you experienced bleeding). Next tap the last day of your cycle (the day before your next period).
- Tap the blue button that says CREATE A NEW CYCLE REPORT.
You will be able to see your reports in the Report section in the app. The data available in each report is confined to a single cycle.
Can I share my report with my healthcare professional?
If your healthcare professional is already an Oova provider, they will automatically see your Oova data in their Oova HIPAA compliant dashboard. We take care of all of the integration for you so you do not need to worry about it.
If your healthcare professional is not an Oova provider, you can download and email a copy of the report directly from the app. Just follow these steps:
- Click on the “Report” tab in the bottom navigation bar.
- Open the report you would like to email.
- Click on the download icon in the top right corner. This will trigger a PDF to be generated for you. This could take a few minutes.
- Once the PDF of your report has been generated, you will be able to email or download the report.
- Click on the download icon in the top right corner.
- The PDF report will open for you to review.
- Click on the EMAIL MY REPORT button.
- If you have not already, you will need to enable access to the Mail app on your phone and connect it to your email. To do this, go to Settings (on your phone) > Mail > Accounts > Connect an email address.
- Once you do that, a blank email dialog will open with the PDF report already attached. Enter the email address of the person you wish to email the report to, add a subject, and type any text in the body of the email.
- Hit SEND and your report is on it’s way!