A married couple that would like to have a baby is thinking of using an ovulation predictor test to determine when they should be sure to have intercourse and a home pregnancy testto determine if the woman is pregnant. At the website of a company that makes these tests (http://www.firstresponse.com/en/Journey-To-Pregnancy/Trying-To-Get-Pregnant/Articles/How-Ovulation-Tests-Help-You-Get-Pregnant – how_ovulation_tests_work (Links to an external site.)), they read that “Ovulation tests work by detecting … the increase of luteinizing hormone (LH) levels in urine“. On another part of the website (http://www.firstresponse.com/en/Products/Pregnancy/Early-Result-Pregnancy-Test – tab_faqs_tab (Links to an external site.)) they read, “The test detects human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in urine. hCG is the hormone your body produces during pregnancy. The couple asks you to explain how these tests can determine ovulation and pregnancy. Your prepared material must include
- a clear diagram that shows the levels of luteinizing hormone and human chorionic gonadotropin in the blood of a patient who becomes pregnant during a menstrual cycle. Start from the beginning of her menstrual cycle (beginning of menses) and continue for the next five The diagram should also show the appearance of her ovarian follicle at the onset of menses, the end of menses, the day of ovulation, the day of fertilization, and the day of implantation of the embryo in the uterus
- a description of where the egg (ovum) or embryo is at the end of each of the five weeks, including an explanation of when the ovum is fertilized.
- an explanation of what each of the two hormones(LH and hCG) does in the body; when and where it is produced and released; what its effects are; and why it is important in reproduction.
- an explanation of when the couple should use the Ovulation Predictor Test, when they should make sure to have intercourse, and when they should use the Early Result Pregnancy Test. You can make it easy for them to understand if you put labels on the time chart that you made (as described in point 1).