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Fertil Steril. 1987 Nov;48(5):783-6.

Cervical mucus changes in relationship to urinary luteinizing hormone.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 19104.


In order to evaluate the relationship between the urinary luteinizing hormone (LH) surge as detected by the OvuSTICK (Monoclonal Antibodies, Inc., Mountain View, CA) method and daily cervical mucus parameters, ten spontaneously ovulating women undergoing infertility evaluation were followed during their cycles with twice daily urinary LH testing as well as daily ultrasound, mucus evaluation, and hormonal assays of serum LH, progesterone (P), and estradiol (E2). Maximal cervical mucus scores, as determined using a modified Insler score, were noted to coincide consistently with the urinary LH surge as detected by twice daily testing and to precede ultrasound evidence of ovulation by 0 to 24 hours. Mucus scores rapidly declined in the 24-hour period following the urinary LH surge. Detection of the urinary LH surge may therefore help identify that period of time during which cervical mucus parameters are optimal and therefore facilitate the timing of artificial insemination, intercourse, or postcoital testing.

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