London: A revolutionary new ovulation kit that uses saliva rather than a urine sample has been launched in the UK. Traditional fertility predictor kits use urine to test for an increase in luteinizing hormone (LH), which takes place one or two days before ovulation. But the new Maybe Baby tester, shaped like a lipstick, claims to measure oestrogen and salt levels found in traces of women’s saliva which surges when they are most fertile, the Daily Mail reported. The manufacturer claims that the 40-pound saliva test is 98 percent accurate and could end the traditional and, less than dignified “pee-on-a-stick” method. The technology it uses is based on research from the University of Turin, Italy. Scientists there discovered that when oestrogen is present in dried saliva, it forms a pattern resembling fern leaves, which can be clearly seen under a microscope.
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