Journal article

Resolving speculations of methodological inadequacies in the standardized protocol for characterizing women's fertility: Comment on Lobmaier and Bachofner (2018)

Khandis R Blake

HORMONES AND BEHAVIOR | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2018

Abstract

Lobmaier and Bachofner (2018) suggest a series of methodological practices to increase the accuracy and reliability of determining a woman's fertile window, claiming the standardized protocol for characterizing women's fertility by Blake et al. (2016) is inadequate. These practices include observing participants for purportedly fertile sessions a considerable time before the LH surge, and using salivary ferning and cervical mucus evaluation as real-time measures of current fertility. Here I explain that Lobmaier and Bachofner's (2018) recommendations decrease rather than increase the likelihood of observing women during peak fertility. I also summarize the pertinent literature on salivary fe..

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