“I’m a planner,” said Kirkpatrick, 34, of New Rochelle, N.Y. “So once my husband and I made the decision, I wanted to get pregnant quickly.”
With the help of an ovulation test called Knowhen Saliva Fertility Monitor, Kirkpatrick was pregnant in two months. “Month 1, we tried, but it didn’t work,” she said. “Month 2, we tried harder!” Kirkpatrick’s daughter, Logan, was born in November.
The word “ovulation” dates to the 1700s, but it was misunderstood for most of human history. Doctors knew the definition: An egg (ovum) travels from an ovary, down a fallopian tube, in search of sperm. If a sperm scores a touchdown, it may grow into a fetus. If not, the uterine lining sheds and the woman menstruates.