About the product

Maybe Mom Saliva Ovulation Tester
  • Helps a woman accurately predict when she is most likely
    to conceive a baby… or not.
  • No inconvenient, messy urine testing, no daily temperature
    charts, and no visits to the doctor.
  • A simple saliva test clearly shows when a woman is fertile.
  • Can help you to try for a specific gender (80%)
  • Re-usable up to 10 000 times.
  • Re-imbursed by Medical Aid

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What is the Maybe MOM® Saliva Ovulation Microscope?

What is the Maybe MOM® Saliva Ovulation Microscope?

Maybe MOM® Saliva Ovulation Microscope is an easy to use, reusable mini-microscope that helps you identify your most fertile days and the ideal time to conceive. Simple and convenient. All you need to do is apply some saliva with a clean finger and let it dry (about 10-15 min) then simply view the dried saliva through the Maybe MOM® microscope. You will see the distinctive “fern” pattern if increased levels of oestrogen are present. The level of oestrogen starts to increase gradually around 2 to 3 days before ovulation and reaches its peak around the time of ovulation. Maybe MOM® Saliva Ovulation tester, uses increased levels of oestrogen to help you identify the ideal time to conceive and maximise the possibility of a successful pregnancy. Simple and convenient. It is also re-usable month after month.

The Difference – Microscope vs Midstream

By testing your fertile periods using the Maybe Mom® Saliva Ovulation Microscope you will get a more accurate reading that can be charted and understood by all. It’s the perfect at home testing unit as it can be re-use over again and doesn’t get thrown away. When testing for ovulation using saliva as opposed to using urine midstream tester, you are picking up two different hormones. The Midstream tester will show a positive if it detects a surge in LH (luteinizing Hormone) it will only pick up a surge in LH if you have just ovulated so testing too early or too late will present a negative test result and if this happens month after month most women believe they are not even ovulating. The Maybe Mom® Saliva Ovulation Microscope picks up increased levels of oestrogen present in your saliva. Oestrogen will start to rise 2 to 3 days before ovulation and will reach its peak on day of ovulation. By testing daily, you are able to watch this happen and will allow for a “wider window period” to have more baby-making sex during these fertile 3 – 5 days each month. You may find once using this test daily that you don’t ovulate on or around day 14 of you cycle, many woman either ovulate too early in their cycle or much later than they had expected. By using the chart provided in this kit, you are also able to track all four phases of your Menstrual cycle, pick up a pattern that will form after a few months and learn more about your body then anyone will ever teach you. Now you are able to pick up any issues that may be contributing to you not falling pregnant as quick as you had hoped.

Menstrual Cycle Overview

The menstrual cycle is made up of four phases. Each phase serves a different function:

  • Menstruation is when you have your period. This is your body shedding your uterine lining from the previous cycle in the absence of pregnancy.
  • The follicular phase, which overlaps with menstruation for the first few days, is when follicles grow. One follicle will generally become larger than the rest and release a mature egg. This signals the end of the follicular phase.
  • Ovulation is when the mature egg is released.
  • The luteal phase begins as the egg starts traveling down the fallopian tube. This phase ends when your next period begins.

What happens in the follicular phase?

The follicular phase starts on the first day of your period. Typically, it takes up the entire first half of your menstrual cycle.

This phase begins when your body’s hormone control centre, the hypothalamus, sends a message to the pituitary gland at the base of your brain. The pituitary then releases follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). FSH stimulates your ovaries to produce 5 to 20 tiny pods called follicles. Inside each follicle sits an immature egg. These follicles grow during this phase of your cycle.

Eventually, one of these follicles becomes dominant. The other follicles start to wither away and are reabsorbed into your body. The follicle with the ripening egg increases your body’s production of oestrogen. Higher oestrogen levels make your uterine lining grow and thicken. The lining becomes rich in nutrients to prepare for a possible pregnancy.

Rising oestrogen levels also send a signal to your pituitary gland to slow FSH production and very early stages of ovulation begins.

Meanwhile, levels of another pituitary hormone called luteinizing hormone (LH) surge. The rise in LH halts oestrogen production which has now reached its peak and starts the process of ovulation, the next phase in the cycle.

What happens during the luteal phase?

The luteal phase includes several important events that prepare the body for pregnancy. Let’s take a closer look at what happens during this phase and what it means if this phase is longer or shorter than normal.

The luteal phase is the second half of your menstrual cycle. It starts after ovulation and ends with the first day of your period.

Once the follicle has released its egg, the egg travels down the fallopian tube, where it may meet sperm and be fertilized. The follicle itself then changes. The empty sac closes off, turns yellow, and transforms into a new structure called the corpus luteum.

The corpus luteum releases progesterone and some oestrogen. Progesterone thickens the lining of your uterus so that a fertilized egg can implant. Blood vessels grow inside the lining. These vessels will supply oxygen and nutrients to the developing embryo.

If you get pregnant, your body will also start to produce human gonadotropin (hCG). This hormone maintains the corpus luteum.

HCG enables the corpus luteum to keep producing progesterone until around the 10th week of your pregnancy. Then the placenta takes over progesterone production.

Progesterone levels rise throughout your pregnancy. Here’s a general guide:

  • first trimester: 10 to 44 nanograms per millilitre (ng/mL) of progesterone
  • second trimester: 19 to 82 ng/mL
  • third trimester: 65 to 290 ng/mL

If you don’t get pregnant during this phase, the corpus luteum will shrink and die into a tiny piece of scar tissue. Your progesterone levels will drop. The uterine lining will shed during your period. Then the entire cycle will repeat.

Luteal phase length

A normal luteal phase can last anywhere from 11 to 17 days. In most women, the luteal phase lasts 12 to 14 days.

Your luteal phase is considered to be short if it lasts less than 10 days. In other words, you have a short luteal phase if you get your period 10 days or less after you ovulate. A short luteal phase doesn’t give the uterine lining a chance to grow and develop enough to support a growing baby. As a result, it can be harder to get pregnant or it might take you longer to conceive.

A long luteal phase may be due to a hormone imbalance like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Or, a long lapse since you ovulated could mean that you’re pregnant and you just haven’t realized it yet. The length of your luteal phase shouldn’t change as you age. But your progesterone levels during this phase may drop as you get closer to menopause.

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How to use the Maybe MOM® Saliva Ovulation Microscope.

Please ensure that you have not eaten or drunk anything for at least 3 hours before using the Maybe MOM® Saliva Ovulation Microscope as the saliva sample needs to be free of contaminants. Food, drinks, toothpaste, mouthwash, chewing gum and smoking will interfere with the results. Drinking water will not affect the results.

We recommend that you take the sample first thing in the morning, before eating or brushing your teeth.


1. Remove the protective cover (Fig. 1).

2. Remove the viewfinder by gently pulling it straight out of the housing (Fig. 2).
Do not unscrew the rotating eye piece from the viewfinder.


3. Clean the sample plate with the lint-free cloth provided (Fig. 3).
NEVER apply water directly to the sample plate or viewfinder.


4. With a clean dry fingertip, place a drop of saliva onto the sample plate and spread a layer ensuring that You cover the entire surface (Fig. 4). Gently glide any bubbles to the side of the sample plate onto the black area. Saliva from underneath your tongue should contain the least amount of bubbles.

5. Allow the saliva sample to air dry – only dried saliva will produce patterns. Patterns are not viewable when wet. This should take approximately 10-15 seconds. Do not use any heated appliances to reduce drying time as this may affect the patterns formed. View your results soon after the saliva sample has dried as prolonged exposure to air may interfere with the results.


6. After the saliva sample has dried, reinsert the viewfinder into the housing cylinder (Fig. 5).

7. Hold the Maybe MOM® Saliva Ovulation Microscope up very close to your eye and press the light switch on the bottom. Rotate the viewfinder to focus the image until a clear pattern is seen (Fig. 6).

8. Compare the image to the ones shown in this leaflet and record the results on the Fertility Cycle Chart provided.

9. Clean the dried saliva from the sample plate with the lint-free cloth. If the dried saliva is hard to remove, moisten the cloth only with a small drop of water.

10. Replace the protective cover.

Who is Maybe MOM® suitable for?

Couples who want children and will benefit from knowing when conception is most probable. The Maybe MOM® can help determine this time, because the level of estrogen in saliva increases dramatically 2 to 3 days prior to ovulation and reaches its peak during the day of ovulation. At this time, the fern leaf structure should clearly be visible.

As well as couples who want to increase the probability of the desired gender of the child conceive.

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