DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My husband and I are thinking about starting a family. We are both in our late 30s and know it might take some time. Do ovulation predictor kits really work for people trying to conceive, or are they just a gimmick? Also, are there any tests you recommend before we start trying to get pregnant?
ANSWER: For couples who would like to become pregnant, ovulation predictor kits can be very useful. And although there’s no specific tests recommended for everyone before getting pregnant, it is a good idea for both you and your husband to meet with a doctor before you try to conceive to review your medical and family history.