Ovulation Predictor Kitsby Katlyn Joy | October 26, 2011 12:00 AM
For the couple trying to conceive, the all important ovulation time period is key. You soon learn that everything is focused on this crucial window of time each month. Knowing when you are most fertile is the most important piece of data in trying to get pregnant.
Luckily for women wanting to conceive, home ovulation testing kits are available to make the process quicker, more reliable and private. These tests determine the level of LH or luteinizing hormone. This hormone is detected in the urine and typically a surge in LH levels signals the ovary to release an egg, or ovulation.
When: Timing of course is everything. You will need to perform the ovulation prediction test according to your own cycle. For instance, in a regular 28 day cycle you will want to start testing on day 11.
How Often: A test kit contains several test sticks and you will start testing on the day indicated by your cycle length and continue testing daily until the surge is detected in the monthly cycle.
How to Test: While individual tests may vary somewhat, simply most tests contain a stick that you will need to urinate on then place the stick into a sterile container. After a few moments you will read the results on the stick to determine if ovulation is imminent. Most tests indicate that ovulation is about to occur within 24 to 36 hours if a rise was detected in the LH levels.
Why: Besides just trying to get pregnant, sometimes the tests are used to determine if adjustments need to be made with certain, typically, fertility drugs or to determine whether the woman is ovulating normally and regularly each month.
Accuracy: False positives with home ovulation predictor kits are rare. Accuracy is high and in the range of 99 percent.
Potential Problems with the Test
- Irregular periods can interfere with your ability to detect the LH surge.
- Not testing daily. If you miss a day during your fertility window you may miss the surge and your ovulation time for the month.
-Drugs like birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy can lower LH readings. Anything with estrogen, progesterone or testosterone would fall into this category.
- The drug Clomid or clomiphene citrate can increase LH levels. This drug is used to trigger ovulation as a fertility drug. Testers should wait a few days after taking Clomid before testing for the LH surge.
Top Picks for Ovulation Predictor Kits
1. Clearblue Easy Digital Ovulation Test.
This kit contains 20 tests and retails for about . The test can be taken at any time during the day and has a simple smiley face indictor for the LH surge signaling ovulation. The kit will pinpoint your 2 days when achieving pregnancy is most likely in a cycle. Results will appear within 3 minutes of performing the test and the digital results are easy to read.
2. Wondfo One Step Ovulation LH Test Strips.
This kit contains 50 tests and retails for about . It is FDA approved and highly sensitive. They will detect a level of 25 miu/ml of LH in the urine. This is an inexpensive no-frills product. If you are new to ovulation testing you might not find the Wondfo product the most user friendly on the market. However, if you know what's involved and are needed a number of kits, this is a good value.
3. First Response Ovulation Test.
This kit retails for around and contains 7 test sticks. This test is not messy and contains no cup. It has a simple line indicator to show when ovulation is likely and pinpointing the two most fertile days of a cycle. One line will indicate the test is working while a second line indicates a surge in LH. The test takes five minutes to find out whether you are about to ovulate.
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