What’s the Best Ovulation Test Kit Out There?
Ovulation tests predict when you are ovulating during your menstrual cycle. The tests work by measuring the level of a fertility hormone called the Luteinizing Hormone (LH) in your urine.
There is a dramatic rise in the level of LH just before ovulation. This phenomenon is called the ‘LH Surge. The goal of any home ovulation test is to detect this surge, allowing you to pinpoint your ovulation and hence your fertility window. Opks have been proven to be the most effective and least invasive way to track the luteinizing hormone to predict your most fertile window.
It would be best to use ovulation tests multiple times during your cycle to ensure that you don’t miss the LH surge. Furthermore, as these tests detect hormone levels in your urine, you need to collect your urine for these tests.
There are two main types of ovulation prediction kits (OPKs) available in the market based on the method of collection of the urine sample-
- Ovulation strip tests
- Mid-stream Ovulation tests
Although both types of OPKs operate on the same basic principle, certain differences between the two make one better than the other in certain situations.
This post will discuss the differences and let you know the best ovulation test option for you, plus explaining the advantages of both types of ovulation test from Fertility2Family.
Why buy Ovulation Strip Tests?
Ovulation Predictor Kits
Ovulation strip tests are generally the cheaper option compared to the other type of OPKs. Cost can be a major driving factor when it comes to the choice of different urine ovulation tests. Especially since you need to do multiple tests in your cycle to detect the LH surge, the tests’ cost can add up over time. The major reason for the ovulation strip tests to be cheaper is not because they are not reliable but because they don’t have a plastic casing surrounding them. They are generally cheaper to manufacture, transport, and store compared to the mid-stream tests.
The strips are a great option if you are on a budget and need to perform numerous tests during each cycle. The strips as reliable as the mid-stream tests, so the reliability of the result should never be a question.
On the downside, however, the strip tests are a bit fiddly. They require you to collect your urine in a separate urine collection cup. Although the cup is included in the selected fertility test kits we offer, collecting the urine sample can get a bit messy.
The reading area is also smaller in test strips, making it difficult to read at times. However, it is not a big problem, just something to keep in mind while deciding between these and the more expensive Mid-stream tests.
The strip tests are also referred to as dip tests as they involve dipping the strip into the collected urine. If you are looking to test multi times throughout your menstrual cycle, the ovulation strip test is the best ovulation test choice for you.
Why buy Mid-stream Ovulation Tests?
Mid-stream Test Kits
For starters, the mid-stream tests are much more robust compared to the strip tests. These have a plastic casing around them that makes them less fragile to handle. As the name suggests, there is no need to collect the urine while using these tests.
The casing is designed in such a way that it acts as a collection cup in itself. Another advantage of the plastic case is that the strip’s testing area is safely sealed and more secure. There is little chance of damaging the testing area accidentally while in storage or while performing the test.
Due to the specific design of the tests, the reading area is quite wide, making it easily visible and easy to read.
When it comes to the disadvantage, it all comes down to the cost. The mid-stream tests are significantly more expensive compared to the ovulation strips. If you go through several home urine ovulation tests within a cycle, the cost can be a significant deciding factor. That said, the ease of use and less messy nature of the tests can make the mid-stream test kits attractive for some women if cost is not an issue. Instream urine tests are a fantastic choice if you want to test for ovulation when out and about and need a discreet, easy option to detect your Lh surge. We offer mid-stream tests as low as $1 per test kit.
The choice between the ovulation test strips and the mid-stream test comes down to the cost and individual preference. One thing is very clear, both tests are equally reliable, and if your criterion is reliability, you can do better with the strips, saving a bit of money.
That said, the midstream ovulation kits are easily the more convenient option. If you are a working professional and need to perform the test in a hurry, going with the mid-stream kit is the way to go. The mid-stream tests are easy to perform, less messy and many women prefer them because of this. If you are looking for an ovulation prediction kit that gives you an accurate result you can rely on, you can’t go wrong with either of these.
Fertility2Family offers both ovulation test strips and midstream tests as well. Our tests are carefully designed and lab-tested to give you the best and most reliable result. An regardless of which product you choose to use, we offer detailed ovulation test instructions that cover off all the frequently asked questions about how to use an ovulation test when in your cycle to start to use an ovulation test and when to have sex after receiving a positive ovulation test.