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10 Things You Need To Know About Ovulation Tests

10 Things You Need To Know About Ovulation Tests

Most of the women who are trying to conceive talk about ovulation tests. They’re the little sticks that you can use at home, and they tell your body when you should be expecting ovulation – the release of an egg from your ovary.

Ovulation tests are an essential part of any woman’s self-care activities, especially during attempting to conceive. As you prepare for your pregnancy, you must understand the different activities of daily living help changes you may experience.

You must understand how these tests work if you are using them for this purpose. Here are ten things every woman should know about ovulation tests before beginning their quest towards pregnancy.

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What Is An Ovulation Test? 10 Things You Need To Know

1. How does an ovulation test work?

Ovulation tests detect a hormone called luteinizing hormone (LH) in your urine. Your body produces an extra amount of this hormone just before ovulation, which releases an egg from your ovaries during your menstrual cycle. The amount of LH in your urine increases as you get closer to ovulating. It means that it’s possible to predict when you will be most fertile and conceive using these LH tests.

2. How long do I need to hold my urine before testing?

Ideally, you should collect your urine is between 10 am-8 pm. Using your first-morning urine can contain higher levels of LH than at other times throughout the day, which can lead to a false positive if you’re testing at another time of the day.

Our instructions cover all your frequently asked questions about when to test during your cycle and when you take an ovulation test.

3. Will I get a positive result even if I don’t ovulate that month?

Suppose your body is producing enough LH in preparation for ovulation. In that case, you should get a positive result on the ovulation test even if you don’t release an egg (Anovulation) during that menstrual cycle. However, it’s important to note that LH levels rise only briefly and then fall again before releasing an egg. If you’re testing more than once per day and still getting negative results, this could mean there isn’t enough LH in your urine.

In-Stream Ovulation Test Kit
How to read In-Stream ovulation test kit results

4. Do I need to start testing from day one of my period?

You can start testing any day of your menstrual cycle, but it’s best to test from the first day of your period because LH levels are usually the lowest at this time if you’re trying to conceive and have never used an ovulation test before. Performing one to two tests a day for a complete cycle will help you learn when you ovulate.

Once you know your peak LH and know when your LH surge is, it may be more effective to begin testing from cycle day 11 in a typical 28-day cycle or around five days before ovulation.

5. How long can I wait to get a positive result?

LH is produced in pulses throughout the menstrual cycle. The interval between each pulse increases as you approach ovulation and peaks on the day of ovulation. Therefore, since the quantity of LH rises gradually during the lead-up to ovulation, you may need to wait two or three days after your period starts if you’re testing early in your cycle.

6. Are there any medications that interfere with ovulation tests?

Certain medications may affect the accuracy of your ovulation test, including fertility medications such as Clomid. If you’re taking any medication, check with your doctor or pharmacist before using an ovulation test because they may affect its results. It’s also essential that you tell your doctor about all the over-the-counter medications and supplements you take, as these could interfere with ovulation.

7. Can I use an ovulation test to detect pregnancy?

In short, no. A pregnancy test detects the presence of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in your urine, which is only produced when you’re pregnant. If you think you may be pregnant after using an ovulation test and want to confirm this, take a pregnancy test instead. A positive ovulation predictor kit does not mean you’re conceived.

8. Ovulation Tests Can Be Used Individually or in Combination with Other Methods

You can use ovulation tests quite effectively by yourself. Still, there may be times when you want to combine these tools with others, such as basal body temperature monitoring, cervical mucus tracking, and charting your daily sexual activity. Many women prefer using an ovulation kit because it provides a single tool that they can rely on throughout their cycle.  It may provide them with more accurate data than relying on their judgment or using different daily methods.

Image courtesy of The Bright Girl Guide by Demi Spaccavento.

9. Most Ovulation Tests Are Highly Sensitive

Most of the tests on the market are designed to detect tiny amounts of LH in your urine.  Fertility2Family ovulation tests are sensitive to 25mIU/ml and are 99% accurate, which is an extraordinary level of accuracy for any test to have. However, it’s important to note that when you are testing so early in your cycle, it may be helpful to use more than one test per day to make sure you detect your LH surge.

10. Ovulation Tests Can Be Used Up to Five Days Before You Expect Your Period

So, if your cycle is 28 days long, you can begin testing on CD11 after your last period. If ovulation does not occur within five days of the expected date, LH surge continues to test until an LH surge has been detected. Many factors can change when you ovulate and the length of your cycle, ranging from stress, BMI, excessive alcohol intake or an anovulation cycle.

Wrapping Up!

Ovulation predictor kits are straightforward to use and give accurate results throughout your menstrual cycle. As long as you follow the instructions provided with every ovulation test purchased, you should be able to interpret your test results with ease! For more information on how to take an ovulation test or what results mean, consult your doctor or pharmacist.