Ovulation Kits

The purpose of an ovulation kit is to gain a better understanding of your monthly cycle.  This can be the most vital step in trying to conceive.  The peak times for fertility are two days before ovulation, the day of ovulation, and the day after ovulation.  In this article we’ll discuss how ovulation kits work and what they cost.

How Ovulation Kits Work

Ovulation kits are meant to test for the Luteinizing Hormone, or LH. The amount of LH in your body rises just before ovulation occurs, an event that is called an LH Surge. To make sure you don’t miss your surge, test twice a day. Testing once in the morning and once at night should enable you to capture the moment and capitalize on it. If you are trying to become pregnant, be sure to be intimate with your partner in the days surrounding the surge, since these are your most fertile days.

Now it’s important to note that pregnancy tests and ovulation tests are completely different. They test for different hormones; pregnancy tests test for hCG, the hormone secreted by the fertilized egg when it implants itself in the lining of the uterus. Monthly supplies of ovulation kits usually cost about $40, and Clearblue Easy and AimStick are two popular brands.

Unusual Results

If you are currently pregnant, have recently been pregnant, or have reached menopause, chances are an ovulation test will give you inaccurate results. These factors can cause irregular cycles and throw off your hormonal balances. Use of the birth control pill or patch can also cause ovulation kits to be ineffective.

If you’re tracking your ovulation cycle in order to avoid pregnancy (a birth control technique known as the Rhythm Method), remember that sperm can survive in a woman’s body for up to five days. Time accordingly to play it safe, or use other methods such as birth control pills and/or condoms.

n’s body for up to 5 days.  Time accordingly to play it safe, or use other methods such as birth control and/or condoms.

This page was last updated on 06/2017

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