Ovulation Test Questions
When it comes to taking an ovulation test,
there are usually more questions than the product insert can answer.
To discover everything you need to know about ovulation tests
(OPK) read on!
After a few cycles of trying to conceive without any luck, many
couples turn to sure-fire methods to help them increase the probability
of becoming pregnant. These fertility techniques include keeping
an ovulation calendar, fertility charting with a BBT thermometer,
and using an ovulation test. That latter, OPKs (ovulation predictor
kits) are exceedingly helpful in helping you determine when you
Of course, there are many questions and tips not answered in
the product insert, so let's take a quick look at some background
fertility info and how to get the most out of your ovulation test.
First of all, how do these tests work? To understand
how OPKs work, we need to go over a few quick terms and fertility
definitions. First, ovulation, the thing you're
testing for, takes place just once a month for the vast majority
of women. Ovulation is the release of the egg, which occurs around
midcycle. The egg can only live for less than a day, so knowing
when you ovulate is the big key to getting pregnant. And an ovulation
test will give you a twelve to thirty-six hour advance
warning that the mature egg is about to be set free into
the womb. A positive result tell you that its time to make love
to make sure that the sperm is present right when the egg appears.
Time is of the essence and timing intercourse is
the whole point behind using an ovulation test kit.
Great. You told me some background info, but what exactly
is the test testing for? A urine ovulation predictor
or OPK is especially designed to detect a specific hormone called
LH. The amount of this hormone in your system totally rockets
right before you ovulate: In fact, LH is the chemical agent that
actually causes the egg to be released into the womb.
So, if you can detect this sudden, rapid surge, you know that
ovulation is imminent! LH enters the blood stream and will appear
in your urine; by taking a urine ovulation test, you can learn
if the hormonal increase has taken place and time intercourse.
So, if I get a positive result on an ovulation test,
when do we make love? Great question. The answer is:
right away - and daily for the following three days if possible.
As noted above, a positive result says that the
LH is flowing, and you will likely ovulate within the next twelve
to thirty-six hours. Make love right away, the following day,
and the day after that for insurance. This way, the sperm should
be in the neighborhood to fertilize the egg in a timely fashion.
As the egg does not hang around long, timing is crucial, and that
is why OPKs will certain enhance the probability of pregnancy.
Sounds great! But are the tests accurate? And
when do I begin testing? Let's begin with the
latter question first. The day you begin to test depends on your
cycle length. Your product insert will give you a "schedule"
for a start date based on how long your menstrual cycle is. If
your cycle is not regular (the length bounces around a bit), then
error on the side of caution and select the longest cycle average.
Today, ovulation tests are much cheaper than they were a few years
back, so you can simply buy the clinical strips on the internet.
They are FDA approved and do have a good record of accuracy.
As for accuracy, in clinical settings ovulation
tests are over 99% accurate. That's good news, but it means that
you have to follow instructions and all "optimization"
suggestions. So, to begin with, do not use
first morning urine - that's for pregnancy tests. With
OPKs, you should do late afternoon or early evening testing
as the LH is produced by your body in the morning and needs
to move into your system. As with any kind of urine-based test,
we recommend that you hold urine for several hours before the
collection. And avoid drinking a lot of fluids right before you
test. This two tips will make sure that dilution of the urine
will not take place and that the amount of LH in the sample will
be at its highest level possible.
Taking a test nowadays is simple, simple, simple. But
how do I interpret the results? You'll either being use
a clinical-style strip which requires peeing in a cup or using
a standard drugstore-style midstream kit. With the latter, you
pee directly onto the test and the urine is collected and moved
through the testing chemical reagent. You should immediately see
a control line: this will let you know that the test is functioning
properly. If the test is negative, you will not see any other
"test" line or symbol, or only a very faint "test"
line or symbol; If, on the other hand, a test line appears, a
positive result is only indicated when the test line is
as bold or bolder than the control line! Your insert
will provide you with examples of what a positive or negative
test result will look like.