Ovulation test kits
OVULATION PREDICTION TESTS: THE BASICS
Tests to accurately predict when a woman is ovulating were once available only in a doctorâ€™s office, but they are now readily accessible for home use. Easy to use and highly reliable, these test kits offer convenience, privacy and are truly affordable. Women, who wish to become pregnant, now have the cost-effective option of using medically sound testing devices in the comfort of their own home without the hassle and expense of specialists. Our Ovulation Prediction Kits are very similar to the tests used by fertility specialists and, in fact, many physicians recommend our kits to their patients. But, which test to use?
We offer a variety of kits for home use and are providing the following information to help you discern which options might work best for you. Many women combine a variety of tests to help determine the optimum time to engage in intercourse in order to achieve a pregnancy. Detecting the LH (Luteinizing Hormone) "Surge" is the key to determining when you are fertile and our products are designed to take the guesswork out of the process.
At the start of each monthly cycle, the body produces Follicle Stimulating Hormone or FSH. FSH facilitates the formation of a follicle that contains and nourishes an egg to maturation. As the egg gets ready for release from the ovary, there is a surge in LH that causes the follicle to release the egg into the fallopian tube. It is this brief LH "surge" that the ovulation predictor kits are designed to measure. The 36-hour window immediately following ovulation is an excellent time to attempt to achieve a pregnancy although most women are fertile within a 6-day window of the surge. Specifically, sperm can live for up to five days in a womanâ€™s body and an egg is considered viable for up to 24 hours. And although there are many variables, a woman is essentially fertile four days prior to and two days after ovulation. Intercourse is recommended during this time frame to achieve a pregnancy.
During a normal 28-day cycle, ovulation typically occurs on day 14, but many women experience changes in their cycles from month to month. The so-called "normal" 28-day cycle is far from the norm for many women ,so it is highly recommended that you use another ovulation prediction method along with the LH test kits. Please refer to our Basal Body Temperature and Calender Method sections for additional information to help you determine the best time to employ the LH tests in your efforts to get pregnant.
There are two major types of Ovulation Prediction Kits that utilize urine testing: Mid stream and Dipstrip kits. These kits are specifically created to detect the increase of LH via a urine sample, using anti-LH antibodies in the highly sensitive test strip area. The major difference in these tests is how you introduce the testing material to the urine. With the Midstream kit, you simply pass the strip through your urine stream. With the Dipstrip kit, you will have to collect your urine and place the testing device into your urine specimen.
LH is typically released in the morning so it is STRONGLY recommended that you abstain from drinking excess fluid and test your LH levels in the mid-afternoon hours. Both tests come with easy to follow instructions and obtaining the results is as simple as following the custom color chart included in each kit. It is not unusual to miss the LH surge and it may take a few cycles to correctly ascertain when you are ovulating. Fortunately, the kits, while extremely reliable, are very inexpensive. And for those women who are struggling with infertility, there is a sense of comfort in being able to monitor your own monthly cycle in the privacy and security of your own home.
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