Tracking ovulation through fertility awareness procedures is the best way to identify the appropriate time to get pregnant. However, ovulation kits and fertility monitors help further determine your expected ovulation by picking up the luteinizing hormone (LH).
Ovulation Kits and the luteinizing hormone (LH)?
The luteinizing hormone is always present in your urine and increases 24-48 hours prior to ovulation. The LH surge triggers ovulation, which is the release of an egg from one of your ovaries. Ovulation is the most fertile time of your cycle.
When is the best time to ovulation kits?
The first step is to use the fertility awareness process to determine the best day to start testing based on your monthly cycle. Most ovulation tests may be used at any time of the day; some suggest first morning urine, but it is not required. For greater success, test about the same time each day and reduce your liquid intake for four hours beforehand.
Fertility monitors allow you to identify and track your ovulation month to month. Some people find fertility monitors to be more convenient and easier than tracking body temperature and cervical mucus. Others like to use fertility monitors and fertility awareness techniques together to further confirm ovulation.
Fertility monitors such as the OvaCue can accurately predict ovulation up to 7 days in advance. You can see a demonstration video of how a fertility monitor works or purchase a monitor here. There is also a mobile version of the monitor that allows you to track your fertility directly on your iphone or other iOS compatible device.
How accurate are ovulation tests?
Ovulation tests are approximately 99% accurate in detecting the LH surge that precedes ovulation. Ovulation Predictor Kits (OPKs) are urine-based tests that come in either test strip or midstream format.Order Ovulation Kit or Monitor
What should I do if I have used all the tests and I do not see a surge?
If you have not ovulated during your testing days, you will not have detected the LH surge. It is probable that ovulation has not occurred. Unfortunately, the best thing to do is additional testing with another ovulation testing kit and watch for ovulation.
What do I need to do if I have been monitoring my ovulation for several months and pregnancy has not occurred?
First, it is important to remember that it can take normal, healthy couples twelve months to become pregnant. There are many factors which affect your ability to become pregnant even if you have been able to have intercourse during your most fertile time. If after several months you are having no success, consult your physician. Since you have been monitoring your LH surge with an ovulation test, you will be able to give your doctor a clear picture of how you have been ovulating.
When is the best time to have intercourse?
The three days immediately after a positive test represent the best time to have intercourse and increase the probability of getting pregnant. The first or second day will account for the day prior to ovulation and the third day should be the day of ovulation.
What conditions, drugs or medications affect the test?
The following conditions may create an inaccurate result in the tests:
- If you are pregnant
- If you have recently been pregnant
- If you have reached menopause
Some prescription drugs such as menotropins for injection (Pergonal®) and danazol (Danocrine®), may affect the result. If you are undergoing therapy with Clomiphene citrate (e.g. Clomid® or Serophene®), please consult with your physician for the appropriate time to begin testing. Usually you should start testing 3 days after taking the last tablet.
Do hormonal contraceptives affect the results?
It is important to consult with your physician about the best time to get pregnant once you have stopped using contraceptive methods. After using hormonal contraceptives, you may experience an irregular cycle. Ideally, you will wait until your cycle stabilizes, which also makes it easier to monitor your ovulation. You may wish to wait until you have had two normal periods before starting to use an ovulation kit.
Is it okay to use ovulation tests or fertility monitors as a means of contraception?
It is not recommended to use ovulation tests or fertility monitors as a means of tracking your ovulation in order to avoid pregnancy. Ovulation tests only identify the LH surge up to 24 to 48 hours before ovulation, and sperm can survive in the body up to 3 to 5 days. Therefore, if you have intercourse before you discover your surge, the egg could still be fertilized.
How quickly can I determine if I am pregnant?
The best time to test for pregnancy occurs at the expected date of your next menstrual flow. Some tests allow you to test up to four days earlier, but the results are less reliable. Order Pregnancy Tests Online